Finding the perfect gift is never easy. Birthdays come around annually, so even if you find something amazing one year, you could still screw it up the next. And what about Christmas? Mother's Day? Valentine’s Day? It’s all too much!
We’re here to take the stress out of gift giving. Not only have we found plenty of awesome stores with shelves full of worthy gifts—they all offer delivery. That means you can find the perfect gift and have it shipped to the receiver, all without getting up off the couch. It’s selfless work, but we love to help. Check out the stores below, and don’t worry—you can thank us later.
If you’re looking for a unique gift that will stand the test of time, take a look through Nook‘s online catalogue. The site features quality, locally handcrafted wares, as well as select pieces from international designers. With an emphasis on sustainability, you can feel confident giving a gift that doesn’t play into consumer culture. Check out Nook’s range of handmade brooches for a truly special treasure. Shipping is free for purchases over $45, so you might as well grab something for yourself while you’re at it.
The Handmade Collective Co
If the ecological footprint of your gift is as important as the gift itself, get one of The Handmade Collective Co’s stunningly curated gift boxes. Natural, sustainably sourced and completely plastic free, you can either select a curated box for self-care, sustainable living or a seasonal theme, or create your own, with goodies like candles, ceramic mugs and bath salts to choose from.
Dello Mano Brownies
It will be a happy friend or family member indeed who opens their door to a big box of Dello Mano brownies. Gooey, chewy and everything you want a brownie to be, Dello Mano's come in flavours like peanut butter, orange cheesecake and salted caramel, so your best bet is to get a box with every flavour in it. And they do same day delivery to the Brisbane metro region, so you, uh, we mean your gift recipient, doesn't even have to wait long to tuck in.
Winston Quinn Gin
There’s no doubt that gin is having a moment in the Brisbane bar scene—even if right now that bar just happens to be your kitchen counter. Any self-respecting gin drinker can tell if what they’re drinking is worth its salt, so don’t settle for anything but the best. You can’t go wrong with a bottle from Winston Quinn Gin, a boutique Brisbane distillery with a tailor-made approach to creating craft gin. We recommend one of the Winston Quinn Gin Cocktail Kits for the gin-lover in your life, which comes with gin, tonic and a classy glass to drink it out of.
Museum of Brisbane Shop
For one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the River City, head on over to the MoB shop. The Museum of Brisbane shop is all about showcasing local creatives, so their range is full of unique and inspired pieces. Pick up a pair of ibis earrings, a puzzle featuring iconic Brisbane buildings, or even a unicorn planter. A gift from the MoB shop is sure to delight, so get lost exploring their site and see what weird and wonderful things you can find.
Ever wanted to send someone a gift—not a pricey bottle of bubbles or an extravagant bouquet, just something small to show you care? Shouta is the Aussie app that’s helping you do just that. Shouting your mates, colleagues, and loved ones—whenever, wherever, with whatever you want. As for how Shouta works—it’s as simple as it sounds. Within the app, you are free to pick and choose from various shouts between $5 and $250. Anything your special person will love, use, drink, eat, or enjoy. Think movie tickets, flowers, lunch, chocolates, or even a pick-me-up manicure. Your shout is totally customisable too—you could send a box of Panadol after a big night, or a box of doughnuts to help a mate sail through 3pm on a sugar high. Download the app here.
Artists are notoriously hard to buy for. They see right through any last-minute gifts, and place enormous value on meaning and substance. Thankfully, QAGOMA’s store is filled with awesome gifts that tick all the right boxes. They specialise in books by Australian and Indigenous artists, but also carry a curated range of art and design publications, as well as homewares and other knick knacks. They even have a dedicated gifts page to make life easy for you. Even better, every dollar raised by the store goes towards supporting QAGOMA’s collection and programs, so you know your money is going to a good cause.
Thousand Island Dressing
For stunning jewellery and homewares that are bound to turn heads, set your sights to Thousand Island Dressing. Their quirky range has long been the answer to gifts for picky friends, since their mission is to provide something for everyone. They even offer delightful greeting cards that are sure to put a smile on your dial. Shipping is free for orders over $100, so check out their range and use it as an excuse to splurge.
If you’re buying for a bookworm, look no further than West End’s Avid Reader. The store is run by knowledgeable staff who collectively hold over one hundred years experience in the book trade, so you know you can trust their recommendations. You won’t find just any old books at Avid—only the best of the best make the cut. That being said, they still manage to cover a wide range of genres, so there’s something for every reader. Whether you’re after a cult classic or something new, you can get the perfect gift shipped right to your door.
Looking for a cheesy little gift? Say, “cheese!” That’s because Say Cheese has the perfect gift to send the cheese connoisseur in your life. Their gift box comes with three portions of cheese, as well as three types of cured meats, an assortment of crackers, seasonal fruit, olives and mixed nuts. Oh, and don’t forget to add a bottle of wine for some next-level gift giving. Not only does this gift taste delicious, it looks pretty damn impressive too. Bonus points for presentation.
Plants have been scientifically proven to make people happier, so giving the gift of life (plant-life, that is) seems like an obvious choice. But we aren’t talking about sending a short-lived bouquet of flowers (although we definitely wouldn’t say no to an expensive bouquet). Instead, we’re talking about gifting an entire plant. Or two. Or three. Sometimes, it’s hard to stop yourself. Plenty of places around brisbane are offering plant delivery right now, but you can skip to the highlights by clicking here. Word of warning: online shopping for plants is even more addictive than online shopping for clothes. Prepare to drop some dosh.
Flowers are always a good idea—so surprise someone (or yourself) with a bunch of LVLY’s best blooms. With the aim of creating more smiles and more surprises, this online gift store with same-day delivery does the hard work for you (aka the thinking) so no matter what the occasion, you’re guaranteed a dose of good old brownie points from your chosen spoilee. Fresh flowers can be paired with booze, sweet treats, pamper products and more, then personalised with a little something extra if you know just what they need.
Brisbane, make way for Bagnum—a collab between local legends Built To Spill and Urban List. Think easy-to-pour bagged wine that is every bit classic as it is boujee. Each Bagnum holds a whopping 1.5L of juicy Aussie wine from Sparrow & Vine with three wine varietals on offer: a Bagnum Sangiovese Rosé, a citrusy Semillon Bagnum (white) and a Nero D’Avola Bagnum (red). Packing a heap of green cred too, Bagnums are packaged in an eco-friendly and fast-chilling AstraPouch—which has an 80 per cent lower carbon footprint than its typical glass iteration. It even has a smart nozzle that activates just by the tap of your finger (read: no leaks) and makes sure your Bagnum stays fresher for longer—sans cork contamination and potential oxidation. The limited-run Bagnum range can be purchased through Built To Spill at $44 a pop and delivered straight to your door. Order yours here.
The guys that took the stuffiness out of wine, Vinomofo is one of the fastest-growing companies in Australia. Their ethos is pretty simple: delicious wine, zero wank, and cheap deliveries from some of Australia’s best vineyards to your mouth. There’s a range of prices and varieties, but the guys at ‘the ‘Fo’ only sell the wines they love, so you know you’re getting a curated selection.
Beauty sample boxes are all the rage at the moment, and Bellabox is probably the best of the bunch. You can sign up your partner, even yourself for a monthly pamper pack that includes five or so beauty samples from various on-trend brands. If you like what you try, you can shop Bellabox’s online store and buy the real deal. You can tailor a plan to suit your giftee, and they’ll deliver the box wherever you want. It’ll set you back just $19.95 a month, which is a steal when you consider the number of brownie points on offer.
Socks and jocks have become a bit of a gag gift in recent years, but that's only because we didn't have Manrags. They're a premium socks and undies subscription service and the only one that uses 100% Egyptian cotton… how chic. You can order a combo of socks and jocks, or just focus on the one (if, like us, your socks disappear regularly into some mysterious dimension beyond the time-space continuum). The colourful goods come packaged and delivered right to your man's door, and you can sign him up for month-by-month, 6-month or yearly packages. It’s a yes from us.
These guys have a motto: no more cellophane. Brewquet is an online beer delivery service that's trying to shake up the traditional 'gifting' industry (you know, the one that uses cellophane pfft). The team handpicks some craft beers, throws in a pack of jerky or two, wraps the whole thing in a classy hessian bag, and delivers it straight to your loved one. You can even attach a cut note for that nice personal touch.
Whisky or Gin Loot
Got a whisky or gin lover to buy for? Get them a Whisky Loot or Gin Loot subscription. Every month for three, six or twelve months, depending how much you love and appreciate them (bonus, you get a discount on gifts), your recipient will receive three tasting bottles of premium whiskey or gin, tasting notes and a journal to take notes. Don't worry that they'll be getting bog standard brands either, these are all boutique, small batch and even rare distillers—you might wind up trying to wrangle an invite to sample them.
If that’s not enough choice, here are seven other delicious things you didn’t know you could get delivered in Brisbane.
Image credit: Urban List