There are now six weeks until Christmas, and we’ve all got those clever, smug friends who have already completed all or most of their Christmas shopping. I love these friends, but when I hear that someone has completed their Christmas shopping in November I feel a stomach ulcer coming on.

Anyway, the good news is now is the perfect time to get a head start with some online shopping, because if anything gets delayed you’ve still got six weeks for deliveries to arrive. Here’s a tip for savvy shoppers: the week before Christmas is a bad time to start online shopping. If you haven’t bought anything by then you’ll have to suffer the crowds at the local mall like every other mug or lie about when you ordered your brother-in-law’s gift online.

Here are some awesome ideas for Christmas online shopping:

Check out the photo printing website for a personalised calendar for 2018 with lots of photos of the grandkids. Check out Snap Fish, Vista Print or Big W. This is a great one for the mothers-in-law or grandmas.

Ideas for online christmas presents for hard-to-buy-for people

A personalised calendar from Visa Print

Also think about putting together a nice hamper for someone special. My favourite places are The Treat Factory or Sandhurst, or just google “hampers” which will give you many options. This is a good gender-neutral option.

Ideas for hard to buy for family and friends for Christmas

A hamper from The Treat Factory

A voucher from somewhere special like Peter’s of Kensington can be a winner, too.

If your loved-one is a reader, find out if they have a kindle or e-reader. If so, an Amazon or Kobo voucher will certainly be appreciated. If they don’t have an e-reader, you might like to try your luck ordering them a book from Booktopia, or getting them a much-appreciated voucher.

Know any booknerds? (image from

And if they appreciated a nice red or some craft beer (hello, brother-in-law), Dan Murphy’s have such great prices and they deliver. But be aware you’ll need someone home who is over 18 to take delivery.

A special alcohol hamper from Dan Murphy’s

OK – if you’ve got a nephew or niece who is at an awkward age you usually can’t go wrong with some kind of electronics voucher, which could be used on a computer game, DVD or music subscription. Think EB Games, JB Hifi, iTunes or Google vouchers.

Ideas for hard to buy for family and friends for Christmas

Can’t go wrong with a voucher!

Also, if you just can’t face the local shops, check out the discount department stores online, because they often have “click ‘n’ collect” or delivery options (Big W, Kmart, Target).