Stuck on what to get people for Christmas? Look no further! You don’t always need a small cash loan just to afford some great gifts for your loved ones. We’ve got 21 great Christmas Gift ideas for NZ. From presents under $30 to handmade gifts to last-minute ideas, there is something for everyone.
- Bound family recipe book
- Monthly gift box subscription
- Trampoline – great children’s Christmas present idea
- Plan out a trip
- Get some lessons and make something from scratch
- Homemade candle
- Book a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Bunya Mountains
- Galaxy lamp or wave lamp
- Outdoor adventure voucher
- Instant print camera
- Jade carving lesson
- Buy New Zealand-made gifts
- Language lessons or subscriptions
- Make a Macramé Wall Hang
- A craft kit
- Homemade jam or chutney
- Photo calendar
- Homemade cosmetics
- Kitchen towel with family recipe
- Handmade family tree
- Visit local markets
1. Bound family recipe book
All of those precious family recipes get so easily lost when they are just written on a scrap of paper or floating around in someone’s memory. Get the recipes written up and bound in a personalised book to create that special homemade Christmas present that will last generations.
2. Monthly gift box subscription
Why make Christmas the only day to receive presents? When you buy a gift box subscription, you don’t have to worry about choosing the presents yourself and your gift will last longer than one day. There are plenty of budget subscription boxes on offer in NZ too, so you don’t have to spend a fortune.
3. Trampoline – great children’s Christmas present idea
If there’s one thing kids love, it’s being catapulted into the air for fun. Whether you splash out on a full-sized trampoline or opt for the smaller type, your kids are going to have a blast on Christmas morning.
4. Plan out a trip
This is an amazing gift for him or her. Gift your partner a trip away together that you have already planned out and budgeted for. Whether it’s a simple camping trip or a decadent getaway to a resort, the best part is having all the responsibility shouldered for you. If you need a small holiday loan to cover those initial costs, we’ll get you sorted in a flash.
5. Get some lessons and make something from scratch
Manual arts are taking off again and there are heaps of people offering individual or multiple sessions to help you learn a new craft. From woodworking to pottery to sewing. You’d be surprised how quickly you can pick up a few tips and tricks to handmake something truly special this Xmas.
6. Homemade candle
Look up some tutorials online or buy a candle-making kit to create a unique gift for mums. Plus, if you run out of time, you can always give the candle-making kit as the present!
7. Book a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Bunya Mountains
Give an old-school vibe to Christmas and book a romantic horse-drawn carriage through the Bunya Mountains. The perfect Christmas gift for him and her!
8. Galaxy lamp or wave lamp
Keep things simple, low-cost, and fun with a viral galaxy lamp. It’s one of those items you really want but never make the effort to purchase. So it would make a great gift for children, teens, and adults alike.
9. Outdoor adventure voucher
NZ has a lot to offer when it comes to having fun outside. Buy an adventure voucher to explore some of the fun activities on offer, like Ziplining through the rainforest, canyoning in the mountains, or caving in some deep, spooky caves.
10. Instant print camera
These days you snap a picture with your phone and never look at it again. Help someone recapture the old days with an instant print camera for Xmas.
11. Jade carving lesson
12. Buy New Zealand-made gifts
If you want a gift that feels personal but don’t have time to handmake something, consider buying something made in NZ. You’ll be supporting local businesses and giving a more unique gift for Christmas.
Here are just a few sites you can visit:
13. Language lessons or subscriptions
Plenty of us want to learn a new language, but it can be tough to put money into it when there are so many other expenses on your plate. You could purchase some in-person language studies as a Christmas gift, or a subscription to an app like Duolingo or Babbel (good for when you’re not sure what language they want to learn).
14. Make a Macramé Wall Hang
It’s an easier Christmas gift than you might think! Look up one of the many free tutorials on YouTube and create the perfect handmade gift for the holiday season.
15. A craft kit
Go beyond the paint and adult colouring books and invest in some more heavy-duty art supplies. Things like hot glue guns, carpet cutters, and staple guns are things you might not think to buy yourself but can be super helpful. Not only can they be used for art projects but it’s super handy to have around the home for minor repairs and renovations.
16. Homemade jam or chutney
If you’re one of those people who save up empty jars then your time has finally come. Activate cute grandma mode and make up some homemade jam or chutney to give out as a Christmas present. The best part is that you’ll get a whole heap of presents out of the way at once! Great if you’re looking for a more low-budget Christmas this year.
17. Photo calendar
This is a sweet gift idea for mums, dads, and grandparents – or if your friend has a super cute pet that is their baby! Collect some high-resolution photos together and order a personal calendar. You can find some super cheap options for as little as $10 online.
18. Homemade cosmetics
Brew up some lotions, face masks, and scrubs using the person’s favourite scent for a low-cost Christmas gift idea that has a special touch.
19. Kitchen towel with family recipe
The family recipe is always written on an old, faded scrap of paper floating around from place to place. Give a quirky gift this Xmas by getting the recipe stitched onto a hand towel, so it’ll always be in reach when they need it. You can get it embroidered on with special handwriting, or have it printed on.
20. Handmade family tree
This is a cool Christmas gift idea to make with the kids. All you need to do is use names or photographs and craft them into a tree structure.
21. Visit local markets
Markets are a great place to visit for some Christmas gift inspiration, especially if you need a last-minute gift. Take a look at the Local Markets NZ Facebook page for places to visit or the New Zealand Tourism website. Here is a site of some of the best NZ markets for you to check
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