Where to get gifts for under $20 in Brisbane City

We know, Christmas can stretch the budget fast if you don’t keep an eye on it. Whether it’s for a bulk buy or a one-off for the office Secret Santa, we’ve collected some of the best places in the Brisbane CBD to get the gifts that won’t drain your account.

Room with Roses, Brisbane Arcade

Room with Roses is a treasure trove of loveliness, located upstairs in the heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade. Although famous for its extensive high tea menu (check out the chocolate fondue high tea for a truly decadent experience!), Room with Roses also offers a tremendous range of affordable festive gifts. We absolutely adore the miniature gingerbread houses and towers, starting from $5, and the Hot Chocolate Spoons for $4 provide a sweet and surprising gift that won’t leave a hole in your back pocket.

Pigeonhole, Wintergarden

Beach Sounds, Pigeonhole, Wintergarden

Independent Aussie legends of gift-gifting fame will steal your time but replace it with a quirky selection of knick-knacks, gifts, jewellery and other surprises that are ideal stocking filler fodder. 

Happy Socks, David Jones, QueensPlaza

Happy Socks really set your day off to a toe-tapping start, so when it comes to cost-effective gift-giving, there’s few people on that to-buy-for list who wouldn’t love a pair of the latest arrivals!

Violent Green, Albert Street

Violent Green

Truly the coolest kids on the block, it’s impossible to not find something that’ll make you want to scream for joy inside. Not always things you need (though there is a wide range of amazing threads), but definitely things you want!

Nespresso Boutique Brisbane, QueensPlaza

George Clooney said it best; we wouldn’t change a thing about the stunning Nespresso range and it makes for a plethora of delectable gifts to top up your coffee connoisseur’s collection. The Nespresso Boutique in QueensPlaza showcases all of the latest products and encourages you to take five with a sampler of the latest flavours in the Coffee Room.

Folio Books, Mary Street


Folio Books, a stalwart of the independent book store scene for more than 30 years, is an absolute treasure trove, boasting an extensive range of genres including Fiction, Art, Architecture, Biography, Cooking, History, Graphic Design, Photography and more. Warning: you’ll likely lose hours visiting this local gem, but don’t worry, leisurely stays are encouraged!

kikki.K, QueensPlaza

For the planners in your life, stationery giants kikki.K are queens of gift-giving, with an unrivalled range of artfully designed stationery, diaries and journals, office supplies and organisational tools. For friends tying the knot in the New Year, be sure to check out kikki.K’s gorgeous wedding collection. Kikki. K recently launched an in-store monogramming service too, for added brownie points. 

T2, QueensPlaza

Australian tea giants T2 are worth visiting for their delicious free tea samples alone, but in-store you’ll find wall-to-wall gift ideas that won’t burn a hole in the back pocket. If you’re unsure what you’re looking for, T2’s staff will point you in the right direction with a few easy questions (be sure to ask about their Secret Santa selections). Choose from exotic brews, intricately designed tea ware and ready-made gift packs, all beautifully presented and tree-ready. 

Daiso, The Myer Centre and Wintergarden

Japan’s Daiso shopping revolution takes affordable gift-giving to new heights, with every item in store priced at just $2.80. You’ll lose hours adventuring through tens of thousands of Japanese-made lifestyle items and novelty gift products, and no doubt be introduced to countless things you has no idea you mere missing out on. So popular is this international retail mega-giant with locals and visitors alike, Brisbane CBD is proud home to two separate stores.

Chocolate bliss, various locations

Noosa Chocolate Factory 

The City is home to an unrivalled selection of top-end confectioners and chocolatiers, including Chocolate Moments’ gourmet sister-brands The Art of Fine Chocolate (Brisbane Arcade) and World of Chocolate (The Myer Centre), whose international selection is truly drool-worthy; Chocolate Boulevard - famous for their peanut butter cups and chilli chocolate; and three separate Noosa Chocolate Factory boutiques including the home-grown brand’s Adelaide Street flagship.

Baked delights, various locations

Have a holey, jolly Christmas with sweet treats from one of two homegrown doughnut success stories: hole-in-the-wall turned household name Doughnut Time (Albert Street, King George Square, Topman) and cronut kings/Eat Street royalty The Doughnut Bar (The Wintergarden). With constantly rotating menus, your only challenge will be making a final selection and keeping your haul sealed until you get home. 

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