Here’s what 8 Australian CEOs want for Christmas

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Everyone has that one person in the family who is notoriously hard to buy for.

If you’re still looking for inspiration with just days until Christmas, we’ve asked a handful of successful executives what they want this Christmas.

Here’s what they had to say.

Darren Winterford, CEO and founder of Ed App wants a smart ukulele

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On my Christmas wish list this year is a Smart Ukulele from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Store in New York City. It is made from European maple wood and has 72 built-in LED lights to show you where to place your fingers when learning songs. I first saw it at the MOMA Store in Soho around the corner from our US office and knew I had to have it. MOMA have a great range of products that ship worldwide and are guaranteed to be unique under any Christmas tree. I’m looking forward to getting mine!

Can’t make it to New York? Try this one available on Amazon.

Mick Spencer, CEO and founder of ONTHEGO wants more leadership books

Mick Spencer

This Christmas I am hoping for some valuable time with my fiance, my parents, my siblings, and my nieces and nephews. While 2018 has been a monumental year of growth, it has also been quite stressful having published a book and managing a fast-growing company. Outside of that, I would love a few more leadership books to read, maybe a notepad and a pen to plan for the year ahead – but mainly – spending quality time with my loved ones as its the only gift you can’t return.

Try Measure What Matters by John Doerr as recommended by Bill Gates. The book was one of Gates’ 23 must-read books of the year.

Adrian Harrison, CEO of Huobi Australia wants Henry Kissinger’s book On China

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As a student of Chinese language, culture, and history for the past 30 years, I came across this book recently and I’m excited to read it. Written by one of the most famous diplomats of the 20th century, it looks at China’s evolving twenty-first-century role in global politics and economics and its changing place in the world.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Adrian Przelozny, CEO of Independent Reserve wants an Anova Precision Cooker

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I’m an avid cook and the holiday season is usually the time when I invite family and friends over for a good, home cooked meal. This year, I’m thinking of serving sous vide beef brisket, so the Anova Precision Cooker would be an ideal gift to receive or buy for myself.

Buy it on Amazon here.

David Collien, co-founder and CTO or OpenLearning wants to be surprised with a gift he’s not heard of before

David Collien

When it comes to Christmas gifts I’m a little difficult — I’m more interested in tinkering, and making my own tech gadgets, rather than what is on the store shelf. There’s also no single type of thing that you can point to that neatly sums up my personality as I like to explore — you might be better off trying to find something that I might not have heard of before. However, if I’m really going to be aspirational about Christmas wishes, I’m not going to be thinking too much about material things – my real wish is to spread the passion for lifelong learning as far and wide as possible. If you’re going to be getting someone a gift this Christmas, you can fulfil my wishes too by finding something that will make them want to create, express themselves, discover, invent, and share it with the world – a spark which might ignite a passion, to learn something new and inspire future innovations.

Adam Theobald, founder of Ordermentum and Hey You wants a drone

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I typically get all the way into Christmas not having really thought about my wish list. Having two young kids, it’s naturally all about them, which is a lot of fun. That said, if pushed I have two wishes this year. The first being, to scratch the massive geek that lurks not too deep below the surface, to convince myself to buy a drone. I have watched the drone space explode out of nowhere, and the inner kid in me wants to play with one! I should say the last time I bought a flying aircraft I broke it before my first flight… so this might be an expensive and bad idea. My second and more practical wish is for some golf lessons. Hardly the normal startup sport, I find it really valuable on the rare occasion that I do get out, to switch off and to relax. That said, the way I play it can cause a different type of stress – so a lesson will help me head in the right direction.

Check out this top of the line drone available on Amazon.

Silvia Pfeiffer, CEO at Coviu wants to spend time with loved ones

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On my Christmas list this year is to take some time to relax with my family; at the beach, reading startup and science fiction books. My goddaughter from Berkeley, California is visiting, so we’re going to show off the sights of Sydney; the Blue Mountains, Palm Beach, Manly, Bondi, Taronga Zoo, the Opera House, Darling Harbour and some of the National Parks. I’m also hoping to get to the Christmas in Town Hall carol singing – it’s our favourite way of getting into the Christmas spirit!

Azam Kassim, founder and director of Hab Shifa wants a new pair of hiking boots

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I’m going to use the holiday season to purchase a few items that I’ve been looking into all year. This includes a new pair of hiking boots with the intention of doing much more hiking in the new year, as well as any gear that will make it a lot easier and more enjoyable to camp with three young kids. I’m also looking at one of those all-in-one travel carry ons that is a laptop bag and hand luggage in one. I’ve been keeping an eye out for these on websites like Kickstarter to see which is the most feasible and practical. This is a must have for me given all the travel I have planned in 2019. I’m also looking forward to getting some down time during the holiday season to engage in charity driven initiatives, particularly looking into raising funds for orphanages in Sri Lanka. I’m also packing my bags for 10 days and go road tripping in the eastern coast of Victoria.

Check out these hiking boots available on Amazon.

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