Let’s be honest, shopping for Christmas gifts is not fun. It’s up there with moving house or paying taxes as one of life’s more tedious obligations. Bleuurgh. Christmas is mere days away and you still haven’t done F-all about it? SameTo help you (and us) out in this difficult time, we’ve compiled a quick, easy and most importantly, cheap – all under $35 – Christmas gift guide.
When it comes to floral arrangement, Lily West are the botanical bosses. Apart from gorgeous bouquets, they also have plants, succulents, and candles. Best of all, they will be delivering right up until Christmas, just make sure you order by 9am on December 24. Order a mini succulent planter for $25 – perfect for that oddball cousin you never know what to get.
If you find yourself at a loss as what to give this yuletide season, look no further than fermented grape juice. Bremerton is a Langhorne Creek sister-run winery that sells top-shelf wines at bargain-bin prices. Our picks are the Betty & Lu Sauvignon Blanc or The Wiggy Sparkling Chardonnay – even just gift it to yourself for being a legend. If the trip to Langers is too far this close to Chrismaggedon, stockists include; Sturt Street Cellars, Parade Cellars, Sterling Hotel, Belair Hotel, Richies Tavern Mt Barker, Arkaba Hotel, Edinburgh Hotel and Belair Cellars.
If you don’t want to bother with the hustle and bustle of shopping centres or the city, why not Hahndorf? It’s lined with shops that can cure your Christmas headache in one visit. Your first stop should be Beerenberg, which has a tasty gifts for everyone. Kids and adults alike will love this Lester Farm Truck Moneybox. Other local vendors which have affordable gifts are Storison Hahndorf, Agave, Somerled Wines, Hersey Wines, Fudge Shop, Chocolate at No 5, Hahndorf Leathersmith, Bush Gallery and Hahndorf Candlemaker.
E for Ethel
We are just going to put it out there, but E for Ethel may be your saviour during this stressful time. They have a whole wall of local gifts and trinkets for your perusal, all while you enjoy a halloumi bagel and almond milk coffee. We particularly love the Bea Bellingham Cactus Range, hand-painted and sculpted ceramics which come as a vase, planter/tea cup, jug, dish or necklace. Each one is perfectly imperfect and delightfully wonky, a fitting gift for any of our family members.
Matt Blatt Furniture
While you daydream about what you’re going to fill your non-existent mansion with, you can fill your stockings in real life instead. Matt Blatt has affordable gifts which will make you look fancy AF and not cheap at all. They sell prints and books, which will appease many a fussy family member. And best of all, you will still have change from your fifty to treat yourself to something.
Chloe Jane Candle Co
In recent years, candles have become the gift to give when you are at a loss. This does not mean your gift is boring or thoughtless, especially when you seek out glam babies like these. Chloe Jane Candle Co has a huge collection of candles with whiffy scents such as ‘fruit tingle’ and ‘salted caramel’. Available direct from the Chloe Candle Co website, but if you want it in time for Christmas you can get it from various stockists.
Urban Cow Studio
If you are after a gift that is quintessentially South Australian, you can’t really go past Urban Cow Studio. Here you can purchase a ‘heaps good’ t-shirt, as well as an array of handmade jewellery, ceramics, glassware and art. Our pick is the Adelaide tea towel by illustrator Pip Kruger, which at $26 is nothing to sniff at.
If you find yourself in need of a local gift for your musical minded friend or family member, then Clarity Records is a good bet. Apart from the obvious records on sale, they also stock gifts, posters, merchandise and t-shirts. No need to take big risks here – this Clarity Records t-shirt comes in black or blue (as well as an array of sizes) and all yours for $30.
Georgia Walker Earrings
If you are in need of a memorable gift for a colourful personality, then you’re sure to impress with these Georgia Walker earrings. Available in an array of show-stopping colours, and reasonably priced at $35. You can purchase directly from Georgia’s website – or to ensure you have them by Christmas, they are available to purchase from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s shop.
East End Flower Market
Nothing says, “I had no idea what to get you but this makes it look like I did” like an indoor plant. East End Flower Market is easily accessible, and sells plants and flower gifts for any age range. Our pick is the Maidenhair Fern, which looks great, is hard to kill and is only $25 – aka the perfect last minute Christmas present.