Where to get gifts for under $20 in Brisbane City - Visit Brisbane


Where to get gifts for under $20 in Brisbane City

We know, shopping for gifts can stretch the budget fast if you don’t keep an eye on it – and if you have a huge family or big group of close friends to buy for you need to be savvy. Whether it’s for a bulk buy or a one-off for a co-worker, we’ve collected some ideas in the Brisbane CBD to grab a gift 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 gifts. The Hot Chocolate Spoons for $4 provide a sweet and surprising gift that won’t leave a hole in your back pocket.

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 for a fun and budget friendly gift.

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 very few people who wouldn’t love a pair of the latest arrivals.

Nespresso Boutique Brisbane, Wintergarden

George Clooney said it best; we wouldn’t change a thing about the stunning Nespresso range to top up your coffee connoisseur’s collection. The Nespresso Boutique in Wintergarden 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 St

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.

Lush, Myer Centre

Using only ethically-sourced ingredients, Lush has a wide range of handmade products that skincare to makeup to perfume. There are seemingly endless scents of fun and fruity bath bombs, which you can pick up for less than $15.

kikki.K, QueensPlaza

Personalised Gifts

For the planners in your life, stationery giant kikki.K is queen of gift-giving, with an unrivalled range of artfully designed stationery, diaries and journals, office supplies and organisational tools. For added brownie points, kikki.k offers an in-store monogramming service.

T2, QueensPlaza

T2 Queens Plaza

Australian tea giants T2 are worth visiting for 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. Choose from exotic brews, intricately designed tea ware and ready-made gift packs, all beautifully presented and gift-ready. Our favourite? Brisbane Breakfast or Lamington.

Daiso, Myer Centre and Adelaide St

Japan’s Daiso shopping revolution takes affordable gift-giving to new heights, with (almost) 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 had no idea you were missing out on. So popular is this international retail mega-giant with locals and visitors alike, The City is proud home to two separate stores.

Chocolate, various locations

Noosa Chocolate Factory

The City is a chocolate haven and there's a really high-quality selection, including Chocolate Moments, Amy Sargeantson Chocolate Maker, Noosa Chocolate Factory, and Dello Mano, whose brownies are truly drool-worthy.

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Uniqlo – A new tee? Hat? Scarf? Thermals? PJs? Japanese megastore Uniqlo sells high quality, simple clothing that will stretch your $20 further.  

H&M – This spot is sure to get you a few good pieces of clothing that hit that sweet under $20 mark. Check out the accessories section too to snag a bargain.

Museum of Brisbane – The gift store at the museum stocks a curated range of stunning artisan goods and gifts, with plenty of small touches of Brisbane for less than $20.

Biome – A KeepCup, steel water bottle, or nice smelling, natural body products will also go down a treat. Biome has lots of ethical and eco solutions for gifting.

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