Kris Kringle: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Ah, Christmas.

The season of giving, festivities and forced quality time with your loved ones. The list of those you're buying for seems to grow year on year, even though you've tried to cull your circle–the immediate family, in-laws, best friends, lesser friends, work wives, kids, your partner, your dog, yourself (wait – the last one can stay).

Then there's Kris Kringle, or the Aus-ified ‘KK’, which, despite its (gratefully) smaller budget, is somehow the most difficult one to get right. What if you have multiple KK gifts to buy? You might have an office one, your sports team, your family (a family KK-now there’s an idea!) It can really start to add up.

Nevertheless, don't be that person that buys a box of chocolates en route. You don't need to think too far outside the box to hit the KK budget and still provide a gift someone actually wants. Don’t worry - we've already done the legwork for you.

Let’s make it happen:

Under $10

Hmm…the sub-tenner gift. Where do you go from here without chocolate? (Yes, you’ve found our literary and culinary weak spot…) If it's for the office, try and suss out what their interests are around the water cooler, super relaxed, like:

‘Hey Bob, I went for a wine on Saturday…so…if you drink wine, which one would you get…under $10? Asking for a, uh, friend’.

Stealth. Slick. Smart. Around December, websites will be crawling with gift ideas, so head to the ‘$10 section’ and browse away.

Don’t: Just buy a tacky keychain or something from the office café. We all go there. We know.

Do: Look for the buy one, get one half price deals, or two for a certain amount, as these can save you some money. Chances are, with all those KK gifts you're off to buy, you can hit two birds with one stone – ticking two people off your list and hitting the budget.

$20 and under

We would argue this is one of the more challenging KK budgets. Not enough for a truly great gift, but slightly more than a tenner, so there's no excuse for it to be super average. Considering you've got a little more moolah to work with, more thought needs to be involved.

Don’t: make any big faux pas. Does Janine from accounting want that colour changing cat mug? (I mean…probably).

Do: think about: something useful. Think water bottles, candles, organisers…wine is always good…

$50 and over

Gee, settle down, Moneybags - this is the big leagues. If your budget is $50 and over, we're guessing you know this person pretty well, or at least you should. Suss out from their friends or partner what they'd actually like and try to make it happen.

Don't: go for the last-minute chocolates or gift card.

Do: Take the time to get just one really good present, rather than a bunch of little tchotchkes. You can even look at spreading the cost over 10 weekly payments with LatitudePay – at $5 a week, that’s less than your orange mocha frappuccino!

So, consider your options. Does your boss want a 2020 sloth calendar? (Note from my boss: Yes. Yes I do). Stop and have a think about what that person would really like. And make your 100th vow to never do a KK again.

In other words – see you next year.

Latitude. Life’s great when you can make things happen.