Out of the box gift ideas guaranteed to impress
Keen to shop outside the box this Christmas? Forget bath bombs, kooky sweaters and socks (...unless they’re particularly good ones, that is). This year, your Christmas gift/shopping list is going to be an altogether unique type of affair.
We know all too well how difficult/stressful it can be conjuring up the perfect present. Gift ideas don't come easy to some! So to help, we’ve searched far and wide to bring you the ultimate edit of festive shopping sites, promising endless inspiration. From DIY veggie patches to giant flamingo pool inflatables, these gorgeous online boutiques have this year’s Christmas list well and truly covered. Or at the very least, have your own wish list sorted. Happy hunting.
This isn’t just any old chocolate. Oh no, Pana Chocolate is a true extravagance. And in their tempting online store, you’ll discover all the exotic flavours that sell out in real life. From strawberry and pistachio to floral-infused rose, these vegan, gluten and refined sugar-free treats are the ultimate in delicious gifting. And if you really want to go the extra mile, their delicious recipe book reveals the secrets behind some of their cherished creations. the perfect gift for flourishing foodies.
Pana Chocolate, The Recipes, $22.90, booktopia
Putting a personal touch to gift delivery, Thankly are ‘reinventing gratitude’. Their online store allows you to send beautiful handwritten cards in three writing styles, adding that extra special touch to your average thank you note. Needing a gift? Thankly have also got you covered with great gifts from brands like L’Occintane, Melbourne Martini, and Soak Society.
When all else fails; Aesop. Offering meticulously crafted skin, hair and body essentials, this home-grown botanical hero gains instant pride of place in any bedroom, bathroom or beyond. Indeed, you’re all but guaranteed that no one will turn down their nose at a well thought out gift from this oh so sweet smelling (not to mention, stylish) beauty mecca.
Their Gift Kits for 2019, collectively titled ‘Of Muse and Myth’, celebrate the ancient Muses of Greek mythology, the goddesses of the arts, honoured since antiquity as inspirations in culture, literature and the arts. Choose from two skin care kits, a trio for the home and basin, a body care twosome, and an exceptional quartet for hands and body.
The Chronicler $145; The Humourist $63; The Melodist $93; The Orator $195; The Reveller $127
Scrap the wrapping this year, and instead indulge in a whimsical weekend away at Bannisters Port Stephens. Boasting beautiful beachfront vistas and a sumptuous seafood menu to boot, Rick Stein’s latest coastal gem has all the makings of a glamorous gourmet escape. Tucked away in the picturesque backdrop of the Soldiers Point peninsula, Bannisters Port Stephens promises romance, luxury and relaxation in gloriously rustic surroundings. This is the ultimate weekend getaway.
Rates from $265 per night
147 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point NSW
You can never go wrong with flowers as a gift. Even more so when they're accompanied by beautiful photography shot by a local legend. When we say legend, we're talking about Bondi-based Eugene Tan (of Aquabumps fame), and when we say flowers, we're referring to LVLY's beautiful fresh blooms. A collab of dreams, LVLY has teamed up with the revered photographer to launch a limited edition range of flower jar designs featuring two of Eugene's iconic Bondi Beach snaps. With only 100 of each design, you'll need to get in quick, and at only $69 a pop, we're positive these are going to sell like hotcakes. $5 from each purchase will also be donated to one of Uge's favourite charities, Surfaid. We guarantee you'll fell good the minute you buy them.
Image: Wade Edwards
This Byron Bay based jewellery brand is as unique as they come, each piece a gorgeous work of art inspired by ancient European symbology and the exotic streetscapes of Istanbul. Handmade using sustainabily sourced metals and small, delicate gemstones, there's a spiritual and tribal twist to each delicate design that makes this stunning collection really stand out from the crowd. Once you start browsing, we guarantee you'll love every piece, but if you're looking for inspo, the Celeste Necklace and Mena Earrings are firmly on our wish list.
Give the gift of stylish sound this Christmas. Sonos has teamed up with renowned Danish design brand, HAY, to launch a new limited edition Sonos One speaker. A winning combo of clever tech and beautiful design, HAY have reimagined Sonos' trademark speaker in five chic colours from HAY's 2018 palette. Soft pastel hues of pale yellow, light grey, dusky pink, forest green and vibrant red have all been designed to blend effortlessly into the home, whatever your design scheme. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is built in, so you can use the speaker to play your go-to playlists, radio stations and podcasts, as well as checking your calendar, the weather and the latest news. And if you want to get really techy, you can even pair two speakers together to achieve a traditional left-right stereo. Tempted much?
Stocking everything from stunning textiles like antique Moroccan rugs to homewares and furniture (hello, rattan!), as well as a range of artwork from a Sitchu fave, Bonnie Gray, there is something for everyone. Plus, most of their beautifully sourced treasures are handcrafted by local and international artisans. Not sure what to get? They have a category on their site called Trinkets- a curated selection of beautiful things that would be welcome in any home.
Byron Bay’s hottest export, Spell’s haute boho looks have been sported everywhere from Hollywood to Hobart. They even count Kate Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Chrissy Teigen among their many celebrity devotees. Surprise your fashion loving favourite with one of their voluminous kaleidoscope print dresses, for a look that’s sure to stand out.
Wave goodbye to 2019 on a positive note and move into 2020 feeling refreshed and renewed with a little gift from Cleanse & Co. Harnessing the powers of crystals, minerals and essential oils, Cleanse & Co’s bespoke gift bundles provide the tools to get your aura and energy back in tip top shape. The Lux Christmas Packs have a little bit of everything ̶ from crystals and sage, to incense and essential oils ̶ and are so popular that they sell out… so get in quick!
For a gift guaranteed to impress, go the extra mile with an ultra-luxe getaway on the Mornington Peninsula. Set on the stunning Willow Creek Vineyard, Jackalope's glamorous lodgings tick every box – think floor-to-ceiling windows, original artworks, private decks and black sleek Japanese bathtubs, alongside a 30-metre infinity pool, spa, restaurant and cellar door. Fret not, food and wine are in abundance here. Simply sit back, sip on delicious local drops and let the serenity of the Victorian countryside gently wash over you.
Rates from $1300 per night
166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North
For the ultimate in relaxation, indulge someone you love with a sumptuous candle scent this Christmas. Their festive fragrance collection runs the gamut from sweet cinnamon spice to raspberry rhubarb, and they even come packed in an adorable Christmas cracker, for extra gift appeal. But if you want to go classic, Narcissus & Patchouli, infused with orange blossom, cardamom and musk, is one of our favourites.
For the plant-lover in your life, a gift from Nikau will make their Christmas. This botanical and clay emporium, bursting with colour and boho style, has an array of plants, ceramics, and homewares ready to be wrapped and gifted. They have their own range of decorative objects as well as stocking brands such as los Objetos Decorativos, Earth + Element and Melbourne label Oh Hey Grace. This year, we will be placing the Justina Blakeney Yala Mirror and Nikau Happy Planter on our wish list.
Personalise your Christmas giving this year with a monogrammed leather gift from The Daily Edited. From handbags and wallets, to phone cases and travel accessories, treat your nearest and dearest to a gift that is uniquely them. To help you decide on a present, The Daily Edited team have made it super easy with their ultimate Christmas Gift Guide. With gifts for every price bracket, you can go all out without breaking your budget. You can’t go wrong with a monogrammed beauty or vanity case ̶ functional and stylish.
For anyone planning a beach break over the holidays, treating yourself to new swimwear is an absolute must. Whether you're Bondi-bound or travelling further afield, Matteau's coveted collection should be firmly at the top of your 2020 wish list. This Aussie designer brand is all about classic style and comfort – sleek lines, simplistic, uncomplicated designs and cuts that are effortlessly flattering for every figure. The boho beach dresses are a dream, as are the one-piece and bikinis. Prepare for the ultimate splurge.
The online alias of Melbourne’s most cherished bookstore, Avenue is a treasure trove of glossy art and design bibles. From fashion to typography and travel, these are the kind of tomes that deserve to be displayed. Then, there are the cook books. Whether your intended gift receiver is more of an Ottolenghi or Oliver type – you’ll find all they could ever want. And more.
These days, every self-respecting trendsetter lives in a foliage-filled home, brimming with plants. Find them the perfect accompaniment at Mr Kitly, a site devoted to stylish, well-priced and practical pots. You’ll also find a whole array of ceramic beauties along with clothing, knick knacks and countless lust-worthy pieces that are made to be gift wrapped.
For a thoughtful touch, a personalised diary or journal is always a winning gift idea. Papier offer a beautiful range of styles and prints, or if you really want to pull at the heartstrings, their newly launched Modern Photo Notebooks allow you to upload a personal photo as the cover. Cuteness.
The perfect stocking filler, this sand-free towel is the ultimate travel companion. The Sand Society’s practically chic towels are lightweight, quick drying and completely sand-free, meaning you can take it anywhere without taking the whole beach with you. With a curated selection of prints, you'll need to get in quick to pick up your fave style. We’ll take one Escapes and one Lemons, thanks!
Give your loved ones a meaningful, personalised artwork this Christmas with a Grafo Map. Whether it is to commemorate their favourite holiday, celebrate where they grew up, or mark a special location, Grafo Map allows you to create and frame personalised maps. With 11 different colour schemes and six different finishes, you can create a truly unique memento that will last a lifetime. Right now, Grao are currently running a special where if you buy two maps, you get the third for free. Christmas gifting, sorted!
Helmed by a team of passionate wine lovers (and self-confessed nerds), Different Drop is dedicated to helping you discover the best and most inspiring artisanal wines and spirits Australia has to offer. All of which makes their site a winning destination for discerning drink connoisseurs.
Why not go a little cheeky with your present list this Christmas? All Australian made from organic cotton – Le Buns are the ultimate in eco conscious underwear and swimwear. Featuring flattering and timeless cuts for a look that’s effortlessly sexy and feminine, your girls will thank you forever for introducing them to these life-changing intimates.
Know a green thumb who’s worthy of a gift? Little Veggie Patch Co.’s colourful site offers everything from cheerful seed kits to chic gardening tools and DIY guides to growing your own food – anytime, anywhere. Perfect for a loved one who isn’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty. And yours too, more than likely.
Bamboo silk is all the rage right now. Impress a luxury seeking family member, friend or lover with a thoughtful present from Ettitude – makers of the softest, most sumptuous bedding and sleepwear around. Breathable, antimicrobial, thermo-regulating and water saving too – this wonder fabric will win you all kinds of brownie points. Just don’t forget to grab something for yourself while you’re at it.
Nothing says summer in Australia like a giant blow-up pool accessory. Perfect for big and little kids alike, these cheerful inflatables make a serious splash, and come in every shape you can imagine – from flamingos to juicy watermelon slices. They even stock chic floating drinks holders, so your loved ones can indulge in a sip of Champagne without even having to leave the pool.