Last minute gifts that’ll make anyone happy this Christmas

Ran out of time this Christmas and need a quick, successful shop for presents to please the whole crowd? No matter what their hobbies are, these last-minute gifts are sure to be a hit.

Christmas can be a crazy time of year. There’s a lot to do and not much time to do it in. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to buy someone who is particularly picky or perhaps is the person who already has everything, we’re here to help.

These picks are practical and range from low price points to high end – so there’s something for everyone!

Headphones/Earphones

Headphones and earphones are a great present pick because everyone uses them, and pretty much everyone could use a spare pair! They range from basic functionality to noise-cancelling and premium-sounding.

Convenience is key with wireless headphones being obviously tangle-free but also catering for newer models of smartphones that go without the earphone jack. Apple AirPods are a good choice for iPhone users!

Bluetooth models are a great option for travellers too, as well as foldable headphones and earphones small enough to fit in pockets for the gym junkies.

There are plenty of varieties to pick from for the business-busy, the DJ and the kids.

Powerbank

Something everyone can appreciate is a powerbank – because sooner or later comes the regret of not having one on hand! They’re small enough to slip into a briefcase or handbag and can be a lifesaver in a (tech) crisis.

Opt for a colourful one if you want to make the gift more personal!

If your gift recipient is a driver, a car charger is just as handy. Don’t forget to double check their phone charger port to find the appropriate wire!

Portable speaker

Downunder, Christmas is simultaneous with summer. So what better way to enjoy the sunshine than with some good tunes at the BBQ, beach and… anywhere! A portable speaker can prove to be handy and a whole lot of fun (with minimal effort).

They’re be pumping their favourite tunes in great quality with a Bluetooth speaker. A waterproof or splashproof speaker is a big plus if you’re gifting to a beach-lover!

If they’re a real adventurer and love the outdoors, gift them a portable speaker with a clip so that they can attach it to their bike or backpack when they’re on-the-go – like these ones from JBL.

Coffee machine

If you’re gifting a coffee-lover, this one’s a no-brainer! There’s no need to go down to the café to get a good cuppa joe when you can make one in the comfort of your home – they’ll thank you for that 😉

There’s a great selection of coffee machines from many world-renowned brands in a variety of sizes so you can pick one that won’t leave them strapped for counter space. If they already have a machine, opt for grinders, coffee beans/pods or coffee accessories.

Do they prefer tea over coffee? A KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker is the perfect gift. They’ll be able to brew tea leaves for flavoured iced tea all summer long!

Fitbit

A Fitbit is so much more than just a wristband. It’s an all-day tracking device that’s innovative and suitable for anyone of any age.

Its features will inspire a healthier lifestyle with heart rate, activity, and sleep tracking, and so much more. It can connect to a smartphone, deliver notifications, and has an incredible battery life.

It’s just as stylish, too, with interchangeable bands and a wide range of colours to choose from. It might be just what they need to pull through with those New Years resolutions!

Small kitchen appliance

They don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy a small blender. These small appliances are super easy to use and will transform the way they have breakfast and enjoy summer drinks. ‘On-the-go’ types of blenders (with a bottle to detach and drink immediately from) will be their diet game-changer.

Gift them some smoothie recipes with the blender if you know they’ll need a head start!

Are they more of an entertainer? Opt for a food processor or mixer – they’re so versatile in the kitchen that they’ll be able to make dips, soups, pastes and more. Just check out these 3 impressive dips that they’ll be able to whip up!

A juicer is another great idea and will encourage more nutritious drinks if they’re trying to cut out the fizzy sodas – perfect for a family with little ones!

How to beat the Christmas rush

You might be thinking, “Surely it’s way too early to be worrying about Christmas presents” – don’t be fooled! The tinsel and baubles are already making their way into the department stores and before you know it, you’ll find yourself in aisle 6 with the rest of the nation hoping to snatch the last board game on the shelf.

Christmas is a wonderful yet crazy time of year, and to truly enjoy it you should start getting organised. Especially when it comes to gift-buying.

You might think you know what your kids, family members and close friends might want for Christmas and yet most of us find ourselves panicked as the 25th creeps closer.

Here are our top tips for beating the Christmas rush.

Pace yourself

Don’t leave all your purchases for the week or two before Christmas. Make yourself a list (like Santa) and keep track of who you’re buying for. It’ll prevent you from accidentally leaving someone out or miscalculating the boxes of chocolate!

Start ticking off the gifts and make purchases slowly while you find yourself in a shopping centre over the next few weeks. It’ll also aid the amount of splurges and costly expenses that are seemingly inevitable in the short period before Christmas.

Collect catalogues

Catalogues are the paper version of Pinterest. You see something, you can circle it and add it to the “buy” list. Without putting too much thought into it, you can generally get a good gift idea by simply flipping through the pages.

So start collecting! Grab a catalogue as you walk out of a store and add it to a dedicated pile at home. Allocate some time to sort through it with a texter, highlighter or post-it notes on hand (sounds OTT but it’ll help, promise!).

Flip to a section that you know would be of interest to the person you’re buying for and the world is your oyster. This is particularly useful if you do not have the same interests as that person.

When you’re done, you’ll know exactly which stores you’re headed to when doing the Christmas shopping and voilà – no stress!

Don’t underestimate catalogues.

Browse and shop online

There’s nothing like sitting on your couch at any hour and having the entire online shopping world at your fingertips. Browsing online is great because you can add to your cart or your wishlist before purchasing.

After you’re satisfied with your selection, all you have to do is make your purchase and then try not to stare out your window for the delivery.

Here’s the most important thing to remember when making online purchases for Christmas: order your presents well before Christmas Day. Even if the estimated shipping is one or two days before Christmas, it’s not worth the risk! Don’t forget that the rest of the world is at their ordering peak at this time of year too, and it is not uncommon for there to be over-orders and delays.

Give yourself the peace of mind in knowing that your purchases will be delivered with plenty of time to spare instead. At Bing Lee, we recommend placing your order 7 days before Christmas at the latest.

Separate gifts and decorations

It can get a little crowded in the house around Christmas, and if you’re planning on putting up all the Christmas garlands and the tree AND buying all your gifts and wrapping them… well, that’s kind of festive mayhem.

Allocate days to get through your elvish tasks so that you’re not tangled up between ropes of Christmas lights and strings of ribbon. Set aside a weekend to prepare the house with the family. Get the kids in on the fun and make it an enjoyable bonding time!

Christmas wrapping is best left for when the Christmas tree is already up so that you can pop the present beneath it right away and they’re ready to go!

Last-minute Father’s Day gifts for the dads who have everything

Don’t give your dad something he’s going to toss into storage. Instead, make Father’s Day awesome with a gift he’ll genuinely love. Here are some last-minute ideas for dads who are difficult to buy for.

With just a couple of days left until Father’s Day, the pressure to have a present wrapped and ready to gift is dawning. Are you stuck this year? Do you feel as though your dad already owns everything he could possibly want? Here’s a guide to help you pick a Father’s Day present that he’ll appreciate and enjoy.

If he likes adventure…

If your dad is one to travel or hike regularly, he’ll love a drone. It’ll let him capture amazing, quality shots from breathtaking angles and heights. Even in a domestic setting, drones are fun to fly and race!

Does he already own a drone? No problem! Why not add to his experience with other drone accessories such as goggles, a remote controller or an intelligent flight battery (be sure to check that they’re suitable for the model of his drone!).

If he loves music…

If your dad has a liking to iTunes or Spotify, a good pick is a portable speaker. He’ll be able to play his favourite playlist while riding his bike, fixing things in the workshop, while cooking in the kitchen and pretty much anywhere he goes! Opt for a waterproof speaker so that he can take it to the beach during summer too.

If he’s usually in the driver’s seat…

Is your dad always on the road? A GPS system is a helpful gift that he’ll actually use. Many models have Bluetooth and Wifi features as well as voice control and traffic updates. He’ll never have to ask for directions again!

If he’s a workaholic…

If the office is where dad spends most of his time, make his work easier with a new laptop, tablet or 2-in-1. Or you can even set up a whole new home office with this simple guide on everything you need!

After something little smaller? Make sure his hard work never goes to waste with a backup hard drive or a portable SSD card.

If he’s health-conscious…

Encourage him to keep track of his health every day with a Fitbit. It will inspire him to reach and maintain his fitness goals with features such as auto exercise recognition, reminders and smartphone notifications. Fitbits are also waterproof, so you know they’re durable and resistant.

If he’s a bookworm…

Does your dad’s book collection never stop growing? He’ll have so much space-saving convenience when you gift him a Kindle. Unlike a tablet or smartphone, they eliminate annoying glare and reflections.

They’re lightweight and compact, so he’ll be able to carry it around while travelling and also on a day-to-day basis. A Kindle will let him enjoy his favourite novels comfortably with the quality of a gadget and the familiarity of a paperback.

If he’s simple…

This is quite broad, but if you really can’t put a thumb on what your dad’s hobbies are, it’s best that you give him a gift that is simply functional. All round winners are hair clippers, bread trimmers, smart electric toothbrushes and air purifiers.

You can always browse Bing Lee online or go down to one of our stores for a friendly helping hand from a Bing Lee expert!