Sick of this sort of thing? Me too. So I've decided to be the change I wish to see and the world and create a gift guide of my own! One that might actually help you in your Christmas shopping and won't require a personal loan.
Tween Girl Who Likes Katy Perry
Chemist Warehouse Beauty Case, $14.99
One of my most loved gifts when I was 13 was a purple beauty case. I thought I was so sophisticated and I still use it now. They have red and purple too.
At that price you could buy a few extras to pop in it, like this Models Prefer glitter nail polish.
Fancy Lady Who Likes High Tea, Kittens And Hair Ornaments
Lush Macaron bath bombs, $6.50
Fancy-ish Lady Who You Don't Know Much About, or For Whom You Are Shopping In A Terrible Hurry
Lush gift sets, various prices from $9.95.
The Christmas Candy box is particularly charming.
High Schooler Who Reads Mostly Popular Stuff Like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games
Life of Pi by Yann Martel, various prices at various bookshops (Big W is normally cheapeset!)
If you are a cool aunt or uncle you could pop a movie voucher in it too so they can see the film after they read it.
Female Friend Who Kind Of Seems Like An English Teacher
Big W, I forget how much but surely pretty cheap
Kid Aged Eight Or Under
The Reject Shop lolly dispensers, $4
I think basically all little kids are amused by these little toys, which poop jelly beans. Yeah it's tasteless but also it will keep the kids amused for a while, which is kind of a Christmas gift for everyone.
If you really want to keep them occupied, buy them a giant bubble wand at Kmart for $1. Then tell them they can only blow bubbles in the yard.
Lady Who You Like But Who Is Hard To Buy For
Khaya candles, from $10
These handmade soy candles are really beautiful and smell fantastic - I actually prefer them to brands like Glasshouse and Ecoya. They are great for someone you don't know well, like an office Secret Santa, but are also really lovely to give to someone close to you.
They don't have a store but you can check their Facebook page for info on where they have stalls set up. The man at the stall also told me I could contact them to place an order.
Youngish Woman Who Likes Etsy, or Crazy Old Aunt Who Wears Zandra Rhodes Stuff
Teacups and teasets from T2, various prices
People who are into the tea trend (as Etsy lovers always are) probably have this stuff already, but they probably need more so they can have a special set for every kind of weird tea they drink. I just drink regular kinds of tea out of a regular mug so I'm just guessing here. Ask the salespeople if you're as confused as I am.
T2 do lovely giftwrapping for free as well. You have to wait a while for it, so visit T2 first then do the rest of your shopping.
Youngish Woman Who Drinks Cocktails
T2 Chill Pack, $55
People who aren't into Etsy but like delicious fruity chilled beverages will probably enjoy this kit for making fancy iced teas that just taste like a posh refreshing mocktail.
This flavour combination isn't my favourite but it's all right. I bet if you tasted some of the samples in the shop and liked one of them better, the salespeople would help you make a kit for that instead.
Kid Who Doesn't Seem Too Dumb
Games & Things card games, various prices (roughly $10-$20)
These are especially good for kids who are going on holidays after Christmas. Some are fun for adults too - I love the Trivial Pursuit one.
Eurogames, various prices (approx $50-$100)
TIP: Meganerds might enjoy the Game of Thrones game (ask the nerdy friends he plays games with if you don't really know what to buy)
WARNING: Don't buy an expansion if your boyfriend doesn't already have the original game!
Trendy Lady Who Loves Shopping
Sequinned cushions, $10-$20 at various shops
This funky one is from Hot Dollar. Target has some in solid festive colours, Kmart usually has something similar, and department stores probably do them too but they would be more expensive.
Guy With A Big TV
The Dark Knight Rises DVD or Blu-Ray, or the whole triology if he doesn't have the others already. Available basically everywhere, prices vary but about $20 for the DVD and $25 for the Blu-Ray.
Little Kid Who Lives A Long Way Away
Big W Christmas card with DVD, $1
Yes, one dollar! The novelty of getting a DVD in their Christmas card is probably more fun that the film itself but whatever. If you are sending a card to an adult, send this as well for their kid.
Humourous Kris Kringle Recipient Who Is Travelling Over The Christmas Holidays
Hot Dollar Luggage Tags, $2.99
If you can't see, they say "I am young, handsome, faithful, millionaire and single!".
Girl Who Is Into Fancy Labels But Can't Actually Afford Them
Kate Spade mugs, $20 at David Jones
And there you have it!
If you have any other types of people for whom you need to buy gifts, or some other gift-related dilemma, let me know and I'll do a second list.