Gift Guide: Meaningful Gift Ideas to Avoid Throwaway Culture this Christmas

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5 December 2023

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I am every bit of a shopaholic, but also a little bit sentimental. When it comes to receiving gifts, I often struggle with what to ask for. I want the item to be something I hold on to for a long time, if not forever – something I can look back on and claim as my favourite vase or “a gift from so-and-so for Christmas nearly 10 years ago”, a gift that ties in with a story. 

A few of my gifting tips: 

  • Always prepare a list of who you’re going to buy/make presents for. This makes sure that in the hectic lead-up to the day, you won’t miss anyone out! 
  • Set a budget. This is super important because while I love going above and beyond, Christmas is also about being around loved ones, not just the value of presents. It also makes saving for the season a little easier when you break it down into weekly amounts. 
  • As the gift-giver, don’t be afraid to ask what they really want. It will help reduce waste and give you some ideas of things they have really been wanting. 
  • Consider experiences. It’s generally not something you’d think of for yourself, but this idea can create amazing memories. Even if it’s just a night away at an Airbnb, you know your gift will be used and remembered. 
  • Printed wrapping paper can’t be recycled, so opt for brown paper and get creative. Use a nice twine or ribbon, or if you’re a talented artist, draw something special. 

For the ones who have everything

Experiences always hit the mark, especially for those hard-to-buy-for in-laws who have literally everything! If you know them well, you can pick a specific experience, or opt for a voucher and they can pick their favourite. Staycations, skydives (only for the adrenaline junkies) or hot air ballooning are sure to be gifts to remember.

For the homeware lover

With all the chic home stores (which I love), I almost forgot about the classics. While searching for a gift for my homeware-obsessed friend, I came across the bargain of the century. These Florette Coupes are a fantastic dupe – and if you’re a Nood member, they’re only $9.99 a glass.

For the Queen of Accessories

Little pouches to pop into every handbag are such a saviour. For coins, lip balm, cards, keys – you name it. The new Brie Leon Pouches are on-trend, and an easy gift that will actually be used – almost daily! 

For the Picky Partner

Let Superette do the heavy lifting with their styling sessions. With a $200 deposit (redeemable during the session), your partner will be in the most stylish hands to get decked out for the New Year. Their stylists will curate different looks, and they’ll come out with pieces that fit well, and work well in their wardrobes!

For the Entertainer

Alcohol never goes amiss during the festive season. My go-to gift for the entertainer is the Black Pineapple Cocktail Kits, which will fit right into any bar cart. With everything you need in one box, the kits are the best for travelling between parties, to the beach house, or even, to take camping. If you’re lucky, you might even get to sample it on the night!

For the $50 & under Secret Santa

I don’t know anyone who’s ever been happy with their Secret Santa gift. Chocolates, candles and silly socks are out this season. What always hits the mark? A reusable mug from Frank will make even the non-coffee drinkers happy to return to work in the New Year. If you want to go the extra mile – pop in some roasted coffee or special hot chocolate mix to really jazz it up!

For the Art Appreciator

If you don’t know the name, you sure will recognise the art. Simon Lewis Ward’s latest addition to his glass lollies is the Jumbo Glass Glo-Heart. Simple, yet effective to join the gallery wall of your nearest and dearest.

For the Beauty-Lover

Anyone beauty obsessed is sure to know all the benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase (and there are many!). Slip’s new gift edit is the perfect set to gift the beauty-lover in your family, without having to delve too deep into what foundation shade would match the best, or what eye cream they might not already have. 

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