Shhhhh! Did you hear that sound?
It’s faint, but if you listen hard enough, you’ll just be able to make out the sound of wrapping paper rustling, large joints of ham jostling for space on supermarket shelves, and the collective sigh of parents everywhere realising that Christmas 2023 is hurtling ever closer.
Yes, it may feel as if you just finished the last of the secret stash of Easter chocolate that was stored above the fridge in case of emergencies, and yes, you may still be suffering a nauseatingly vivid flashback from eating almost an entire pavlova last Christmas.
But the festive season waits for no one, which is why we are helping you get a jump start on arguably the most stressful part of the whole shebang: Christmas gifts for the kids.
If you’re anything like me, instead of succumbing to the pressure and purchasing the bobble-headed doll that cries and wees that your child wants (again), you’ll be on the hunt for Chrissie gifts with longevity, gifts that will actually be used and loved long-term, and that you don’t already have stashed, forgotten, in the toy box, crying and... leaking water everywhere.