Gift Inspiration from Officeworks

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Last year, I moved from overseas back to Australia four days before Christmas. It was a challenging time! It meant I had to cram all my Christmas shopping in the hours leading up to the special day. I am usually much more organised but circumstances didn’t allow that last year. However, this year I have started my shopping already and there are a few different ways I stay on top of the gift buying so it’s not left to the last minute and I’ll share them here.

Officeworks is one of the shops I always visit for Christmas shopping. The gifts I enjoy buying most are put together with the person in mind. So it might not simply be just one thing, but a collection of items that will be used and enjoyed. Officeworks always have many interesting, useful and lovely gift ideas that help me build gifts. This year, they have launched an Officeworks Christmas Gift Selector to help you find a gift according to the personality of the person you’re buying for. They have identified six ‘Imagineers’ and curated products to inspire the imagination of each of them. This fits perfectly into how I do my Christmas shopping and I’ll explain how.

1. Start early

It’s not always possible, but I have found starting early a good way to keep the stress out of the last week before Christmas.

2. Write a list

Before I go shopping, I write a list of all the people I need to buy for according to family groups, making note of people who live away.

3. Brainstorm ideas before you shop

This is the biggest help! Before I go to the shops or look online, I do a little brainstorming next to each name with general ideas of what they may like. It’s not a fixed idea, but rather a guide. Otherwise, I feel too overwhelmed.

I’ll draw out two people as an example:

Best friend

About: My friend runs her own business doing music classes for children in Brisbane called Making Rainbows.

She loves: travel, bags, stationery and humour


About: She is always drawing! We have books and books filled with her doodles from over the years. She says it helps her feel calm.

She loves: drawing, art and reading

The Officeworks Christmas Gift Selector tool is great for inspiration. Below are a few examples of gift ideas for each of the six ‘Imagineers’;

My best friend fit in the ‘expressive’ category and my daughter, ‘creative’.

After I have written my list and done a bit of brainstorming, I head to the shops. Below is a vlog of my day Christmas shopping.

I snapped some gift ideas as I was walking around my local Officeworks.

The find I was most excited about was when I was looking through the gift guide online first, and then later at the shops. Faber Castell do manga pen sets! This is the style my daughter enjoys adopting and she is going to LOVE these pens. I’ll go into more details further below about the gift I put together for her.

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

Here’s an idea: put together a design-your-own journal pack as a cute gift. Include a blank journal, pens, washi tape, stickers and markers.

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

I had a look inside this Rate Your Day Diary and there’s a star system and a few lines for each day.

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

These drumstick pens made me laugh. They come in both a pen and pencil option.

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

Otto packaged gift for stationery lovers.

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

Perfect for the person who carries their iPad around, this elegant Nifteen case doubles as a clutch.

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

I have the same model of camera (Panasonic Lumix FT25) at home and it’s a handy (and durable) one for kids.

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

So, what did I end up buying for my best friend and daughter?

My Best Friend

I mentioned that my best friend runs a business and she loves stationery, so I put together a stationery pack in gold and black by designer Jonathan Alder, and also a bag tag for her next travelling adventure. Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

My daughter

I was thinking about my daughter and how she likes to draw. She draws when she’s out and about, and in her room too. I put together a pack for her with specialised manga pens and anime pencils, an organiser box for her room, mini manikin for designing paper clothes, a colouring book, and two art journal pads: one smaller to pop in her bag when she goes out and a larger one for home. I’m so excited about this gift – she is going to love it!

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

One last tip I would mention is to wrap gifts as you go. I do this as I purchase gifts and put them under the Christmas tree. They look so pretty! The only gifts I don’t put under the tree are for my kids. They go up in my cupboard so there’s no peeking.

While at the shops grab:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Gift tags
  • Ribbon or washi tape

I often do bows and the ribbon look with washi tape as shown below. The good thing about this style is the tape rips with the paper so there’s no struggling with ribbon and it’s super easy to stick it on the package. Bows are a little more challenging and I have tutorials on how to do this here: Washi Tape Wrapping Ideas

Officeworks - Christmas Shopping

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Try the Officeworks Christmas Gift Selector tool for gift inspiration.

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  • Reply
    November 28, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    My husband is a leave-shopping-til-the-week-before-Christmas kinda guy, and I’m a all-done-by-November kinda girl, which makes for some interesting pre-Christmas ‘discussions’. But I love being able to duck into places like Officeworks where I can pretend I’m picking up an ink cartridge for home, and do a bit of Christmas shopping on the side! You can get some really cool stuff at reasonable prices. BTW – love those manga art pencils, haven’t seen them before. I reckon my daughter would love them too!

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    Nae Play-Based-Parenting
    November 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, check out their faber-castell pen collection. They are on my wish list but I might have to get them myself lol.
    LOVE the rate your day journal idea. fabulous. Thanks for sharing Kelly.

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    kate @ livinglovinglaughing
    December 2, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    ok i am really itching to get to officeworks now and do some shopping – had no idea they had so many lovely gift ideas!!! love the kits you put together… i love ‘hamper’ style gifts as they are always so fun!

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    December 3, 2016 at 7:22 am

    My grandma used to take my brothers and I stationery shopping! My love of stationery grew from that, so I totally love the idea of these kinds of gifts!

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    Kate @ the craft train
    December 7, 2016 at 8:35 am

    What a fun idea! I’ll have to try it out.

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    Daniel C.
    April 20, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Those drumstick pens are pretty cool. I just hope they ship to Copenhagen. 😀

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