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The ultimate Melbourne Christmas gift guide

Need a little inspiration? We've put together a list of our favourite Melbourne gifts

By Rebecca Russo, Cassidy Knowlton and Nicola Dowse
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Are you a planner of a panicker? The average Christmas shopper tends to either be meticulously organised regarding gifts or so unorganised that they wake up in a cold sweat on December 24 without a single present bought. No matter which camp you fall into, our Chrissy gift guide is stacked with lots of gifts to make your December 25 just that little special.

After Christmas lunch check out one of Melbourne's best beaches or explore the dazzling festive lights strung throughout the city.

Gifts up to $50

Two Bernese Mountain Dogs
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Dogs of Moon Dog 2020 Calendar

It can be hard to find a Kris Kringle present for someone you don't know well. But we reckon the Dogs of Moon Dog 2020 calendar is hard for anyone not to like. The A3-sized wall calendar documents the pooches of Melbourne brewery Moon Dog, as shot by Dog Photog. All the good boys and girls featured in the mag belong to Moon Dog employees – our favourite is October poster dog Manny. $10, available from Moon Dog Abbotsford and Preston.  

Bottle of hot sauce next to a Bloody Mary cocktail
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Fancy Hank's hot sauce

Spice up your life (or more pertinently your Christmas Day lunch) with a bottle of Fancy Hank's hot sauce. There are two varieties of this saucy gift, all of which are packing heat. Choose from either the jalapeño and peach, or watermelon and cayenne hot sauces and prepare to have your socks knocked off. You can also nab a coffee and molasses barbecue sauce. $11.

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San Telmo alfajores
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San Telmo Alfajores

San Telmo go through around 20kg of dulce de leche every week in an effort to satisfy Melbourne's desire for alfajores. These South American sandwich cookies melt in your mouth and are impossible to stop eating. Luckily, San Telmo is selling four packs of the delicious biscuit. Get one for your Kris Kringle and one for you. $15 for a four pack.

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. $35-$49.

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Cinema Nova membership

Film Carlton

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.

Change Coffee beans on a table
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Change Coffee beans

Some people take their coffee with milk and sugar – others take it with a side of social empowerment. Change Coffee is a social enterprise spear-headed by World Vision. Proceeds from the fairtrade coffee beans go towards programs that empower women across the world. $14.50-$52.

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Pink Miss Frankie nail polish
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Miss Frankie nail polish

Treat your friends of family members to some breathable, vegan nail polish courtesy of Miss Frankie. This company was created by manicurist Kara Jeffers and is free from many of the chemicals that can hurt your nails. It's also chip-resistant and comes in 20 colours. Visit the website for stockists. $22 for a single nail polish, $30 for the gift pack.

Round cookies with Christmassy slogans stamped into the icing
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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 into their red and white festive icing. You can even choose naughty or nice gift packs. $29.95 for a pack of six.

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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.

Gift voucher from Work-Shop

Things to do Fitzroy

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. From $20.

Gifts between $51 and $100

Cardboard gift hamper with a hessian wrapped bouquet
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You're Dope Self-care Gift Hamper

Dope Florals, a small independent florist known for making colourful and eco-friendly arrangments, has launched its first gift hamper in time for Christmas. The You're Dope Self-care Gift Hamper includes a Dope Florals mini bouquet, Loving Earth chocolate, Little Red Candle Co. travel tin candle, Yarra Valley Bath and Body Bath Salts, Calmer Sutra Organic Floral Fields Tisane and an Earth Greetings card. Plus you'll feel good purchasing as all items are vegan, plastic-free and sourced from local businesses. $55

A book with a sunset that says Australian gin
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Australian Gin by David Box

Here's one for the gin lovers – Australian Gin by David Box takes you behind the history of gin in Australia, provides information on the more than 80 gin distilleries in Australia and answers your burning question: what exactly is gin? The book also contains contributions from Jon Lark (KI Spirits), Dave Irwin and Matt Argus (Patient Wolf) and Cameron Mackenzie (Four Pillars) who'll give you the inside scoop on distilleries in Australia. $69.

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Minimum Wines gift pack

It might seem strange, but not all wines are suitable for vegetarians or vegans (they sometimes use egg, milk or fish for the fining process). Minimum Wines however is a organic and vegan winery based out of Tablik (90 minutes drive north of Melbourne, near Seymour) that makes a damn fine drop suitable for all drinkers. Score a nifty no-plastic three-bottle gift pack for your nearest and dearest this Christmas. $90.

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. $59.

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Mitchell Harris gift experiences

If you're buying for someone who travels solely to eat and drink then consider getting them a Mitchell Harris gift experience. This winery has been stomping grapes (mostly figuratively) since 2008 and three years later decided to open a cellar door and wine bar in a 150 year-old warehouse in central Ballarat. The team offer several gift experiences like wine and cheese pairings, gin flights and full vine-to-bottle winemaking courses. From $59

A bottle of amber gin on a shelf
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Four Pillars Australian Christmas gin

This gin is as Christmassy as it gets – it is literally made from distilled Christmas puds. It's then aged in muscat barrels that are more than 100 years ago and finished with a splash of additional muscat on bottling. So good you can sip it neat$100.

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A soft koala doll wearing a tutu and angel wings
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Koala Angel Doll

Skip the mass-produced toys this Christmas. Spotty Dot (located at the Queen Victoria Market) has been selling old school toys since 2014. The store has a large range of dolls, knitted and wooden toys, including this Koala Angel doll that is both adorable and festive. $59.

Three different wine glasses on a wine table
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Plumm wine glasses

The wine is sure to be flowing over the festive season, so why not get something fancy for it to flow into? Plumm is a family-run Melbourne business that makes wine glasses that are style specific, as opposed to varietal specific. $89.95 for a twin pack.

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Frozen tickets SPONSORED
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Tickets to Frozen the Musical

For the first time in forever Sydney is getting a blockbuster show before Melbourne (how dare they!) Disney's Frozen – the Musical comes direct from Broadway, bringing the denizens of Arendelle to glorious life on stage, with lavish costumes, stunning stagecraft and goosebump-inducing songs. The show opens at Sydney's Capitol Theatre in July, but why not make like Olaf and plan a trip up to Sydney and snap up tickets right now? They’re on sale now and the perfect Christmas surprise for the Frozen fanatic in your life. $49.50-$199.50 plus $8.95 booking fee.

Gifts over $100

Two people bathing in a private pool at Peninsula Hot Springs
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Peninsula Hot Springs gift voucher

Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas (because if you're hosting the family lunch you'll probably need it). Peninsula Hot Springs offer gift vouchers starting at $100 and going all the way up to $430 for the unwind package for two. Vouchers can be bought online. $100-$430.

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Actors on stage in production of Melbourne Theatre Company's Pho
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MTC membership

Treat the theatre-lover in your life to tickets to Melbourne Theatre Company's 2020 season (featuring Home, I'm Darling, Torch the Place and other shows). Memberships range from three to 11 plays, and discounts are available for students, concession card holders and those lucky ducks under 30. $120-$1,487.

K-Box Malthouse Theatre 2020 supplied
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Malthouse season pass

Give someone the experience of four shows at the Malthouse Theatre in 2020. Choose either a four, five or six show pass  or go HAM and sign up for the full season. In 2020 the theatre company is producing The Importance of Being Earnest as well as surreal comedy K-Box$120-$495.

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Four women wearing skipper's hats on a boat
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GoBoat gift card

As summer hits full swing the idea of going out for a paddle on the Yarra becomes oh so appealing. GoBoat, an eco friendly boat hire company has a fleet of 12 boats and giftcards available to purchase. Plus guests can bring their own booze and food on board the whisper-quiet vessels. $109-$269.

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