We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s already looking a lot like holiday season—cue Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, holiday displays and jam packed mall parking lots. Odds are the holidays will get ahead of you with a full social calendar and laundry list of people to buy gifts for like they do every year. With all that said, now is as good a time as any to start building a list of last-minute gifts to get when you’re short on time.
No matter what the holiday is, if you’re running out your gift-giving clock, don’t sweat: Up until the night before Christmas there’s still plenty of time to score some really good last-minute Christmas gifts for your mother, brother, dad, coworker or best friend—and we’re not talking generic gift cards you from Westfield either.
So, how do you do last-minute shopping the right way? Well, you’ve come to the right place for quick gift ideas that will arrive just in time for the big day. We cover it all, from cool experiences to great booze, yummy bites and awesome gadgets that will make the person you’re shopping for think you’ve been planning your purchases for months. Most of them even work as Secret Santa gifts for the coworker you barely know.
Cadbury Christmas Mix Gift Box, $20
Hear us out here: we know this is as basic as it gets, but don’t underestimate the power of a good box of chocolates this Xmas. Perfect for literally anyone, Cadbury’s new Christmas Mix Gift Box contains a generous variety of festive special wrapped festive chocolates including Dairy Milk solid milk chocolate Baubles and milk chocolate Magical Elves with popping candy. Easy.
Dr Dough Donuts, from $64.95
Want to take it a step further? Do it with donuts.
Dr Dough Donuts have their limited-edition Festive Cheer Box, featuring 10 x delicious donuts in Christmas theme colours, and your choice of festive packaging design and complimentary digital card with personal message. Delivery is available across Sydney and Melbourne.
Hendrick’s Gin, $68.95
If they love gin, they’re sure to love Hendricks. Created from 11 botanicals – sourced from exotic flowers, fruits and seeds all over the world – this tipple is the perfect buy for a last-minute gift.
Edenvale Sparkling Cuvee, $16.95
Friend not a drinker? All good, we’ve got them covered, too: Edenvale have a range of seriously-delicious alcohol-removed drinks that are sure to make them feel like they’re part of the fun. Put pick? The new Sparkling Cuvee pack: it’s a delicious sparkling wine that is clean and refreshing on the palate, with rich fruit flavours balanced by zesty acidity. A classic favourite housed in a convenient single serve can that can be brought to your party, picnic or sunset drinks.
Having just launched Down Under, DayAway is an award-winning online destination for booking a bunch of luxurious hotel experiences by the day. You can pick from a selection of curated experiences like fancy dinners with a twist, spa days, poolside afternoons or the chance to reinvigorate with a fresh work-from-home surrounding. Our pick? Head to a stunning afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt, with views of Sydney’s incredible harbour.
The Better Beer Mixed 6 Pack with Bonus Tinny Cooler, $24
This Christmas six pack by Better Beer includes 2 x Zero Carb lagers, 2 x Ginger Beers and 2 x Zero Alc tinnies, plus a tiny free cooler.
Available in-store and online from Dan Murphy’s. Limited stock available.
Godiva Luxury Grand Place Christmas Gift Box, $219
Want to go for chocolate but want to take it to the next level? This extra-lush buy from Godiva will win you major brownie points.
Owlet Cam 2, $249.99
Have a new parent in your life? Gift them a peace of mind this Christmas With an Owlet Cam 2 Smart HD Video Baby Monitor. The Cam 2’s newest feature will let them watch and save video clips from sound, motion, and cry notifications so they can better learn their Baby’s subtle cues.
Paco Rabanne Phantom EDT, $152
Phantom, the new fragrance for men by Paco Rabanne, is a futuristic aromatic fragrance that has notes of creamy lavender, energising fusing lemon and sexy woody vanilla. It also comes in a seriously cool bottle.