Review.org Australia’s 50 Best Gifts

The Reviews.org Australia team shares some of the most surprisingly fantastic things they bought this year.

Reviews.org Australia's 50 Best Gifts of 2020

The most practical gifts you can give this year as recommended by the Reviews.org Australia team.

Words by Georgia Dixon and Brodie Fogg

Once a year, internet and capitalism come together for a steamy month of Black Friday sales, shopping events and corporate Christmas parties that births potentially millions of gift guides from your beloved tech and lifestyle publications. All your favourite news feeds become littered with gift guides. Gift guides for fathers, for mothers, lovers, brothers and friends. LoFi gift guides to study/relax to. Amongst the maelstrom of most popular gifts for your pet mongoose, there are a few quality guides but there’s also an unthinkable number of articles created where “best” translates to “highest-paying affiliate partnership”.

Don’t get us wrong, we use paid affiliate links too (and it really helps us out if you buy through our links) but this year we decided to reach out to the wider Reviews.org Australia editorial and publishing team for recommendations on the most surprisingly practical purchases they made this year. Of course, some of us couldn’t help ourselves (see: full-body Predator costume) but for the most part, the recommendations you’ll find below are items that the Reviews.org Australia team swear by.

Tech and accessories

Best Tech Gifts

Whether they’re glued to their smartphone or ensnared in a pit of computer cables, your tech friends are typically the easiest to buy for.

Here are our top picks for best tech gifts this year.

  1. POPSOCKET: $9.95 atAmazon
  2. Sony WH-1000XM4: $349 at Kogan
  3. LIFX Day & Dusk Smart Bulb: $35.99 at Amazon
  4. 1Password: 30-day free trial
  5. LOOONG 3-metre USB-C cable: $24.99 at Catch
  6. Jabra Active Elite 75t: $299 at Catch
  7. Razer Gaming Mouse Bungee: $37 at Amazon
  8. Sturdy 34L Nomatic Backpack: $241 at Nomatic
  9. Google Home Mini: $45 at Kogan
  10. Tile Key Finder: From $34.99 at Tile
  11. Nokia 2720 4G Flip Phone: $109 at Amazon
  12. Super Mario Star Light: $19 at Kmart
  13. JBL Pulse 4 Bluetooth Speaker: $299 at Bing Lee
  14. Fitbit Versa 3: $324 at The Good Guys
  15. Chromecast with Google TV: $98 at Kogan
Popsocket - Best Gifts
POPSOCKETS

For the friend who binges Netflix in bed.

Sony WH-1000XM4 - Best Gifts
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Noise cancel culture has gone too far. 

$532.90

LIFX - Day and Night - Best Gifts
LIFX Day and Dusk Smart Bulbs

For the friend’s apartment with all the ambience of an interrogation room. 

$44.99

1password - Best Gifts
1Password subscription

For that one friend who uses ‘password123’ for their internet banking.

US$2.99/mo

Belkin USB-C - Best Gifts
Belkin 3m BoostCharge USB-A to USB-C

For the gamer or smartphone user in your life longing for some distance.

Jabra Active Elite 75t - Best Gifts
Jabra Active Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds

The best buds in the business with no strings (or wires) attached. 

Mouse Bungee - Best Gifts
Razer Gaming Mouse Bungee

Extreme sports for your rodent friends. Also doubles as a brilliant cable management solution for gaming mice

$39.95

Nomatic - Best Gifts
Nomatic Backpack

For the commuter who carries too much tech.

Tile Pro - Best Gifts
Tile Pro

For someone who’s always losing their shit.

Nokia Flip Phone - Best Gifts
Nokia 2720 Flip 4G

Give Nan and Pop the gift of simplicity.

JBL Pulse 4 - Best Gifts
JBL Pulse 4 Bluetooth Speaker

Colours, man.

Fitbit Versa 3 - Best Gifts
Fitbit Versa 3 Fitness Tracker Smartwatch

A bossy wrist companion to guilt-trip you into moving your lazy butt.

Chromecast TV - Best Gifts
Google Chromecast TV

The best $99 you’ll spend this year.

Games and entertainment

Best Gaming and Entertainment Gifts

Who doesn’t love fun? If you’re friends or family are in need of some light entertainment this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with the classics, like Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Nintendo Switch.

These are the best entertainment and gaming gifts to help pass the time this year.

  1. Fitness Boxing for Switch: $59 at Amazon
  2. Paint by Numbers: From $35.18 at Amazon
  3. Secret Hitler Board Game: $66 at Kogan
  4. Super Mario 3D All-Stars: $64 at Kogan
  5. Gradient Puzzle: $29.99 at Myer

Fitness Boxing for Switch - Best Gifts

For the friend who watched Rocky once and now walks around the apartment shadow boxing.

Paint by Numbers - Best Gifts
MADE4U Animals Series

The Chicken Tonight for budding artists.

Secret Hitler - Best Gifts
Secret Hitler boardgame

Weed out the fascists at your next family gathering.

$119.95

Super Mario 3D All Stars for Nintendo Switch - Best Gifts
Super Mario 3D All Stars for Nintendo Switch

It’s a-me! 3D Mario!

$79.95

Gradient Puzzle - Best Gifts

Hues to say whether you’ll every actually finish it?

Home and lifestyle

Best Lifestyle Gifts

These handpicked gifts from the Reviews.org Australia team are products that changed our life in some way, big or small. Products that ended up giving us more than we bargained for, the very definition of gifts that kept on giving throughout the year.

Here are our top recommendations for the best home and lifestyle gifts this year:

  1. BIG 2.5L Water Bottle: $19.99 at Amazon
  2. Touchscreen Gloves: $12.10 at Amazon
  3. Sodastream: $59 at Kogan
  4. Smart Bidet with Heating: $359 at Kogan
  5. Digital Handheld Luggage Scale: $9.99 at Amazon
  6. Foot Hammock: $14 at Amazon
  7. Earasers: From $62.40 at Amazon
  8. Mezzaluna Rocking Kitchen Knife: $21.95 at Amazon
  9. Forever Sharp Kitchen Knives: $64 at Catch
  10. Betti Bossie Veggie Twister: $24.99 at Catch
  11. Pineapple Corer: $15.95 at Amazon
  12. Easy Weekends Cookbook: $30.95 at Booktopia
  13. Pink Flamingo Watering Can: $6.99 at Stratco
  14. Adhesive Cable Clips: $5.99 at Amazon
  15. Jar Opener: $7.95 at Amazon
  16. Rolling Garlic Crusher: $13.99 at Kogan
  17. Motion Activated Toilet Light: $12.99 at Kogan
  18. Instant Wine Aerator: $24.95 at Amazon
  19. Cooking Oil Sprayer: $34.95 at Catch
  20. Stainless Steel Soap Bar: $12.69 at Amazon
  21. Mycause Charity Donation: Choose from over 4,000 charities

Bottled Joy 2.5L Water Bottle

Touchscreen Gloves - Best Gifts
Achiou Winter Knit Gloves

Sterile swiping for your germaphobe friends.

$12.10 – $22.69

Sodastream - Best Gifts
SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker

For the friend who loves hydration but finds water “too cliché”.

Smart Bidet - Best Gifts
Kogan Smart Bidet with heating and automatic deodoriser

Give someone the freshest ass.

$849.99

Luggage Scale - Best Gifts
Fosmon Digital Luggage Scale

For someone with too much chonk in their tronk.

Foot hammock - Best Gifts
Foot Hammock for flights and desks

Give someone the feeling of first class on an economy budget.

$14.99

Earaser - Best Gifts
Earasers Hi-Fi earplugs

Invest in your muso mate’s hearing.

Mezzaluna Kitchen Knife - Best Gifts
Mezzaluna Kitchen Knife

A kitchen gadget that doubles as a knuckle-duster.

KNIVES - Best Gifts
Forever Sharp Kitchen Knives
Betty Bossie Veggie Twister - Best Gifts
Betty Bossi Veggie Twister

Send your food twirling, twirling towards freedom.

Pineapple Corer - Best Gifts
Noose Life – Pineapple Corer

For hard-core pineapple lovers.

Easy Weekends by Neil Perry - Best Gifts
Easy Weekends – Food by Neil Perry

Because your Uber Eats budget has gotten out of control.

Flamingo Watering Can - Best Gifts
Pink Flamingo 1.5L Watering Can

Because why the hell not?

Adhesive Cable Clips - Best Gifts
U-horizon Cable Tidy Clips

Clean your shit up and make Marie Kondo proud.

$5.99 for 6

Jar Opener - Best Gifts
AcoseE Jar Opener

For jars that even The Rock couldn’t open.

Garlic Roller - Best Gifts
Easy Grips Rolling Garlic Crusher
Motion Sensor Toiler Light - Best Gifts
Motion Activated Toilet Light

Drunk you will thank sober you later.

2 for $19.99

Instant Wine Aerator - Best Gifts
Arc Wine Instant Wine Aerator and Pourer

An instant decanter for the wine snob in your life.

Cooking Spray Dispenser - Best Gifts
Prepara Simply Mist Oil Sprayer

An eco-friendly solution David Attenborough would approve of.

Finger Fresh Stainless Steel Soap Bar - Best Gifts
KitchenCraft Finger Fresh Odour-removing Stainless Steel Soap Bar

A gentle way of telling your loved one their kitchen stinks.

Charity donation - Best Gifts
Mycause Donation Gift Cards

The gift of warm and fuzzies.

Over 4,000 charities

Fashion and Beauty

Best Fashion and Beauty Gifts

Look, we’re all about tech here at Reviews.org Australia but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some slick recommendations for the best in fashion and beauty. There’s only one way to get over a week of writing about deals and sales, and that’s some well-deserved self-care.

Here are a few of the best beauty and fashion gifts our team recommend if you’re planning on treating yourself (or someone else) this year.

  1. Ice Roller for Puffy Eyes: $35.50 at Amazon
  2. Deluxe Adult Predator Costume: $144.99 at Amazon
  3. Slick Daddy Beard Oil: $24.95 at Amazon
  4. Red Converse: $69.99 at Kogan
  5. Dafni Hair Straightening Brush: $144.95 at Oz Hair and Beauty
  6. This is Fine Face Mask: From $12.70 at Redbubble
  7. Allbirds Merino Wool Runners: From $95 at Allbird
  8. Aesop Immediate Moisture: $25 at Adore Beauty
Ice Roller Gift
Stacked Skincare Ice Roller

This surprisingly effective remedy for puffy eyes.

Beard Oil - Best Gifts
Slick Daddy Get Some Beard Oil

For your bearded friend who is sick of being asked if they use beard oil

Buy 5 for 15% off

red converse chuck taylors - best gifts
Red Converse Chuck Taylors

Channel your inner mid-2000s scene kid.

Dafni Hair Straightener - Best Gifts
Dafni Original Hair Straightening Brush

Easy hairstyling for lazy time-poor people.

This is Fine mask - Best Gifts
This is Fine facemask

I’m okay with the events that are currently unfolding.

$12 – $15ish

Allbirds Shoes - Best Gifts
Allbirds Merino Wool Shoes

No joke, the comfiest shoes you will ever wear.

$95 – $135

Aesop Immediate Moisture - Best Gifts
Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol
Cameo - Best Gifts
Cameo – Celebrity Shoutouts

Give your friends a family a personalised shout-out from legends like Billy Dee Williams, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath and comedian Pauly Shore.

From $15 to $2,500 (USD)