Here are our 12 Gifts of Christmas
What if you could head to a single shopping precinct this weekend and cross off your entire Christmas list in one go? Dream no more.
From a friend who loves politics or an uncle obsessed with Star Wars to a mother-in-law who’s impossible to buy for – we’ve got you covered with our 12 Gifts of Christmas. Happy shopping Canberra!
1. Coffee from a galaxy far, far away.
Forget Christmas – the future owner of this present is counting down the days to the opening of new Star Wars movie The Rise of Skywalker on December 20. The R2-D2 coffee press is the perfect present for those who’ve been part of the Resistance since they were a kid – add fine ground coffee and hot water, and you’re away.
R2-D2 coffee press, $40, EB Games
2. This perfume you wore in high school.
Yes, Chemist Warehouse sells luxury perfumes by Bulgari, Lancome and Tiffany & Co but for a truly special fragrance that’ll take you right back to 1991 may we present – Exclamation! School discos, big teased fringes and stone wash denim overalls – it’s the blast from the past you need these holidays.
Exclamation perfume, $20, Chemist Warehouse
3. A bike you won’t mind carrying around Lake Burley Griffin.
The ZippiZap bike is just as likely to be a hit with parents this year as it is with kids. Its paint is scratch-free, its tyres are puncture-free but best of all it weighs less than 2kg. Meaning you can carry it around with ease when your little one gets tired. The ZippiZap is designed for ages 18 months to five years with a fully adjustable seat as your little one grows.
ZippiZap, $159.95, Chilada
4. The perfect car accessory for the baker in your life.
Precious cargo on board. Look out!
Car sign, $6.95, Latorta
5. The most adorable lion you’ve ever seen.
That precious fur. Those gorgeous eyes. We’ve spent way too long coo-ing over Clock the lion, part of the world-famous Charlie Bears plush collection. Clock is hand-made and is the kind of toy who stays in families for generations.
Clock the lion, $108, The Teddy Bear Shop
6. A mat for the coolest dog in Canberra.
It’s already been a blistering start to summer – don’t let your pooch suffer through January and February in the heat! The Always Cool Dog Mat is super simple – just unroll and let the cooling gel inside the mat do the rest. (Bonus: pics of your fur baby wearing sunnies while staying cool are basically Instagram gold.)
Always Cool Dog Mat, $41.99, Petbarn
7. A little piece of Australia to read next to the pool.
Fiction’s the great escape but there’s something inspiring and remarkable about reading an autobiography or a biography in your camping chair over the holidays. Political buffs have a huge choice this year – including the back stories of both Bob Hawke and Penny Wong – while musician Archie Roach’s book offers a heartbreaking insight into his experience as one of The Stolen Generation.
Penny Wong, Passion and Principle, $25, Big W
Bob Hawke, The Complete Biography, $39, Big W
Archie Roach, Tell Me Why, $30, Big W
8. Christmas in a bottle.
If Christmas was a flavour, surely it would be a stunning fusion of rhubarb and ginger. In this flavoursome and super smooth gin, Whitley Neill has captured a superb way for the adults to finish off a chaotic Christmas day – with the tart crisp edge of rhubarb and real ginger to warm the palate. (Kids in bed, of course.)
Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger gin, $59.99, Jim Murphy Express
9. The ultimate ‘day at the beach’ pack.
Combine this cute flamingo beach tote with a summer edition magazine and what could be the most gorgeous water bottle ever and you’ve got the perfect day out in a single present. Plus, the water bottle is a stunning hint of sparkle for your work desk in 2020.
Market tote, $49.95, Sauvage Urbain
Oasis water bottle in blush, $27.95, Sauvage Urbain
Vanity Fair magazine, $13, Woolworths
10. A physiotherapist in your lounge room.
Joel Fraser from Oxygen raves about the new Theragun. “It’s like having your own physio in your lounge room,” he says. The Theragun is a percussive therapy device that releases muscle tension, tightness and soreness, and accelerates muscle warmup and recovery. “And it helps naturally soothe pain,” Joel says. Perfect for all the runners, cyclists, dancers, climbers and yogis out there in Canberra.
Theragun, $354.95, Oxygen
11. The dreamiest summer serving tray.
Lightweight and with a Cuban-inspired design, this bamboo serving set partners perfectly with your pool in Red Hill or a new pergola in Gungahlin.
Serving tray, $16.95, Pillow Talk
Tumblers, $3.95 each, Pillow Talk
Water jug, $19.95, Pillow Talk
12. A blissed-out day of pampering.
Here’s an idea – instead of a present, send your mum wife, sister, niece, teenage daughter or cousin to Majura Park Shopping Centre for the day. Not to go shopping (well, it’s likely they won’t be able to resist) but to indulge in our incredible range of beauty and wellness offerings.
Gift vouchers are available at Majura Massage, Gallery Hairdressers, Gossip Nails, Just Cuts and T Brows.
Majura Park Shopping Centre offers extended shopping hours in the lead-up to Christmas. We’re open until 7pm from Tuesday 17 December to Saturday 21 December. You can check out our extended trading hours here.