Xmas, Christmas or however you want to say it, is celebrated all over the world in many different ways. In Australia they have the added bonus to the usual festivities, in that it’s the middle of summer. No toasting themselves by a log fire, with Jack Frost nipping at their noses. Off down to the beach, or out in the garden is the way it’s popularly enjoyed. And who would blame them? Who wants to be sitting indoors eating roast turkey and stuffing, when the sun is shining?
Christmas is a time of year when family and friends get together and exchange Christmas gifts. There are likely a few women in your life. Not just your wife or girlfriend, but mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters, nieces, and not forgetting good neighbours and friends. Are you wondering what sort of Xmas gifts for her you can buy? Quite a conundrum we have to say. However long your list is, don’t be fooling yourself that the same gift will do for all of them. But first let’s look at the whole tradition of celebrating the festive season in Australia, just in case you’re interested.
Celebrating Christmas in Australia and how it all Began
The country’s Anglo Celtic influences had a big impact on Christmas celebrations in Australia. Right up until around 30 years ago, a traditional English Christmas was the one that was enjoyed by most. Roast turkey and Christmas pudding in 30 degree heat. No wonder things started changing. The move away from a traditional English Xmas, has also been influenced by the influx of people from other countries. Family’s now gather in their back gardens for a barbie, take picnics to the park, or spend the time on the beach. It’s considered an important occasion that should be spent with family and friends. It is also considered the right thing to do to eat as much food as possible. Xmas dinner might be made up of seafood, glazed ham, cold meats, pasta, salads and desserts of all shapes and sizes. And not forgetting the usual festive fare of mince-pies, fruit cake and chocolate of course.
Wondering when the first official Christmas was held here Down Under? On 25th December, in 1788. The celebration was held in Sydney Cove by Reverend Johnson. When the service was over, Governor Arthur Phillips dined heartily with his officers, toasting the King of England and his family. For thousands of other white inhabitants, namely the convicts, dinner remained that same……bread. There was however, one single recorded spot of goodwill. A convict, Michael Dennison, was sentenced to 200 lashes, but because it was Christmas it was reduced to 150.
One other Christmas tradition worth mentioning, is the watching of the Boxing Day Cricket Test Match, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Or there’s the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race if you fancy something a little bit more challenging and dangerous.
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Top Xmas Gifts for Her
Do you fancy your chances at topping Santa this year? Are you looking for a gift that will have you under the mistletoe before you know it? Do you want to find a gift that will surprise her? Giving gifts at Christmas is a great part of these annual festivities. Whether it’s family, friends, partners, lovers or just a casual acquaintance. And it’s not just the giving, it’s the receiving as well. But the internet is full of gorgeous, elegant, sentimental and positively practical things. So where do you start? The personal taste of the person you’re buying for? No argument here. And you should make sure you know what those tastes are, are second guessing is only heading for disaster.
And what about all those shops on the high street, or down at the mall? It’s no wonder you’re already starting to get goosebumps. Pull your socks up man, finding the perfect gift for any women in your life is easy. But for those of you who aren’t convinced, let’s give you a nudge in the right direction.
Christmas Gifts for her if she’s a Foodie – is there a special lady that deserves to be treated to some delicious and delectable food? Or maybe you think they’d just love to go out for a meal? But what kind of foodie do you think she is? Is she the sort that likes to practice what she preaches, in that a gadget or crockery might be just up her street? On the other hand if they prefer wining and dining as opposed to creating and eating, then there’s no better gift than a dining experience.
Xmas gifts for her if she’s a Health Nut – does your significant other, or some other very important lady, love exercising? Are they always on the treadmill or out for a jog? Is this special person always ranting on about calories, power salads and smoothies? Well congratulations you’ve got yourself a real live health nut. Don’t despair though, your problem isn’t really all that difficult. Sneakers, backpacks, bicycles, water bottles, subscription to the best gym in town, we could go on.
Christmas gifts for your secret Santa (if she’s a sheila) – bet you dread the time secret Santa comes round. You put your hand in and pick out one scrap of paper, and then you’re duty bound to find the best gift ever. Well at least you should know whether they are a boy or a girl, or should we say simply man or woman. There are far better things to be doing than stressing over finding a low cost (let’s be honest here), OK a cheap, Xmas gift for the chosen one, and yes we’d be lying if we said it was easy. If you want to hold your head high at the office next year, why not consider a few of these ideas:
- Cola cubes covered in sugar, presented in a decorative jar
- Speciality champagne mustard
- Clutch bag
- Cosmetic case
- Tea infuser in an interesting shape
- Curling tongs
- Knitted scarf
If you’ve only just started dating here’s a perfect gift – so let’s put things into perspective……..you’ve just met a great new lady, Xmas is fast approaching and you don’t know whether to buy her a gift. Well yes dude. Some will argue the point, in that it depends how long you’ve known her, and whether the relationship looks like it’s going to be serious. But we say this doesn’t matter. Of course you should think about Xmas gifts for her. So what exactly?
- Tasteful but not too extravagant item of jewellery
- Portable phone charger
Steer clear of something that’s too personal or intimate, you don’t want her running a mile in the New Year.
For the woman who has everything – they might be saying that you don’t have to buy them anything, but that’s simply not the case. Finding the right gift for her this Christmas will be a bit of a challenge, because quite frankly they can afford to buy themselves anything they want. But that doesn’t mean you have to opt out of the whole Xmas gift giving thing. Au contraire. So let’s look at a few sensible options:
- A gift voucher for the experience of a lifetime
- A bottle of wine or champagne
- A comical desk tidy
Is It Really Time to Start Thinking About Christmas Gifts for Her?
It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the women in your life. It might be the New Year, but giving yourself as much time as possible, will only increase your chances of finding something that suits. Always keep the Xmas gift conundrum at the back of your mind, wherever you might be and whatever you might be doing. You never know what you will come across when you’re surfing the internet or just wandering around town. If you do however, find yourself leaving it till the last minute you should still be able to get the gift delivered in time. Unless that is you’ve just woken up on Christmas morning and suddenly remembered you’ve forgotten to get Aunty Flo a gift. If you find yourself in this situation you’re going to have to get creative and think on your feet. But don’t panic. There are tons of helpful sites, not just ours. With pictures and clear instructions, you should be able to make a great Christmas gift for her.
Shops stay open right up until Christmas Eve, and most online retailers will be able to deliver in time for Christmas day, even if you leave the ordering till a couple of days before Christmas.
We hope that this Christmas will be enjoyable for you, and all the ladies in your life. And we hope that with our help, you’ll have no problem finding the most perfect Xmas gifts for all those special females. Leaving you free to enjoy the seasonal festivities, whether you’re on the beach, in the park or out in the back yard. And here’s hoping the sun shines, and you all have a great Xmas Day.