Choosing Christmas presents for those hard-to-buy-for people adds unwanted stress to an already stressful time of year.
You’ve bought for the kids, and for your mum and dad, but what about the people who seem to have everything, or don’t want or need anything?
How about fishing drones, or emoji purses, or a 3D pen?
Trade Me spokesman Logan Mudge said while drones’ popularity dropped from the highs they enjoyed in 2015, they were seeing interest in the latest evolution – the fishing drone.
“I’m a big fan of the fishing drone I could have a lot of fun with that.”
A fishing drone allows you to pull single baits out to spots that cannot be reached by casting, and can even replace traditional kontiki systems by flying out multiple baited hooks to offshore locations.
However, a drone won’t cut it for everyone.
“The laser cut brooch is a great gift for Grandma – a bit of new tech applied to an old fashion favourite,” Mudge said.
“For your uncle, I think the silicon record coasters are a great touch. He can reminisce about music in his heyday while keeping the water mark from his beer off the table.”
There had been spikes in Trade Me searches of a number of alternative Christmas gifts.
“In particular, fishing drones have seen a 120 per cent jump in searches since the start of December, 3D pens are pretty new but we’ve seen some big jumps in searches (up 80 per cent since the start of December), while bonsais are really popular all year long so searches have only increased by 5 per cent since the start of the month.
“We expect to see searches and sales increase as we get closer to the day and ‘present panic’ sets in.”
There is also a Go Pro lifejacket, which – if you are taking selfies in the water this summer – will help you keep hold of your Go Pro in the waves.
There there’s chocolate or cinnamon beard oil. You could give this to the man in your life who is still rocking the Movember look.
Mudge admitted there were a few of the gifts that were a “little out of the ordinary”, he said.
For the traveller – or aspiring traveller – there’s a scratch globe. Yep, a scratch globe. Coins at the ready.
For the trickster in the family comes a modern day “gag gift” – an emoji coin purse.
“There’s someone in every family who deserves or needs this,” Mudge said.
Mudge wanted to remind keen shoppers to get in quickly, as there was just seven sleeps until the big day.
Trade Me’s top 10 gifts for those hard-to-by-for people
- Fishing Drone
- Go Pro lifejacket
- Chocolate Beard Oil
- Silicone Record Coasters
- Scratch maps
- Emoji coin purse
- Novelty tea infusers
- Laser cut wooden brooches
- 3D printing pen
Published at Sat, 17 Dec 2016 16:09:39 +0000