Last-minute ‘get out of trouble’ gift guide for Christmas

Do you usually leave your shopping until an hour before the stores close? With limited time or a limited budget, finding a great gift can be a real struggle, but fear not! This guide to last-minute gifts will help you rind the perfect present without blowing the bank.

Know your budget

It’s important to work out your budget – you might know how much you’d like to spend, but this might not match up to what you can afford. Thinking about your budget can save you from making panicked purchases.

What to buy?

Consider the person you’re buying for and try checking out their social media pages to see what they’re into. You won’t be able to take advantage of online shopping at the last minute, but you can browse the web for inspiration.

Ask for help

Tell a salesperson who you’re buying for and what your budget is, and let them give you their last minute gift ideas. After all, this is what they do.

Save big with second hand

Get more bang for your buck with a reconditioned or second-hand gift. Pre-loved books make great gifts for anyone who loves the vintage look, while music, movies, games and gadgets are entertaining no matter where they’ve come from. Just look for something you think they’d love – it really is the thought that counts, after all..

Last minute present ideas to save Christmas day

Little kids

Little kids don’t care so much what a gift is or how much it costs – they just want to rip paper off something and play with it. How about a remote-control car or helicopter, stuffed toys, dolls or dinosaurs, puzzles or games, or water pistols for hours of summer fun? You can have very happy kids for $20 or less.

Grown-up kids

These tend to be a touch more fussy – they know their labels and don’t always appreciate Santa’s taste in clothes. Brands can cost, so second hand is a good option here. You can pick up a pre-loved Xbox or Playstation in perfect working condition, as well as a bunch of games to go with it. Or how about inspiring their creativity with a second-hand musical instrument?


Walk away from the smelly soap and candles counter. Jewellery is the ideal gift idea for women. It makes for a great lasting memento of your affection, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune – you can find lovely second-hand pieces for less than $100. Yes, choosing jewellery for someone else can be a bit risky, so have a think about their style first.


Tried and true is the best gift idea for men. For the handyman, a new tool can fit easily into your budget, with second-hand prices starting from as low as $15. Box-set DVDs are another good option, or if you’ve got a bit more to spend pre-loved sports gear could also go down a treat.

It’s never too late to find the perfect gift. Get to it and have a very Merry Christmas.

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