The best online shopping buys for under $100 this Christmas

As the clock ticks down to December 25, it’s tempting to beat the Christmas crowds and check off your festive shopping online. For friends and family on your gifting list who you’d like to splurge a little on, the world wide web is an almost limitless source of inspiration.

To help you on your way, here’s an edit of some of the best buys around for under $100 to spoil kids, foodies, fashion lovers and everyone in between.

Before buying, always check shipping costs to make sure the total price you pay stays within budget (explore Shipster as an option to dodge shipping costs if you’re buying from multiple websites¹). And it’s worth reading over the seller’s returns policy in case your gift doesn’t quite fit the bill.

Still, leaving kids to their own imaginations and creativity can be just as fun as any battery-powered toy. Crayons.com.au has a strong focus on educational toys that keep kids using their brains and hands. Get them crafting with a classic Meccano construction set, have them build a glider ($49.95) or their own carnival ride ($89.95).

For a personal touch, TinyMe specialised in customised gifts for young tikes, like their very own swim bag ($40) for summer excursions to the beach or pool or jigsaw puzzles featuring the child’s name (from $23). You get to choose elements of the design, colour, font and, of course, the name, depending on the product.

For the tech head

Modern life is ruled by gadgets. We can’t get enough of them, so how about the Zero-X Sabre Drone ($79.99). Lightweight, it’s great for the drone novice, nimble enough to pull off acrobatic manoeuvres but intuitive enough to maintain control and confidence. It comes equipped with 720p video recording capabilities for sweeping aerial footage.

For photography somewhat closer to the ground and even underwater, the Thomson Waterproof Digital Camera ($59.95) offers 5 megapixel resolution and 4 x digital zoom for great summer shots. The bright, durable casing makes it a great gift for budding young photographers.

For the fashion conscious

A fresh wardrobe update is always appreciated by anyone who likes staying ahead of style trends. Accounting for personal taste and sizing can be tricky if you’re shopping for someone else, but online retailers like ASOS, Pepper Mayo and Surfstitch carry a huge range of brands and designs for women and men—anyone finding a gift card to these stores in their Christmas stocking will have no trouble finding something they love.

For sporty women

With summer upon us, many Australians like to head outdoors and get active. Even those who don’t often like to dress as if they do, thanks to the athleisure trend currently dominating fashion. Whether it’s for working out or getting about, these printed tights by Lorna Jane ($97.99) are bold and stylish. An inspirational short-sleeved grey marle pullover ($79.99) from Running Bare, emblazoned with the word ‘RUN’ makes the wearer’s intentions clear.

For the foodie

Christmas isn’t just about gifts, it’s about food too, and usually lots of it. For the gastronome in your life, visit Farmhouse for a host of gift ideas like a six pack of mixed condiments ($65) a surprise combination of sauces, chutneys, jams and jellies to add flavour to the kitchen. Or surprise a sweet tooth with the Ultimate Fudge Mix ($95), a decadent mix of 12 flavours, almost enough to see them through till next Christmas. And it wouldn’t be a celebration for a true foodie without a bottle of French Champagne to share, available at Get Wines Direct. Cheers to that.

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