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Five thoughtful and thrifty Christmas gift ideas

Category: home and DIY

If the magic of Christmas to you means thinking outside the box to make a neighbour, teacher, friend, or family member smile, then you’ll love these thoughtful gift ideas. From homemade jams in mason jars to personalised hampers and windowsill herb kits – plus some fantastic sustainable pressie ideas – there’s something for even the trickiest of giftees. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to show your nearest and dearest you care this year and with this handy list, you might even tick your Christmas gift shopping off early!


DIY advent calendar

The magic of Christmas can be found in the smallest of gestures. And they often don’t need to cost a thing. Which is why a thoughtful DIY advent calendar is a fantastic idea for those who’d like to spread some Christmas magic. 

Whether you get the kids involved in this DIY pressie to give to their favourite teacher or day care worker, or gift it to a neighbour who could use some Christmas cheer, it’s bound to make any giftee smile. Simply cut out 12 pieces of card, write 12 heartfelt notes on them, and pop them in mini envelopes. Then number them for the 12 days of Christmas, string them up on a piece of driftwood, and voila!  

Home comforts basket

Rather than searching for the one perfect gift to give this year, why not put together a hamper packed full of thoughtful treasures! You could even personalise them depending on your recipient. Are they a lover of fine foods and local produce? Pop in a wooden charcuterie board, locally-made choccies, and some nice glasses.

Do they enjoy a good yoga session and practicing gratitude every day? They’ll love to find a new diary, a 1L water bottle, and some magnesium salts. Or, perhaps they love nothing more than all the comforts of home like a brilliant recipe book, botanical hand wash, and a candle to burn every evening. For an extra thoughtful and festive touch, be sure to include a homemade item in each basket like some freshly baked Christmas cookies. Find some DIY baking inspiration here.

Home comforts basket

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Homemade preserves

There’s nothing like a homemade gift to let someone know how much you appreciate them. And the time spent on a DIY gift like homemade jam is rarely lost on the receiver. Not to mention, it’s a clever Christmas budget hack! But arguably one of the best parts about making homemade preserves, is you can make a big batch, pop it in some mason jars, tie a blank gift tag around it, and you’ll be ready for whenever a silly season event should arise.

Last-minute Christmas get-together with friends? Simply write a short and sweet note on the tag and off you go. Not to mention using up those empty jars and repurposing them as gifts is thrifty and sustainable! If you’d like some homemade jam inspiration, click here.


Edible gifts. Homemade preserves


Gift for the green thumb

Plants make you happier – it’s a fact! So, what better gift to give, someone you care about than a little succulent, herb planter kit, or terrarium. These make fantastic presents for neighbours, colleagues, and teachers because they don’t take up a lot of space (they’ll happily live on a desk or windowsill) and if you go down the herb garden path, it’ll become a gift that keeps on giving.

Think cute pots, DIY terrariums, and windowsill herbs, plus a handy straw visor for those green thumbs who find themselves in the garden every weekend. And to help your ‘giftee’ to remember which herb is which, some wooden popsicle sticks will come in handy (and look super cute, too!).


Gift for the green thumb

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The celebration gift box

This year more than ever we’re grateful for celebrations. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or Valentine’s Day to name a few, big or small, celebrations make up some of life’s most memorable moments. Though they seem to come around quicker every year! Which is why a thoughtful ‘gifting’ gift box is a great idea for those of us who are trying to become more organised but need a little helping hand. Full of beautiful gift wrap, DIY cards (hold a crafternoon with the kids and get creative), gold ribbon, fun printed tape, and gift tags, they’ll be thankful for this practical pressie every time a special occasion rolls around.

The celebration gift box
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Stockland gift card and keep cup 

As we inch closer to December 25, there’s no denying the weeks become busier and the weekends booked with Christmas gatherings. Which is why a Stockland gift card thoughtfully topped up to fund your recipient’s coffee orders for the silly season, is a brilliant last-minute pressie. You could even pop it inside a keep cup so they can sip sustainably all season long!

Gift Card


Finding your Christmas magic can be as small as a homemade jar of jam or a thoughtful bespoke hamper. So, share the magic this December and make sure you snap a picture of your gift ideas by tagging @StocklandShopping on Instagram! We can’t wait to see your clever creations.

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