Brownie points. We’re all searching for them. Little gestures to write ourselves into the good books (and that mean we won’t have to take out the rubbish for at least two weeks). Well good news, guys—we found a way to max the brownie points. And the only finger you’ll need is your thumb on your phone. Introducing Melbourne’s coolest gift delivery services.
Gift deliveries are appropriate for the following occasions: anniversaries, apologies, getting busted skipping ahead on Netflix seasons you promised to watch together, the birth of your first child, eating all the mint slices and not replacing them, snoring too loudly, leaving tiny amounts of OJ in the bottle and then putting it back in the fridge.
Hopefully, these deliveries can make all our problems go away.
For the perfect indoor aesthetic, everyone loves a good old-fashioned indoor plant, and that's where Hello Botanical comes in. Hello Botanical deliver for free Melbourne wide for orders over $150, and you can select from indoor plant hits such as the Monstera, Umbrella Tree, Variegated Jade, or String of Beans.
It all turns up beautifully presented in a hessian pot holder. Ideal for the home, or even to brighten up that office space for someone.
Stellar has you sorted on the gift front for everyone in your life.
The site is super easy to navigate with options to search by price range, for a specific person, or for an event. Stellar can also take care of your corporate gifting as we get into the silly season, and also organise custom gifts for you.
Drinking beer is fun and receiving presents is fun, so why not combine both? The people of Manflower Co have combined what we’ve all been thinking. With a range of varying, giftpacks will see every beer-drinker an additional gift life coffee, toiletries, socks the list goes on. The packaging is all class, and you can even attach a little message with your gift.
There are a bunch of flower delivery services in Melbourne (see what we did there?) but our pick is Daily Blooms. Owner and entrepreneur Courtney hits Melbourne’s finest flower markets early each morning, picking what’s in bloom, and then sculpts an original flower arrangement based on her daily finds. Flowers plus delivery will set you back $35, and you can check today’s arrangement each morning on Instagram.
The guys that took the stuffiness out of wine, Vinomofo is one of the fastest-growing companies in Australia (they’ve actually just expanded into Singapore). 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.
Magnum + Queens
Another online wine merchant that’s popped up in the last few months. Magnum + Queens is run by top Melbourne sommelier Virginia Selleck, so you know they’re only stocking the good stuff.
You can order three, six or a mighty 12-bottle pack, boxed up and delivered to your nearest and dearest and each wine comes with a handy cheat sheet, detailing any relevant tasting notes (if you’re lost, just say ‘fruity’) and a wine-based recipe.
Gorgeous cupcakes with same-day delivery? Fuck yes. Little Cupcakes do little cupcakes (ironic right?), and the flavour range is pretty impressive. You can order a simple selection, or pick out individual sweets like Belgian Chocolate, Cherry Ripe, Oreo and Dark Horse Coffee. Gluten intolerants don’t stress—there’s a stodge-free range on offer, along with brownies and cookies if cupcakes aren’t really your thing. There’s even a couple of vegan flavours (think Black Velvet or Blueberry Pistachio).
Experience gifts. They’re like the holy grail of gifting when you have not a single f*cking clue what to get someone. Then the question of what experience arises. Bananalab is ending your shopping woes with over three-hundy Vic-based experienced at their fingertips.
You purchase a voucher, have it packaged to perfection and then leave the fun part to the gift-receiver themselves as they redeem their 'pass'. Skydiving and all, you'll be the plus one.
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.
Sorry Thanks I Love You
Says it all, doesn’t it? Whether you’re apologising for eating the leftover lasagna from last night or expressing love through the medium of buying expensive stuff, Sorry Thanks I Love You has you covered. You can get everything delivered through this thing. A selection of Bruny Island cheeses? Done. Blended Japanese Whisky? Sure thing.
Gorgeous homewares, bespoke flower bouquets, craft beer—the sky’s the limit. The site helpfully arranges their gifts into different categories, depending on the power of your love, or the size or your fuck up. Nice one.
Love this idea. Delicious home-baked cinnamon and ginger cookies, covered in icing and stamped with any message you can think of, the original quote cookie. That’s the thinking behind Sweet Mickie, a tongue-in-cheek cookie delivery service based right here in Melbourne. You can order cookies with pre-prepared messages (‘Oral pleasure’ and ‘I f*cking love you’ caught our eye) or tailor your own cookie-message (you have to order 30+ cookies to get a custom quote, but hey, having too many cookies is low on the list of life’s Big Problems).
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.
A new bouquet delivery service that hooks you up direct with florists all over town. Apparently, a lot of online flower sites just use stock photos and you don't really know what you're getting. Not these guys. Flowerfox also stocks everything from $8 soaps and $25 succulents through to $100+ hampers and bouquets (you fancy fox, you).
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.
Little Box Happiness
Seasonal gift boxes full of happy products. That's kind of the thing at Little Box Of Happiness. There's a bunch of different themes and sizes to choose from, ranging from ‘good vibes’ packs to the little box of gratitude, there’s a pack for every occasion.
For those who aren't flower, chocolate or wine people, there's Puzzle Post. Puzzle Post is the new subscription service for puzzle lovers of all ages. Give them a few basic details and they'll deliver a brand new puzzle to your (or someone else's) door each month. Handpicked puzzles tailored to someone's individual tastes? Brownie points guaranteed.
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