Six of the best last-minute gift ideas you can buy without leaving your couch.


So you just realised you still haven’t bought a Christmas gift for your brother-in-law/aunt/second cousin?

Hey, no judgement here. And no need to panic either – because it’s not too late to buy them a kick-ass present that looks super thoughtful and not-at-all last-minute.

The best part is there’s no need to brave the chaos of the crowded late-night shopping centre rush – you can buy all these gifts from the comfort of your couch, delivery not required.

Wine club pack or subscription

Got a family member or friend who loves a nice tipple and trying new things? Then a wine club pack or short subscription might just be the perfect present.

There are so many great wine subscription companies out there, including Wine Gallery who conveniently give you the choice of paying for one, three, six, or 12 months of three-pack wines from $78 per month. Your recipient then has the option to continue the subscription themselves or end it.

You just sign them up, pay and then send them an email (timed for Christmas Day) telling them their first pack is on its way.

Not a wine-drinker? There are also similar programs for beer and spirits. Or  cheese. Or beauty products.

ASOS or The Iconic voucher

Your fashion-loving sister or teenaged niece would love a voucher from one of the two biggest online shops delivering in Australia – ASOS or The Iconic.

Because there’s no physical store, the vouchers are delivered via email, which you can either print and put in a card or forward on Christmas if you don’t have access to a printer.

The same e-voucher premise goes for so many physical fashion stores (or any other kind of store) as well.

RedBalloon experience

RedBalloon, Adrenaline and similar companies have hundreds of experiences to choose from at all different price points, so you can find a thoughtful gift for pretty much anyone.

Our suggestions:

  • Massage or spa treatment for your mum or mother-in-law
  • Cooking class for your sibling
  • Fancy dining deal for your parents
  • Brewery tour and beer tasting for your dad or father-in-law

Again – and you’re probably seeing the theme here – the gift can be delivered in either email or print-out form.

Oxfam gift or donation in their name

If you’ve been stuck with Uncle Who? in your family’s Kris Kringle or you’ve got relative who insists “I don’t need anything” a charitable donation in their name could just be the best gift.

If there’s a charity close to your heart or theirs, you could easily make a donation in their name by clicking on to the website.

But if a monetary donation doesn’t sound quite right for you, you could also buy them a very real gift – that a family in Africa or Asia will enjoy instead of them.

Oxfam has everything from goats and chickens to clean water and veggie gardens, all going to people in need. And Save The Children has cards that represent life-saving peanut paste, a chicken, or even some healthy snacks for children in Australia.


Trust us, no one is going to complain about your act of generosity in their name.

Magazine or newspaper subscription

iPhones may have taken over from the morning paper for most of us, but plenty of (older) people still enjoy the feel of a physical newspaper or magazine.

There are magazines to cover all interests, from home and gardening to motorsports and fishing that you could easily find a publication to match your forgotten gift-recipient.

Most daily newspapers are offering very good deals right now, with many giving you the option to buy just a weekend or digital subscription.

Travel or flight voucher

If you know your friend or family member has some upcoming travel plans, a travel agent voucher will definitely be appreciated.

Flight Centre sells both physical and e-vouchers, which can be used on flights, accommodation, insurance or tours. But there’s also Luxury Escapes (which has vouchers that are valid for three years), Contiki and various hotel and airlines gift vouchers all easy to buy online.