Wreaths have been affixed to front doors. Carols have snuck into café playlists. The smell of gingerbread is pretty much everywhere.

Yep; Christmas is upon us.

And with the swift arrival of December 25 approaching, it’s time to start sorting out Christmas gifts for friends, family and colleagues. While the presents change year-to-year, one rule to Christmas giving remains the same: Know who you are buying for. It’s not enough just to know if they are young or old, male or female – you’ve got to really understand what drives and inspires them.

Before you start shopping, take a moment to reflect on the sort of person you’re buying for. What do they do in their spare time? What excites them? What makes them jump up-and-down happy? That’s your starting point!

At the end of the day, the perfect present is one that has an emotional connection. While we don’t know the people you are buying for as well as you do, we have compiled a quick starting guide to gifting. Whether you’re shopping for a creative soul, active adventurer, adorable little one or a practical mind – there’s something to be found for everyone at Forrest Chase.

For the Creative Soul 

Who they are: The ones fuelled by imagination; the dreamers and the starry eyed. Whether it’s writing, cooking, painting or performing – creativity is at the heart of everything they do. They are appreciative of all beautiful  things – especially when they are a little bit unexpected, quirky or different.

Sorrento Mini Textured Vase in Blue; Bed Bath n’ Table, $9.95

Mozi Classic Candle in Orange & Grapefruit; MYER, $39.95

Coloured Iris Dress; Cue, $249

; Creative Native, $199.95

For the Active Adventurer

Who they are: The ones that can’t sit still; the fun loving ‘doers’. They are risk-takers, trying to get their hands on all the experiences this earth has to offer. While their lives can seem fast-paced to outsiders, they understand the value of mindfulness and reflection.


Gym Membership; Goodlife Health Club, from $13.95 a week. 

R&A Waterbottle; MYER, $39.95

Nutribullet; MYER, from $119.00

Work it Out! Yoga Mat; Sportsgirl, $29.95

For the Little Ones

Who they are: The ones that can find magic everywhere; the youthful little souls. To them, the world is filled with questions – and every place they visit has the potential for a game of hide and seek!

Morgan & Finch Animal Alphabet Canvas; Bed Bath N’ Table, $9.95 each

Milkshake Watermelon Stripe Pyjamas; MYER, $26.95

Baby Quilt Sealife; Bed Bath N’ Table, $39.95

Scrabble Junior; MYER, $34.95

For the Practically Minded 

Who they are: The ones that give the best advice; the logical and pragmatic. Maybe they’ve given you a detailed wish list or dropped several hundred not-so-subtle hints; either way, it’s undeniable that they already know what they want. While buying a present for the practically-minded is difficult, there is one sure-fire way to make sure they get use out of a present. Give them a gift card! Check out Forrest Chase’s list of retailers to find the perfect fit.

Happy Gifting!