Over the past week, the team at The Urban List have scoured, searched, hunted, explored, rummaged, and whatever else have you, through shops and venues across Melbourne to bring you the best Christmas gift suggestions for 2013. From 20 Kris Kringle suggestions under $20, to gift picks for both the lads and the ladies, The Urban List has rounded up the top pressie suggestions from Melbourne's best local and independently owned businesses. We know you're looking for the goods, and we aim to deliver!
We've saved the very best 'til last though, and have put together what we think is preeeeetty much the best Christmas gift guide EVER (if we do say so ourselves!). There's something for everyone, and we think you'll be hard-pressed to not find the perfect sumthin' sumthin'! There are things in here that we've mentioned before and have loved so much that we had to bring them up again, to new suggestions that we've discovered and have been obsessing over ever since.
The absolute best part of this gift guide? YOU. CAN. WIN. IT. ALL!!!! Yep, we're giving all this loot away to one lucky Urban Lister, and we'll deliver it to you in time for Christmas. That's over $3000 of goodness potentially coming your way!
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Damselfly - 'Iris Ring' - $49
We're long time fans of Damselfly, Christianna Heideman's one-of-a-kind jewellery label, and this Christmas we're particularly taken with the antique silver plated 'Iris' ring. Featuring a standout eye design, this ring is the perfect mix of classic and cool.
Mountain Goat - Steam Ale 6 Pack - $19.95
I don't care what people say – beer makes for an excellent Christmas gift, especially one as delicious as Mountain Goat's Steam Ale. Smooth and crisp, this memorable ale is also certified organic. Win!
Proudly made in Melbourne, Planet Luxe offer a range of household cleaning items made from organic herbs, essential oils and plant extracts, with no nasty chemicals added. Pure clean fun!
What do you give the person who loves to explore Melbourne's foodie scene? Flavours of Melbourne, of course! This new tome from Smudge Publishing highlights our city's outstanding food culture, from big name venues to hidden gems.
Stonemen - Voucher - $100
We are loving Stonemen at the moment, and really, can you blame us? The range of trunks, boxers, and briefs, for both men and women are not only super comfy but also super cool, thanks to the photographic prints adorning each style.
Quite frankly, the 'Sweet Dreams Tour' from Queenie's is our idea of heaven. Getting to explore Melbourne whilst sampling some of the city's best sweet treats? Ummm, YES PLEASE! You'll discover, indulge, and most importantly, take some desserts home!
At The Urban List, we all worship at the temple of Hayley Roper, the fitness guru behind Love My Body. Hayley's 'Girls Only' bootcamps are an excellent gift idea for fitness buffs, or even just girls who want to get in shape. Over 6 weeks, you'll be put through full-on strength and cardio training, but it's SO worth it!
TimiAlaere - Voucher - $80
Bright, bold, and quirky, TimiAlaere's clothing range is print-tastic and in our opinion, perfect for summer. If you can't choose which African inspired print piece to buy, don't stress – TimiAlaere's gift vouchers are the answer.
On the lookout for the perfect summer bag? We've found it for you – The Luxe Project's 'Pahwanna' bag! Made from uber bright vintage fabric from South East Asia, the bag has the perfect 'slouch factor' and plenty of space too.
Party season calls for party accessories, and Ruby Olive has one of the most fun collections out there! The Tropicalia range features an assortment of necklaces, earrings, and bangles in lots of fruity colours – perfect for dressing up your Christmas Day outfit. Our fave piece though, is the Party Bubble necklace.
Full of wonderful gifts, homewares, and design objects, The Woodsfolk is the place to go for Christmas gifts that have that whimsical touch. We'll be picking up a few of the Cloud Coathangers by the divine Down to the Woods brand as gifts – who knew a coathanger could be so cute?!
Stepping into Canary Jane's is like stepping into a floral fantasyland – the flowers there are that amazing! The space has a great vintage '50s theme and stocks plenty of beautiful candles and notebooks, along with bunches of flowers that look too good to be true (oh, but they are!).
Full of goodness sourced from Australian native plants, Leif's 'Hydration' gift pack is the perfect gift solution this Christmas. The combo of Wild Rosella & Alpine Pepper smells ahhhmazing and will leave skin feeling super smooth and hydrated.
Smudge Publishing - The Burger Book - $39.99
There are so many delicious, juicy, mouthwatering burgers on offer in Melbourne, and it can be hard to pick where to start! Pick up a copy of the genius compendium The Burger Book this Chrissie and start working your way through – you'll still be eating come next silly season! (Also available from our pals at Oscar Cooper).
Candles are one of our favourite things to give and receive and this year, we'll be gifting quite a few of the intoxicating Christmas candles from Aurora Scents. The 100% soy candles are of the highest quality and are hand poured, use lead free wicks and burn for up to 80 hours. Smells like a Christmas dream!
One Hot Yoga - 2 Week Pass & Dream Tank - $60 total ($30 each)
To the uninitiated, hot yoga may seem like mild torture but once you try it, you'll be absolutely addicted (we are!). One Hot Yoga are leaders in the field and their studio is state-of-the-art – it's the perfect place to pick up a two week pass to gift to a buddy who hasn't experienced the amazing sensation of hot yoga.
Dilemma: Girl wants to buy a high-quality lippie in the colour-of-the-moment but can't find a good one that doesn't cost a fortune. Solution: Enter Shanghai Suzy, a limited edition lipstick collection inspired by the fashion industry. The lipsticks come in 8 fab shades and change each season, in line with the latest trends. Why not play Beauty Santa and gift you friends with the divine Lipstick Wardrobe?
Using skincare secrets from South Korea and Japan, the Cleanskinco team have put together an incredibly simple, yet effective, mask system for you skin. Each day involves a different mask targeting a different skin concern and by the end of the 5 days, your skin will be smooth and glowing!
Give the gift of perfect brows this Christmas with a Brow Lift-Shaping Experience from The Brow Bar – they're serious experts in all things brow related! A session at The Brow Bar will instantly, and dramatically, improve your look – once you try it, you'll never EVER look back.
A'kin - 'Purely Refreshing' and 'Purely Comforting' Gift Packs - $24.95 and $26.95 respectively
Perfect for those with sensitive skin, A'kin products use natural botanical ingredients and no parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, and other skin nasties. The 'Purely Refreshing' and 'Purely Comforting' gift packs are a great idea for Christmas and each come with two skin-loving products.
Muk - Curl Stick - $99.95
A recent winner of the 'Best in Beauty' award for Best New Curler, the muk Curl Stick is the perfect tool to create party-ready hair this season. The stick has three barrel sizes, meaning you can create tight curls or softer, looser waves, and is so easy to use. You'll be walking out the door with amazing hair in a flash.
Rock My Socks - 7 Day Pack - $105 ($15 per pair)
Melbourne brand Rock My Socks have rocked our, errr, socks with their brightly patterned sock collection. Designed for guys who like to add a bit of colour to their outfits, the collection features cool patterns like houndstooth, spots, stripes and more. We reckon all guys need a few pairs in their wardrobe!
Take the hassle out of Christmas shopping with a gift subscription from Letters From Letty. Each month, the recipient will be sent a surprise locally designed and handmade item, along with some info about the product's design. With subscriptions ranging from one month to a year, it's the gift that keeps on giving.
After what feels like forever, our search for the perfect white tee has finally come to an end! We can thank SOSUME's V-Neck Tee for that – it features a perfectly cut neckline, small pocket on the chest, and is made from certified organic cotton. Do your friends and family a favour and gift them one too!
Claire Aristides is the master of fine jewellery and her divine bracelets are on Christmas wish lists the world over. This year we're crushing big time on the 'Star Gaze' fine bracelet and have our fingers and toes crossed that Santa drops it down the chimney on December 25th!
With its mix of wild leopard print and delicate pink roses, the 'Sandra' silk chemise from Gingerlilly is the type of gift that mixes naughty and nice! The chemise has a flattering fit and comes packaged in a matching gift box – it's just calling out to be given as a gift!
An icon of Melbourne streets, the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is a great idea if you're looking to give an 'experience' as a gift this Christmas. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a scrumptious four course meal while you cruise along the streets and admire our picture perfect city. A truly unique Melbourne experience!
Who knew that a simple body scrub made from ground Arabica coffee beans, grapeseed oil, and coconut flakes (along with other delicious, pretty much edible ingredients) could rock our worlds so much? There's a reason why frank body scrub is selling its socks off – it's pretty damn good. Stock up now for smooth Christmas skin!
Those with a sweet tooth will go crazy for San Churro's Christmas hampers – we don't blame them, they're pretty darn delicious! Being chocolate lovers ourselves, we went straight for the Hot Chocolate gift hamper…it's got San Churro's famous hot chocolate mix, plus a few other yummy bits 'n' bobs.
Another great read to gift this Christmas is Melbourne Precincts, one of the latest books from Explore Australia. The book is filled with all sorts of Melbourne must-sees and must-dos, from food and drink, to shopping and clubbing too!
The latest eatery to take up residence in Curtin House is Mesa Verde, an awesome new Mexican inspired restaurant. Mesa Verde offers an incredible menu that perfectly mixes the old and the new – plus the have a veeeery impressive tequila menu. Vouchers are available for purchase, just in time for Santa's arrival!
Call us biased but we think Melbourne has some of the best markets in Australia – Prahran, Queen Vic, Dandenong, and South Melbourne are all amazing. If you know someone who's as much a fan as we are, why not purchase a Market Passport from the Markets of Melbourne collective as a Christmas gift? It's guaranteed to be a hit.
Do you know someone who needs a little timeout? If yes, get your paws on an Art Series Hotels voucher and give the gift of a relaxing break. The accommodation gift voucher can be spent at any one of the hotels – The Olsen, Cullen or Blackman – and is guaranteed to get you 'best present giver' status.
At The Urban List, we're big fans of all things quirky, so when we first clapped eyes on the Storytale Necklace from Schmooks, we knew it would be featuring on our own Christmas wish lists! The intricate necklace features a three tiered pop-up style illustration and hangs on a delicate gold chain.
1806 - Cocktail Book - $30
Take a peek inside the wonderful world of 1806, one of Melbourne's best bars and bearers of an outstanding cocktail list, with the their namesake cocktail book. You'll read all about the history of some of their famous cocktails, as well as some of their fave recipes.
Make Me - Iconic Bickie Set - $39 (available from the Flavours of Langham gift store at The Langham Melbourne)
Hands up, who's a fan of the classic Iced Vo Vo, Delta Cream or Tic Toc biscuit? Keep the tradition alive with this collection of Australian toy biscuits – they look just like the real thing but are made of wood, and are a great little knick-knack gift for collectors, or even for kids.
Flavours of Langham Gift Store at The Langham Melbourne - Prince and Princess Pillowcases - $19 each
Another cute little gift from the Flavours of Langham gift store are the Prince and Princess pillowcases. Made from a soft yet durable fabric, the pillows are great for either a bedroom or a kid's rumpus room.
One staff member received Slip silk pillowcases a few years ago for Christmas and still says that it's up there with one of the best gifts she's ever received. Why are they so good? Well, Slip silk pillowcases are far more gentle on your skin and hair, unlike cotton pillowcases which can scratch the skin's delicate surface.
Barre Body - 'Lengthen & Tone' DVD & 2 Week Pass - $25 and $50 respectively
For a long and lean physique, we highly recommend attending the fabulous Barre Body, a studio that combines yoga and pilates with ballet barre work. A two week pass is a great way to introduce someone to Barre Body; alternately pick up one of the 'Lengthen & Tone' DVDs for a great Chrissie gift.
Based in Melbourne but inspired by scents from around the world, Voyager creates premium candles in a range of luxe fragrances. Candle ingredients are ethically sourced and contain no palm wax or paraffin – a huge tick in our books! Our fave scent is the Melbourne-inspired 'Alexandra' – a blend of bergamot, petitgrain, and fig leaves.
Botanical Cuisine - People's Choice Box - $102.50
Our love for Botanical Cuisine's organic, raw, and vegan gourmet goodies knows no bounds, so we were over the moon to hear about their People's Choice Box, full of nine fan-voted products, available just in time for Chrissie. If you're looking for the perfect epicurean gift, this is it!
Just enter your email, phone number (so we can call you when you WIN!) and name below to enter! Entries close midnight (AEDST) on Wednesday 18th December, 2013. Please note – entry is open to Melbourne residents only.