Before you go crazy picking out gifts, it’s a good idea to make a list of everyone you need to buy for (think family, think friends, think Bob from work in the Kris Kringle…) and then figure out how much you can afford to spend on Christmas in toto (hot tip: the earlier you start shopping for Chrissy, the more pay checks you have to help you cover costs!). Once you’ve got this $ figure down, prioritise the peeps on your list accordingly, so you’re clear on exactly how much you can allocate to splash out on each lucky gift-getter.
Try to avoid hitting the shops aimlessly (trust us, in that moment when you’ve been walking around Westfield for five hours with zero gift ideas, you’ll be tempted to overspend) – instead plot out in advance what what you’re planning to buy for each person on your list, within the budget you set. And we think here is the perfect place to start getting inspo…
Just because you’re not throwing cash around like Jay Z and Beyoncé, doesn’t mean you can’t nab a totally cool gift under $50. Whether you opt for something quirky (ahem, a ball-shaped bike light, socks in a soup can or facial hair glitter for your bearded bloke), or thoughtful and personalised (see: bespoke baby onesie and family bear portrait print), there are loads of thrifty gifting options that’ll give you change for a fifty.
For those folks who deserve something a bit more special, there are loads of awesome Christmas present ideas that come in at under 100 big ones. A personalised cheese board will make your favourite couple v. happy (not to mention knock out two people’s gifts in one sweep!), a scratch map and leather travel essentials have your jet-setting mate covered and a custom marble pet bowl will delight your four-legged friend. (You didn’t think we’d forget about them did you?)
Roll up, roll up… You’re gonna want a front-row ticket to these beautiful gifts. (Don’t worry, we capped them at $200 so you don’t have to sell your right kidney or anything!) Our top picks? An engraved brass sundial and compass, a minimalist monochrome map of your home ‘burb, a seriously cool beach tent and kinetic wine glasses. If you’re thinking about getting us a creative Christmas gift – you know what we’ve got on our wish list.
These pressies might act like ‘budget’ is a dirty word, but they’ve got the goods to back it up. Think truly luxe leather, 24-carat gold, the latest technology and engraved hardwood keepsakes that’ll be treasured forever. Nab one of these luxury Christmas gifts and you’ll be somebody’s favourite person on December 25. Santa who?!