However early or late you tend to start your festive shopping, it can always be tricky to pick gifts for certain people in your life. Which is why we’ve done the homework – so you don’t have to. Whether last year’s gifts are a tough act to follow or you’re simply looking around to see what’s out there, this is the complete guide to Australian Christmas gifts.
When it comes to gifts for Christmas, a one-size-suits-all approach simply doesn’t apply. Like many people, you might be looking for Australian gifts to send overseas, for example. Or you may be seeking Christmas gift ideas for your immediate or extended family, the kids’ teachers – or even wondering what funny Christmas gifts you can find for the office Secret Santa.
There are several issues to think about before making a start on your gift shopping. ‘Who to give Christmas gifts to?’ would be the first question to consider. Are you buying for family only, and perhaps also close friends? What about Christmas gifts to give to coworkers – if any?
The second way to approach this is to consider the type of gifts you’re interested in purchasing. Will it be Australian gourmet gifts this year, for most people, or are you keen on giving homemade Christmas gifts? In this case, for example, you could perhaps combine the two by giving edibles that you’ve made yourself.
If you’re completely stuck regarding what to buy for someone this year, fear not. We’ve trawled the internet to make sure we’ve listed all the best Australian gifts online for the festive season. So whether you need a Christmas gift for your new boyfriend, unusual Christmas gifts for your picky bestie or Christmas gifts to be sent to Canada, we have you covered.
Those who need Christmas gifts for friends and family are also sorted. From Christmas gifts grandparents will love to the best Christmas gift ideas for friends, we’ve listed all the must-have items. See the categories below for lots of gift-giving inspiration.
Perhaps you need Australian gifts to take overseas, or want to spread the love across the planet via Australia Post? In that case take look at the smaller, lighter items we list – like those in the artists’, books, Australiana, funny and personalised categories.
We’ve sorted our gift suggestions by recipient as well as by category, to make it easier for you to find exactly what they’ll want for Christmas. So grab a coffee and read on for the best selection of Australian Christmas gifts you’ll find anywhere. Then you can find the ideal gift for everyone on this year’s list. Happy Shopping!
The best Australian Christmas gifts for 2021
Here we go – the rundown of all the Christmas gifts online for the 2021 festive season. What will you pick out for the people that you love?
Christmas gift experiences
Buying someone an experience, rather than a physical object, is ideal for anyone seeking unique Christmas gifts. Though they’re not really the most unusual Christmas gifts these days, you might just find there’s a Christmas gift experience on offer that you hadn’t expected to come across. Which means it will be a nice surprise for the recipient too!
For a gift that will provide them with a lifetime of fun-filled memories, why not give a flying experience to someone you treasure? Pick between a gentle scenic flight over the city, Uluru or the Whitsundays to a hot air balloon ride over bushland or Australian vineyards in the Barossa, Yarra or Hunter valleys. The adrenaline rush of a tandem skydive over the Gold or Sunshine coast or the Great Ocean Road will provide a thrill for adventurous types.
You can also choose helicopter, seaplane or microlight flights, jet fighters or even learn to fly. Adrenaline and other companies such as Cudo and Scoopon offer all sorts of other experiences too. From family-friendly choices or water sports to driving experiences and land-based adventures, there is so much to consider!
Food and drink Christmas gifts
From traditional Christmas gift hampers packed with festive goodies to a whole host of other Christmas gifts that are edible – or even drinkable – a gift that can be consumed will always be welcome. This brief gift guide to some of the finest food and drink gifts around should help you find just the right present.
For the gift that keeps on giving them flavoursome, home cooked food all year round, why not consider buying an EveryPlate subscription? Everyone in the family can benefit. As most of the no-fuss meal kits with ingredients provided take less than 30 minutes to make, they’re also ideal even for busy weeknights.
If their home doesn’t have one yet, how about buying a great coffee machine? The DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto models are deservedly popular. Over 40 drink options are offered, and the pods are widely available – they’re even stocked in supermarkets. The 15 bar pressure produces high quality coffee with a satisfyingly rich, smooth texture.
Picnic basket gift hamper
For a twist on the classic Christmas hamper, why not invest in a picnic basket to fill with festive goodies? That way, they can use your gift all year round. Buy the basket well in advance and you can snap up delicious food and drink items as you spot them. Before you know it, you’ll have a gift they’ll truly treasure.
We have a huge article about the best Christmas gifts for foodies here.
Handmade Christmas gifts
Handmade Christmas gift options include Christmas gifts you can make at home, as well as Australian made gifts you can get online. Christmas gifts, when you have no money, can be a challenge, so Christmas gifts to make for mom, dad, or anyone else among your family and friends can be a lifesaver. Why bother searching for Christmas gifts on Pinterest when you can check out our list of 10 handmade gift items here? Or read on to discover a few extra suggestions.
A jar of goodies
Who doesn’t love a Kilner jar? It’s functional – and a design classic. They’ll treasure it even more when you fill it with their favourite sweets, nuts or the ingredients to make a cake, cookies or even hot drinks. It’s an easy, cost-conscious gift idea that’s easy even for kids to make themselves. The recipient also gets to keep the jar, too!
Leather wrap bracelet
Shhh… don’t tell anyone, but a handmade gift doesn’t actually have to be made by you. When time is money, why not buy a handmade item that someone else has put the effort into? It still makes for a unique and thoughful gift, as every handmade product will vary. This gorgeous leather wrap cuff bracelet comes in your choice of 6 lovely colours, and is guaranteed to brighten any outfit.
A photographic collection
Here’s an easy one to make yourself – and it’s a truly personal gift, too. Buy a multiple photo frame and create a collage of ten favourite images. You could theme it – for example as family holidays, or beach days – or feature fun shots of adventures you’ve had together. While Christmas is not about gifts, be warned – this is one that might just bring a tear to the eye.
Christmas gift vouchers
Australian gift cards are not to be dismissed – especially when it comes to Christmas gifts for girls who love clothes. Tweens and teens alike will love the independence given to them by a gift card. And if you’re giving something you cannot get a plastic card or printable voucher for, why not search for a free Christmas gift voucher template online?
What better treat than a meal out with your partner? Perhaps throw in free babysitting and they really will love you forever. You can buy all sorts of dining out experiences via Scoopon, with offers available in and around the Gold Coast as well as various Australian cities. Whether it’s Japanese at The Rocks area in Sydney or a seafood platter at Sea World, there are all kinds of great offers available.
Give the gift of almost anything
Forgive us for stating the obvious – but an Amazon voucher is always a good bet. Have you taken a look lately at the sheer variety of products the online giant has in stock? Shopping for Christmas gifts on Amazon after the event will always brighten up even a dull January day, and they may even snap up a special deal too. From food items to electricals, clothing, homeware, gadgets, drinks, accessories, outdoor gear and so much more, the spending possibilities are endless.
A spa day
Whether it’s a day packed with pampering you’re looking for, or a quick treatment they can squeeze into their lunch hour, a beauty gift experience makes a great Christmas gift. There are so many options. Plus if they love it, you could always buy them further treatments in future. Or give them as presents to other friends and family too.
Personalised Christmas gifts
Christmas gifts that are personalised are a thoughtful gift for anyone. Whether you prefer an engraved or etched item or would prefer fun Christmas gifts with pictures, a personalised gift is a one-off. Combine that with a practical item and you have the complete recipe for gifting success!
Unique one-off gift items
Scoopon have a huge range of personalised gift items to offer. You can make a unique jigsaw by providing pictures, or order a photo book or desk calendar. Buy them a name necklace, a personalised chopping board for the kitchen or an etched beer glass. Whatever you opt for, it’s guaranteed to make a memorable and one-off gift.
Gifts for people with hobbies
If you know what your special someone does for a hobby, then these gift guide might help. Finish reading the Christmas gift ideas on this page and then click through to get a detailed list of ideas for people with a particular hobby.
- Gift guide for an artist
- Gift guide for traveller
- Gift guide for a foodie
- Gift guide for photography lover
- Gift guide for the indoor plant lover
- Gift guide for bookworm
- Gift guide for Harry Potter lover
Gardening Christmas gifts
If they have green fingers – or are aspiring to that – a gardening item makes a great festive present. This gift guide is for the indoor plant lover or outdoor gardener alike, as even those who live in an apartment or unit can enjoy growing something of their own.
Floral garden tools
Gone are the days when all garden tools were boring and uninspired. Now they come in all sorts of funky designs – like this fork, shears and trowel set in a purple floral design. It’s not all about looks, though – they also come complete with ergonomic handles, strong steel blades and rust-proofing.
Funny gardening sign
Share some typical Australian humour with this fun gardening sign during the festive season, which tells all just how exciting you find getting out into your own green space. Wherever they hang it, this is sure to raise a chuckle every time it’s seen.
Indoor gardening journal
Even if they don’t have an outdoor space to call their own, please an indoor gardener with this themed notebook. Suitable for use as a diary, notebook or journal, this is a fun, practical and affordable gardening gift.
Christmas gift gadgets
Lots of people – often men and teens in our experience – can’t think of anything they’d like more for Christmas than the latest gadget. Whether you’re seeking the ideal gift for a photography lover or already know they want the latest video game, tablet or console, a gadget can make a great festive gift. Anything that seems a little on the pricey side could also be given to the entire family as a joint present, if that’s something that would work. This could apply with an item like a gaming console, for instance.
Nintendo Switch console
This is one highly-rated gaming console, and an ideal gift to give the whole family. What’s clever about this is the way it can be played like a handheld gaming device – or as a traditional console connected to the TV. It also sorts out future gift dilemmas for you, as you can give games and accessories to go with it later on!
‘Alexa’ Echo Dot with clock
You have probably seen – or possibly purchased – an Amazon Alexa before. But have you clapped eyes on the Echo Dot with clock? The digital clock addition to this must-have gadget is so handy. It can be used in place of a clock radio, or indeed in any room in the home. You won’t even have to change this clock to account for daylight saving, and a handy little full stop after the numbers lets you know the alarm is set, ready for the morning.
Go Pro action camera
Again, it’s not a cheap item, but it is suitable for giving as a present for the family. Go Pro waterproof cameras are much loved by gadget fans – especially those who love to travel or get outdoors. It takes superb video footage as well as photos, and is a gift that will give your loved ones pleasure for many years to come.
Australiana Christmas gifts
There isn’t really an Australian Christmas gift idea that’s more patriotic than an item of Australiana. All sorts of products are quintessentially Australian – from less obvious choices such as Australian eucalyptus gifts to fun products like Australian souvenir gifts.
Australian made gifts can be a particularly good idea for those who need to send their Christmas gifts long distance. They will automatically be novel items to the recipient if you choose something they cannot buy where they live.
‘Australia’ wrapping paper book
This gorgeous little book looks too good to rip up – but the prettily decorated sheets inside can indeed be used to wrap gifts. There are 20 sheets, plus 40 stickers. If you’re looking for novel Christmas gift wrapping ideas, this book could be for you too. Creative types could also use the paper to make their own cards or other artworks.
Cuddly koala soft toy
A soft toy doesn’t have to be just for children – many adults also secretly love a cuddly toy. That said, this plush koala is surely the perfect gift for a new arrival or small child – whether they live in Australia or on the other side of the globe.
‘Old Man Emu’ picture book
This picture book will introduce kids, and the adults who read with them, to the exciting world of Australian fauna. Featuring galahs, kangaroos, cockatoos and kookaburras as well as the emu, this colourful picture book adapts the classic song to provide a very funny read.
We also have another article about Uniquely Australian Gifts that scream AUSTRALIA!
Funny Christmas gifts
When it comes to giving smaller Christmas gifts, jokes can really be a good way to go. If you want to give a token present to a friend, colleague or neighbour without making them feel they have to return the favour, a funny Christmas gift can be a great idea. They make great stocking fillers or table presents too.
‘Drink up Grinches’ Christmas socks
These humorous socks will raise a laugh every time the wearer puts their feet up to sit down with another beer or glass of wine. Bearing the legend ‘Drink Up Grinches, it’s Christmas’, these novelty socks are the ideal small gift for the festive season.
‘Nice Butt’ keyring
‘I Hope Your Day is as Nice as Your Butt’ says this keyring. A jolly good Christmas gift idea for – well, anyone you feel comfortable saying that to! Which is probably going to be your partner, considering that a second, heart-shaped, token proclaims your undying love…
‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ lanyard
This lanyard is a perfect gift for anyone who has to hang an ID card or pass around their necks during working hours. With a ghoulish theme, it’s a refreshing antidote to all that bright red and green out there at this time of year.
Christmas gifts for grooming
Pampering and self-care products have long been a favourite gift idea. Typical Christmas gifts for women that are stocked by many stores often include items such as spa product sets. Men are also getting in on the act with beard care kits and the like. Electrical items are also a popular choice.
Lee Stafford originals super skinny wand
Perfect curls are guaranteed with this super skinny styling wand from Lee Stafford. This is a really good gift idea for any lady, teen or tween in your life. Happy owners love its simplicity and speed, as well as the long-lasting, spiralling curls it creates.
Raffin beard care kit for men
If he loves to groom that facial hair – or you wish he kept it shorter or cleaner – then why not buy him this men’s beard care kit? It attracts very positive reviews, and contains all the essentials such as beard balm and oil plus a boar bristle brush, comb, scissors and storage bag.
Clothing Christmas gifts
A new item of clothing is usually very well received by anyone – as long as you are familiar with their taste. If not, how about a gift voucher for their favourite retailer, or a Christmas garment? For more inspiration, check out our guides to the best Christmas clothing, including festive shirts and dresses. We also have a super cute baby outfits gift guide.
Best and Less clothing gift card
Whichever member of the family it’s for, a Best and Less clothing gift card is a very versatile gift idea. They may also get more for your money by shopping in the post-Christmas sales rather than you buying before. Choosing something they love, after all, is better than picking out something that’s just not them.
Christmas gifts for travellers
What’s in this gift guide for the traveller in your life? We have some ideas to get you started. Anything that can inspire their next trip – or be taken away with them – is a cert.
Globetrotters’ charm bracelet
This beautiful silver charm bracelet is striking in its simplicity – and its sentiment. With four globe-trotting themed charms, the bangle shows their love for exploration. The ideal gift for any female with a serious case of wanderlust.
Scrath-off map of the world
Let them show off everywhere they’ve been or want to go next – with this scratch-off world map. It’s available in black and white with gold, a colour scheme that looks good anywhere in the home, office or even the garage or garden shed. This is a travel themed Christmas gift that’s great for all ages, too.
Vinyl record world clock
These funky clocks are made from recycled vinyl records. This is a really cool homeware item with a travel theme. It’s bound to get people talking – as well as asking where on earth they got it from! It’s a also fabulous idea for anyone after musical Christmas gifts.
Homeware Christmas Gifts
Christmas gifts for the kitchen are one great gift idea for Australian foodies. Other at home Christmas gifts could include decorative pieces, luxurious linens or other artistic items to enhance the comfort and ambience of their environment.
‘I Licked the Spoon’ spoon rest
Surely a kitchen essential – yet it’s surprising how many Australian kitchens don’t have a spoon rest. Protect your worktops with this sweet cat one, a great small gift idea that’s fun as well as practical.
Chesapeake Bay scented candle
Who doesn’t love a scented candle? The lovely summery fragrance of this one will brighten and freshen up any home. The mediterranean citrus is meant to rejuvenate and refresh – which sounds like just the ticket after a period of festive over-indulgence. This also has to be one of the most relaxing Christmas gifts out there. Giving a present is all about spoiling someone – so what better way to show you care than with a gift that’s designed to help them relax?
Laura Ashley gold mirrored photo frame
This gorgeous picture frame by upmarket British brand Laura Ashley is a real treat of a gift. Who doesn’t have just one more great image they want to display? This is a practical and luxurious gift that will bring anyone pleasure for many years to come.
Christmas gift books
Looking through this gift guide for a bookworm’s present idea? Books make perfect gifts for any avid readers – and even some folk who aren’t. Whatever they’re into, a non-fiction book about their favourite subject or hobby should go down a storm – as will fiction by any of the writers they really rate. We have one sure-fire suggestion for your list below.
Bill Bryson Down Under
Laugh-out-loud travel writer Bill Bryson’s book on Australia is bound to raise a side-splitting moment or two. No Aussie could surely resist his dry humour, and it’s interesting seeing Australia through the eyes of an outsider. (Bryson is American and resides in England.) This is a great Christmas book to buy for anyone.
Artistic Christmas gifts
Christmas gifts for artists fall into two main categories. There are gifts they can use in making their creations, or you can give them the present of a piece by their own favourite artists. Or perhaps a book about their favourite topic would inspire them, as well as the following suggestions.
Maps from the British Library wrapping paper book
This maps book is an inspiring gift for any artist. Cutting out portions of map – or displaying the whole sheet in an imaginative way – could absorb anyone for hours. Even, perhaps, on an upcycled furniture project. If their imagination does fail, they could always use it to wrap gifts, or simply frame the maps for a stylish gallery wall.
Creative canvas roll-up pencil case
Perfect for on-the-go arty types, this canvas roll-up pencil case is ideal for those who love to paint and draw nature. It comes in 36, 48 or 72 slot options to hold all their pens, pencils and brushes. This is great for students too, or could even be used to hold make-up brushes instead.
Christmas gifts for outdoor types
If he or she is into getting out there into the ocean or the bush, how about a gift to help them along their way? From a piece of water sports kit to a must-have camping item that will improve their lives under canvas, outdoor-themed gifts may be good for anyone seeking Christmas gifts for dad. Or mum. Maybe even both…
Wise Owl camping hammock
In double or single size, this camping hammock is much loved by those who’ve already purchased or received one. There are 16 colours to choose from, too. All you need is two trees and you’re set for an afternoon or evening of relaxation in the forest, bush or by the river.
Cressi Rocks kids’ snorkel set
A children’s snorkel set is ideal for anyone with kids who lives near the beach – which describes a lot of Australians! This top quality set from Cressi will allow them to explore in style, whether you’re closer to the Ningaloo or Great Barrier Reef. It’s great for holidays elsewhere, too.
12 Days of Christmas gifts
And finally – a great concept for use with children in particular. Many of us have been there – when they barely look at each present as it’s just one in a huge pile. Let alone notice who each gift came from. If you want to spread the joy a little, why not give the gifts out over a longer time period?
The 12 days of Christmas is an ideal timeframe. This is an ideal way of giving a number of smaller gifts, that will be eagerly anticipated with every new day. Any of the present ideas in this or our more specific gift guides could be used for giving gifts in this way. It’s a bit like an advent calendar or Christmas Eve box in reverse. That Christmas gifts ‘something to read, something to wear’ guidance could also be helpful here.
The best Australian Christmas gifts by recipient
Christmas gift ideas for her
Whether you’re seeking the perfect Christmas gifts for a girlfriend or are hoping to find some inspiring Christmas gift ideas for mum, we’ve got it all. There are of course some ideas listed above – but let’s give you a little more inspiration.
You can also find a round up of all the best Christmas gifts for girls here.
Slip silk hair scrunchies set
While these are more costly than regular hair ties, there’s no going back once you’ve tried a silk scrunchie. It’s so much gentler on your hair – as well as feeling and looking utterly luxurious. This set of 6 skinny ones from Slip Silk includes two each in silver, midnight blue and black. Surely among the best Christmas gifts for a girlfriend.
FitBit versa lite
This top-of-the-range FitBit does it all. Keep a check on your health via the heart rate monitor, and you can also track your steps, hourly activity and calorie burning. Many people resolve to get into shape as a new year begins, making this an ideal Christmas gift option. This comes in four covetable colour options, and its other functions include a calendar and smartphone app notifications. It is also waterproof to 50 metres. A great Christmas gfit for any mum, wife, daughter or girlfriend.
Christmas gifts for men
Looking for Christmas gift ideas for him? It all depends what sort of men’s Christmas gifts you want. If it’s Christmas Gifts for Dad, you can see a guide to the best gifts for dads right here.
For our complete guide to buying for the males in your life, check out our complete guide to men’s Christmas gifts here.
Fossil men’s bifold wallet with RFID blocking
A wallet is one of those gifts that can be enjoyed all year round. It’s highly practical, and this deluxe leather wallet from Fossil has built-in RFID blocking technology to stop your card details being read and then used by someone else. There is a flip-out window ID section, plus 8 credit card slots. In classic brown or black, it’s the perfect christmas gift for your husband, dad or brother.
Leatherman wingman multitool
We cannot recommend these multitools enough – just about every man we know raves about them. If he’s a practical type, then this is among those Christmas gifts for guys that will last a lifetime. It’s an essential for home, work and when camping. The Wingman comes with a knife, screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, scissors, can and bottle openers – and even a ruler.
Christmas gifts for kids
From Australian baby gifts to Christmas gifts for kids that are toddlers, tweens or anything in-between, we have sourced the best present options for the festive season. We also include Christmas gifts for teens.
Age 0-2: VTech musical rhymes book
This infant book is among the the best Australian gifts for babies out there. There are 6 pages, and the 6 nursery rhymes are easy to sing along to. This little book will hlep develop their language skills while keeping them fully entertained.
Age 3+: VTech Kidizoom Duo
This is by far the bestselling kids’ camera anywhere, and quite justifiably so. As well as taking snaps it has games and you can also take videos. There are also various sound and visual effects kids can add. Of all kids’ toys, this one really does last from pre-school age to way beyond.
Kids, tweens & teens: LED bluetooth wireless microphone
This light-up microphone really does provide festive fun for all the family. Karaoke at home is surprisingly addictive – whatever your age or gender. With bluetooth connectivity, this wireless microphone can also be used as a speaker, recorder or music player.
Teens to adult: Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop
All teens will want a laptop of their own – and they’ll probably need it for their studies too. Make them the envy of all their friends by buying this laptop – while freeing up that games console in the lounge for the rest of the family. With excellent ratings and reviews, this has some great tech specs, really looks the part and does pretty much anything they’d want it to. Except for tidying their room.
Which are the best Australian Christmas gifts for your family and friends?
We hope this gift guide has provided you with a little inspiration when it comes to ticking off that Christmas list this year. Whatever you choose, do have a fabulous festive season. For a little extra help, you can check out our guides to decor, traditions, and even quizzes and activities. We can also tell you all you need to know about Christmas in your city.
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