It's the thought that counts | Trending's Christmas gift guide

It's the thought that counts | Trending's Christmas gift guide

Here's to a season of meaningful giving; gifts that either tap into our social conscience or are legitimately useful - and at less than $100, won't send you broke before Christmas.

Mr Fothergill's small bee and insect house, $19.98. An easy and engaging way of encouraging kids to appreciate biodiversity, while enriching your backyard's ecosystem. Available at Bunnings.

Pictionary, $39.99. Many of the board games we loved decades ago have been reinvented, resulting in new-found entertainment for adults and a naturally captive audience in kids. An inclusive option to enjoy post Christmas lunch. Available at Big W, Kmart and Target.

Women of the world nesting dolls, $59. An easy to read, colour coded book accompanies this set of dolls, so you can enlighten young minds about five significant and inspirational women of the world: Frida Kahlo, Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Marie Curie and Aretha Franklin. marmaladelion.com.au

Eight Hour cream three-piece set, $32. This cult beauty buy really does work wonders on a range of skin ailments, and also lasts an impressively long time - the recipient will probably be using the soothing balm for many Christmases to come. elizabetharden.com.au

Honeybee Wrap DIY beeswax wrap kit, $22. For loved ones raging a war on waste, this kit includes four hexagon wax blocks made from a special beeswax blend, two medium organic cotton fabric pieces with a funky pattern and instructions on how to make the wraps. The wrap set will last up to two years. biome.com.au

Bamboo sock gift box, $85 (four pairs). Sexy Socks recently landed in Australia, and for every pair sold, a pair of school socks is given to a child in Africa. The socks themselves are anti-odor and anti-bacterial, and come in an array of cool designs. sexysockssa.com.au

Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants, $49.99. An increasing number of people are filling their homes with greenery, but how to care for them? Sydney authors Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan provide simple, yet comprehensive care instructions for 100 houseplants - including palms, hanging plants and succulents. thedesignedit.com.au

Relaxation Soak, $26.95. Give this to someone in your life who never stops. It has aromatic essential oils and is rich in magnesium to help them unwind and prepare for sleep. thesaltbox.com.au

Will & Bear Harvey straw boater summer hat, $80.10. Made from 100 per cent Australian wool and natural fibers that are biodegradable, renewable and can be upcycled. In partnership with trees.org, for every hat sold, 10 trees are planted. amazon.com.au

My Round Puzzle, $24.99. This 24-piece puzzle is for 3 to 6-year-olds, but you can find age appropriate jigsaws for any member of the family. They're a fabulous way to unplug this holiday season and spend time at peace with others. yellowoctopus.com.au

Holly T-shirt, $49.95 (adults); $38.95 (kids). Made in GOTS certified facilities, this 100 per cent cotton T-shirt is a timely reminder of what really matters. On sale until Christmas Eve. kindiscool.com.au

Gro-To Little Squirts gift set, $92. This is what new parents want, a genuinely useful gift for the baby, and a little treat for mum. The set includes a range of lotions for bubs and a Go-To Transformazing sheet mask for mum. grotoskincare.com

Dartball, $25. Ditch the screens for a more simple way to improve hand-eye coordination and concentration skills. Each game includes a double-sided board and three Velcro balls - no batteries or recharging required! tigertribe.com.au

POP jewellery cube, $40. Made from vegan leather, this handy little gift keeps items safe and organised when travelling or at home. tonic.net.au

Rufus & Coco Una Unicorn rope toy, $12.95. The perfect stocking stuffer for your pet, proceeds go to the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation. Available from Woolworths stores.