7 CEOs share their fool-proof Christmas gift


From a pickleball paddle to a cookbook, C-Suite executives have revealed the one Christmas gift that works every time.
Getting ready for Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, no doubt Forbes readers will be hitting the shops to purchase their loved ones gifts for the occasion. Forbes Australia reached out to C-Suite executives about what’s on their shopping list.

Blackmores Group CEO, Alastair Symington

I think the LARQ self-cleaning water bottle would be the perfect gift for just about anyone – I’m after one myself. It was one of the most impressive innovations I’ve seen on SharkTank, not to mention a portion of the proceeds supports environmental and clean water projects around the world. 

Chobani Australia, general manager, people & culture, Chris Eaton

Nothing beats the joy of giving to those in need on behalf of your loved ones. This year Chobani teamed up with Eat Up, an organisation dedicated to ensuring Aussie kids have the fuel they need for school. Some of our team decided to make a charitable donation on behalf of their stakeholders as a unique Christmas gift this year. For those who prefer the classics, books and clothes are always a hit in my household on Christmas day! 

ReadyTech, CEO and co-founder, Marc Washbourne

A pickleball paddle. Everyone will play pickleball in 2024.


The Reject Shop, CEO, Clinton Cahn

I like to pull together little hampers and add in our beauty gift packs, Christmas candles, novelty socks, a couple of toys for the kids and a cheeky Christmas t-shirt for the dog. I then fill the hamper with a few things from the confectionery aisle like Quality Street, which I loved as a kid… It’s a really thoughtful, inexpensive gift for family, friends or work colleagues and you can tailor the hamper for each individual.

HIGH END, CEO & CTO, Lauren Kennedy

My foolproof Christmas gift idea is to buy something that they want but would never buy themselves. Something bordering on ostentatious… like a mini Maison Francis Kurkgjian perfume, a Jacquemus soap or a Loewe candle.

HIGH END, CEO & COO, Brooke Marks

I always loves to gift an experience, whether it’s a restaurant voucher for Attica or Brae, or something adventurous.

DoorDash, general manager, Puji Fernando

When it comes to Christmas, I find a local cookbook a great foolproof gift! There are so many great restaurants and chefs across the country with really beautiful books and recipes, that you really can’t go wrong. 

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