Museum and gallery gift shops are always a sure bet for tasteful and interesting pressies. In All the Buildings in Sydney – That I’ve Drawn So Far, author James Gulliver Hancock drafts a love letter to his home city through charming illustrations of its most iconic and offbeat architecture.
Where to buy: The Museum of Contemporary Art Store, 140 George St, The Rocks 2000. store.mca.com.au.
While it wasn’t quite good enough for Prince George, who swatted away the plush bilby presented to him during a visit in 2014, for non-royals a soft toy souvenir from Taronga Zoo should work a treat. They’re cute, native, and for a good cause – supporting the zoo’s animal conservation work.
Where to buy: Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head Rd, Mosman 2088. zooshop.taronga.org.au.
Beechworth’s Bee Cause honeys are 100 per cent Australian made, and fund initiatives that help save our declining bee population. Their bush honey is less sweet than normal varieties and perfect for drizzling over yoghurt, while their outback honey has a warm and buttery profile – delicious on muesli or warm toast.
Where to buy: Major supermarkets and www.beechworthhoney.com.au.
There’s no denying that we all secretly love uggs, but there’s another iconic Australian boot that’s worth your attention. RM Williams’ handcrafted leather riding boots are synonymous with quality and durability, made from a single piece of leather stitched at the rear. The fella himself was a hardy outback bushman who wound up presiding over a multimillion dollar business – a story as legendary as his shoes.
Where to buy: Stockists and boutiques across Sydney. www.rmwilliams.com.au.
Australia doesn’t just punch above its weight in pristine beaches and fresh seafood – we also have a café culture that puts Europe (and the rest of the world, for that matter) to shame. Pick up a bag of Single O’s signature Reservoir blend – the Surry Hills café and roastery is so good, they’ve even got a tasting bar in Tokyo now. You’ll thank yourself when you’re back from holidays and on that AM work grind.
Where to buy: Single O, 60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills, 2010. 02 9211 0666. singleo.com.au.