No need for emergency supermarket novelties. These last-minute gift ideas from the city's best small businesses are all home runs. Still looking? Let the Christmas Gift Finder do all the work for you. Just select who it's for, what they like and how much you want to spend.
Essential oil soak, $35
This little jar of goodness will help someone unwind. From Gewürzhaus, the bath soak is sustainably made with 100 per cent essential oils. And it’s infused with lavender, rose geranium, bergamot and rose petals. Calming mind and body, it promises to deliver exactly what it says on the label.
Native Australian tea pack, $29
Now here’s a stocking filler we’d love for ourselves. Selected by McIver’s, the pack brings together five special Australian native teas. The highlight is Waltzing Myrtle, sourced entirely from local businesses. The mix of black herbal and green teas also includes lemon myrtle and Australian sencha.
Essensorie tea tree thyme luxe hand kit, $40
This pack of little luxuries from Essensorie offers germ-busting antibacterial protection while you’re out and about. Scented with a delicious blend of tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary and lavender essential oils.
Fancy French chocolate, $13.50
For a sweet petit pleasure, slip this elegant box of bonbons de chocolat into someone’s stocking. La Belle Miette’s chic gold-embossed matchbox holds six beautifully decorated chocolates. The varied selection includes milk and dark French and Belgian couverture chocolate.
Cosmonaut Tintin, $48
Delight pop-culture aficionados with this cheerful resin figurine of space-suit Tintin. He’s part of a series of statuettes, created with a keen attention to the detail of the original drawings. Perfect for any collector's shelf or to add a little conversation starter to your Zoom background.
Matt Preston’s World of Flavour, $39.99
Tasty and simple food is on the menu in Matt Preston’s colourful new cookbook from Readings. Plus discover the myths and stories behind dishes from carbonara and chicken korma to pot-sticker dumplings and Portuguese custard tarts. Delish.
Melko statement ring, $49.95
Gift a little glam with these Melko statement rings. Handmade in Brazil, they are crafted from lightweight, anodised aluminium twisted into a spiral design. Fully adjustable and sustainably made in a huge colour range.
Famous Alfajores, $15
You can’t walk past the gift packs of alfajores from San Telmo. These melt-in-the-mouth cookies define the café scene in Buenos Aires and are only $15 for four. Or try the house-made dulce de leche. Made by slowly simmering condensed milk for hours, this sweet dessert condiment can be spread on pancakes, mixed into a custard or just eaten straight out of the jar.
Espresso subscription, $18
Treat coffee lovers to all they really want – a never-ending supply of beans. Sign them up for a fortnightly Seven Seeds coffee bean subscription and select the blend, quantity and grind size for their preferred brew style. Go for a balanced espresso blend or chocolatey dark roast.
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Last updated on Mon 8 Nov 2021
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