Broadsheet’s Christmas Gift Guide

A $20 Kris Kringle? A $50 gift for your bestie? Splurge for someone special? Not only have we got you covered – we’re giving away a truckload of excellent pressies.

Published on 03 December 2018

Update (Monday 17 December): This competition is now closed. Broadsheet would like to thank all who entered, and congratulate our lucky winners Nicole M, Annika J, Shontel F, Chloe P and Stephanie F.

The best thing about this gift guide is not only will you find the perfect Christmas pressie for everyone on your list – you could win some of those pressies for yourself.

As part of Broadsheet’s Christmas Unwrapped giveaway competition, you could win one of five gift sets featuring some of our favourite Australian makers and designers.

For your chance to win, sign up in the entry form at the bottom of this article. (Current Broadsheet subscribers must also enter their email.) The competition runs from Tuesday December 4 to Monday December 17.

For food, photo and flower fans

Tricolore Vase by Sebastian Herkner from Cult Design – $794
The Tricolore Vase by Sebastian Herkner for &Tradition is actually two separate cylindrical vases in different sizes and colours. Use separately, or together. This is the gift for someone special who has a penchant for Scandinavian style or vases that are more like art.

Condiment essentials from Meatsmith – $48.70
Put the Rosella fruit chutney away because chef Andrew McConnell’s Melbourne speciality butcher Meatsmith has brought home the bacon with its condiment essentials for Christmas. Cornichons, mustard, pickled baby onions, pickled fennel, ranch dressing, and ham glaze are just part of the line-up. These sets are available online, and at the Fitzroy and St Kilda stores in Melbourne.

The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook by Broadsheet – $49.95
The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook features 80 essential recipes from Australia’s best restaurants, cafes and bars, forming the definitive guide to contemporary Italian-Australian dining in all its forms. The book is filled with beautiful photos, stories and guides to Italian cheese, wine and more, making it not only a pleasure to cook from but to read.

Apulian Face Plate by Alex and Trahanas – $80
Alexandra Heard and Heleena Trahanas make clothing, jewellery and finely crafted homewares inspired by travels to Europe and beyond. This Alex and Trahanas handpainted ceramic dinner plate will add character to any dinner table, or can be used for tidbits such as keys or jewellery, or simply as decoration.

Cinnamon Mint toothpaste and vintage toothbrush by Marvis and Acca Kappa from Hub General Store – $33
The treasure trove that is The Hub General Store contains a range of functional, practical and beautiful objects inspired by 15 years of the owner’s travels, including the best-looking toothpaste you’ve ever seen, by Marvis, and vintage toothbrushes. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

Rust hand towel by Købn – $29
Australian textile label Købn brings Copenhagen style poolside – or inside – with its range of luxe, minimalist towels. Reversible, lightweight and highly absorbent, the towels come in a range of timeless colours, making them the perfect gift for any home decor obsessive.

Light the Night chocolate bar by Hey Tiger – $16
Hey Tiger is a social enterprise making chocolate bars with ethically sourced ingredients, and wrapped up in vibrant, playful packaging. The box for the Limited Edition Light the Night Chocolate Bar was designed in collaboration with Australian artist Nathalia Suizu. And it’s as good on the inside as out; it contains spiced mulled wine jelly in vegan dark chocolate.

Small blood-orange resin Flow gelato cups by Dinosaur Designs – $100
What do you get for the person who already has everything? Probably these guys from Dinosaur Designs – surely the-best looking gelato cups in Australia. These come in a wide range of fun colours, and if gelato’s not your thing, they’re perfect for holding salt and pepper, or jewellery.

The Last Resort II by Hannah Nowlan by Pord – $160
Never have the words “art” and “goon” been used in the same sentence so appropriately. Pord partners with Australian artists – in this case painter Hannah Nowlan – and Victorian vineyard Mitchelton to create boxed wine of a more elevated style. Select the wine, then select the art container you think your giftee will like best.

Drink Rocks Whiskey Stones by Areaware from Third Drawer Down – $70
Drink Rocks keep your spirits as they should be: undiluted and cold. Chill these mini-sculptures in the freezer before dropping them into your drink. The perfect gift for that friend who never fills up their ice tray.

Lomo Instant Automat Camera South Beach edition by Lomography from Hub General Store – $269
The Lomo Instant Auotmat Camera might look vintage, but it’s fully automatic and prints out those raucous Christmas party snaps before your eyes. So much more fun than an iPhone. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

The Famous Four Cocktail Set by The Everleigh Bottling Co. – $68
The Famous Four Cocktail Set by Melbourne’s The Everleigh features four classic drinks including a Negroni, Manhattan, Martini and an Old Fashioned. A taste of one of Australia’s best bars at home? Delicious.

For style and design devotees

Protea Intarsia Sweater by Ryder – $169
Ryder is the result of Melbourne sisters Penny and Georgie Brown’s love for making old things new, which is inspired by Australia’s sweeping horizons and flora and fauna. The label’s Protea Intarsia Sweater is the perfect lightweight knit for cool summer evenings.

Mini Seashell and Mini Rainbow pool towels by Købn – $59.95 each
Købn’s luxe pool towels are made by family-owned mill in Turkey. Like its range of hand towels, these are reversible, lightweight and highly absorbent. The perfect beach companion.

Ceramic painted plate by Debbie Pryor from Pepite – $70
Pepite is a gallery-esque retail space that sells handmade items by emerging and established artists. This pretty, tactile ceramic plate is by Adelaide-based ceramicist Debbie Pryor.

Fleur Studs by Bella Clark Jewellery – $150
These delicate but striking studs by Melbourne-based jeweller Bella Clark are sold individually and can be colour-customised with your choice of semi-precious stones.

Medium Ice Peach Resin Pipi Bowl by Dinosaur Designs – $75
The Pipi Bowl from Dinosaur Designs’ new Rockpool collection will add a pop of colour to your home. A new home for soap, keys or earrings.

Wild Flower Earrings by Dorkus Design from Pepite – $55
Designer Stephanie Watt creates playful, laser-cut accessories. We love these acrylic, handpainted Wild Flower Earrings – they were made for party season.

Travellers Amulet by Sit & Wonder – $349
Sit & Wonder is a Sydney-based jewellery brand by Emily Ko. This pretty Travellers Amulet is made with nine-karat gold and features St Christopher (the patron saint of travellers) to protect the wearer on their journeys. We’ll be journeying to the Sit & Wonder’s website, pronto.

Lisa Earring by Isabella May Jewellery – $90
Isabella May jewellery takes its cues from old Hollywood, art and nature. The Lisa Earring is handmade with gold-plated brass, encasing geode and coloured acrylic stones.

Koko Black x Dan Hunter chocolate block from Koko Black – $13.50
Koko Black has teamed up with one of Australia’s best chefs, Brae’s Dan Hunter, for a special edition of chocolate made with Australian botanicals. Flavour combinations include finger lime, green ant and burnt butter cream, and strawberry-gum ganache and passionfruit jelly. The ideal pressie for your foodie friends.

Baby Blanc Buddy Vase by Marble Basics – $65
The sculptural Baby Buddy Vase looks good without anything in it. The rotatable glass globe can be moved to face various directions, making it a versatile and beautiful home addition. Our tip (from experience): put the water in first.

Comet and Aquarius nail polish by Kester Black – $34
Australia’s Kester Black makes nail polish that’s animal-cruelty and palm-oil free, and vegan. The perfect gift for beauty fans who are also fans of the environment.

Melbourne and Sydney Food Books by Broadsheet – $29.95 each
These books are the essential guides for anyone passionate about food, cooking, and exploring Melbourne or Sydney. Each one features the city’s best food shops, suppliers and producers, covering markets, bakeries, grocers, delis, butchers, bottle shops and more. Established classics and hidden gems are all included.

Sea Soak and Sea Spray by French Girl from Mecca Cosmetica – $44
French Girl makes botanically derived, vegan, cruelty-free skincare, and this set is a must-have for anyone who loves a relaxing soak in the bath. The packaging is super chic too, so will look good in those bathroom cabinet #shelfies. Yep, it’s a thing.

For adventurers and writers

Maverick Kettle and aluminium small mugs by The Ghillie Kettle Company and Puebco from Hub General Store – $183
With this aluminium mug and kettle set, your giftee will be the most stylish camper on the mountain. Perfect for outdoorsy types, these guys are made for summer road trips. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

321 filter water bottle by 321 Water – $31.95
321 makes sustainability-minded products with an emphasis on sleek design. (You might have seen the Australian brand’s reusable Uppercup for coffee and other hot drinks.) Its filter water bottle is made in Australia, and purifies your water with a special plunging mechanism.

Places We Swim book by Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon – $40
Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon travelled around Australia in search of Australia’s most distinctive, remarkable swimming spots: ocean pools gorges, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs. It’s all documented in vibrant, striking photographs in their new book, which is part travel guide, part photo essay, and part cultural study. There’s also practical information on each spot, including when and how to visit.

Ultra Blue pool towel by Købn – $69.95
Give this to a pal and they’ll always be able to find their towel on a crowded beach. Made with terry fabric with a raw fringe detail, it’s equal parts bohemian and stylish.

”Mate” Hat by Best Jumpers –$45
Australian designer Dylan Best (ex-Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren in New York) makes considered casualwear with premium fabric. The Mate Hat is a tech fabric snap-back trucker.

Firestarter and Wooden Allumettes matches box by George & Willy & Plain & Simple Australia from Hub General Store – $357
This handy ceramic stone – inspired by 18th-century Alaskan whalers – is porous. Soak it in paraffin oil and strike a match and you’ve got a kindling-free fire-starter. Once lit, the stone will burn for 15 to 20 minutes, allowing large logs to catch fire. It comes in a minimalist matte-black steel vessel, so no mess. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

Hair Care kit by Hunter Lab – $84
This stuff smells good, looks good, and does good to your hair. It’s made with a range of natural ingredients designed to hydrate, strengthen and thicken your locks. It will add a touch of luxury to your morning shower, plus its slick matte-black packaging makes it a smart addition to the bathroom.

Golden Black 36 ED watch by Jack & Bell – $365
Pete Kennon and Jack Davis started Jack & Bell after struggling to find versatile, high quality designer watches at a reasonable price. These watches have a Swiss-made movement and feature the same quality steel used in Omega or IWC watches. They also have faces made with sapphire glass – a form of crystal second only to diamonds in hardness.

Sea Salt soap by Kalastyle from Hub General Store – $17
Kalastyle is a family business that began in a New England farmhouse. The company’s bestselling Sea Salt soap has a natural exfoliant, which will make you feel like you spent a day at the beach. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

Gardening tool kit by Leaf Supply – $90
This stylish set of tools for the home gardener includes a stainless-steel planting trowel, hand fork and weeder, all with wooden handles and leather straps.

10 Year diary by Midori from Hub General Store – $89
Midori is a Japanese stationary brand dating to the 1950s, and its 10 Year Diary is the perfect gift for the nostalgic or writerly. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

For entertainers and dreamers

Crema pool towel by Købn – $69.95
Cream with black stripes, this is the ultimate gift for timeless poolside style.

Raku Vessel by Simone Karras from Pepite – $70
This handmade ceramic piece Simone Karras has a textured, grainy finish, making it a beautiful vessel on its own, or a very smart home for a baby cactus.

Every Ride SPF 50 Dry Touch Sunscreen by Finde – $30
Melbourne’s Finde makes suncare products with cyclists mind. It uses a formula designed to prepare, protect and repair skin that spends a lot of time outdoors.

Natsumi pyjama set by Maiki – $160
Australian label Maiki makes women’s lingerie, intimates and loungewear. These comfy silk PJs can be worn to bed, or styled with an everyday wardrobe.

Luna Bag in gold by Clover Accessories – $269
Perth-based Clover Lee-Steere’s quirky accessories blend bohemian flair with relaxed coastal style. The glam new Luna Bag is the perfect gift for those who like to make a statement.

Candle 04 Slate by Mud – $85
This spicy candle by ceramic homewares brand Mud Australia will burn for 80 hours. Its scent is a mix of fresh lemon and greenery with woody amber, sandalwood and cedar. When it’s burned through, you can use the porcelain vessel for something else, or get it refilled by Mud.

Medium mid-grey pet bowl by Anchor Ceramics from Hub General Store – $104
We all know someone obsessed with their dog and this collection of contemporary, minimalist pet bowls will ensure the pup stays hydrated and the floor looks good. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

Landscape planter in medium by Leaf & Thread – $85
Leaf & Thread creates striking handmade ceramic pots. Good for the plant lover, or interior decorator.

Small Idol Vase by Nicolette Johnson from Modern Times – $175
Nicolette Johnson makes minimalist, sculptural ceramic pieces in small batches. This vase was made in collaboration with Modern Times as part of limited-edition The New Heirlooms collection.

Medium Sandy Pearl Resin Ball Bowl from Dinosaur Designs – $110
We love the pearly iridescent finish of this multipurpose vessel, which glows in the natural light.

Whiskey rock and whiskey cup by James Lemon from Modern Times – $75
This handmade ceramic whiskey cup (and matching rock) by James Lemon is both a chalice and a piece of sculpture. Two birds, one (literal) stone.

Terrazzo round tray by Fenton & Fenton – $120
This polished pale-pink tray is made with a blend of marble chips and other fine aggregates. It will elevate any surface in any room, and is an ideal pressie for the entertainer or the design-minded.

For lovers of luxe

Confetti Stone Vessel in green by Home by Harlequin from Pepite – $69
Sydney-based designer Lauren Eaton creates pieces that are both functional and wonderfully tactile. Her Confetti Stone Vessel is coated in a clear resin, so it acts as both a vase or pot-plant holder, or an art object.

Hand-dipped mug by Echo Park Pottery from Third Drawer Down – $75
Echo Park Pottery is a Californian studio affiliated with Memphis design movement artist Peter Shire. Its wares are sold exclusively through Third Drawer Down in Australia, and this hand-dipped mug is an example of the studio’s striking pieces. For the art and coffee fiend, who’ll love downing a cuppa out of a piece of sculpture.

The Dots by Lars Tornoe from Huset – $94
These versatile wooden hooks can be arranged in infinite combinations making them a decorative and practical solution for hanging coats, towels, bags and more. They’re available in a variety of colours and sizes for spaces big and small.

Hunter green slippers by Bertie Slippers – $145
A modern take on the traditional Prince Albert Slipper, Bertie’s unisex velvet slippers are made with premium velvet and a leather sole. They come in three striking shades – hunter green, mulberry and peacoat navy – and are designed to wear to the pub or to work as well as around the house

Classic Strong Mint toothpaste by Marvis from Hub General Store – $16
For the Italophiles among your friends and family, Marvis toothpaste is imported from Florence in Italy, and has a rich, smooth texture, developed over generations. The Strong Mint flavour is the perfect match for your post-Christmas-meal brush. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

French extra-virgin olive oil 750ml by Château d'Estoublon from Simon Johnson – $149.95
This gargantuan – and beautiful – bottle of olive oil from Provence looks good and tastes even better. The elegant Art Deco glass bottle makes it a kitchen-counter stayer – no hiding in a cupboard for this one.

Oh Crumbs chocolate bar by Hey Tiger – $16
This limited-edition Oh Crumbs chocolate bar is all about spicy gingerbread covered in white chocolate. Dessert is served.

Pacific pool towel by Købn – $69.95
The Pacific Green is just one of several stylish colourways by Købn. Made from durable terry fabric with a raw-fringed finish on each end, this is the gift for anyone who spends time by the water.

U Cut Vase in olive green by Anchor Ceramics from Hub General Store – $345
This ceramic vase was initially created for a retail showroom concept inspired by natural materials and botanical forms. The shape encourages asymmetrical flower arrangements, and the olive-green-glazed ceramic stone has a semi-matte finish. Visit the store in Collingwood, Melbourne, or call (03) 9652 1228 to place a phone order.

Piccolina Essentials by Piccolina Gelataria – $28.30
Piccolina gelato is made with 100 per cent natural ingredients and family recipes. Available individually or as part of a Christmas hamper (which also includes a tote bag, a one-litre tub of gelato and honeycomb) – the Piccolina peanut butter, Better-Than-Nutella and Torrone flavours will be a fine match for any Christmas meal.

Florescence candle by Lumira –$70
This limited-edition Florescence candle by fragrance house Lumira is a collaboration with The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. Proceeds go to conservation work. The scent is a blend of tangerine, clove, magnolia, jasmine, gardenia and neroli with base notes of patchouli, amber and sandalwood, reflecting the fragrances you might encounter in Australia’s oldest living botanic garden.

Small Seaweed Malachite Resin Cloud Bowl by Dinosaur Designs – $50
This baby resin bowl by Dinosaur Designs will add a pop of colour to any home, and is perfect for holding small pieces of jewellery, or condiments you’d like to beautify for a dinner party.

Total value of all prizes: $6865.

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