A gift guide for all budgets


So I don’t know about you guys, but here at Eat Craft Nerd we’re huge Christmas geeks. Christmas has always been a special time in our family, where we all make the effort to be in the same place, eating and laughing and playing card games. And, of course, exchanging gifts.

In honour of that proud tradition of oh-god-it’s-three-week-to-Christmas-and-I-have-no-idea-what-to-give-ANYONE-oh-god-HELP that we all share, we at Eat Craft Nerd have put together a couple of gift guides to help you with all your gift-purchasing needs. And so, without further ado:

Gift ideas for every budget


Under $10

Captain America 8×10″ print – $10 here

Everyone needs a little bit of Captain America in their life, and this stellar print is the perfect small gift for the hero-obsessed in your life. It’s printed on heavy 300gsm paper and each starry background is done by hand.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish – $7 from Woolworths

As you can see from the photo, I own quite a few of these. They’re cheap, hard wearing, well pigmented, and don’t stain your fingernails. In other words, they’re the perfect stocking stuffer!

Magic, the Gathering booster packs and accessories – from $5 from all good games shops

If you haven’t been playing Magic – what have you been doing?! This game casts you as a great mage, summoning creatures and spells to defeat your foes. You’ll need an Intro pack to start, but once you’ve begun, these $5 booster packs will pump up your deck and keep the magic going.

Penguin’s Classics book range – $10 at all good book stores

Penguin’s Classics range includes a huge variety of writers and genres, from 20th-century must-reads to Austen and Bronte. You’ll be sure to find the perfect book in this $10 range.


Under $20

Grammar Grumble mugs – ~$20 here (note prices in GBP)

The mug in this picture? That’s me. As much as I love hyperbole, I like nitpicking more, and if one more person says they’re literally dying when they’re clearly not, I don’t know what I’ll do. Maybe I need this mug to remind people how to English.

A duck (for a family in need, through Oxfam) – $19 here

Aside from being a time for fun and family, Christmas is a time for remembering those less fortunate than ourselves. Keep them in mind with Oxfam’s Unwrapped range, a range of set donation amounts that come with a quirky card explaining exactly what your $19 could give to a family somewhere in the world.

Funko POP! Vinyl figures and bobbleheads – $17 – $19 at all good gaming and pop culture stores

No matter who your favourite character is, you’ll be able to find a Funko POP! Vinyl of them. From Elsa to Hermione, Jon Snow to the Evil Stepmother, Funko is bringing out a vinyl of everyone, and their range is expanding by the day.

Covergirl x Star Wars lipstick or mascara – $18 from Big W

You know who’s excited about the Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Covergirl, that’s who. They’ve brought out their dual Light and Dark ranges of Covergirl x Star Wars lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, all of which I’d love to try. Hey, Santa! Are you listening?


Under $50

Mini Marble Candle – $49 here

Lovely Pair has some beautiful products, but I think that their marble candles really take the cake. The holders are proper marble (and heavy enough to prove it!), and the scents are just beautiful, light and floral and a little different from what you’d get normally.

Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipstick – $40

This is my absolute FAVOURITE red lipstick. It’s creamy, pigmented, doesn’t dry your lips out, and comes in a range of colours from neutrals to pinks to deep reds. It’s actually the first lipstick that I paid more than $15 for, and it was worth every penny.

Leuchtturm notebooks – $30 for A5 size

Like Moleskine, but better, Leuchtturm notebooks have creamy white pages, cover colours that range from neon to neutral, and room for an index at the front. I find these way more comfortable to write on than Moleskine, but they have the same iconic hard cover, ribbon page marker, and elastic closure, so you won’t be out of place amongst your hipster friends.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – $24 here

It wouldn’t be a gift guide without a book recommendation, right? From the moment I picked this book up I was hooked, and every person I’ve recommended it to since has loved it as well. It’s mixed media, incredibly thoughtful, and beautifully written.



Under $100

Ticket to Ride board game – $70

Our family LOVES this game. No joke – we’ll happily sit around as a group, building tiny railways and thwarting each others’ plans, for hours. Of the many versions available, my favourite is the Europe starter set, but there are heaps of great expansions available.

Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette – $80

This eyeshadow palette has been on our wishlist for a long time. Urban Decay makes fantastically pigmented pressed eyeshadows, and the Naked 2 palette has everything you’ll need to move from day to night and everything in between.


Measles vaccines (through UNICEF) – $70 here

UNICEF does amazing work all year ’round, and what better time than Christmas to take a moment to reflect on all the kids who never had the advantages that you did? It’s hard to believe in this “to vaccinate or not to vaccinate?” culture, but there are some parts of the world where it isn’t a choice, and children in these regions die of preventable diseases every day.

Incredibeard beard brush – ~$73 here (note prices in USD)

The perfect gift for the man in your life, Incredibeard has a huge range of great facial hair grooming products. From moustache wax to beard shampoo they’ll have you covered, but we were personally recommended the Incredibeard Beard Brush by one who owns it and loves it.

Happy Christmas, and I wish you all a stress-free shopping period!

xo A

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