50 Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas for 2020
Christmas is a time for giving. For spending time with family and friends. According to Google it’s “an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration.” The word itself - Christmas - originates from the terms "Christ's mass" as it was first recorded in 1038.
When you peel away the layers, one of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men. Conventionally, presents are left in shoes or boots put out by the children, stockings left hanging by the fireplace or under a Christmas tree.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, the coming together of loved ones to share in a special celebration of life is most agree is truly important. You don’t need to buy presents to enjoy this life celebration. Sharing a laugh with a friend, family member or neighbour is often the best gift of all.
How much should I spend on Christmas gifts?
Giving a gift can be exciting. You feel generous and take pleasure in bringing joy to others as they reveal their surprise. But how much should you spend? Studies suggest many of us spend $500+ on Christmas gifts each year. Some well over $1000. Commonly, people may spend $50 per gift, depending on the person they're buying for… and these estimates are climbing. But we’re here to show you that you don’t need to spend the earth to spread cheer this Christmas. In fact, you can find some truly awesome gifts for under $10!
What is Secret Santa?
Playing secret santa, particularly if you have a large group or friends or extended family, is a great way to have a fun time, enjoy the excitement of generously giving a gift, without spending a fortune. Secret santa is an arrangement where a group of friends or colleagues exchange presents anonymously. Each person of the group is assigned one person for whom to provide a small gift, typically costing no more than a set amount. So in a group of ten people, each person buys one gift for one other person instead of buying nine gifts (one for everyone). It’s particularly fun if you set a theme, like funny gifts, gags and gadgets or a price limit of under $20.
What is the difference between Secret Santa and Kris Kringle?
Nothing, they’re essentially the same thing. In fact, they’re nothing more than a spin on the traditional namesakes; St Nicolas or Chris Kindle.
DIY Christmas gift ideas you can do on a shoe-string budget
- Homemade Gingerbread
- DIY Cross Stitch Ornament Gift
- Christmas Lights Leggings
- Personalised photo lanterns
- Gourmet Marshmallows
- Cutting Board Spice Rack
- Trophy Bottle Stopper
- Goat's Milk Soap
- Knitted Tea cosies
- Witty Embroidered Handkerchiefs
Awesome stocking stuffers under $20
Fun Christmas gift ideas for him
- 3D wooden bow tie
- Hypnotic 3D spiral t-shirt
- Waterproof running socks
- 22 in 1 smart watch
- Waterproof and stain-proof t-shirt
- Uni-optic sunglasses
- Wooden chronograph watch
- 4 in 1 wireless headphone
- Lightweight toe socks
- 480p mini RC camera drone
Cool Christmas gift ideas for her
- Adorable cat stud earrings
- Vintage braided leather bracelet watch
- Cute dog or fox backpage
- Funky hooded travel neck pillow
- Big shot roulette drinking game
- Mirror makeup iPhone case
- Funny laptop protective case
- Music note watch
- Emoji stickers for scrapbooking
- Psychedelic wall art
Christmas gift ideas for people who already have everything
- Tactical army drink cooler
- Bluetooth leather wallet with locating beacon
- Lego-style silicone mold
- Novelty Donald Trump toilet paper
- 4K 360 degree panoramic video camera
- Lego-style coffee mug
- Metal magnetic flexi fidget pen
- Novelty pizza or bread pen
- Mini portable phone cooling fan
- Coffee/latte art stencils
5 Ways to Beat the Christmas Rush!
- Make a list before you go shopping using guides just like this as inspo. Walking around aimlessly with no idea is slow, tiring and expensive because you’ll end up settling on a boring gift just to get the job done.
- Start shopping early. Many stores have Christmas sales as early as September. Getting in early is a sure fire way to bag a bargain, avoid the crowds and ensure you’re not missing out on that cool gift because you left it too late and it’s out of stock.
- Save time by shopping online. Taking advantage of free delivery to your door when doing your Christmas by shopping online from the comfort of your lounge not only avoids the crowds… but if you shop when your favourite awesome store has a sale, you can save $$ too!
- Search the catalogues. Browse buyer’s guides, online catalogues or gift guides like this to narrow down a shortlift of gift ideas.
- Don’t waste your money on expensive cliche wrapping paper. Instead, why not get creative and make your own wrapping paper, order a special photo wrapping paper from a place like photobookaustralia for that sentimental touch?
How to wrap Christmas presents like a pro!
Step 1: Cut the wrapping to size - Place the present facedown on top of your wrapping. Use scissors to cut the paper along one side leaving enough sheet to cover both sides of the box. Cut paper from roll leaving an inch of overhang.
Step 2: Wrap the paper around - Pull paper tightly over the far end of the present and stick it down with double-sided tape, and crease paper along the box's edge.
Step 3: Join the ends - Unroll the paper and bring it to meet the already wrapped end. Fold the extra inch under and crease along the fold then stick down using double-sided tape.
Step 4: Neatly close the ends - This can be tricky so take your time. Push the sides of paper inward, creating four 45-degree-angle flaps, then crease along flaps. Fold each flap in, starting with the top, then the sides, then the bottom and stick them down using double-sided tape.
Step 6: Close the other side following the same method.
Step 7: Add ribbon for a special touch - Lie the present facedown on a length of ribbon, pull the ends of the ribbon up and bring right end over the left. Pull widthwise so they cross. Turn the box over. You should have two ribbon ends of about the same length.
Step 8: Tie a double knot using your fingers to shape the loops.
Step 9: Trim the ends - Pinch the ribbon ends lengthwise and cut at a 45-degree angle to create forked ends and you’re done!