Some questions have expected answers. Like a ‘Bless You’ after a sneeze, an ‘Enjoy Your Trip?’ after a stumble or ‘Hi Hungry, I’m Dad’ when you announce your peckishness. They are sentiments drummed into our long-term memory like the alphabet, 2 times tables, remembering to look twice before crossing the road, or the lyrics to any Wiggles song.

The Christmas version of this learned Q & A goes a little something like this:

Statement: “I just have no idea what to buy them”

Response: “Get them a candle.”

Candles, for all their fragrancey merits, have become a sad, boring default. They are the tasteful LBD, the dinner-and-a-movie, the Toyota Corolla of gifts – and the wonderfully diverse people of your life deserve more than a predecessor to electric light globes.

Here’s a non-flammable last minute gift guide that will please every sort of person you know.


For The Obsessive Foodie

Who try recipes with difficulty ratings higher than ‘super easy’

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

Kitchenaid Artisan Diamond Blender – $279

SMEG 50s Style Toaster – $199

Sunbeam Mixmaster – $69.95


For The Green Thumb

To keep them (and their camellias) company

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

JBL Boombox Bluetooth Speaker – $249

Orla Keily Grow Your Own Chillies – $34.95

V&A Gardening Gloves – $39.95


For The Sibling You Owe

Gifts that say: “Thanks for reminding me of mum’s birthday”

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

Trent Nathan Leather Band Watch – $159

Marc Jacobs Eau So Decadent 30ml – $90

B&O Play Beoplay H4 Head Phones – $399


For The Sibling You’re Feuding With

You still haven’t forgiven them for stealing your Easter Eggs in ’98

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

Sunnylife Soap-On-A-Ropes – $18.95


For The Beauty Queen

Handy products to hide the Christmas hangover

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

MAC Snow Ball Advanced Brush Kit – $115

Bobbi Brown Mini Lip Set – $240

Tonymoly Face Mask Set – $20


For The New Home-Owner

Upgrade from an IKEA Gift Card

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

Grand Designs Hoya Hanging Plant -$299.95

Wedgewood Wonderlust Tonquin Tray 14.5cm – $59.95

John Lewis Design Project Vase – $79.95


For The One Who’s #BodyIsATemple

Hours of instagrammable health and wellness content

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

Jomeis Fine Foods Matcha 100g – $16.99

S’Well Stainless Steel Drink Bottle 500ml – $59.95

Naturally Nourished By Sarah Britton – $39.95


For The One About To Go On Holiday

Frankly, you’re still upset you didn’t receive an invite/plane ticket in return

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

Mon Purse Black Luggage Tag (monogrammed) – $69

Herschel Travel Kit – $59.95

Kindle Voyage e-reader – $299


 For The Permanently Childish

They learnt how to colour inside the lines but still prefer a Jackson Pollock approach

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

Atari Flashback 8 Classic Console – $79

Sphero Star Wars BB-8E App-Enabled Droid – $249.95

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon – $249


For The Practically Minded

(and hungry)

Last Minute Christmas Gifts More Creative Than A Candle.

Random Harvest Mustards Duo 2x150g – $20

Traditional Christmas Pudding 1kg – $20

Edinburgh Preserves Chutneys & Relishes 750g box – $40


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