We’re less than two weeks away from Christmas, and December 25 will be here before you know it. That means time is running out to find the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones, but TechRadar’s Australian team has put their heads together to come up with this Christmas gift guide.
We’ve got gift ideas to suit every budget, with gifts under AU$100, gifts under AU$300 and gifts under AU$500 all available in our list. Most of them can still be bought online and delivered in time for Christmas, but you’ll have to get cracking.
If you’re looking for a gift idea this Christmas, we’ve dug deep and found a range of options for you, whether it’s affordable smart light bulbs, the best set of headphones on the market or a one-cup coffee machine for those that are short on time. So there’s no need to stress if you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve got 20 for you right here.
Gifts under AU$100
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Get your family and friends ready for game night by gifting them a board game or two for Christmas this year. If you want to go for classic nostalgia, you could pick up the latest editions of Monopoly and Scrabble, while games such as Guess Who? and Jenga are fantastic for kids.
For something aside from the classics that’s a bit more mature, we recommend one of the best board games for adults, which includes picks such as the beautifully illustrated Wingspan and Dixit, along with party games like Wavelength and The Quacks of Quedlinburg, which is surprisingly not about ducks but a crew of charlatans.
Amazon Echo Pop
The Echo Pop is a simple smart speaker from Amazon, which makes it a great first step for someone who’s new to the world of smart home gadgets. The Alexa voice assistant is front and centre, so you can use your voice to control any compatible smart lights or sensors around your home. Plus, you can ask Alexa to set timers and shopping lists, give you the latest news and weather updates, or answer any question that comes to mind.
Its small size means it doesn’t have the same sound quality of more powerful speakers, but you can still stream music, podcasts and audiobooks from the smart speaker.
Read our full Amazon Echo Pop review
TP-Link Tapo Smart Colour bulbs
Smart lights such as the Philips Hue can be quite expensive, but TP-Link now offers smart light bulbs that are much more affordable and well under AU$100 / NZ$100. You can fine-tune the brightness and temperature of these smart lights, and TP-Link says they can emit up to 16 millions colours. That kind of control will help you create any mood at home, whether you’re settling in for a movie night, immersing yourself in a game or hosting a party. TP Link’s smart light bulbs also play nicely with the Amazon Echo Pop, mentioned at the top of this list.
Lego Tiny Plants
We absolutely love Lego’s Botanical Collection for its gorgeous bouquets, bonsai and orchid arrangements, and now a new set is available – Tiny Plants. The 758-piece set includes nine different tiny pot plants, filled with carnivorous species like the Venus flytrap and pitcher plant, to desert succulents like the prickly pear and pincushion cactus. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a green thumb, Lego’s Tiny Plants will live forever.
Lego’s Tiny Plants set is currently available to pre-order, and will start shipping from December 1. If you’d prefer a different set, others available now in Lego’s Botanical Collection include the Bonsai Tree, Orchid, Wildflower Bouquet, Dried Flower Centrepiece and Succulents.
Chromecast with Google TV
The Chromecast with Google TV is a streaming device that can turn a not-so-smart TV into a hub for Netflix, Stan, Disney Plus, Prime Video, YouTube and so much more. All that’s required to use it is an internet connection and an HDMI port on the back of your telly. This Chromecast comes with a dedicated remote so you can easily navigate around the interface, or you can use the Google Assistant button to search for something to watch with your voice.
There are two versions of the Chromecast available – you can get HD video quality for AU$59 / NZ$69, or you can upgrade to 4K HDR quality for AU$99 / NZ$110. Just note you’ll need a TV which can support 4K content to actually make use of the more expensive device.
Read our full Chromecast with Google TV review
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a new platformer for the Nintendo Switch, packed with gorgeous visuals and levels full of secrets to discover. Our five-star review said playing Wonder, “feels like walking into a side-scrolling version of The Super Mario Bros. Movie” and thankfully it’s not just the vivid scenery that makes this game an absolute joy to play.
The Wonder Effects which give the game its name can alter the way a level is played, and make each one a truly memorable experience. It can be played single or multiplayer with up to four players, making it a fun choice for the family to play together.
Read our full Super Mario Bros. Wonder review