CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS
Whilst many in the Northern hemisphere celebrate Christmas under a thick cover of snow, Christmas in Australia is all about a warm barbeques with family and friends – a mighty celebration of the year just passed. Christmas is a time for everyone to come together and eat, drink and exchange gifts (or coal if you have been naughty!)
Once you’ve stuffed yourself silly and had a few too many beers, it’s time to plonk and hand out the Christmas presents. If you’ve shopped at Yellow Octopus you’ll have a mountain on unique Christmas gifts piled under the tree ready to put some smiles on some dials.
Unique Christmas Gifts for Everyone
One thing is for certain when it comes to Christmas, you’ll have a list of people to buy for a mile long. From close family, extended family, partners, work colleagues and friends, Christmas shopping can be an arduous task. You don’t want to be spending countless hours parking the car, lining up in countless different shops and carrying tonnes of gifts around with you. It’s a much better solution to get everything in the one place and have it delivered to your door. The problem is, what sort of store has something for literally everyone? With 2840 items to choose from, there will be absolutely no problem finding unique Christmas gifts for your grandma, neighbour or even your kid’s teacher!
Find some seriously awesome Christmas gifts for mum…
When was the last time you spoiled your mum? Was it Mother’s Day? Shame on you…
Get mum something special this year, something better than a bar of soap or a few sticks of incense. It doesn’t matter what your mother is into, whether it be cooking, baking, gardening or reading there’s bound to be something in our huge range.
Tried and true Christmas Gifts for Men
There must be a few blokes on your list to buy for! Serious Aussie men require some serious Aussie gifts. Whether his interests lies in sport or barbequing. Drinking or gaming. Pop culture or fishing. It won’t take too find ideal Christmas gifts for dad or the perfect Christmas gifts for boyfriend.
Go for an ‘wowee’ expensive option or buy a few smaller, inexpensive things. If you are looking for something for a specific personality or interest one of our personalised gift boxes could be just the ticket. The bespoke box comes with a design and the recipient’s name etched beautifully.
Are your parents inseparable? Two peas in the same pod? Rather than getting them each a personal gift, why not roll the love into one almighty Christmas gifts for parents? Kill two birds with one stone!
Christmas Planning Checklist:
The Complete Guide To Nailing Christmas Day
Need some help planning out the festive season? Yellow Octopus is here to help. Before you can have all the fun, and experience all the unique gifts there is a lot to organise.
Well In Advance (At least three but possibly 6 months in advance)
Make a watertight family plan. Arrange where Christmas is happening and who is responsible for what. Get a rough list of numbers and make sure everyone knows what’s happening
If there are friends and family travelling from overseas or interstate, make sure travel arrangements and accommodation are organised
Eight to Ten Weeks Away:
Get all of your plans on paper. Make a calander and stick it up on the fridge, include all the activities that will be involved for Christmas Day
Prepare what Christmas food you can in advance and start stocking up the freezer. This will alleviate the pressure when it gets closer to the 25th of December (when it’s time to relax)
Start preparing to mail out your Christmas cards – work out who is on your list, update it then stock up on Christmas cards so you’re ready to go when it comes time to scribe your Christmas messages
Stock up the Christmas cupboard with staples such as Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon, bon bons, festive serviettes and other non-perishable items
Early November (Approx 6 weeks Before):
Create your Christmas shopping list either on paper or using one of the useful tools online. You can even use the Yellow Octopus wishlist to great effect. Simply add things that you love as you find them then save your wishlist and come back to it later. Don’t forget to come up with a realistic budget to spend on gifts, and stick to it! Because it’s Christmas time, there is the tendency to want to go overboard and live above your means. But come January you will regret it!
Start seriously Christmas shopping. The more time you give yourself the better. At least that is what some would have you think but at Yellow Octopus, you’ll only need a couple of hours so don’t fret. Starting your Christmas shopping early can be highly advantageous in that you can avoid the pitfalls around delivery. Leaving things to the last minute can have disastrous consequences such as receiving your order too late.
Late November (4 weeks before):
Finish off any online shopping that is not yet complete. Do the majority of it here at Yellow Octopus, of course. This should leave you with ample time to get everything wrapped.
Keep in mind that hiding gifts may not be enough. If there are kids in the house they are sure to be on the lookout for any stray Christmas gifts that may be lurking around. The old present cupboard is a bad idea. A better strategy is to wrap gifts as you go, that way you’d have to be mightily naughty to find out.
Do a Christmas stocktake. Make sure you thoroughly check everything from Christmas décor and decorations to glasses, cutlery, serving dishes. Don’t forget to check the easily forgotten stuff such as baking trays etc.
You’ve already written your Christmas cards so that’s great. Now it’s time to pop them in the envelopes, attach a stamp and add the addresses. You’ll then have ready-to-mail Christmas cards. For an awesome run-down of how to address Christmas cards correctly, check out this guide from Australia Post.
First Week of December (3 weeks before):
Get your completed stack of cards, pop them in a sack and march on down to the post office. It’s time to mail out your Christmas cards to ensure they get there in time!
Set up your Christmas tree. This is a great time to set up your Christmas tree if it is live one as it will stay fresh and retain it’s needles right up until after Christmas. If you’re using a plastic tree you don’t need to keep it fresh but it’s still nice to have it up for a few weeks before the big day. All your Christmas presents will be ready and raring to go, start stacking them around the base of the tree.
Don’t be too late when it comes time to decorate. Whether you love going all out, or are more a fan of the understated look, the first week of December is the time to deck the halls.
Finalise your menus and write a food shopping list. It’s time to start planning out the feast. This is also the time to order the key centrepieces of the meal such as the Turkey and Ham. These items are in short supply and must be ordered well in advance to avoid disappointment. Make sure to talk with your butcher and get the correct cooking times for the meat.
A Couple of Weeks to Go (2 weeks out):
If you’re lucky, you might have already knocked off work for the year. This is the time to start shopping in earnest. Stock up on booze and non-perishable items. It’s time to get anything that can be stored in the pantry. You’re bound to forget things, so an early shop gives you time to work out whatever you missed so that you can pick it up when you do the fresh food shopping closer to the date.
Make the Christmas pudding. If you intend on having a Christmas Pudding, these will keep. Additionally, you may want to consider starting to cook things that can be frozen. The more you can do now, the less you will have to do closer to the day.
One Week to Go:
It’s now getting to the home stretch – time to start pulling everything together!
Give the house a massive clean from top to bottom. Really get in their good. You’ll probably have to give it a quick once over immediately before, but this should break the back of it. Don’t forget to empty out the fridge as much as possible so it’s ready to be filled with Christmas goodies.
Once the house is clean, if you have guests staying this is the time to set up the guest room so it’s ready to go.
3-4 Days Before:
Finish off the shopping. It’s time to get all the fresh items and any pantry items that you may have forgotten.
If possible, set the table now. If you don’t require the table for anything then you may as well get everything laid out and ready to go. A Christmas spread is a complicated beast so it may take some fiddling to get the table set out to your liking. If you’re being super nerdy you can take a sketch of the layout
2 Days Before:
Time to dust the apron and get in that kitchen. You’ve got a swathe of hungry guests arriving in 48 hours and time is running out. But don’t sweat it, you’ve got this. You’ve probably already stashed a few things in the freezer, the plum pudding is done so things aren’t that bad. Just start chugging through.
Get some fresh flowers to make sure the house looks lush and fresh. 48 hours before guests arrive is a perfect time to purchase fresh cut flowers as this will give them the right amount of time to open and bloom so they will be cherry ripe on the day. Buy your flowers any sooner and they might start to turn, any later and they won’t be ready.
The Day Before:
This is when you can finish off all the little odds and ends. Hopefully, if you’ve followed the checklist you’ll be totally organised and on schedule and there will be barely anything left to do.
In no particular order here are the last things you want to complete before the big day: finish any last minute wrapping of presents, cool any beverages from room temperature, recharge the battery on the camera or video camera, quick tidy up.
Congratulations, you have made it to Christmas Eve without self-combusting or murdering someone. You are now totally organised for Christmas Day so sit down and relax, it’s time to kick up your feet and enjoy a well earned drink.