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!
A brand spanking new eReader is right up there among the perfcet Christmas gifts. The Kobo Nia, is affordable, compact, and holds up to 6,000 eBooks in its 8GB storage. The 6” glare-free touchscreen and adjustable ComfortLight make reading a breeze. With weeks of battery life on a single charge, it’s ideal for those immersive reading sessions. Plus, dive into cost-effective library access with built-in OverDrive and explore new reads anytime at the Kobo eBookstore.
Kobo Elipsa 2E
Check out the Kobo Elipsa 2E – the complete upgrade for your digital reading and note-taking game. Made from 85% recycled plastic, with a bit of ocean-bound plastic thrown in for good vibes. Perfect for note lovers, it sports a 10.3” glare-free E Ink touchscreen, ComfortLight PRO for easy reading, and a built-in notebook that syncs with Google Drive and Dropbox. Plus, turn your scribbles into typed text with MyScript magic. With 32GB storage, weeks of battery life, and eBook/audiobook compatibility, the Kobo Elipsa 2E is basically your ultimate digital sidekick.
KOBO ELIPSA 2E
MSI – Cyborg 15
Gift the computer savvy gaming enthusiast in your life this lightweight, reliable gem of a machine – embodied in the MSI Cyborg 15. Unwrap the joy of gaming with a sleek and powerful laptop, ensuring smooth gaming and video editing experiences. The Cyborg 15 guarantees consistent high-performance gaming with RTX4050 graphics, DLSS3, AI-Frame generation and a backlit keyboard. Its lightweight design allows easy portability, ideal for work or travel during the holiday season.
MSI: Stealth 14 Studio
Meet MSI’s Stealth 14 Studio, the easygoing work buddy for Content Creators. This laptop, crafted with content creators in mind, effortlessly combines power and portability. With its competitive performance in creative apps, a stunning 16:10 display, and flashy RGB effects, it’s the perfect 14-inch package for modern creatives on the go. Boasting Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI connectivity, it’s versatile for every creative endeavour you are working on.
STEALTH 14 STUDIO
POLAROID – Instant Camera
A Polaroid instant camera isn’t just a gadget. It’s pretty much an essential, a quintessential tool if you like, for photographers of all levels—whether you’re an enthusiast, a beginner, or just someone who loves capturing moments. Trust us when we say, there’s a Polaroid camera out there for everyone! Gifting someone a fashionable as all hell camera, makes for one of the best no brainer gifts ever.
If someone you love has an affinity for pro audio, why not add a touch of sonic delight to their holiday season? Whether it’s a gift for a loved one, or a little treat for yourself, these top-tier audio goodies are sure to hit the right note. Elevate your audio experience this holiday season with these fantastic options from the lords of audio.
The HD 400 PRO headphones promise an elevated studio monitoring journey, enveloping users in a natural, precise soundstage courtesy of their angled transducers.
HD 400 PRO
The EW-D 835-S SET wireless microphone is a versatile marvel, perfect for vocalists and speakers. Sennheiser’s e 835 capsule ensures exceptional performance, made even more accessible with the intuitive Smart Assist app.
EW-D 835-S SET
Meanwhile, the Profile USB Microphone streamlines creativity, offering plug-and-play ease for seamless streaming and podcasting. Gain, Mix, and Volume controls are conveniently located on the mic itself, putting customization at your fingertips.
Profile USB Microphone
For an effortlessly professional streaming setup, the Profile Streaming Set combines a USB condenser microphone with a self-locking boom arm and USB-C cable. This ensemble ensures a clutter-free presentation, perfect for content creators.
Profile Streaming Set
Lastly, the renowned MD 421-II microphone, beloved worldwide, boasts a cardioid pattern and adjustable bass control, making it an excellent choice for instruments, group vocals, and broadcast audio. Its enduring quality guarantees a gift that will be cherished for years to come.
Boss Waza – Air
Get ready for a Christmas pressie that’ll take your audio journey to the next level. This game-changing amp brings you top-notch tones and BOSS spatial tech, giving you that true “amp-in-room” vibe, all through your headphones. No more cable chaos – it’s all about wireless freedom. Jam out to full-band tracks from your phone. And the best part? Customise your sound effortlessly with the BOSS Tone Studio app. With over 50 effects and five amp types, your sound, your rules.
BOSS WAZA – AIR
WIRELESS PERSONAL GUITAR AMPLIFICATION SYSTEM
Skullcandy – Crusher ANC 2
Keen to gift the ultimate headset experience this Christmas with set of headphones that crush it? Meet Crusher ANC 2, Skullcandy’s latest premium headphone. Packed with Skull-iQ Smart Feature Technology® and convenient hands-free voice control, it’s a game-changer. Plus, it’s lightweight, foldable, and built tough. This is a gift bound to top everyone’s wishlist.
CRUSHER ANC 2
Fender – Play
For the music enthusiast, whether they be a learner, or just a major Fender lover in general, and lets face it, who isn’t? Fender have got you sorted when to comes to everyone, from 13 bucks and up – you can not go wrong.
For the beginners: Dive into Fender Play (from $31.99 AUD/month or $239.99 AUD/year) for an online journey into guitar, bass, and ukulele. It’s got step-by-step tutorials, personalized learning paths, and a ton of songs. Plus, you can catch live lessons and chat with fellow players. Bonus: Subscribers get 10% off Fender gear!
Fender – Accessories
Check out the Artist Accessories range ($13.00-$75.00 AUD). It’s got picks, straps, and more inspired by legends like Tom Delonge and George Harrison. Perfect for adding some iconic flair to your setup.
Fender – Stratocaster
And for that standout gift, the Player Plus Stratocaster ($1,999.00 AUD) is a game-changer. Classic Fender style, killer features, and fresh finishes—it’s the guitar to amp up your creativity. Ideal for the intermediate player ready to rock Christmas day. Unwrap greatness and make some holiday music magic!
Unico Zelo – Halycon Days
Unico Zelo has been our go to since we stumbled upon the label last year. Pretty much staking a claim in our hearts as our favourite Aussie wine makers, we can’t go past their impressive as all hell range. This little drop is no exception, it’s elegant, delicious, with hints of sweet nutmeg and baking spice scents that mingle with a woody, cedary note, all backed by lively blue and brambly black fruits. Not only does it taste fine, it looks fine, so wether you gift it as a pressie, or bring it to the table, its a win-win.
Kentucky Owls Confiscated
Treat your bourbon-loving buddy this holiday with Kentucky Owl’s Confiscated. This fine spirit oozes sophistication, with flavours like oak, caramel, banana bread, and dark chocolate hitting your senses right off the bat. At a solid 48.2% ABV, it finds that sweet spot between richness and a hint of dry oak and spice. This bourbon is the epitome of a Christmas drink. Cheers to the holidays, my friend!
THE WHISKEY LIST
KENTUCKY OWL CONFISCATED
Gift a box of fun, and get ready for a box of chill vibes with Gonzo Vino’s Splishy Splashy – the perfect holiday treat! Crafted from Portuguese tinta barocca, it brings dark plum notes, smooth tannins, and a hint of spice. Packed in a playful 3L bag-in-a-box, it’s a fun crowd-pleaser, a standout Christmas gift, and a great addition to your holiday table!
GONZO VINO ’23 SPLISHY SPLASHY
MODE – Seltzers
Elevate your seasonal sipping with MODE, a standout in the world of seltzers. Unlike overly sweet alternatives, these are crisp, elegant, and utterly delightful. Share the goodness with your mates, your mum, and your dad, and bring these to the Christmas party. Crafted with care from Australian ingredients in small batches, MODE delivers a fresh and subtle experience that lingers.
NO MORE ELEVATOR MUSIC
A book is one of those Christmas classics that can’t be beaten. For a comparatively small and inexpensive item, (or a little bit pricier in some instances) 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 Sprague – Ken Whisson: Painting & Drawing
For the fine art lover in the fam, this is pretty much the ultimate gift. Its good looking as all hell, and it will score a permanent place on the coffee table forever, its that’s good. Ken Whisson (1927-2022) was a true Aussie art icon, marching to the beat of his own brush for a whopping seven decades.
Dive into the visual feast with over 300 plates and get the inside scoop from interviews and archival sleuthing. This study peels back the layers on an artist powered by memories and a deep trust in creative gut feelings. Ken Whisson’s body of work is like a one-of-a-kind patch in the quilt of Australian art, leaving an indelible mark on the canvas of creativity.
KEN WHISSON: PAINTING & DRAWING
Thurston Moore – Sonic Life
Back in ’78, in the vibrant heart of NYC’s East Village, Thurston Moore embarked on a sonic adventure. Fueled by a craving for nightlife’s raw energy and the city’s magnetic music scene, Sonic Youth emerged in ’81, with Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo by his side. From pioneering No Wave to headlining global festivals, Sonic Youth rode the wave of alternative rock’s ascent. Sonic Life, reminiscent of Patti Smith’s Just Kids, dives into Moore’s artistic journey, painting a vivid picture of a transformative musical era.
Lou Reed – The Art of the Straight Line
Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed’s wife, curates “The Art of the Straight Line,” delving into Reed’s diverse passions: Tai Chi, music, and meditation. As a co-founder of the Velvet Underground and collaborator with icons like Warhol and Metallica, Reed also had a major love for martial arts. Trained by Master Ren GuangYi, a Chen Tai Chi pioneer, this collection brings together Reed’s insightful writings on the discipline. Alongside essays and conversations with fellow artists and Tai Chi enthusiasts, Reed’s previously unpublished reflections illuminate the essence of martial arts, meditation, and life’s broader canvas.
THE ART OF THE STRAIGHT LINE
Happy Socks – The Christmas Edition
Happy Socks are pretty much the only acceptable ‘sock’ pressie tbh, and these socks are a no-brainer when it comes to filling the stockings. With a wide range of styles and price ranges to make everyone happy, especially for the ‘one’ in the family tat is impossible to buy for, and let’s face it, there’s always one!
THE CHRISTMAS EDITION
Crocs – Classic Cozzzy Slipper
There’s nothing more Christmassy than doing absolutely nothing! No plans? Perfect! Enter our Classic Cozzzy Slipper, the ultimate stay-in companion. We’ve taken our iconic Classic Clog and turned it into the ideal shoe for those days when all you want to do is relax. It’s got a cozy faux shearling lining from heel to toe, a plush and squishy underfoot feel, and a reliable grippy sole. So go on, kick back, and enjoy that lounging session just a tad bit longer.
CLASSIC COZZZY SLIPPER