The Christmas decorations have no doubt been up at the shops for weeks now, but consider this a friendly reminder that it’s November, and that means that Christmas is getting closer.
More and more shopping is getting done online these days, and this year we can expect to see even more online sales as people continue to observe social distancing. That means that it’s best to beat the rush and get your gifts sorted sooner rather than later.
To help you get some shopping done for your loved ones from the comfort of your own home, here’s some of our favourite online stores that ship to Australia. No matter what their tastes, you’re bound to find the perfect gift if you just know where to look – and maybe pick up something for yourself while you’re at it!
Okay, maybe we’re a little biased as a tech company, but if you have any geeks or gamers in your life, you’ll find something they love at YellowOctopus. Their store is packed a wide range of quirky merchandise for just about every pop culture franchise you can think of, plus plenty of science-themed gifts for all ages.
If you’re looking for a special gift, Etsy is home to the various wares of countless artisans and vintage up-cyclers around the world. Art, homewares, jewellery, leather goods, pottery, toys… you name it, and someone is probably making it! And if your loved one happens to be a little crafty themselves, Etsy also has a range of crafting supplies and tools that might help their next creation. Just be sure to get in ASAP if you’re opting for a custom or personalised present – good creations take time!
Why give a gift when you can give an experience? RedBalloon thinks outside of the box (literally) to offer up all kinds of cool and interesting things to do in your local area. They cater to a wide variety of tastes, from fine dining experiences and relaxing spa days to more exciting options like hot air ballooning and race car rides! If you’re not sure where to start, you can scroll through their Bucket List ideas for some inspiration.
Joke gifts, boredom busters and novelty gadgets: GyroFish has got you covered! They pride themselves on collecting the coolest stuff on the planet for all your gifting needs. If you know someone who doesn’t take life too seriously or gets a kick out of inappropriate gifts, then you’re bound to find something they enjoy on GyroFish.
As the name suggests, HardtoFind has a wide range of beautiful, quirky and unusual gifts for those with great taste. The store specialises in homewares, art, fashion and jewellery, every item has been curated with aesthetic in mind. They also have plenty of customised gifts options for those who want to add a personal touch (and if you’ve left it a little late, turnaround is generally faster than artisanal finds on Etsy).
This one isn’t so much a store as it is a treasure trove of ideas for DIY creations. After all, some of the most thoughtful gifts are those you made yourself – not to mention that they’re a budget-friendly option for those looking to rein in their Christmas spend. The Spruce Crafts has a whopping 100 homemade gift ideas to try your hand at making. Have a scroll through and see if something catches your eye!
Do you have a go-to online store for your gift shopping? Tell us about it in the comments.