Birthday Gift Ideas December 2016 | Buy gifts for him and her

Shopping for presents doesn't have to be difficult: follow our guide for birthday gift ideas and you might even have some fun yourself!

What better way to show your appreciation for a family member or a friend than with a thoughtful birthday gift? I know – for some of us, the thought of having to buy a birthday gift is nerve wracking. It's normal. There's an overwhelming amount of potential gifts out there and, as we know, everyone is different.

So to calm your fears (and relieve you of much present-buying stress), we've done the hard work for you for your next gift purchase. Not only have we trawled the Internet's overwhelming stash of fantastic birthday-worthy presents, but we've also suggested potential gifts for the different personalities. And to top that, we've also done this by using the popular online retailers we feature, meaning you can also save a bundle using the codes and deals we source, too.

Top birthday gifts for December 2016

Sometimes you'll know exactly which direction you want to head with your gift, and other times, you want to get that special someone something just plain AWESOME. After countless hours online shopping (and much present buying practise) here's what we're loving at the moment – which we're certain they will too. 

Marble Boy
The Dairy
Pouch in Grainy Burgundy Leather
Mon Purse
Cards Against Humanity
Men's Wash Bag in Navy
Mon Purse
Scrabble Fridge Magnets
Yellow Octopus
James Halliday's Wine Companion
Dan Murphy's
Kate Spade new york stripe thermal travel mug
The Nordic Cookbook
Bockers & Pony
Riedel Decanter Collection
My Travel Scratch Map
Yellow Octopus
The Ultimate Travel BBQ Kit
Yellow Octopus
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Tracker
Rebel Sport
The Clean Eating Cookbook & Diet
Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Gift Pack
Dan Murphy's
Top Shelf Mix
Naked Wines
The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-Ups : Disco...
The Book Depository
Whoops A Daisy
Edible Blooms
Blue Macrame Plant Hanger
GoPro HERO4 Black Edition
Dick Smith Electronics
Slim Marble Portable Power Charger
Urban Outfitters
The Cook's Companion: The Complete Book of Ingred...
Angus & Robertson
Personalized Craft Beer Growler
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Shopping for birthday gifts for specific people


Glasshouse Fragrances Triple Scented Candle Borde...
David Jones
Spring Floral Bomber Jacket
3CE Triple Shadow
Bucket Bag in Smooth Black Leather
Mon Purse
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
MOR Marshmallow Moments Gift Box Set
Pampering With Piper Rose
Bockers & Pony
New Look Wide Chiffon Choker
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Urban Outfitters
Luxury Women's Robe
Bockers & Pony
Hot Water Bottle
Peter Alexander
Valentino - Valentina Acqua Floreale 80ml Eau de ...
David Jones
Dermalogica Body Ultrarich Body Cream
Recreate Yourself
Kylie Rose Wrap Front Crepe Midi Dress
Pretty Little Thing
6 pack hoop stud set gold


Men's Pyjama Pants
Peter Alexander
Baxter Men's 1.2.3 Shave Kit
Uppercut fash wash kit-Multi
Men's Wallet in Grainy Tan Leather
Mon Purse
Salado Del Mar San Marino Mexican Blanket - Burgundy
Bollinger Traveller Case
Bockers & Pony
Whisky River Flask
Free People
Vox Series 22 Guitar
Urban Outfitters
Nixon The Corporal Watch
DMS Stilnox Surfboard - Colour Photo Print
Fujifilm Instax Neo Classic Instant Camera - Black
Quiksilver Division Vee 21 Men's Boardshort - Div...

Teen boy

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Headphone - Toxic Tune Black Ma...
Evolve Season Pass CD Key Download for Steam
Grand Scheme Panthers Den Mens Tee - White
Grand Theft Auto GTA V (Five 5) PS4 Game
Sector Nine Tempest Complete Longboards Skateboar...
Fifa 14 PS3/Xbox360

Teen girl

Frends Taylor Headphones
Urban Outfitters
Harry Potter - Hermione Wand Ollivanders Box
The Mortal Instruments
Abercrombie & Fitch Vintage Super Short Denim Shorts
Julius Friends Lip Gloss Collection 5.0 pack
Elegant Touch Limited Edition Spring Chicken Nails


Despicable Me-Deluxe Minion Dave Child Costume Me...
Disney Frozen Deluxe Elsa Toddler/Child Girl's Co...
PowerUp 3.0 Bluetooth Controlled Paper Airplane
Yellow Octopus
Alice-Miranda at the Palace
Anna's Best Friends
LEGO Friends Olivia's House 3315
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Cheap birthday gifts | Gifts under $50

The above gifts range from moderately priced to expensive, but what about if you only want to spend $50 or below on a birthday gift?

Clean Living Fast Food
Bodum Chambord Tea Pot, 1.5 Litre Lime Green
Kitchen Style
Lifeproof iPhone Arm Band - Black
Special Edition Madison Jar
Bluetooth Selfie Stick
Yellow Octopus
New Era - Music Infill Cap - Heather Grey Black
Havaianas Fluro Palms Lilo - Green
Beach Towel - Multi

Finding a gift that someone genuinely wants for their birthday comes with a feeling like no other. Spend an extra 15 minutes the next time you have birthday present to shop for and pick a thoughtful gift and if you use the discount codes and promotions we keep regularly updated you'll even spend less.

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Top 5 deals today

Photo gifts from $9

Shop for photo gifts from $9 at Vistaprint. Including personalised mugs, t-shirts and more.

FREE Christmas stocking when you spend over $30

Simply use the code to get a free Christmas stocking when you spend over $30 at Vistaprint.

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Up to 50% off

Boohoo is offering deals all weekend, up to 50% off sitewide.

Here's Proof offers $8.60 in any six

Save big with Here's Proof offers from $8.60 in any six at Dan Murphy's. Includes Toi Toi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc NZ, Evans & Tate Classic Margaret River Pink Moscato and more.

$25 cash back with select Office products

Get $25 cash back when you buy select Office products at Microsoft. Includes Office 365 Home 1yr subscription, Office 2016 Home and Student, Office 2016 Home and Student for Mac. Conditions apply.

40% off exclusives

THE ICONIC is offering a huge 40% off exclusives. Ends 12.12.16, limited by stock levels.

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10% off + FREE delivery on orders over $150: New customers only

Simply use the code to get 10% off with free delivery on your first online order over $150 at Valid for new customers only. Excludes any other promos, Delivery Saver, flowers and tobacco items. T&Cs apply.

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$30 off when you spend $100

Missguided are offering $30 off when you spend $100. offer ends Tuesday. Exclusive offer.

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10% off Surface Book + FREE Tumi Case Surface Dock: 12 Days of Deals

Get 10% off Surface Book plus a free Tumi Case Surface Dock at Microsoft Store. Excluding Surface Book with Performance Base.

Up to 50% off customer favourite toys and lingerie

Get up to 50% off customer favourite toys and lingerie at Lovehoney. valid for a limited time only.

20% off wine and spirits

Simply use the code to get 20% off wine and spirits at selected sellers at eBay. Includes GraysOnline, Winemarket, Cellaarmasters and more. T&Cs apply.

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$35 sexy lingerie + FREE wand vibrator $54.95 value

Get sexy lingerie for just $35 and get a free wand vibrator $54.95 value at Lovehoney.


25% off all orders

Get 25% off all your orders with the code at Pretty Little Thing. Conditions Apply

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Unbeatable big brand under $89 case (6)

Save big on wines at Dan Murphy's. Including Pepperjack Varieties, Blass Reserve Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and Penfolds Max's Varieties or Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro and more.

Unbeatable offer from $9.40 (case 6)

Save big on great wines at Dan Murphy's. Including Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc $9.40 (case 6), Chivas Regal 12yo Scotch Whisky 700ml $39 each, Chandon Brut $16.95 (case 6) and more.

How to choose the best birthday present

Before you even start browsing, decide what your budget is. This will help you better categorise the type of gift you should look for. If you're trying to spend less than $50, you may not want to look at big ticket items like a bike, guitar or television, for example. You can then ask the following questions about the person. Some of them may require intimate knowledge of the person. If you're not that close to the person, try asking their friends or family.

  1. Do they need any necessities? Is the person you're buying for struggling financially or lacking homeware necessities? This will make your birthday gift buying easy – maybe you can give them cash, a gift voucher or the missing dish drying rack they've been complaining about? Just sayin'.
  2. Do they have any pets or children? Someone who enjoys the company of their pets or is a new parent might appreciate a gift which caters to this.
  3. Do they have any hobbies or play any sports?Hobbies are a great way to come up with gift ideas. If the person you're buying for is an aspiring guitar virtuoso, maybe a set of new effects pedals would be appreciated. If they're an avid reader, you could buy them an e-book reader to make their collection easier to manage. For the more athletically gifted of us, some new gym gear or the latest jersey of their favourite sports team are ideal gifts.
  4. Do they have any addictions or obsessions?It's not hard to find the answer to this question if you regularly see the person you're buying a gift for. Think about their favourite television shows or topics of conversation they always bring up. Then, search for gifts accordingly. If they're a gym goer for example, the latest supplement may be a good gift idea.
  5. What are your fondest memories of them? Presents, whether they're birthday, thank you, congratulations or Christmas presents are always made that much better with a personal touch. Think of your relationship with the person you're buying a present for and what you two love to do together and get them something to suit. Or, think of a memory you share (embarrassing, happy, it doesn't matter! So long as it's a good memory in general) and buy them something that reminds you of that memory.
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Top retailers for great birthday gifts

Still stuck for a present? Not only do these sites stock heaps of quality items, they're also fabulously gift worthy and fabulously affordable.


Expedia - The travel experts have a luxurious birthday present waiting for your special someone

There's nothing not to love about being gifted a holiday. You get relaxation, adventure, a change of scenery, and not a care in the world.


Flowers for Everyone - Don't know what to buy? Flowers are the answer.

Don't know the birthday girl/boy that well? Or do they just love a sweet gesture and the smell of flowers? Buy them a bunch of flowers, and you'll even get them delivered to their doorstep (or the party's doorstep), too.


Yellow Octopus - Buy them something they WANT not something they NEED.

No joke: Yellow Octopus is gift central. They've got the coolest and cutest gizmos this side of the pond. Browse their selection of magical remote controlled wands and robotic construction toys if you don't believe us.


Naked Wines - Alcohol. That is all.

Bearing in mind that your giftee enjoys a good tipple every now and again (at the very least), a boutique wine will not go unwanted. True story. Another true story is that you can get a $50 voucher on any case of wine with our coupon code.


Vistaprint - For a truly personalised gift: Vistaprint it.

Grab your favourite photo of you and your giftee or design something special and have it printed on all manner of things, including shirts, mugs, pillows, and more.

Left gift buying to the last minute? Buy one of these online gift vouchers:

General Pants
Etsy Gift Cards
Online Gift Cards
Forever New
Dan Murphy's Gift Card
Dan Murphy's
Gift Cards
Peter Alexander
Gift Cards
Gift voucher
Purchase Gift Vouchers
Virgin Australia Gift Cards
Women's / Gift Cards
Urban Outfitters
Gift certificate
Kathmandu e-gift card
Gift cards
e Gift cards

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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2 Responses to Birthday Gift Ideas December 2016 | Buy gifts for him and her

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    Pandoor | May 26, 2015

    I went around looking and end up finding the area i want to be in.But it was not there or i am in the wrong place.

    Microsoft is the brand i wanted and found. Just cant find the giftcards and promo code??

    do u guys have them??

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      Shirley | May 27, 2015

      Hi Pandoor,

      Thanks for your question.

      All of our Microsoft deals and coupons can be found on this page.


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