Hitting a gift bullseye is the sweetest thing there is. We’ve got you sorted with a range of bang-on gift ideas that anyone with a pulse will enjoy.
The great thing about working in a magazine is that you’re always on the lookout for some cool, cool shit. Whether it’s an incredible track, the next book the world should read, or the best game going, you can bet we’ve got a long list of gifts that’ll score you major props with your loved ones.
To help you out, we’ve narrowed down the world of pressies to give you the best of the best across several categories. With a few of our top suggestions in each, so you can hone in on the type of person you’re buying a gift for. Whether they’re a muso, a mum, or someone cutting deals in business-land, you’re bound to find something you love here. Consider this guide our gift to you!
JONNY – Set the mood
Jonny knows how to make you feel like the boss, no matter what you are doing, or where you are doing it. Light up the room with this sexy little number this holiday season. Made from Soy wax, and hand-poured in Melbourne, ‘Flame’ has a burn time of 45 hours. All you need to do is light it up, breathe it in, and slide into the soothing mood set by a flickering flame. Scented with top notes of lemon, and black pepper, and base notes of woody, cedarwood, and galbanum, it more than sets the tone for a spicy and warm prelude to sensual romance and nudity.
Everybody loves a gadget, whether it’s for reading, listening, playing, or just generally improving your life in a myriad of futuristic and practical ways, there is something for everyone that will satiate the tech nerds in all of us.
The hot new thing in reading, Kobo Clara, made with an eco-conscience with ocean-bound recycled plastic, and waterproof to boot, is perfect to read via poolside, or in the bath if the mood hits. Get lost in your latest read, day or night, with the blue light reduction. With 16GB of storage, you can confidently carry your entire library in one place.
Beats Solo3 Wireless
True Wireless On-Ear Headphones that come in Black, Rose Gold, and Red. Take calls, control your music, and activate Siri. On-ear controls seamless setup allowing you to switch between Apple devices. Wirelessly share songs, podcasts, or movies with Beats Solo3 Wireless and another set of Beats headphones or AirPods with Audio Sharing. These beauties have 40 hours of battery life, and the ability to fast fuel, which provides 3 hours of playback.
Christmas and Games go hand in hand like cheese and wine or socks and crocs. For the kids in your life, or for the times when you want to get in touch with your inner child and get your own game on, card and strategy boardgames are the ultimate way to spend quality time with your family and friends over the festive season.
If throwing a paper ball in the bin from across the room is satisfying, then this is the game for you. The aim of Beat That! is to collect as many points as possible by betting on your ability to complete a series of ridiculous challenges using an assortment of seemingly random objects. I mean what you rather? Watch another Christmas rerun on TV or watch your nana dangle a pencil tied to string between her legs, trying to knock ping pong balls off the top of cups?
Brought to you by the legends who made the adult party game What Do You Meme? Let the laughs begin as you compete to make sense of gibberish from one of three categories – kinky, party, and pop culture. Perfect for parties, game nights, holidays, and reunions, but not so perfect for children… trust us on this one!
Netflix Squid Game
For all the Squid Games fanatics out there, you know who you are. With your personal team, you have to compete against the teams of your opponents. Getting by on bluff, luck, and tough tactics you have to survive six card games based on the deadly rounds from the series. Whoever is last standing at the end wins Squid Game!
NETFLIX SQUID GAME
This massively popular party game for families, friends, and cow rustlers is perfect for family game night. The aim of the game is simple: think like the herd and write down the same answers as your friends. If your answer is part of the majority, you all win cows. Yeehaw!
Magic: At The Gathering
Fans of fantasy and strategy can jump right into the world’s first and best card game with Magic: The Gathering, a thrilling strategy game where you summon creatures, cast spells and assemble combos to challenge your opponents on the battlefield. Perfect for friends and families looking to learn the ropes and enjoy a new fantasy strategy game together.
MAGIC: THE GATHERING
Whether your teen is a fan of fantasy and strategy or looking to jump into a new tabletop game, they’ll love challenging their mates to epic rounds of Commander. Designed around strategic play and with five different decks to choose from, they’ll take the helm with their leading Commander card and construct a legendary deck full of powerful cards.
MAGIC: THE GATHERING
Jumpstart Booster is the perfect way for newcomers to jump into a game of Magic: The Gathering. Designed for instant play between two or more players, it offers a great balance of simplicity and variety. After gifting someone in your family with Jumpstart boosters, simply combine two of them to create a deck that can instantly be used for endless matches right off the bat.
MAGIC: THE GATHERING
Game Night – Free for all
Enjoy the holidays and challenge your friends and family to epic magical battles with Game Night: Free-for-All! With five different coloured 60-card decks, each with its own unique strategy and personality, everyone can enjoy plenty of replayability in this easy-to-learn Magic: The Gathering setup.
MAGIC: THE GATHERING
GAME NIGHT: FREE FOR ALL
LEGO – FENDER STRATOCASTER
This is about as perfect as it gets when it comes to cool gifts for the musician in your family. Create your own brick-built 1970s Fender® Stratocaster™ guitar and 65 Princeton® Reverb amplifier with this LEGO® Ideas set (21329). Recall the legendary musicians who have played a Stratocaster® as you recreate its iconic curves and add authentic details such as the posable whammy bar, pickup switch and tuning pegs. The buildable amp has removable panels for easy viewing of the motherboard, reverb tank, speaker and other interior details, plus rubber cables to connect it to the guitar and footswitch. For more Fender coolness, check out the Fender XMAS Gift Guide at Fender.
A book is one of those Christmas classics that can’t be beaten. For a comparatively small and inexpensive item, they have the power to change lives. What’s more, no matter who you’re shopping for, there’s a book out there for them.
Quentin Tarantino – Cinema Speculation
For fans of cult classics, the long-awaited first work of non-fiction from the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, his latest offering ‘Cinema Speculation’ (Hachette) is a deliriously entertaining, wickedly intelligent cinema book as unique and creative as anything by Quentin Tarantino.
Bob Dylan – The Philosophy of the Modern Song
‘The Philosophy of the Modern Song’ (Simon & Schuster) is the singer-songwriter’s personal love letter to music. Paying homage to the great musicians of the last 70 years, from Hank Williams, Little Richard, Allen Toussaint, Roy Orbison, and The Clash Dylan doesn’t hold back. Whether go hard copy, digital or audible, any Bob Dylan fan will cherish this. The audible version features chapters read by Helen Mirren, Jeff Bridges, Renée Zellweger, Rita Moreno and Sissy Spacek.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE MODERN SONG
Kobo e-books – The complete works of Jane Austen
Treat the Austen fan in your family to the entire collection of Jane Austen classics. This beautiful Penguin deluxe edition covers the literary career of one of England’s finest prose stylists of any century. Complete with seven great novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan.
JANE AUSTEN COLLECTION
Happy Socks – The Beatles Special Edition
Socks are a no-brainer when it comes to filling the stockings, and Happy Socks make it easy on everyone, with a wide range of styles and price ranges to make everyone happy! Especially for the Beatles fan in the family, and let’s face it, there’s always one!
THE BEATLES SPECIAL EDITION
Crocs – The epitome of style and comfort
Crocs have become the latest staple for those in search of the ultimate in comfort. Not only do they feel good, but they also look good, and with something for everyone, be it mum, dad, your sister, your bro, or the oldie in your life, Crocs, have got you sorted. These babies are perfect for all kinds of weather, barefoot to feel the summer sun, or staying warm with your favourite pair of socks.
Gift Packs – Diplomatico
This Diplomático gift pack heroes the Mantuana rum, with its strong notes of dried fruits, wood and vanilla – making it perfect for a silent night cocktail. With your bottle of Mantuano, this pack also contains a miniature bottle of Reserva Exclusiva so you don’t have to compromise with just one. The Diplomático Rum Canister Gift Pack is available for purchase via BoozeBud.
Gift Packs – Drinks By The Dram
The name says it all – this gift pack contains 12 30ml drams of sensational liquid, from award-winning distilleries to boutique bottlings.
The perfect gift for whisky lovers who enjoy exploring different styles and flavours whisky has to offer. Some notable whiskys include the flavours of Aerolite Lyndsay 10 year Old, Green Isle-Blended Scotch Whisky, and Darkness 8 Year Old.
The Drinks By The Dram Whiskey Collection Pack is available for purchase via Shorty’s Liquor.
DRINKS BY THE DRAM