Gifts we (and people like us) actually want this year

Anula Wiwatowska
Dec 12, 2023
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If you're stuck on a gift, some times it helps to hear what someone like them might want. We've got an eclectic cross-section of nerds, gamers, and all-around enthusiasts working at So we asked them what they want for Christmas.

To use this guide, navigate to whomever you think best describes the person you're buying for. Got a new mum who needs a gift? See what Christie wants this year. Know someone who loves a weird movie - check out Fergus's picks. Looking for something for the person who already has hundreds of bottles of wine? Try Alex!


Who are you buying for?


WFH dog mum | Soon-to-be human mum
Sunflower snuffle mat
Surprisingly durable even among the most excitable pups, this beautiful Sunflower Snuffle Mat keeps my pets entranced during my meetings or if I just want to pace their meals.
Desk Yoga Deck: 52 Simple Practices for Mental and Physical Wellness, No Matter Where You Work
Desk Yoga Deck
As someone whose job requires them to sit still for long periods of time, this gift means I can still keep somewhat active — usually without leaving my chair!
UNDER $100
dreamegg portable sound machine
Dreamegg portable white noise machine
This baby sound and light machine is portable, rechargeable and plays soothing, white noise. It's also lightweight, travel-friendly and it emits a warm, white light that won't blind you during late-night baby tasks.


Home cook | Lover of RPGs | Purveyor of cosy games
Zelda Uno Card Game Special Legend Rule Exclusive Edition
Zelda Uno Deck
UNO, but give it a Legend of Zelda twist. This version comes with some special action cards, plus beautiful illustrations of your favourite Zelda characters.
The Official D&D Cookbook
The best gift I’ve gotten was the Heroes’ Feast, a Dungeons and Dragons-inspired cookbook. It contains hearty recipes, easily transportable snacks for the adventure ahead, fancy meals fit for elven royalty, and cocktails the whole tavern can enjoy.
UNDER $100
Toadstool Thicket Handmade Dice Set
Toadstool Thicket Dice Set
These handmade dice set are reminiscent of your favourite fantasy locations. Mountains, trees and a beautiful clear viewing area. A gorgeous addition to any campaign.


Foodie | Metalhead | Wine school drop out
Chotto Motto Crispy Chilli Oil
Any foodie would appreciate this chilli crisp. Flavourful, with a good bunch of spice - you're really just giving them a new addiction.
When No Birds Sang by Nothing and Full of Hell vinyl
"This is a shoegaze and grindcore crossover album, and shoegaze x metal crossovers are very trendy right now." - Alex (take his word for it)
UNDER $100
Vinturi Red Wine Aerator
Red wine aerator
For those who want their wine to breath, but don't want to wait for a glass. This bougie wine aerator might impress them enough to open a good bottle with you.


Sicko | Cinephile | Board gamer
A24 Mug
A24 Mug
The most deadpan mug you can get to support your favourite A24 film.
Selling Frankenstein's Feet Pix Online - 11 x 17 Print
Big Cartel posters
Gorgeously cinnematic prints, meet the humour of the chronically online. What more could you ask for?
UNDER $100
Queen by Midnight
Queen By Midnight
A tabletop board game that is bound to become overly competitive? They'll love that.


Sleepy | Aspiring gardener | Martini snob
Satan's Slumber tea
Tea time with a devilish twist. This mixture of chamomile with hops, valerian and lavender will send anyone off to sleep like the dead.
Mini martini studs
Do you know anyone who loves dirty martinis and doesn't make it half their personality? Didn't think so. These little studs are a cute gift for the cocktail connoisseur.
UNDER $100
Plants in a Box: Birds and Bees Australian Native Plant Pack
Native plant pack
Gardening in Australia can be harsh and unforgiving, but Australian natives aren't. This gift pack is perfect for the beginner gardener looking for a low barrier-to-entry project for the yard.


Gym rat | Organisational aspirant
foam rollers
Foam roller
A life changing gift for gym rats. I would never have thought to buy one for myself but am forever thankful for the gift.
Orbitkey Key holder
The perfect miniature organisation system for anyone trying to get more organised. Do away with jangly keys in the most stylish way possible.
UNDER $100
The official Bullet Journal
For the person who is always trying to be better organised and may have varying success the Bullet Journal is an excellent gift that allows them much more flexibility that a traditional rigid planner would provide.
Anula Wiwatowska
Written by
Anula Wiwatowska
Anula is the Content and Social Media Editor within the extended universe. Working in the tech space since 2020, she covers phone and internet plans, gadgets, smart devices, and the intersection of technology and culture. Anula was a finalist for Best Feature Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards, and an eight time finalist across categories at the IT Journalism Awards. Her work contributed to WhistleOut's Best Consumer Coverage win in 2023.

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