Lifestyle

Are practical Christmas gifts the way to go this year?

Gemmologist Matthew Gray from Haigh's Jewellers with a 9ct yellow gold diamond set shell worth $2700 on a 9ct yellow gold mesh link chain worth $2100 and the practical iron.
Gemmologist Matthew Gray from Haigh's Jewellers with a 9ct yellow gold diamond set shell worth $2700 on a 9ct yellow gold mesh link chain worth $2100 and the practical iron. Alistair Brightman

What sort of Christmas present do you prefer?

This poll ended on 24 December 2012.

Current Results

Practical

66%

Pretty

33%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A BLENDER, an iron or a deep fryer - is this the stuff Christmas dreams are made off?

Footprints Market Research found 74% of Queenslanders would prefer to receive practical Christmas gifts, but Hervey Bay's Stephen Haigh disagrees.

Stephen, who owns Haigh's Jewellers in Pialba, said jewellery was the type of gift that captured the spirit of Christmas.

"There is some sort of element of surprise, it's a more personalised thing," he said.

Stretan Stojikovic, owner of The Good Guys in Hervey Bay, detected a more practical approach to Christmas shopping.

He has noticed items such as coffee makers, smaller appliances and deep fryers selling well in the lead-up to Christmas.

He said he didn't know if any husband had been game enough to buy his wife an iron for Christmas, but more practical items were definitely in vogue, along with the latest technology, including iPods and iPads, and electronic games for the kids.

Smaller televisions were also a popular buy this year.

But if there are those who had romantic notions, custom-made jewellery takes the game to a whole new level, Stephen said.

While New Year drew marriage proposals, some people were choosing to pop the question at Christmas.

Stephen said wives often came into the store to brief staff in the event their husbands came strolling in later to look.

 

10 popular Christmas gifts

  • iPad
  • Smart phone
  • Television
  • Kindle
  • Jewellery
  • Coffee machine
  • Gift certificate
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Cameras
  • Scooters

Topics:  christmas gifts lifestyle presents smarter shopping



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Reggae group is ready to do battle

READY TO REGGAE: Jarulah Slabb is getting ready to compete in the upcoming Tweed Battle of the Bands competition.

Tweed Battle of the Bands 2017

NSW Blues all smiles after Murwillumbah visit

Blues star James Maloney was pumped by a community visit to Murwillumbah on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"We can have a significant effect on people”

Siege inquest: Police took too long to act after shooting

DAY THAT SHOCKED THE NATION: A panicked hostage runs to tactical response officers after escaping from the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney.

The coroner is handing down his findings into the Lindt Cafe siege.

Local Partners

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Reggae group is ready to do battle

READY TO REGGAE: Jarulah Slabb is getting ready to compete in the upcoming Tweed Battle of the Bands competition.

Tweed Battle of the Bands 2017

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!