Oiyo’s Guide to Last-Minute Christmas Gifts
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Oiyo’s Guide to Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Suzi O'Shea

Suzi O'Shea

26/03/2021 • 17 minute read

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There are those who rejoice as soon as the first of December rolls around. They dive deep into the Christmas spirit and beam full of joy for twenty five days straight. Then there are others that loathe everything about this time of year, and all that comes with it, especially the shopping component.

If this is you, Oiyo is here to alleviate some of the stress that may come with shopping for Christmas this year – especially if you may have left it to the last minute. We have done all the hard work for you and put together a list of handy places you can go to get all your Christmas shopping done. It’s all online so you don’t need to worry about parking, big crowds, or pants. Now, get your credit card ready and start shopping.

Experiences

Experiences are a great gift option for a bunch of reasons; there is no waste, it’s fun, and you can invite yourself along to your own gift. Genius! Whether your friends are thrill seekers, enjoy the finer things in life, or adventurers looking to try something new, there are several Australian sites that offer a variety of experiences in most capital cities. This isn’t always the cheapest option, so best reserve it for your favourite people.

Here are some of our top picks:

Classes

The gift of learning is the gift that keeps on giving. One of the rising trends to come out of lockdown was online learning. People turned their boredom into a learning opportunity and took up all kinds of new hobbies such as macaroon making, painting, gardening, and, of course, sourdough baking. These hobbies and classes were a big part of getting through such a stressful time.

Learning a new skill shifts the focus away from any anxiety you might have,” explains Olivia James, a confidence coach and trauma therapist. “When you’re enjoying taking part in a hobby, it’s easier to be curious, investigative and playful, and you’re less likely to feel stressed or snappy.

Jump on this trend and gift a class to keep curious minds learning as well as keep stress at bay.

It can be a voucher for a one-off class, an online course, or an in-person workshop. Organisations like Class Bento, offer in-person classes you can attend as well as virtual classes. All classes are designed to be educational and a whole lot of fun along the way.

If you want an experience with the stars, Masterclass offers online classes with celebrities at the top of their game. The likes of Gordon Ramsay, Annie Leibovitz, and Margaret Atwood impart their wisdom in their respective fields.

If you’re anything like me, food is always a winner. Any class that involves cooking, means there will be food at the end.

Food

Speaking of food, in my humble opinion, there is no greater gift to give or receive. Food is the cornerstone of civilisations and cultures around the world.

Many of your local cafes and restaurants took a financial hit during the lockdown. Those that have survived are in need of your support. Check in to your favourite eatery and see if they have gift vouchers.

Or, if you’re in a different city or on the hunt for a new place to dine, check out sites like Groupon. They list a range of different venues and offer some great discounts.

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Be sure to read all the terms and conditions of any vouchers before you purchase them. They may have restrictions and exclusions.

If you do find a restaurant or cafe you think your recipient would enjoy, contact them directly to organise a voucher. They may offer a set menu voucher or a monetary value the recipient can spend on whatever they like.

If you’re on a tight budget, why not get a voucher from a cafe for a smaller amount and contribute to a coffee fund? Yum.

Subscriptions

Think beyond your standard magazine, these days you can get a subscription to just about anything. The subscription economy in Australia is booming, with two thirds of Aussies having at least one subscription service (think Netflix, Spotify).

A streaming service subscription would be the ideal gift, but if you really want to make someone’s year, how about a subscription box?

Imagine, getting a present in the mail every single month with a whole box of goodies. You can get a subscription box for pretty much anything these days, flowers, wine, coffee, makeup, undies, and so much more.

 

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Here are a few sites to see what kind of boxes are on offer.

Pamper Packs

Just like hospitality, the beauty industry took a pretty big hit. Guy, girl, young or old, everyone could use a bit of pampering and beautifying after what this year has dished out.

 

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Your local beauty parlour has more than likely put together some great pamper pack gift ideas for Christmas to treat those special people in your life.

With over 600 experiences at retailers across the country, the Beauty & Spa gift card is a convenient way to give the gift of pampered bliss.

Schitts Creek

It would be remiss of me to have a Christmas Shopping guide and not include, possibly the greatest show ever made. There’s something about the wholesome goodness, brilliant writing, pure joy and of course, Moira Rose, that makes this show an instant burst of dopamine. You would be hard pressed receiving any kind of Schitt’s Creek paraphernalia and not be filled with a glow of happiness. You can find some Rose family goodness on Etsy.

Need Christmas budgeting tips?

To stay on top of your finances this festive season, check out our Top 10 Christmas Budgeting Tips here.

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Suzi O'Shea

Written by Suzi O'Shea

Suzi O'Shea is a contributing writer for Oiyo. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Communications with honours from Southern Cross University. Suzi has worked in media for over 15 years and has been published in several online publications as well as print magazines. She has worked as a freelance writer, speaker, and change management facilitator.

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