Consider picking a theme for all your gifts this Christmas, such as ‘outdoor’, ‘wellbeing’, ‘home’, ‘food’ or ‘experiences’. Deciding on your gift buying approach in advance saves you stress by minimising the number of ideas you have to come up with. It also means you can shop in fewer locations, which will save you time.
Be creative. Depending on how you customise your ideas or theme, one type of gift can appeal to many different recipients.
Allow yourself ample time to purchase your gifts by blocking out dedicated space in your calendar to do the actual shopping, either online or instore. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, getting tired and making rash decisions on the fly.
With summer ahead, there are many great options for outdoor gifts that family and friends of all ages will enjoy.
A picnic basket, beach supplies or fun outdoor games. You can also be creative and make your own customised picnic kit with a reusable basket, bag or backpack and some of your favourite foods and activities.
Bath products, candles, or other aids to relaxation.
Know someone with a new interest? Craft supplies, baking equipment or storage containers to organise creative projects and hobbies can be super useful.
A delivery of beautiful flowers and a vase can be a lovely gift to brighten a home, and lift the spirits.
For someone who needs some quality downtime, a spa treatment/massage or another pampering experience will be much appreciated.
For those in your life who don’t want more physical things, gift cards, movie tickets, memberships, classes, tours or a donation to their favorite charity are good options.
An outing to a national park, beach or water park can be enjoyed by everyone in a family or group. Shared experiences tend to make the best and most fun memories.
Plants are great living gifts that can be easily tailored for different interests, such as potted herbs for the cook; seeds or gardening tools for the gardener; houseplants and greenery for general health and wellbeing, or to brighten a home office
Food gifts never go to waste! Homemade treats or food hampers are always an enjoyable option.
Consider a meal delivery or subscription service for a busy family or older loved one.
Consider giving a session with a Professional Organiser if a friend or family member would appreciate help to create more space and simplicity in their home, or their life (https://www.iopo.com.au/find-an-organiser).
Why not do a pre-Christmas declutter, as a gift to yourself, to reevaluate your belongings and to free up some space in your home and life to allow for new energy and experiences to come in.