It can be super-hard to come up with just the right gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for uncle, or your Dad, or your boss. Rather than it is a physically taxing mission at the shops or even an epic Google/online-shopping session, why not hit up one of the many experts in gift-giving?

Red Balloon
The obvious go-to for any type of gift – especially for that person who already has #allthethings. If you can’t find a fitting experience/ voucher on this website for your gift recipient then you don’t have a heartbeat.

Yellow Octopus
Crank up the quirk-o-meter to 10 – this Aussie website has some crazy fun gifts that are as memorable as they are inexpensive. Tick, tick. Our tip? Head straight to the “WTF!” category tab.

Oxfam Unwrapped
Sometimes the best gift is not a thing or even an experience, it’s more about the actual giving. Oxfam Unwrapped lets you buy and send a birthday card to your gift recipient but the gift itself is a donation to an Oxfam project. You can shop within the category of your occasion, choose the perfect card and decide on your preferred level of donation. Your donation might be buying a goat or a chicken or even just clean water for someone in poverty in Zimbabwe or Vanuatu, for example. Perfect.

So Kind
We love this gift registry and wishlist service website because it encourages the giving of homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand goods, experiences, time, day-of-event help and more. It’s all about more fun and less stuff! Nice.



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