Interesting Christmas gifts you’ve never heard of before

It’s that time of year again, when we’ve got to start thinking about what to gift our loved ones this Christmas. What should we get for the kids, the partner and the parents? Well, we’ve got some ideas that you might not have heard of before.

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Back to basics

Back to basics

Sure, computers and smartphones are no doubt going to be a big part of our kids’ lives as they grow up. But while they’re young, why not give them one of these wooden iWoody Chalkboard iPhones and they won’t know the difference. Actually, they will know the difference because they can probably already navigate your smartphone better than you, right? Get the kids back to basics with this one. (Third Drawer Down, $25)

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On the rocks

On the rocks

If you know someone who loves a bit of scotch on the rocks, but doesn’t want to water their whisky down with melted ice, then we have found the perfect gift. Just pop these Whiskey Rocks into the freezer for a few hours before adding them to your favourite chilled beverage, without having that annoying watered-down taste. Bottoms up! (Think Geek, from $20)

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Bookworm

Bookworm

If you know someone who wants to look like an intellectual, but is actually more likely to read a trashy mag than a novel, then you might have just found the right gift for them. Booksi is an iPad charger that looks like a stack of books. Your friend or family member will look like they have an instant book collection. (Rich Neely Designs, $85)

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Creative types

Creative types

A great one for the kids or the music enthusiasts in our lives, this DIY Ukulele Kit allows you to create and decorate your very own ukulele. Just attach the body to the neck and then add the strings. And, of course, you can paint it with whatever design you like. (Third Drawer Down, $48)

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Knot another plant

Knot another plant

If there’s someone you know who manages to kill any potted plant they own — yes, even the humble cactus — then this plant will do the trick. Dealing with the loss of dead plants and questioning their skills as a caregiver will be a thing of the past. No care or watering is required with these Custom-Handmade Pet Cacti. They’re knitted by the creative people at Knot Another Etsy Store and they even do hanging ferns, succulents and other adorable pieces. (Knot Another Etsy Store, $25)

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Basket case

Basket case

A cheeky gift for a friend who might just be a bit indecisive, or a bit of an urban hippie who might just be troubled by whether to go for the wicker or the plastic laundry basket. Well, they won’t have to carry the burden anymore; with this one, they can go with both and feel good about it, too. These Lime Green Woven Bow Baskets are produced by the indigenous Aeta peoples of the Philippines via fair trade NGO Preda. (Third Drawer Down, $65)

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So cheesy

So cheesy

This might be a good one for the fromage-lovers or keen entertainers. Created by self-described foodies Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka, these Slate Cheeseboards with Soapstone Chalk are made from natural slate sourced from Kristy’s family property. The slate looks pretty stylish, but you can also write on it, ensuring guests know what they’re eating the next time the cheese platter is put out. (Uncommon Goods, up to around $30)

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Custom designs

Custom designs

Do you know someone creative, maybe a bit artistic, who has a love of sneakers and bright colours? Then check out this Sneaker Customisation Kit which includes all the bits and bobs to decorate your very own one-of-a-kind pair of sneakers. The paint is waterproof, too, so no need to worry about your artistic prowess coming off in the rain. (Uncommon Goods, $45)

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