The masses of crowds, limited parking and sweltering Perth heat is enough to defer most of our Christmas shopping to the last minute. Plus, online shopping and postage time can be a gamble with the 25th creeping closer. Save yourself from venturing out into the festive madness with these great last minute Christmas ideas that can be instantly gifted from your couch.
Curated Beer and Wine Subscriptions
Tucked into the leafy streets of North Fremantle sits a boutique wine store with a particular affinity for Australian natural wines. Other than supplying a variety of organic beverages, Wise Child Wine delivers their house favourites and new releases on a regular basis. After choosing your rate, you can select from a subscription of white, red or mixed bottles, perfect for your favourite vino enthusiast. They even have corporate pressies sorted with an office pack, delivering imported beers, non-alcoholic options and wine to your workplace for Friday arvo festivities.
If your loved ones prefer grain over grape, Beer Cartel distributes craft beer monthly, Australia-wide. Beer Cartel is passionate about providing access to the diverse tastes and aromas from breweries all over the nation, stocking tins from the likes of Mr Banks, Balter and Modus Operandi. Their mixes of limited and new release cans can be purchased in six and twelve packs and start at $39.99.
Airbnb vouchers are a thoughtful gift for those looking for unique holiday experiences or a gentle nudge to your friends abroad to come visit. Luckily, they never expire and can be used for any stay or experience on the website. The vouchers are redeemed, bought and gifted online, so you won’t need to wait around for postage. The digital cards come in a range of scenic illustrations and customisable prices to make it all the more personable. There are also over 12,500 active Airbnb listings in the state, making staycations an ideal Christmas gift.
Grab yours here.
Spa Treatments and Beauty Therapy
Bodhi Spa offers e-vouchers on their website, extending the gift to sustainably reconnect and relax over the holidays. There are six locations across WA, offering beauty therapies and all-natural treatments such as facials, reiki and massages. Bodhi provides a holistic and eco-friendly approach to wellness by using Australian made products and reducing their water use. Not only do their e-vouchers make it easier to purchase the perfect Christmas present, but minimise material waste going into landfill.
E-vouchers can be purchased here.
Plant Vouchers and Workshops
Add to a proud plant parent’s indoor jungle this Christmas with Fremantle’s Stackwood store. This warehouse oasis boasts a wide range of plant varieties, ranging from the spindly rhipsalis to lush philodendrons. Other than homewares and planters, Stackwood offer creative workshops in craft and plant care that aim to foster a community devoted to relearning hand-craft skills. Perhaps there’s a serial plant killer in your life that needs a care 101 seminar, or a textile enthusiast who’d relish in fabric block printing. Vouchers can be purchased online, spent store-wide and start from $20.
Vouchers are available here.
Gift a Weekend of Wellness
Flow State Weekender is a two-day inclusive festival marrying inspiring discussions from the country’s best thought leaders with movement, activities, workshops and music. The festival will take place in February of 2022. The first of its kind in Australia, more than 25 presenters across all modalities of wellness, including relationships, spirituality, sexual wellness, nutrition, movement, breath and finances, will descend on the Mandurah Foreshore for the inaugural Flow State Weekender. The festival is joining the crusade to normalise sexual wellness creating an intimate space where presenters and experts de-mystify sexuality. The festival includes over 40 sessions and talks across Mandurah during the weekend, with tickets ranging from full weekend passes to pay as you go workshops.
Click here for a full line-up of events and ticketing options.
Monthly Book Boxes
For all the bookworms that have trouble finding a new good read, The Wild Book Box deliver pre-loved books to readers’ front door each month. After selecting preferred genres, the team matches subscribers with second-hand novels at their chosen rate. All packaging is recycled or designed to be reused and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. It’s an extra bonus that shipping within Australia is free, and to make things cheaper, you can pay up to six months up front.
Send someone a monthly book box here.
Giving the Gift of Art
Spread the joy of live performance with Musica Viva’s 2022 season pass. Being one of the world’s leading presenters of chamber music, Musica Viva Australia is passionate about the evolution and future of classical music. Subscribers benefit by not only receiving the best seats in the house but have access to discounted prices, priority bookings and an engaged community of music lovers. Black Swan additionally offers a membership for your fellow thespians. The highly acclaimed theatre company is best known for its bold productions and reinterpretations that carry a distinct West Australian flair. Members can receive up to 25% off this season’s exploration of family ties and interpersonal connections and also gain access to exclusive events, rewards and seating.
If a whole season feels like too much of a commitment this Christmas, celebrate First Nation’s theatre with one of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s many productions. Presenting in February, David Milroy’s Panawathi Girl is not one to miss. The musical follows protagonist Molly Chubb as she returns to her small country town on a mission to find her place in the world amidst a time of great political change. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.
Donating on a friend’s behalf makes a great charitable gift for those looking to give back to the arts community and can be done securely online. Donations at Barking Gecko Theatre allow the company to reach a wider audience of children with their creative learning programs that improve wellbeing and mental health and foster self-expression.