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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

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Whether you've got a spreadsheet full of present ideas finalised in October, or you're the type to be hanging out waiting for inspiration to strike on December 24, we've got a gift guide to suit all your gift-giving, stocking stuffing needs. 

Want some more Christmastime sparkle? Here are the best boozy advent calendars. 

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Products wearing Xmas hats
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Hampers by the Good Day People, from $49

For the tastemaker who already has it all

We're all about making the silly season a little sillier and a little less stressful when it comes to gift-giving. Enter: the Good Day People. This lockdown baby of a business has whipped together a series of great-looking packages that you can send to anyone all over the country, featuring a selection of chic goodies like Mr Black's coffee liqueur, gin from Poor Toms and boutique chocolate from Bahen and Co. Plus, they're all about supporting local business – you'll be doing Australian makers and growers a solid with one of these fancy little hampers. Get free shipping for orders over $99, Australia-wide. 

Lavazza Smeg A Modo Mio Capsule Coffee Machine
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Lavazza A Modo Mio Smeg capsule coffee machine, $349

For the bean fiend looking to buzz through 2021

Venerable coffee roasters Lavazza, whose love affair with the bean began in Turin 125 years ago, are no strangers to Australia's fans of fine coffee. And when it comes to homewares, another premium Italian brand, Smeg, is locally revered for its sleek and functional design. The two icons have teamed up to produce a sexy little capsule coffee machine available in Smeg's signature colours of cream, red or black. The A Modo Mio is inspired by 1950s looks and cajoles more flavour from a 7.5g capsule than other machines with its extra five seconds of extraction time. Because the recipient of your yuletide largesse deserves a barista-standard coffee, every time.

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Artworks from Lumas Gallery, from $169

Art

For the art aficionado

Lumas Gallery has been dazzling fine art and photo fans for years with their "art is for everyone" MO and their spectacular artworks. Now, they're offering popular highlights from their collection as smaller, more affordable editions that will make very impressive prezzies. Each open-edition artwork from Lumas Gallery comes mounted under acrylic glass so they can pop straight from wrapping paper to the recipient's wall with ease. The minis start from $169 and come in a range of sizes – order your gift here.

 

Brick Lane Someday Sours Summer Pack, $50
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Brick Lane Someday Sours Summer Pack, $50

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If there’s anything that goes with summer better than a cold beer, it’s a cold, citrusy, sour beer. Brick Lane Brewing are bundling up their summer sours into great gift packs with a pair of special beer glasses into the bargain. Each pack contains four cans of Someday Sours Blood Orange, four cans of Someday Sours Watermelon & Raspberry and two unbreakable Plumm stemmed glasses. These glasses are made from polycarbonate plastic and look and behave like the real thing, with the bonus of being unbreakable and dishwasher safe, and they won't crack or get cloudy. In other words, perfect for picnics! 

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Body care products
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Noelle Australia gift sets, from $19.95

For those in need of pampering 

At the end of an exhausting year your nearest and dearest will appreciate the chance to rejuvenate their skin and enjoy a little home-spa indulgence. That’s where Noelle Australia can help out. The beauty self-care brand was inspired by a Christmas holiday odyssey travelling across Australia, rainforest to woodland, outback to ocean, and their gift packs convey the aromas of the country’s land and seascapes. These bath and body-care products include bath bombs, body lotions, scented candles, hand creams and soaps. Browse the range here.

Australian Brewing Co Shiraz Gin
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Australian Distilling Co Shiraz Gin, $85

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For making yuletide gatherings all the merrier

If it’s sweetish, herby and boozy, then it’s the kind of thing we love to drink at Christmastime. Australian Distilling Co have come through with the goods just in time for the holiday season by recently adding Shiraz Gin to their range of delicious spirits. Made from award-winning gin steeped with premium shiraz grapes, the Shiraz Gin has a nose of pepper, spices and blackcurrant with a sweet, complex and full-bodied palate overlayed with hints of raspberry. Deep burgundy in colour, the Shiraz Gin makes for the perfect addition for any imbiber’s stocking. Enjoy it in a G&T, gin and soda or a Floradora cocktail, or just have some on the rocks for a warm yuletide inner glow. The 700ml bottle can be purchased via the Australian Distilling Co website for $85.

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Mr Black Espresso Martini kit
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Mr Black Espresso Martini Kit, $119

For the aspiring home bartender 

Party season is nearly upon us and nothing gets the celebration started like a round of Espresso Martinis. This kit has been created by one of our favourite boozy coffee experts, Mr Black, and has everything needed to make ten bar-quality drinks. The pack includes a bottle of Mr Black Coffee Liqueur (proudly roasted and distilled in Australia) and enough cold drip coffee to make ten cocktails for your nearest and dearest. It also includes quality tools from BarGeek that will hold you in good cocktail-making stead for years to come. 

Three bottles of wine and some tinsel
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Vinomofo Advent Wine Calendar Mixed Case, $189

For the 12 days of Christmas my true love sent to me... 12 bottles of festive delight. This case ranges from warming reds to refreshing whites, French rosé to Italian prosecco, sparkling shiraz and a sticky sweet wine that will bring your Christmas dessert to the next level. The case includes a wine guide by Vinomofo’s very own elves (aka Wine Dealers), giving advice on food pairings, tasting notes, wine hacks and the odd Christmas cracker gag. The wines are from producers including Kilikanoon, Handpicked, Hollicks, Fox Creek, Brokenwood, Haselgrove and Riversdale Estate, and the price tag is 56 per cent off the recommended retail. Tis the season to be jolly indeed. 

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An apron and a Christmas stocking
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Cargo Crew Locally Made Gift Set, $99.99

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For the aspiring master chef

Cargo Crew have been making premium aprons and uniforms for the hospo industry since 2002. Their aprons are design-led, practical and ethically made. For Christmas 2020, give the keen cook in your life an all Australian-made gift set that includes an apron and a personalised Christmas stocking – gifting doesn’t get more personal than that. The items come in a premium paper bag for a present that’s both beautiful and practical. The Duo gift set comes in khaki, soft pink or ice grey.

Eight BananaLab boxes showing different categories of experiences
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BananaLab Adventure Box, $99-$599

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For the experience seeker

BananaLab is upgrading the age-old gift voucher tradition with a custom box that lets the recipient choose from hundreds of meaningful experiences and activities. Inside each one is a booklet full of experiences the recipient can choose from. They've aggregated the wildest or delightfully mildest activities available in Australia, with choices ranging from blissful spa treatments to a crash course in helicopter flying. You can choose from a range of boxes that contain customised options for all tastes – from the aunty with Champagne tastes to the couple who crave an adrenaline rush – BananaLab has got all of your his, hers and theirs covered. Check out the full range here.

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