Gifts for people who have everything
We all have that person in our lives who appears to have everything as soon as it hits the shelves – whether it’s the latest tech, new sneakers or fashion trends. So what do you get the man or woman that has everything? We’re glad you asked. This gift guide will help you shop in Brisbane City for things to get the person that already has it all.
Crumpler, Adelaide Street
Bag a beauty at Crumpler; an Aussie brand out of Melbourne whose goods are as cool as they are functional. Crumpler scored gold as the official supplier of luggage to the 2016 Australian Olympic Team and when you walk into the Adelaide St store, you’ll understand the hype. Every bag is meticulously designed and engineered, and they’re fun and funky to boot. We love the range of minimalistic backpacks in a variety of colours and sizes.
The silly season can be notoriously hectic, and by the time Christmas Day finally rolls around, many people’s greatest wish is to unwrap a big box of R&R! Enter World Luxury Spa Awards 2016 winner Stephanies Luxury Spas, whose heavenly haven at Sofitel Brisbane provides the perfect inner-city sanctuary for those needing a slice of bliss with their eggnog. Gift cards are varied, and keep an eye out for the special Christmas packages – all beautifully boxed and packaged so that you too can relax after purchasing.
Toby’s Estate Espresso Bar, Albert Street
The humble pour-over style coffeemaker that’s been around since the 1940s is making a comeback in a large way, and artisan coffee house, Toby’s Estate has all the bits and bobs to set-up your gift receiver with a gift that truely keeps on giving, coffee! Pro-tip: it’s also a great excuse to take five minutes out of your gift-buying errands and enjoy one of the specialty siphon or Chemex coffees brewed right before your eyes.
A unique experience is a failsafe option for the impossible to buy for, and Brisbane’s leading yoga studio, Shri, has a range of packages available. Centrally located in Burnett Lane, Shri caters to all experience levels and an extensive menu of class styles range from challenging to playful and everything in between. For a beginner, we recommend the $139 express 10-class pass.
Indepal, Brisbane Arcade
Indepal is a true stand-out in the lineup of luxurious boutique shops that line the historic Brisbane Arcade. Specialising in handmade men’s and women’s leather pieces created from top-grain one-of-a-kind buffalo leather, Indepal’s point of difference and pride is its ethical standards of production, employing skilled third-and-fourth generation leather masters of India. Its motto, "simple, earthy, real" exemplifies the effortless elegance of the reasonably priced leather wear.
At Designer Archives, every piece has a story. Affectionately known as Brisbane’s poshest op-shop, Designer Archives specialises in fashion resale and consignment, with a dazzling collection of previously owned pieces of luxury vintage and contemporary labels sourced from Hollywood stars, celebrity stylists, movie wardrobes and private collectors. All items in the store are guaranteed authentic, including limited edition runway pieces and a range of vintage jewellery.
For a gift that’s guaranteed to strike a chord, look no further than this bar-raising CBD entertainment destination. Home to 12 bowling lanes, a laser tag arena, pool tables, private karaoke rooms and new ‘Escapism’ puzzle rooms, Strike Wintergarden has all the makings for a brilliant day or night of fun for all ages. Best of all, gift cards start at just $20.
Boredom-busters Mind Games boasts one of Australia’s largest collections of board games, puzzles and jigsaws, from timeless classics to the latest internet-born sensations. With more than 500 game titles and as many jigsaws in-store or available to order, everyone’s guaranteed a win.
Biome, Adelaide Street
Brisbane-born Biome is a small business worth supporting, specialising in beautiful Australian hand-made gifts and home accessories produced ethically and sustainably. Its product offering is varied, including recycled stationery and office supplies, organic cotton linens, vegetarian cook books, reusable coffee cups, bottles and cutlery, and green cleaning supplies, so you can feel good about your choices too.
Each Christmas, Myer transforms into a one-stop shopping wonderland showcasing the best the season has to offer. Brimming with Christmas inspiration, the Myer Giftorium sparkles with gift ideas for the whole family – including personalised leather goods, artwork and chocolate – plus one of the largest collections of decorations and festive touches this side of the North Pole.
One night only, Saturday 1 December, King George Square transforms into a spectacular nighttime marketplace showcasing Brisbane’s best locally made goods from 4-9pm. With a variety of quality handmade products from local artists and artisans, you’re guaranteed to find some truly unique Christmas gifts, support Brisbane’s local maker, and have a fun, festive, free night out to boot.
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Folio Books – the spot to find visual and coffee table books on a range of topics from art and architecture to food and travel.
Arkive Vintage – trawl this destination vintage store to find an extensive hand-sourced collection of men’s and women’s pieces.
Parliament – a store stocking all things skate culture, from clothing through to actual decks and accessories.
Museum of Brisbane – the giftstore at the museum stocks a curated range of stunning artisan goods and gifts.