Last minute Australian Christmas gift ideas: 253 presents to give in 2023

This is a good Christmas gift guide in more ways than one. Yes, we have compiled our most delightful, thoughtful or useful present ideas for family, friends and acquaintances (your kids’ teachers; the obligatory workplace secret Santa). Yes, our gift suggestions are largely from small businesses that are Australian-based, environmentally aware or socially conscious.

And yes, this gift guide is ultimately good if you’re time poor. From experiences to subscriptions, we’ve selected 52 presents that are guaranteed to arrive on time, even if you buy them on Christmas morning.

We’ve listed items at their recommended retail price – during sale periods some prices may be lower at the checkout.

How to use this gift guide

What do you want? You can search by gift category: something pretty for objects to have and to hold; something doable for books, crafts and activities to occupy hands and minds; something edible for things to snack and sip; something wearable for beauty, style and fashion products; and something educational for teachable moments, thrilling reads and mementos.

Who is it for? You can sort by the five personality types of Christmas: someone fun, someone classy, someone grumpy, someone geeky and someone adventurous.

Shopping last minute? Toggle the ‘last minute’ button to show tickets, experiences, memberships, audiobooks and digital gifts, guaranteed to arrive on time, no matter how late you leave your shopping.

For kids, you can sort by age and development: someone under two, someone toddler-aged (two to three years), someone at preschool (four to five years), someone in lower primary (six to eight years), someone in upper primary (nine to 12 years), and someone teen-aged (13 and up).

When you spot something you like tap on the plus icon for more details, then hit “buy online” to go to the product’s website.