The City's Christmas gift guide - Visit Brisbane


The City's Christmas gift guide

Go-to gifts for the fashionable gent

Think men are hard to buy for? Think again. Friend or colleague, partner or dad, a stylish, design-led gift will never disappoint. While a comedy apron will always have its place under the tree, these male-friendly pieces are made to remember. Appeal to his smart side with stylish accessories that will send the right message from wrist to toe. Consider a classic timepiece or cufflinks for those days when he needs to impress with a lick of old-world style. Or wrap up a wallet, boots or belt to ensure he has choices at his fingertips every morning.

Left to right: Gucci watch, Edward Street; Montblanc cufflinks, Edward Street; Bally wallet, David Jones Queens Plaza; R.M. Williams boots, Wintergarden; MJ Bale belt, Wintergarden

For the man in your life who loves to look his best, the greatest gift is the one (or two) that reflects his good grooming. Whether he’s the down-to-earth type or loves the latest in skincare and scent, these picks are certain to win him over.

Left to right: Charles + Lee gift pack, Priceline Queen Street Mall; Perricone MD moisturiser, Mecca Cosmetica Queens Plaza; Dermalogica cleansing gel, David Jones Queens Plaza; Braun shaver, Shaver Shop Queens Plaza; Aēsop shaving set, Queens Plaza

Stylish finds for her 

Buying fashion gifts is sometimes thought of as the ‘risky category’, but with a little thought and some forward planning, you’re guaranteed the right response. So first ask yourself, what is her style personality? Then check out these options and you’re sure to get it right first time… no gift receipts required. 

These bold pieces will have her sorted for the party season, from a notice-me wrap-around dress, to accessories that stand out from the crowd. Top off her look with a pair of red frames. The goal here is to choose something she’ll love, but may not have bought for herself.

Left to right: Sheike dress, Queen Street Mall; Christie Nicolaides earrings, Edward Street; Furla handbag, Tattersall’s Arcade; Novo sandals, The Myer Centre; Optical 2020 glasses, Brisbane Arcade

Lipstick is red, eyeshadow is blue, cosmetics are sweet, and skincare is too. Women know that most men find makeup a mystery, but a challenge means a chance to shine, right? And at this time of year, it’s easy to find ‘wow’ beauty options from her favourite brands. Body spray or moisturiser, classic EDT or bespoke fragrance, there are many layers of loveliness in choosing a scent for someone you hold dear. 

Left to right: Maison Margiela fragrance, Mecca Cosmetica Queens Plaza; The Body Shop eau de toilette, Brisbane Arcade; Jurlique gift set, Wintergarden; Lush body spray, The Myer Centre; Jimmy Choo eau de toilette, Myer The Myer Centre  

Delicious finds for the foodie

Food-related gifting is pretty much a safe zone in the world of gifting, because if you know someone who likes to cook and entertain, chances are they’re already on the lookout for the good, the new, and the quirky. Cookbooks are wonderful for inspiration, but if practicality is what’s needed, a collection of easy weeknight meals and one-pot wonders is the way to go. A set of tea towels in their chosen kitchen colour will hit the sweet spot… and don’t forget that, if in doubt, wine glasses go with everything.

Left to right: Wok On cookbook, QBD Books The Myer Centre; Simple cookbook, QBD Books The Myer Centre; Christmas pudding, David Jones Queens Plaza; Country Road tea towels, Queen Street Mall; Wine glasses, David Jones Queens Plaza; Salt&Pepper cheese-knife set, Myer The Myer Centre; Le Creuset casserole, Edward Street Mall

The latest finds for gadget lovers 

Technophile, nethead or mouse potato – we all know someone who loves to embrace the latest gadgets. And that’s good news for gift-buyers. Because whether you’re surprising a new starter or a seasoned expert, there’s always something new to delight. For someone who loves to travel or tolerates a long commute, an e-reader will make carrying heavy books around a thing of the past. For those who spend weekends jumping into the great outdoors, an action camera will capture every gripping moment. And the latest phone or watch is bound to put a smile on any tech-lover’s dial. 

Left to right: Kindle eReader, Myer The Myer Centre; GoPro camera, JB Hi-Fi Queen Street Mall; Fitbit watch, JB Hi-Fi Queen Street Mall; Apple iPhone 11, Edward Street; Apple Airpods, Edward Street

Eclectic cool for the hard-to-buy-for

We all know someone like this – the one on your Christmas list who’s always impossible to shop for. At last, help is at hand! Enter this list of genuinely cool gifts; a fantastic selection sure to please even the pickiest of souls. It’s the little touches that make a house a home, which is what makes the following gifts absolutely perfect. For those who live for candles, Diptyque’s legendary range lights up any room with sublime scent, while a beautiful diffuser exudes long-lasting fragrance they’ll love coming home to, time and time again.

Left to right: Diptyque candle, Mecca Cosmetica Queens Plaza; Country Road Jo Malone diffuser, Myer The Myer Centre; Aēsop hand wash, Queens Plaza; Ceramic planter, Typo Queen Street Mall 

Top picks for Tweens

Does the Tween in your life love the latest? This selection will make their day. An insta-print camera is made for shooting stars and creates new memories in nano-seconds, while go-anywhere Nintendo has the gamer in your life sorted. If they’re mad for music, a Retro-inspired cassette player and old-school mic are theirs to take centre stage.  

Left to right: Instax camera, JB Hi-Fi Queen Street Mall; Nintendo Switch console, EB Games, The Myer Centre; Crosley cassette player, General Pants Co. Queen Street Mall; Microphone, Target The Myer Centre

Fun and games for the kids

If the little one on your list needs wheels, then a scooter is a great way to get things moving. Don’t forget the backpack for carrying around all those essentials to playdates and school. Some cool threads to show off will also hit the mark… and a camera designed especially for little hands will let them record every fun-filled moment.

Left to right: Scooter, David Jones Queens Plaza; Peppa Pig backpack, Myer The Myer Centre; Country Road jumpsuit, Queen Street Mall; Seed Child boardshorts, Queen Street Mall; Sunnylife underwater camera, Myer The Myer Centre

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