Brisbane's ultimate Christmas gift guide

We know that Christmas shopping can be a challenge, even for the most seasoned Brisbane shopper. Navigating department stores and crowds can seem as daunting as climbing Mount Everest, plus, you don’t want to be the person who gives ‘that’ present. You know who you are... So, if you want to avoid more socks, knitted sweaters that get worn once a year; due to Brisbane's stellar weather; and the dreaded re-gift, we have a list to help you give the ultimate Christmas gift. 

For the foodie

The Cheese Pleaser cheese board

This list of gifts is for those who live to eat and who love culinary adventures outside of Jacks, the clown and the colonel. Give the gift of cooking with the Golden Pig Cooking Classes. Available on Sunday and Mondays these classes range from French to Vietnamese to French to Indian and more. Especially keen on Italian? Salt Meats Cheese offers Italian cooking classes that focus on gourmet, quality ingredients that are fresh and local. If eating is more their style, Delectable Tours offer a customisable food tour of progressive dining experiences. Prefer to curate the experience yourself? Check out our ultimate food bucket list for ideas for restaurant vouchers or get a hamper from Cheese Pleaser or Rosalie Gourmet Market, jump in the car and take them on their own private food picnic devised by you.

For the alchemist

Give the unique gift of blending your own experience at Beenleigh Artisan Distillery. Offering one session a month, and a maximum of 25 people per session, this is one that will sell out quick. For a broader understanding of rum, its origin, taste profile and chemistry pick up a Malecón Rum Club membership. This one includes rum tastings, exclusive access to monthly events and a private consultation on the process of distillation from the Master Distiller. For the full-blown alchemist get them a cocktail mixology class from either Laneway, Malt Dining, Riverbar, Mecca Bah and Dutch Courage. This is the gift that gives back next time you pop around for drinks.

For the creative

For the Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo or Warhol in your life acquire a Montanna Art Project, Brush and Barrel or Cork and Chroma experience. Here they can paint, drink wine and have an all-round expressive time. If painting isn’t the desired medium you can always give the gift of Demi Moore in Ghost with a ceramics class. Throwing pots or modelling organic shapes with clay at Mas & Miek, Clay School, The Ceramic Studio and  Windmill Pottery makes a great Christmas present – they might even make you a functional bowl to replace the pinch pot you made in primary school.

For the wanderer

Nightfall Wilderness Camp

This is for the person who has wanderlust and is always on the move, exploring and getting out into nature. Get them a glamping experience at the Sanctuary by Sirromet in Mount Cotton, where they can relax and indulge amongst the paperbark and scribbly gums. If they are more of a beach drifter then Minjerribah Camping will be perfect, with stunning glamping spots at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island they will never want to leave. Taking luxury camping to new heights is Nightfall Wilderness Camp, offering architect inspired, hand built safari tents and lavish cuisine options to be enjoyed under a carpet of twinkling stars while listening to the crystal-clear tumbling waters of Christmas Creek.

For the Dionysus

Drinking Wine on Tamborine Mountain

Wine, glorious wines in hews of red, pink and gold for Christmas and Summertime. If you have a grape loving friend or family member then we suggest a winery tour with The Vino Bus. You will experience a fully curated journey through Mount Tamborine scenery, and explore the best boutique winerys the Scenic Rim has to offer. For other wine adventure gifts try, Sirromet Winery Tours and Tastings, Tash Maree Travel Wine Tasting Tours, Brisbane Winery Tours or Mt Tamborine Limo Wine Tours. Prefer something in the city? Give the gift of Grape Therapy with tickets to special wine events such as the Christmas Wine and Cheese Buffet

For the stress head

We all have stress, but this gift idea is for the individual who burns the candle at both ends and needs a relaxing, indulgent experience to melt away the tension of the daily grind.  Brisbane offers a range of day spas to cater to this individual, One Wybelenna located in Brookfield offers a stunning view of bushland, Magnesium spa and pool with signature rituals and therapies available. Want something more central? Try the Away Spa at the W Brisbane, Kailo at The Calile, Stephanie’s at Sofitel Brisbane or Dome Retreat at Brisbane Marriott. 

For the learner 

Workshop it. Get amongst the amazing classes around Brisbane and buy an experience for the eternal scholar. Biome offers a range of classes from skincare basics through to making your own preserves and pickling your own veg. Libertine Perfumerie offers a Perfume Masterclass for the discerning nose, including a glass of French champagne and an abundance of flora knowledge. If you can’t decide what class or workshop to buy, checkout We Teach Me, with an abundance of classes to choose from (Fashion, floristry, writing, music and more) you can just purchase a voucher and let the gift receiver do the choosing.

For the luxe lover

Know someone who has everything and is particularly hard to buy for? We have devised some experiential gift ideas that will enable you to give the perfect unique gift. Pterodactyl Helicopters are a high-end service that offer bespoke helicopter experiences from food safaris to outback pub crawls and more. Captain Mike will be your guide for the day and can devise a special experience just for you. Keep flying above the clouds with a hot air balloon experience by Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights – you’ll see the sunrise over picturesque Ipswich and the Scenic Rim. If you would prefer to give something more grounded, organise a staycation in one of Brisbane's beautiful hotels. We recommend the Emporium Hotel South Bank with its luxe surrounds where you can have cocktails on the terrace overlooking the Brisbane river or wander to the city to shop at the new Dior store in time for Christmas! Some other great locations include the W Brisbane, Hilton, Stamford Plaza and the Pullman

If you are still keen for socks, it just might be your thing - no judgement, we recommend Happy Socks, sure to make this holiday season a joyous one.


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