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Your Hassle-Free Xmas Shopping Guide

Did you know there are only five more Wednesdays until Christmas?! If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, there is no need to panic. I’ve got you covered with gift ideas that your family and friends will love and will make your shopping experience a breeze.


The biggest challenge with gifting is often coming up with an idea of what to get! Here’s my suggestion – when considering the person you are buying for, think of something they want, something they need, something they can wear, and something they can read. If you’re still not sure what to get within these categories and haven’t noticed any subtle hints over the last few months, try speaking to someone close to the person you are buying for. As a last resort, you can opt for a gift voucher inline within one or a few of the following categories depending on your budget.

Shop local and support small businesses

Like most people, I love department and big chain stores. Given the pandemic this year, I will try to purchase from local and small business owners where I can. That’s why I recommend taking a stroll down to your local shops for your Christmas shopping this year! You can also look online at sites such as Spend With Us to support rural and regional small businesses impacted by bushfire, drought and COVID-19. Visit Victoria is another great site to purchase from (given the impacts of the second wave on small businesses in metro and regional Victoria). Buying gifts for others always gives me the warm and fuzzies and it’s great to know on top of that, my purchase is supporting other families to have a great Christmas too!


Whether it’s fashion or fishing, there is a magazine for almost all interests. A subscription is a gift that keeps on giving! Not only do you have a gift arriving each month, but there’s also the thrill of a delivery arrival which has kept many of us going this year. A magazine subscription is also great as it creates an opportunity to curl up with a cocktail or cuppa and indulge in a bit of ‘me’ time. The kids don’t have to miss out either. With a toy library subscription, they’ll always have ‘new’ toys to play with while reducing the clutter at home and being good for the environment.


Personalisation is a big trend. Seeing a monogram with your initials on a pair of socks can really elevate their status in the world of gifting – unless they are socks with fun prints which I am a big fan of (in case you’re wondering, ‘hint, hint’). Whether you personalise jewellery, a handbag or create a custom t-shirt, the receiver will appreciate the personal touch. In keeping with this year’s iso theme, I think a family photo made into a jigsaw puzzle will be a fun gift! For the grandparents, a framed photo of their grandchildren, or their faces on a mug or a t-shirt if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, will go down well.


Save time by purchasing online and taking advantage of click and collect services. You can also drop off your presents to be gift wrapped at most shopping centres and take yourself out for coffee. You’ll feel great knowing you are also doing a good deed as proceeds go to charities. Most small businesses also offer great gift wrapping as well.

The gift of giving

Sometimes the greatest gift we can give is to the people whose smiles we won’t see and “thank-yous” we don’t hear but whose lives we will likely touch. The Kmart Wishing Tree is available this year instore and online. Salvation Army representatives collect the gifts from Kmart stores and oversee their distribution to those in need.  It’s worth noting that gifts donated do not need to be purchased from Kmart (for further gift guidelines, take a look at their website). But the greatest gift you can give could save a stranger’s life.

Happy giving! I hope your loved ones have a great Christmas together.

As always, please let us know if there are any topics you would love us to look into or you have any queries or feedback. You can reach us at marketing@hoban.com.au

Phuong Ong

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