Brownie points. We’re all searching for them. Little gestures to write ourselves into the good books (and that means 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 Sydney's coolest and best 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.
There are a bunch of flower delivery services in Sydney (see what we did there?) but one of our favourite fuss-free picks is Daily Blooms. Owner and entrepreneur Courtney hits Sydney's finest flower markets early each morning, picking what’s in bloom, and then sculpts an original flower arrangement based on her daily finds. As well as fresh flowers, you can shop gift sets from $59, which include things like bottled cocktails, candles, tea, keep cups, and more.
These guys have a motto: no more cellophane. Brewquets 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.
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.
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 brand new 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.
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).
This super fresh creative concept is a collaboration between stylist Claire Mueller and graffiti artist RJ Williams—and let's just say, we're a bit obsessed. These one-of-a-kind artistic florals are what you might call "ephemeral art", created using real, individually coloured Phalaenopsis orchid stems, which have been dipped in kaleidoscopic ribbons of paint.
According to Mueller and Williams, their super unique process does not affect the lifespan of the blooms—they will last as long as your typical orchid (two to three weeks).
While Sydney’s sassy same-day plant delivery service PlantGirl recently opened its first bricks-and-mortar set up in the heart of the Inner West, she started out as one of our city’s most exciting (and groovy) same-day succulent delivery services. It’s the brainchild of Felicity Keep, a writer and big-time plant-lover, and if you're asking yourself what the big difference at PlantGirl is, think bold colours, quirky designs, bright pots, and hardy plants.
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 of your fuck up. Nice one.
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.
The team here has been delivering little indoor beauties since 2017 and you can shop succulents, cacti, and terrariums. Little Succers actually does national shipping on baby succulents, DIY terrarium kits, and a “succer variety box” filled with an assortment of prickly babes in case you want to gift someone across borders. On the Sydney-front for delivery, you can same-day orders if you order before 11am on a number of succulents and cactus housed in ceramic pots.
Good Day People
Ever tried to send a gift basket but been totally disappointed by the ho-hum products included? Enter Good Day People. Impress the foodies in your life with a gift box stacked with Poor Toms gin, Nikka whiskey, Olsson's sea salt, Yulli's brews craft beer, natural wine, boutique bottled cocktails, and cool artisan chocolate. If we at Urban List were curating a gift box, it'd look a whole lot like this.
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 Upparel. They're a premium socks and undies subscription service and the only one that uses 100% Egyptian cotto. 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.
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