Christmas present wish lists by toy, fashion and tech experts

Anna Houlahan
Updated November 14 2023 - 4:55pm, first published 7:10am
A child opening their Christmas present. Picture via Canva
A child opening their Christmas present. Picture via Canva

Almost half the nation say they struggle to tell their loved ones what they want for Christmas, a survey from the online marketplace eBay found.

Instead of being forthright many Australians circle catalogues pictures and make passing comments about items in shop window displays.

This miscommunication results in 13 per cent of Christmas presents being re-gifted, eBay said.

With December around the corner the debate is on, when is the 'right' time to start celebrating the festive season?

Safe gifts, ones that Australians reliably loved to receive, included camping equipment, coffee makers, Bluetooth speakers and gaming consoles as well as polaroid cameras and smartwatches.

But if Christmas gift inspiration is needed a handful of tech, fashion, toys and gaming experts have compiled the list of this year's hottest present ideas.

​Gifts for tech lovers

Tech lovers who are keen to explore Australia's great outdoors may love a Garmin Satellite communicator for off-grid navigation, eBay's tech expert said.

While in the outback, a tech lover could document their trip with a DJI Mavic Pro drone for "breathtaking aerial photography".

For the bloggers, vloggers and content makers, eBay recommends the Sony ZV-1 camera which is designed for beginners and is a favourite among creators.

Christmas gifts for tech-lovers: DJI Mavic (top left), Garmin Satellite communicator (centre), Therbody Theragun (top right), Anker's Soundcore Mini Bluetooth speaker (bottom left), Sony ZV-1 (bottom right). Pictures supplied
Christmas gifts for tech-lovers: DJI Mavic (top left), Garmin Satellite communicator (centre), Therbody Theragun (top right), Anker's Soundcore Mini Bluetooth speaker (bottom left), Sony ZV-1 (bottom right). Pictures supplied

The Anker Soundcore Mini Bluetooth speaker is recommended as an easy gift for tech-loving party animals.

Or try and snag the highly sought-after massage gun, the Therbody Theragun.

Topping the toy wish lists

Pokémon cards are on a 27-year hot streak and continue to be favourite Christmas stocking fillers.

"The Pokémon 151 collection is the top pick this Christmas for kids and big kids alike," eBay's toy expert said.

Builder Lego was one of eBay Australia's most searched toys this year and a recommended present for the whole family to enjoy.

Hokusai Lego art. Picture supplied
Hokusai Lego art. Picture supplied

Colouring-in books, crayons and paints were staple gifts for budding artists, the toy specialist said.

"You can branch out with jewellery-making kits or kid-friendly pottery sets to inspire their creativity."

Encourage nature lovers with gardening kits, magnifying glasses for spying insects and binoculars for bird-watching.

The Disney Mickey and Minnie Panorama 1000 piece or the Lego Art Hokusai are ideal gifts for kids who love to ponder over puzzles.

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For fashion and sneaker lovers

Sneakerheads will know the most-hyped footwear fashion collaboration of 2023 was the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low olive.

The collaboration between basketball's sneaker godfather Michael Jordan and superstar rapper Travis Scott is "a strong contender" for Sneaker of the year, eBay's sneaker expert said.

Another rap, fashion and sport collaboration drawing haute couture interest is the Pharrell x Chanel x Adidas NMDs.

Adidas Samba and Dunk Low Panda were "on trend" sneakers that have years-long appeal, the expert said.

On trend: Christmas gifts for fashion lovers include Fendi Baguette, Pharrell x Chanel x Adidas NMDs, Cartier water, Adidas Samba, Dunk Low Panda, Travis Scott X Air Jordan 1 Low olive (clockwise from left to right). Picture supplied
On trend: Christmas gifts for fashion lovers include Fendi Baguette, Pharrell x Chanel x Adidas NMDs, Cartier water, Adidas Samba, Dunk Low Panda, Travis Scott X Air Jordan 1 Low olive (clockwise from left to right). Picture supplied

Christmas gifts for high fashion lovers should "provide elegance and longevity and are recognisable for their iconic look," eBay's fashion expert said.

Try a Burberry trench coat, a Fendi Baguette "or the sheer luxury of a Cartier watch".

Save a few dollars and help the planet by buying classic vintage items from Australian and international designers.

"In 2022, a piece of pre-loved women's clothing was sold every 30 seconds on eBay Australia and Aje, Gucci, Scanlan Theodore and Zimmerman searched for every two minutes," the fashion expert said.

Anna Houlahan

Anna Houlahan

Journalist

Reach out with news or updates to anna.houlahan@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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