December 22, 2015
I’m so fed up with impractical and often expensive gift guides boasting jewellery, hats, wallets, sunglasses, clothing and home decor. Said items are extremely personal and unless you know the recipient really fucking intimately, chances are they aren’t going to like the gift. So don’t be an asshole and make it awkward for them, here are my top 10 practical, can’t-go-wrong gift ideas for christmases, birthdays, housewarmings and the like.
1. Beach Towels. This luxury item is the perfect gift for povo Gen X and Yers (like me!) Country Road have a selection of modern designs in various prints and colours to suit everyone’s taste.
2. Socks and Underwear. They’re expensive, they wear out and nobody likes spending their own money on either of the two, especially when there’s wine to be bought. A three-pack of their chosen brand, size and colour of underwear is likely set you back around $50. Sock-wise, Odd Pears and Happy Socks offer both minimal and not-so-minimal designs for work and play.
3. A Restaurant Voucher. Because food tastes better when it’s free. Send your friend or loved-one along to one of your favourite restaurants. Alternatively, keep an eye out for local community gatherings offering an intimate and memorable dining experience such as Shared Harvest (Brisbane), Garden Dinner Society (Brisbane) and 100 Mile Table pop-up dinners (Byron Bay).
4. ‘Who Gives A Crap’ Bundle. Moving house sucks diiick. Reward your recipient’s relocation efforts with a bundle of toilet paper, tissues and paper towel by the good folks at Who Gives A Crap. Not only is it a practical gift, but WGAC donates 50% of all profits to WaterAid to help build toilets in the developing world. Hero status ensues.
5. A Sodastream. I literally know no one who doesn’t like soda water.
6. A (Fucking Sick) Tea Towel. Ideal for the obligatory workplace secret santa tradition. Support local artists, check out The Club of Odd Volumes for a range of graphic designs starting at $25.
7. A Beauty Box Subscription. Who TF wouldn’t want a tonne of free beauty samples every month? A three-month Bellabox subscription will set you back $50. Alternatively, show new mamas what an awesome job they’re doing with a Mama Pack by the #mumlifeproject starting at $25.
9. A Tailored Hamper. Thoughtful, practical, edible. Depending on your recipient (and available local provisions), you may consider gifting the following: local craft beer, socks (see above), Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce (CHANGES LIVES), Noosa Chocolate Factory chocolate-coated-anything, ‘Black’ charcoal & seaweed lotion, Bee One Third neighbourhood honey, Buchi kombucha, Hurraw organic lip balm, a cook book etc.
10. Art. DISCLAIMER: Not to be bought unless you know the recipient really fucking well. I’m currently frothing hard over ‘The Margarita Print’ by Annie Everingham.