Whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, a new baby, engagement, graduation, anniversary, or something more sombre, it’s nice to let the people in your life know that you’re thinking about them. In Sydney, we’re lucky enough to have a great selection of online gift services that suit a range of budgets and tastes. And what's more, a few of them offer the Holy Grail: same day delivery.
So, the next time you need to pick out a present, go straight to one of these gorgeous gift sites – they'll sort you out with the convenient click of a mouse button.
For that special chocoholic in your life, scrap the card and say "I love you" in chocolate instead. Chocogram specialises in handmade, personalised chocolates and gifts. Made up of square chocolate letter and symbol tiles, create your own signature box or choose from their curated gift sets. Place your order before 12pm and let Chocogram do the rest!
For the less floral and more green-fingered friend, opt for a hand delivered Little Succer. Beautifully potted and gift boxed, for $35 you can send a pretty little potted succulent with a handwritten card to your bestie. If your mate isn't into Little Succers, they deliver Little Pricks too – cacti that is!
For Inner City doughnut lovers, Grumpy's is the perfect treat. Serving up their doughy delights fresh each day, you can order a box of six assorted flavours for $30 (+ delivery), delivered straight to your bestie's work. Only available Wednesday to Friday 9am-2pm, the doughnuts sell quickly so make sure to get in early.
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Admittedly, we have a little crush on these guys – and we guarantee you will too, once you clock eyes on their adorable mini-bouquets. Every morning the team at Little Flowers hit the markets to create unique miniature bunches. The bouquet changes daily so you’re always in for a sweet surprise. Little Flowers offer same day delivery, but only until they run out of fresh flowers, which can be anywhere between 10am and 1pm. The best part – they're only $30 a bunch (including delivery).
Ever struggled to buy a last-minute gift for your dad/brother/husband? Problem solved with Brewquets' brilliant concept. Like same-day flower delivery services, Brewquets delivers three craft beers in a hessian tote bag with a cute card attached for $39. They also offer a ‘Big Brewquet’ (six beers) and Cider Brewquet. The types of beers and ciders change all the time, but your special guy is guaranteed to get a selection of the best Aussie craft brews.
To send off a designer bunch of blooms, look no further than Buds and Bowers. The Surry Hill-based florist is famed for its beautiful bouquets, each bunch with next-level attention to detail. Whatever you pick, it's guaranteed to be a hit. But if you need a little help, the Paradise, Summertime and Dulce bouquets will never disappoint. For same-day delivery, place your order before 2pm – but of course, the earlier, the better.
Looking for a unique gift? LVLY’s gift boxes are the perfect way to say: ‘you’re awesome!’ to that special someone. Partnering with local producers and designers, there are so many fabulous goodies to choose from, you'll have a hard time making a final decision. Our top picks are the LVLY Flower Jars showcasing seasonal blooms and the LVLY Amigo, featuring a cactus sugar cookie and Tommy Tequila margaritas. Delicioso!
Fresh flowers are the best kind of surprise, and The Daily Bunch creates and delivers a unique bouquet every day. Their ordering system is great: you can pre-order flowers the day before or day of, and even sign up to receive (or send) fresh flowers every week for a month. At just $35 a pop (including delivery), why not treat yourself to a bunch as well?
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.
To combine two of life’s greatest pleasures – eating and receiving thoughtful gifts – browse Edible Blooms’ range. The site sells chocolate, fruit, cheese, alcohol and luxury gift hampers to suit a variety of tastes. The options are endless, but if we had to choose one, it’d be the Macadamia Smash, which comes with a 1kg block of macadamia chocolate and a mini hammer to break it all up. The red wine sangria hamper also scores top points for originality. For same day delivery, simply order before 12pm.