The ultimate Christmas gift guide

Running low on Christmas gift ideas? We make shopping for Christmas presents easy with our gift guide
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By Time Out editors |

The average Christmas shopper tends to come in one of two camps: you've either been shopping since June, or you've left it until the final week of the Christmas rush before you buy your presents. Thankfully for those of you low on ideas for Christmas presents, we've got a bunch of great gift ideas for the design-savvy and foodie person in your life. 

For more special gifts, check out our ultimate Melbourne gift guide or try your luck at one of these Christmas markets

Buy it online

Pod and Parcel

Pod and Parcel

Get them buzzing through the holiday season with a pack of eco-friendly, specialty coffee pods from Pod and Parcel. Buy these for the mate who's obsessed with his barista-quality coffee, but hates the waste of regular disposable pods (these bad boys are 100 per cent biodegradable and compostable). $59 for 60 pods.


Burn City

This book of killer images of Melbourne street art by photographer Lou Chamberlin will look great on any coffee table. Get it for newbies to town whom you can convince that 'Burn City' is what all the cool kids call Melbourne. $29.99. 

Cheese plate from Cheese Riot
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Cheese Riot

Make their day with a cheese box delivered to your door from the Cheese Riot. Fromage obsessives will enjoy a Christmas gift pack which comprises of a handmade wooden cheese board, two Australian artisan cheeses, cumquat jelly and crackers. $99.

Little Succers
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Little Succers

Know someone who needs a little nature but can't look after anything more than a plant designed to survive in the desert? Try Little Succers, a same-day succulent delivery service that will deliver a cute little cactus to your pal's door. $35.

Tote Bag from Vic Womens Trust
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Victorian Women's Trust tote

Here's a totes awesome present: a tote bag designed by Melbourne artist Frances Cannon from the Victorian Women's Trust. Each bag supports the work of the Victorian Women's Trust, an independent advocate for gender equality in Australia. $35.

The Everleigh Bottling Co Antique Collection
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The Everleigh Antique Collection

Taste your way through cocktail history. This Christmas, the Everleigh Bottling Co. are putting together a limited edition collection of specially sourced antique spirits. Ranging from 1950s Martinis to 1980s Bobby Burns, you'll get four bottled cocktails in a black leather gift box along with a certificate of authenticity. $249.

Charles + Lee Hand Cream
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Charles + Lee

Charles + Lee is a men's skincare collection that's 100 per cent cruelty free. Pick up a tube of their signature hand cream, which mixes shea and cocoa butter, organic ginko biloba and sweet almond oil to create a rich and fast absorbing formula that feels like Christmas for dry hands. $16.95.


Buy it in store

Guild of Objects
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Shopping, Homewares

Guild of Objects

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Nab some handmade ceramics from a Melbourne maker at North Melbourne's Guild of Objects. Here you'll find planters, vases, tableware and sculptures that will brighten up any table setting. $50-$300+.

Apple Pie Moonshine from The Mill house
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Melbourne Moonshine

Maximise the good cheer with a jar of Apple Pie shine from the dram distillers at Melbourne Moonshine in South Melbourne. $59.99.

Das T-Shirt Automat: Fitzroy

Das T-Shirt Automat: Fitzroy

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Das T-Shirt Automat can fix you up with a custom printed T-shirt that you can give to your friend who has everything. Everything but a T-shirt with your face on it. $40.

Foodie ideas

Crux and Co macarons
Restaurants, Cafés

The Crux & Co

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Delight the sweet toothed person in your life with a collection of macarons from Crux and Co, who will kindly pack your treats away in beautiful Tiffany's-like blue boxes. Bring a few of the raspberry opera cakes to Christmas lunch, they are the absolute prima donnas of the cakes cabinet.

Dench Bakers Christmas goods

Dench Bakers

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If you're all about those traditional Christmas treats, get them from Dench bakers, who are making festive cakes including a traditional Christmas Cake and a chocolate, prune and Armagnac slice, and their famous mince tarts. $2.86-$41.60.

Hello LVLY Christmas Hamper
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LVLY Christmas Hamper

Keep your favourite foodie happy with LVLY’s festive hampers. The Celebrations pack (pictured) includes yummy things like a bottle of Chrismont La Zona prosecco, Bakedown Cakery chocolate bark, Sweet Mickie cookies, and a bag of nibbles from Wondersnack. $75-$120.

Hunted and Gathered

Hunted and Gathered

Origin is everything to these local bean-to-bar dark chocolate makers. No bar is below 70 per cent cacao and they’re all delicious. $7.50.

Design ideas

Kleins Perfumery
Shopping, Boutiques

Kleins Perfumery

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The essential oils, shea butter and extract of Tasmanian Pepperberry in Kleins’ Surfer and Two Girls hand cream work together to keep hands soft and nourished. $27.95.

Che Sara pot

Che Sera

Mother and daughter duo, Sara and Nilla, create handmade items inspired by dreamy Italian summer days. The Spritz Pot Plant is hand-sewn and painted in four colours. $35+.

NGV design store jewellery
Shopping, Boutiques

NGV Design Store

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Check out the NGV Design Store's jewellery space where creations of Australian and international designers are showcased. Lisa Furno, Pirdy and Amy Fairman have all created pieces for the catalogue.

Campbell Charlotte bag

Campbell Charlotte

Campbell Charlotte’s designs are synonymous with light and versatile simplicity. They’re handmade in Melbourne and a charming accompaniment to the warm weather. $25-$1650.

Tufts plant pot


Tufts’ Droplet Hanging Planter brings a refreshing touch of life to your home or workspace. It’s crafted from slip cast porcelain and will snugly house a small plant. $35.

More gift ideas

Electric Confetti
Photograph: Clare Lapworth
Shopping, Gifts

The ultimate Melbourne gift guide

Stuck for ideas? Even Santa couldn't fault this shopping guide – we've compiled the best gift ships and online boutiques Melbourne has to offer.