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The ultimate Melbourne Christmas gift guide

Running low on Christmas gift ideas? We make shopping for Christmas presents easy with our gift guide
Christmas presents
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By Rebecca Russo, Cassidy Knowlton and Nicola Dowse |
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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. But if you still have heaps to buy, never fear: we have created the ultimate gift guide to celebrate the best of Melbourne. 

For more special gifts, check out some of our favourite Melbourne stores or try your luck at one of these Christmas markets

Gifts up to $25

The Health Enthusiast Bliss Balls
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Health Enthusiast Co. protein balls

Everyone loves protein balls so why not gift them for Christmas? Melbourne-run brand Health Enthusiast Co. make delicious (and nutritious!) protein balls in flavours such as cacao crunch, lemon turmeric, goji vanilla and vegan peanut butter and jelly. $15 for a five pack.

Film

Cinema Nova membership

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Melbourne’s largest independent movie complex is a fave for a reason. Consider gifting someone a Nova Privilege Membership and they’ll receive year-round discounts, special rates for new releases, monthly discounted advance preview screenings and invitations to special events. $13 for one year.

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Urban Scrawl Lou Chamberlin
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Urban Scrawl by Lou Chamberlin

Does your gift recipient love street art? Urban Scrawl by Lou Chamberlin is a book of photography, documenting some of the world’s coolest street art and typography. Melbourne is covered extensively, as well as some particularly humorous and political works from across the globe. $19.99.

Six Day Cycling event
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Six Day Cycling event

Heading to Melbourne in February is Six Day Cycling, a world-class track cycling event with the tagline ‘bikes, beats and beers’. It’s a great gift option for sports fans, as tickets start at only $25.

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San Telmo alfajores
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Restaurants

San Telmo alfajores

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Argentinian steakhouse San Telmo is in the gift giving mood this year with a range of festive options available. Our pick is a pack of six homemade alfajores, which you can get for $18. These biscuits have dulce de leche (a devilishly delicious caramel) sandwiched between two biscuits and dusted with coconut. Six for $18 (available at San Telmo, Palermo and Asado).

Things to do, Classes and workshops

Gift voucher from Work-Shop

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Let your KK discover their inner painter, rapper or terrarium-maker with a gift voucher to Work-Shop, Melbourne’s hub for creative classes. Prices start at $20, and there’s a huge range of classes to choose from.

Gifts between $25 and $50

Koko Black x Dan Hunter chocolate
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Koko Black x Dan Hunter Brae chocolates

Koko Black has collaborated with Dan Hunter (the chef at the 5-star restaurant Brae) to create a series of blocks and pralines that showcase native Australian ingredients. Try the salted macadamia caramel and Arriba 39% block – it’s addictive. 4 pack $49.

Lvly
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Lvly Secret Santa pack

Be the best Kris Kringle giver in your office with this no hassle secret santa pack from Lvly. Included in the giftbox is a festive chocolate bar, pack of chocolate pretzels and a merry cookie – you can also add on a bunch of extras. $39.

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Sweet Mickie Christmas cookies 2018
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Sweet Mickie six-pack Christmas cookies

These cookies are too good to leave out for Santa. Sweet Mickie is selling delicious vanilla shortbread or cinnamon ginger cookies this Christmas with holiday messages stamped on them. $29.95 for a pack of six.

The Jungle Edition
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The Jungle Edition indoor plants

Plants are literally the gift that keeps on giving (so long as you water them), and the Jungle Edition even delivers them straight to your door. The plant delivery service stocks some of the most popular indoor plant varieties like monstera, snake plants and fiddle leaf figs. $25-$69.

Gifts between $51 and $100

Single Shot Gin
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Melbourne Gin Company Single Shot gin

Melbourne Gin Company has created a gin made in a single distillation, called Single Shot. It's taken five years to get the recipe right, and the result is a fully flavoured gin. $95.

Aesop gift set
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Aesop Gift Kit

The luxe skincare brand has created three different gift sets for Christmas giving. The Curious Connection pack includes a body wash and a body lotion. The Familiar Horizon kit comprises a room spray, mouthwash and post-poo spray. And the Orbit of Intention pack comprises a face spray, exfoliating scrub and face mask. $60/$95/$120.

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Melbourne Museum entrance at night showing glass facade
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Museums Victoria membership

Get someone the gift of culture, with free entry to Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum. You'll also get access to exclusive events and tours, as well as discounts and pre-sale opportunities. $69.

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Different Origins hoops
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Different Origins hoops

Melbourne-based business Different Origins imports jewellery and accessories from all over the world. We at Time Out are pretty obsessed with these hoops, which come in silver and gold and are available in small, medium and large – almost everyone on the Time Out Melbourne team has a pair. $59-$79.

Pod and Parcel
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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). $57 for 60 pods.

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Four Pillars Christmas Gin
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Four Pillars Christmas gin

This gin is as Christmassy as it gets – it is literally distilled through a Christmas pudding, before being blended with gin aged in whisky barrels and just a dash of muscat. The label is designed by Melbourne artist Stephen Baker. $100.

Piccolina hamper
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Piccolina Christmas hamper

Gelateria Piccolina has a fantastic Christmas hamper for the ice cream lover in your life. It comprises a tote bag, a whole litre of gelato, Piccolina honeycomb, Piccolina peanut butter, Piccolina 'Better Than Nutella' hazelnut spread and the Italian nougat known as torrone. $65.

Gifts over $100

Skwosh
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Skwosh party shirt

The team behind the boldly printed men’s swim shorts are now clothing torsos as well. Skwosh has released four party shirts based off some of the brand's most popular patterns: choose from crocodile, cactus, cockatoo or flamingo designs. $110.

Escher x nendo NGV 2018
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NGV membership

Give the gift of world-class art with a membership to the NGV International. The recipient will get a free exhibition ticket, discounted and priority access to ticketed exhibitions, exclusive viewings, members' events and other benefits. $105.

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Shakespeare in Love Melbourne Theatre Company 2019 promo
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MTC membership

Treat the theatre-lover in your life to tickets to Melbourne Theatre Company's 2019 season (featuring Shakespeare in Love, The Lady in the Van and other blockbuster shows). Memberships range from three to 11 plays, and discounts are available for students, concession card holders and those lucky ducks under 30. $129-$1,454.

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Ettitude bedding
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Ettitude vegan silk bedding

These luxurious bed sheets are made with bamboo lyocell, which requires 5 times less water than traditional cotton to produce and up to 8 times less land to grow. It's also hypoallergenic and thermo-regulating, so it's good for your skin as well as being good for the Earth. $198 for queen-sized duvet set.

Pord
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Pord

Who says cask wine has to be bad goon? This eight-inch mini barrel comes filled with three litres of good wine from Victorian winery Mitchelton, and the casks are designed by artists such as Hannah Nowlan and Evi. O. $160. 

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Underground Railroad Game Malthouse 2019
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Malthouse season pass

Give someone the experience of four shows at the Malthouse Theatre in 2019. The recipient can choose any four Malthouse shows, including an incredible new take on Tim Winton's Cloudstreet or controversial Underground Railroad Game$229.

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Electric Confetti
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