07 December 2023

Wow, it’s been an expensive year, right? And it’s hard to feel jolly when you’re worried about how you’re going to afford it. I’m also a big fan of making sure that what I spend doesn’t chase me into the New Year in the form of unaffordable credit card bills, so I like to make a list, and a budget and go shopping with a plan.

The Base has great gifts at every budget. So, make your own list and tick it off without breaking the bank. Here are some of my favourite finds for him, her and the kids.


Yes! You can still find gifts they’ll love for under $20! The key is to think about your recipient, their likes, hobbies, needs and even favourite colour as a place to start. Beauty minis feel luxurious and special, festive food treats fit the bill and there are lots of fun and quirky items and activities that will have them smiling long after Christmas.

For Him Typo, For Kids Whitcoulls, For Her Farmers.


Does it get easier with $50? Maybe, but you’ll still do better focussing on the recipient rather than the price tag. In addition to those items above, think family fun – indoors and out – to get everyone playing together and making memories. Candles and home fragrance fit here as well as the latest release books and everyday jewellery pieces.

For Him Acquisitions, For Kids The Warehouse, For Her Whitcoulls.

UNDER $100

One of my favourite things to do with a $100 budget is to make a whole basket full of their favourite things. For kids, I’ll individually wrap the contents to make the fun last even longer. But, if you’re looking for a single, statement gift, there’s plenty to choose from in tech and beauty – for both men and women. Keep the kids busy with a Lego set pitched to challenge them without needing too much help or outdoor fun, sports gear or their own tech treasures.

For Him JB HI-FI, For Kids Farmers, For Her Bras N Things.

Whatever your budget, finish off your gift with gorgeous (or tricky!) gift wrapping. If gift wrapping is not your idea of a good time, stay merry and leave it to the experts at THE BASE. For a gold coin (or eftpos) donation, their charity partner Volunteering Waikato will wrap your gifts for you. They’re open from Monday 11 December and you’ll be helping your local community too. To find out more click here

Happy shopping!