Sleigh your secret Santa obligations with the best local, ethical and sustainable gifts to suit colleagues, kids and distant relatives this festive season – all on a budget
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In a year when every cent counts, we’ve scoured the country for gifts under $50 that are big on value. Below you’ll find Christmas presents that, on their own, surprise and delight. But they also have heart, be they sourced from a local maker or a socially conscious business. They’re presents that are good to give, and even better to receive.
Plus, we’ve called in the experts for your toughest “what to buy” queries. Buying for kids? Shannon Wong-Nizic is a primary school teacher and the brains behind Oh Creative Day blog, where she combines her love of literacy and creative projects for children. She has hand-picked her favourite gift ideas for babies and toddlers through to teenagers. Buying for someone who’s intimidatingly picky? Rhys Ripper, a creative director, stylist and mentor with Mob in Fashion, has shared picks for beauty, style and home products to please even the most fastidiously fashionable.
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