Best Christmas gifts ideas 2021: find a great present no matter your budget

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones doesn’t have to be hard with the T3 team here to help

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Decorations are going up and Whamageddon approaches. This means it’s truly time to get that Christmas shopping list sorted. If you’re looking for ways to show your appreciation to those who’ve made you laugh, cry and dance through the past year, we’re here to help. 

We’ve looked back over our favourite products from the past year and beyond, listing them according to budget. Our entire selection is from items we’ve tested extensively on T3 or have used ourselves, and it spans across a wide gamut of products, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Our picks for Christmas Gifts under AU$100

Apple AirTag

Apple AirTag

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If you know someone eternally leaving things ‘just there’ with no idea where ‘just there’ is, the Apple AirTag is the ideal solution. Just stick it onto a bag, remote or keys and the AirTag integrates seamlessly with the iPhone 11 or newer to display an arrow on screen, leading you directly to wherever the AirTag – and the lost item – ends up. If you prefer to hunt with your ears there’s also an option for sound to be emitted instead of the on-screen arrow. You’re also able to use both for the fastest route to reunite with your bag, wallet, remote or anything else you want to attach the AirTag to. 

Who is the gift perfect for?

We can’t help but say busy mums and dads. There’s nothing quite as uncomfortable as watching someone in a rush get into a tizzy searching for an essential that they’ve misplaced. Make mornings easier by gifting them something that helps to maintain order. 

Garmin Vivofit4

Garmin vivofit Jr. 3 Fitness Tracker

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The Garmin Vivofit4 is an excellent entry-level fitness tracker to help someone on their road to a healthier lifestyle. Featuring a daily activity tracker for things like steps, distance and calories burned, it operates all night to track sleep too – often the most important and overlooked part of a successful health regime. It’ll even recognise activity changes to track them automatically through a linked app, providing all the data you’ll need to crush your fitness plan.

Who is the gift perfect for?

Anyone with an interest in living the healthiest 2022 (and beyond) possible. Doubly so for people who love data and will be able to utilise the substantial output that you receive from the Vivofit4.

Nanoleaf Essentials smart bulb

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The Nanoleaf Essentials smart bulb is a gift with surprising depth and excitement underneath a plain exterior. The impact of a splash of colour in a room should not be understated! The Nanoleaf Essentials are bayonet or Edison bulbs that will pop into any existing socket. They connect to Wi-Fi and are controlled through an easy-to-use app that allows you to pick from the full spectrum of colour with a simple touch on a wheel. The app has controls for timed colour changes to reduce interruptions to your circadian rhythm and integrates with Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Thread technology.

Who is the gift perfect for?

This is one of the best stocking fillers you’ll find for an easy way to add a styling and fun vibe to the home.

Our picks for Christmas Gifts under AU$200

House of Marley Rebel Wireless Earphones

House of Marley Rebel

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Made entirely from recycled materials, including bamboo, aluminium, plastics and fabrics you can rest easy knowing that you’ve taken a small step towards not trashing the planet. House of Marley are the audio embodiment of Bob Marley’s work, with the blessing, and close partnership of the Marley family they work towards giving the gift of excellent audio as AirPod alternatives.

Who is the gift perfect for?

Red-eyed nieces and nephews. But honestly, music lovers of any age and description. You’re getting excellent audio fidelity, ethically sourced materials all at an outstanding price. Sounds like a winning combo!

Adobe Creative Cloud 6 month Subscription

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For AU$180 you can set your creatively minded friends or family with 6 months use of an Adobe product for their art, whatever it may be. If you’ve got a friend that’s always doodling away, Photoshop allows them to turn those doodles into lasting pieces of digital beauty, while learning a potentially entirely new career-changing skill. Or encourage a future videographer to create masterpieces with Premiere Pro. A 6 month subscription is a good amount of time to get a feel for any of the products, and to discover if you’re keen for more of it. 

Who is the gift perfect for?

It’s the perfect gift for the creatives amongst us, who might just need a little digital help from time to time. 

Bose Frames

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Bose frames are sunglasses with embedded micro-speakers that don’t just vibrate sound into your ears but they’ll go right through your head. Buzzing on specific points they use you as an amplifier to give you a unique auditory experience that can’t be heard by someone even right next to you. Until Christmas they’re also reduced to just under AU$200 for the Alto and Rondo models. Perfect for a day in the sun, and subtle enough to provide you a secret soundtrack for any interaction.

Who is the gift perfect for?

Your mate who’s definitely, 100%, a spy. They’re an item worthy of Q-level ingenuity, and will go down an absolute treat with anyone who loves music, the outdoors and any ounce of appreciation for clever tech. 

Coravin Pivot

Coravin Pivot

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Coravin has quickly developed a strong footing in Australia as one of the best wine preservation companies around. The Pivot is one of its simplest offerings, in effect a plug that keeps your vino fresh well after opening. The idea is simple, instead of allowing oxygen to get all into your wine and turning it, the pivot sucks that air out, replacing it with argon gas, which has no effect on wine and allows for an open bottle to last for weeks at a time. The Pivot allows you to open a bottle for a single glass completely guilt-free without the pressure of finishing it before it goes off. Makes your drinking a joy, not a race.

Who is the gift perfect for?

Anyone with a penchant for an after-work wine and bath. If there are oenophiles in your circle, or wanna-be sommeliers, you can show them support and friendship in equal parts with the Pivot. 

Our picks for Christmas Gifts under AU$300

Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer

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The Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer is perfectly portioned, coming with twin cooking compartments. This allows you to cook an entire meal in one go. At T3 we enjoy taking care of veggies in one half, and a juicy salmon fillet in the other.

There's plenty of heat, more than enough power and the usual performance that we've come to expect from the Ninja brand. The appliance is quite bulky to allow for the 7.6 litre capacity of the two compartments. 

Who is the gift perfect for? 

Domestic deities are the people that will benefit the most from this Air Fryer. When you find yourself someone who loves to host and feed those around them, the air fryer is a perfect addition to their arsenal. 

Kings Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board

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If you’re looking for a gift to make a splash at Christmas, look no further than the Kings Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board!

Take your journey onto the road because this SUP is inflatable, so you can easily compress it into a carry bag that will easily fit into a car boot. The carry bag also includes straps and it’s extremely easy to lug it from car to beach. SUPs are perfectly suited for long, hot days by the beach with still waters to float around on.

Who is the gift perfect for? 

This gift is for the active types who like to burn calories while having fun. Also great for anyone who loves the beach.

Breville Espresso Coffee Maker

Breville Duo-Temp Pro espresso machine

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The Breville Espresso Coffee Maker is a solid way to ensure cups of joy in the mornings. It’s an affordable, compact option in a world of hugely expensive items that take over your kitchen top. Easy to set up and use right out of the box, it features options for single or double shots of espresso with fresh or pre-ground coffee. The steaming wand allows you to let your inner coffee artisan free with perfectly foamed milk. 

Who is the gift perfect for? 

Social fiends, frugal friends and lovers of a good, well made coffee. With a home espresso machine they’ll save a huge amount of money each year, as well as giving them the opportunity to host the perfect brunch at home. 

Peakdesign bags

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Peakdesign bags are stylish, hard wearing and entirely customisable. They are on the pricier end for a bag, but will last for years. To get in under AU$200 you’re looking at either a tote or a sling, both of which still offer plenty of space within – particularly for anything in need of a little protection. All Peakdesign products are designed with utility in mind from the get-go, with multiple access points and zips, a choice of 1-3 internal compartments, key tethers and straps that connect in multiple places all to ensure a perfect snug fit on your body. 

Who is the gift perfect for? 

Peakdesign bags are ideally suited to budding photographers and creatives working outdoors. The ability to keep any kind of tech safe from the elements will keep every lens collector happy, and your laptop snug as a bug. 

Our picks for Christmas Gifts AU$300 and up

SecretLab Titan Evo Gaming Chair

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SecretLab has earned its place in the gaming chair world by building everything in-house. All of the SecretLabs gaming chairs are available in a dynamic range of colours and materials (including pleather, genuine leather and fabric) and their ergonomic and high adjustability also makes them a perfect addition to any office space. There are also plenty of adjustments that can be made to get the feeling just right – including the angle of the backrest to the position of the armrests. 

Who is the gift perfect for? 

Although this chair would certainly suit a gamer, for the price this chair would be fantastic for anyone who spends time behind a desk. There may, or may not, be one or two of them floating around the T3 office. 

Nintendo Switch OLED

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The Nintendo Switch has consistently been one of the best gifts for Christmas since it was released in 2017. This year saw the biggest hardware update to hit the Switch line, and it’s more than just the new OLED screen. The OLED Switch has also snuck better speakers into the mix, as well as Bluetooth support for headphones and adding an ethernet port onto the dock for your TV. Meaning you can finally free yourself from Wi-Fi lag while online gaming, all in sleek style. An absolute belter of a gift, one that’ll keep you fondly appreciated for years.

Who is the gift perfect for? 

Anyone with an interest in gaming. The Switch is the perfect stepping stone for anyone who hasn’t grown up immersed in the world of games, and is great for casual and hardcore gamers alike. 

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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The original Sonos Beam made waves as one of the best soundbars around, it brought huge sound in a small package, and paired perfectly with compact TVs, which is not so common among other soundbars from big brands. The Beam Gen 2 doesn’t try and fix what isn’t broken – it sticks to the same size but steps things up by including Dolby Atmos to allow for the full cinema audio experience right in your own home.

Who is the gift perfect for? 

Anyone you know who’s obsessed with movies. The Sonos Beam’s ease of use also allows it to be gifted to an older relative thanks to the effortless and easy way it delivers a superior audio experience.

Kogan F800 Projector

Kogan 5000 Lumen FullHD projector (F800)

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Kogan's 5000 Lumen Full HD Projector (F800) is an exceptional offering at the budget end of the projector market. It delivers enough brightness to project during the day, as well as full 1080p resolution. It’s small and lightweight, allowing for huge portability and will throw its image onto anything between 1m and 5.5m away. As a budget projector, don’t expect it to give the full radiant, gorgeously colourful image you’d receive from an AU$1,000+ option, but it does provide an image perfect for a large gathering to watch films together. All it takes is hooking up via HDMI, and then you’re good to go pretty much right out of the box.

Who is the gift perfect for? 

The entertainer. This is the ideal gift for your friends and family that love having people around. It allows you to host outdoor movie nights, present slide-shows in your living room, or simply fire a movie onto your ceiling for the easiest watching laid back experience around.