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200+ Christmas ideas

 

 Can you believe it???

 

Christmas is here TOMORROW!!!

 

  

 

I am constantly reminding my children that Christmas is about appreciating others and giving (as opposed to receiving) but gift giving (as the custom is) comes with its unique challenges and finding the right gift can be both exciting but also a little overwhelming:

  •  As a gift giver, you want to know that your time, energy and hard earned cash is well spent on a valuable, and hopefully well appreciated, present for loved ones.
  • You want your gift recipient to feel loved and valued knowing your gift has been well thought through and suitable for their personality and needs
  • Finding the perfect gift for someone who ‘has it all’ can seem almost impossible.
  • Sometimes you find yourself in need of a last minute gift (you know those times when unexpected guest arrive to your dinner party, your partner comes home asking for a gift for their coworker, or your kid announces one night that they urgently need a gift for their friend/teacher because they’re leaving early for holidays!)
  • And… if your year has been as crazy as mine, maybe you find you’ve left it all to the last minute because you just couldn’t decide what to get, or couldn’t fit it in among all of your commitments! 

If you are feeling stuck for ideas of what to get for your friends and family, then never fear because I’ve come up with a list of over 200 gifts that might inspire you, and I encourage you all to share any further suggestions to the comments below.

 

Baby Toys

  • Rattles
  • Bead on wire toys
  • Stacking blocks, 
  • Dolls and accessories
  • Cars and car mats
  • Stuffed teddies
  • Textured fabric box
  • Balls 
  • Fabric balloon covers
  • Toy figurines (farms, dinosaurs etc)

Replenishables

  • Bathroom accessories
    • Bath bombs
    • Shower gels 
    • Bath oils
    • Bath colours
    • Bath sponges
    • Bubble bath
    • Lotions/creams
    • Lip balms
    • Nail or makeup kits
    • Bath toys (shapes, stickers, cups, plastic dolls/toys)
    • Bath books etc
  • Hair accessories
    • Hair brushes/tangle free combs
    • Hair clips 
    • Hair ties
    • Head bands 
    • Temporary hair colours/dyes
  • Writing/drawing items
    • Colouring in books
    • Pens/textas/crayons/pencils
    • Sharpener and erasers
    • Letter writing kits
    • Notebooks/journals
    • Visual Art pads
  • Craft staples
    • Paint
    • Ppaper (plain and coloured/patterned)
    • Stickers
    • Glue
    • Ribbons
    • Scissors
  • Creative packs
    • Sticker books
    • Foam shape decorating
    • Sand art
    • Making your own candles
    • Creating a kite
    • Harma beading
    • Puppet making
    • Painting plaster shapes or rocks
    • Scrapbooking
    • Decorating a photo frame or face mask
    • Creating paper aeroplanes
    • Spiralisers
    • Sew your own toy
    • Shrinkables
    • Bracelet making
    • Magic kits
  • Scientific discovery
    • Slime – if you permit that in your house!
    • Crystals/gemstones 
    • Volcano kits
    • Ant farms
    • Kinetic sand
    • Bug catchers
    • Microscopes
    • Food based experiments
    • Mini greenhouse
    • Play dough and accessories
    • Human body experiments
    • Engineering kits
    • Illusions
    • Robotics
    • Magnets 
    • Chemistry/genetics kits
    • Circuits and light kits

Technology

  • Kids camera
  • Kindle 
  • Ipad or equivalent tablet device
  • Leap pad/learning tools
  • Game console
  • Dvd player/Dvds – great for long trips in the car 
  • Watch
  • Activity tracker
  • Mobile Phone
  • Phone accessories (prepaid accounts, phone wallets/protective covers, earphones/earbuds etc)
  • Portable speaker
  • Subscription for streaming channel (e.g. Stan, Netflix etc)
  • Telescope 
  • Karaoke machine

Practical gifts for the person who has everything!

  • New bed (upgrade to a toddler/big bed)
  • Special blankets/doona covers/sheets
  • Table and chairs
  • Umbrella
  • Hat
  • School bag
  • Bibs
  • Suitcase/Travel bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • New pillow (shaped and fun)
  • Eye mask
  • Lunch box/accessories
  • Water bottles
  • Towel
  • Sewing machine 
  • Kitchen appliances
  • New crockery set
  • Novelty cup/saucer
  • Coin wallet
  • Money for a bank account

Keepsakes

  • Charm bracelet that can be added to each year telling a story of their life
  • Scrap books of their life/photo albums
  • Jewellery
  • Treasure box/jewellery box
  • Photo frames
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Money box
  • Custom made Quilt created from your child’s baby clothes
  

Experiences that get the whole family involved and help you avoid a cluttered house

  • At home
    • Baking kits
    • Family picnics
    • Movie nights
    • Disco night
    • Games nights
  • Memberships or vouchers – these are the gifts that keep on giving as they allow you to visit places at different times of the day/year and vary your experiences
    • Science discovery centres (e.g Questacon/Scietech etc)
    • Local zoo
    • Reptile museum
    • Cockington green (Canberra)
    • Musical instrument lessons
    • Magazine subscriptions 
  • Out and about adventures 
    • A camping holiday
    • A city holiday 
    • Rock climbing
    • Local play centres
    • Paddle boat riding
    • A trip to the beach
    • Lawn or indoor bowling
    • Botanical gardens
    • Theatre tickets
    • Mini golf
    • Horse riding
    • Go karting
    • Pamper sessions
    • Photo shoot
    • Visit a local cafe
    • View Christmas light displays
    • Visiting a playgroup
    • Fruit picking
    • Swimming at the pool
    • Visiting a water playground
    • Library time
    • Local museums/parks
    • Dinner/cafe dates 
    • Discovery/photo walks
  • Lessons
    • Cooking
    • Horse riding
    • Photography
    • Sports
    • Coding
    • Painting/art
    • Driving
  • Special events/DIY personalised voucher ideas
    • Any of the out and about activities
    • Dedicated mummy/daddy and me time
    • Role swapping days where the kids are the parents and parents are the kids
    • ‘Yes’ day/hour
    • Designated colour days (where you eat, dress and play according to the colour theme of the day!) 
    • Completing a chore
    • Extra hugs and kisses

 

Just for GROWN UPS

  • Gardening tools/plants/accessories
  • Jewellery 
  • Journal and pen
  • Adult colouring in books and pencils/textas
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Lotto ticket
  • DIY Vouchers:
    • A load of laundry
    • Run an errand
    • Give a head massage
    • Pick up the kids from school 
    • Babysit for a night etc
  • Shop/Services Vouchers:
    • Massage
    • A supermarket gift card (shout them a week’s groceries!)
    • A visit from a domestic cleaner/gardener
    • Professional organiser
    • Magazine subscription
    • Cinema tickets (and free babysitting!)
    • Subscription for streaming channel (e.g. Stan, Netflix etc)
    • DNA/Heritage test kit
    • Shopping mall voucher (book shop, major department stores etc)
    • Yoga classes
  • Clothes:
    • A new hat
    • A belt
    • Interesting socks
    • A pair of shoes or slippers
    • A dress/shirt/shorts etc
  • Special bathroom items:
    • hand/body creams
    • eye mask
    • beard conditioners/grooming kits
    • scented candles
  • Consumables/Kitchen items:
    • Bottle of wine
    • Tea set and favourite tea included (tea strainer, squeezer)
    • Gift Chocolates/Nuts
    • Cheese board with an assortment of cheese and crackers
    • Beeswax wraps
    • Picnic set/rug

Clothes and shoes Especially for little kids that wear through theirs in no time!

  • A dress/shirt/pants
  • Swimsuits/Sun Rashie
  • Underwear and Socks
  • Soft slippers
  • New Shoes 
    • Runners
    • Special occasion
    • Everyday
    • Gumboots
    • Boots
 
Non-screen activities/experiences  Before there were screens what ever did we do? There are many non-screen activities/experiences you can gift that will get children building their problem solving, critical thinking, imagination, fine and gross motor skills, spatial skills, social skills, resilience and creativeness
 
  • LEGO/duplo/mechano!!!
  • Kaleidoscope/novelty view finders
  • Bubble blowing machine
  • Puzzles
  • Musical instruments/Microphone 
  • Tree house – life size or minature
  • Toy figurines
  • Books that instill a love of reading and learning
    • Fiction or Non-Fiction
    • Magazines
    • Comics
    • Inspirational 
    • Emotional 
    • Travel
    • Picture books
    • Novels
    • Audio books
  • Sporting equipment
    • soccer ball
    • Basketball
    • Basketball ring
    • skipping rope
    • Frisbee
    • Slip and slide
    • Trampoline
    • Swing set
    • Climbing frames
  • Outdoors
    • Water bomb kits
    • Gardening kits
    • Back yard tent or cubby house
    • Tree house
    • Pool toys
    • Water table
    • Miniature pool
    • Kites
    • Bike accessories
      • Spokey-dokes
      • Baskets
      • Helmets
      • Repair kits
      • Stickers
      • Bike light
      • Bells
      • Locks
      • Pump
      • Doll seats
      • Handle bar streamers
      • Handle bar grips
      • Specialised seats
      • Water bottle and attachment
      • Stickers
  • Dress up outfits
    • Fairies
    • Prince/princesses 
    • Unicorns
    • Mermaids 
    • Onesies
    • Super heroes
    • Animals
    • Historical/Cultural
    • bugs/butterflies 
    • Police officers
    • Fire fighters
    • Witches/wizards
    • Christmas theme
    • Clowns/circus
    • Dinosaurs/reptiles
    • Doctors/Nurses/Vets
    • Halloween style
    • Astronauts/Aliens
    • Book/Movies inspired: Harry potter, Alice in Wonderland, Classic Disney, Minions, Star wars, Paw Patrol, etc  etc
  • Role play accessories and scenarios
    • Market/shopping stalls, registers and trolleys etc
    • Vets/doctors
    • Camping
    • School/Teachers
    • Community Services (Police/Fire Fighters etc)
    • Hair dressers
    • Tea parties
    • Makeup kit
    • Dinosaurs
    • Space/Astronauts 
  • Board games
    • Matching games
    • Spelling games
    • Funny games
    • Cooperative games
    • Family games – cranium, Twister, Monopoly, charades
    • Counting games
 

Pet gifts as they’re part of the family too!

  • Name tag
  • Collar
  • Pet bowls
  • Winter vest
  • Leash
  • Toys
  • New Bed/Kennel
  • Food Treats

The final and possibly most radical idea is simply not to gift something physical but to gift only your presence and (as many people who subscribe to minimalism would do).

I hope this list inspires you, especially on this Christmas eve – the last day of gift preparation for the season.

If you have any other ideas, feel free to add them below.

One Comment

  • Pip McIntyre

    What a fabulous list Kristie, so many great ideas. I know you posted lots of art ideas. But I just recently gift Water colour paints and paper was very appreciated by the recipient.

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