Two weeks out and looking for some gift inspo? We’ve collated an unsponsored gift guide with a heavy local and sustainability skew for gifts you can buy with just a few seconds to spare.
Hampers from the Hood
What: Clontarf Christmas Hamper
Who: Hampers from the Hood
Why: Queenscliff-based hamper business Hampers from the Hood is our yearly go-to because it has it all – a cross-section of beautiful products sourced entirely from the area in various assortments and a style to suit everyone . All about locals supporting locals, the Clontarf Christmas Hamper, full of Christmas cheer and deliciousness and a handwritten gift card, includes Adam’s Leap Wine made by Manly local Adam on his Hunter Valley winery; Ruby Lane Cafe’s Maple and Sea Salted Walnuts; The Sticky Pot Strawberry Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam; Gumnut Chocolates Christmas Pudding Truffles; El Chori Chimichurri. It’s perfect for couples, families or anyone who loves local goodness and gifting local. All in all, the hamper supports six small Northern Beaches businesses!
How much? $100
Where: Order online at www.hampersfromthehood.com.au For free delivery to the Northern Beaches for Manly Observer fans use promo code: MANLYOBSERVER
Beaches Bath and Body
What: Curate your own self-care Gift Box
Who: Beaches Bath and Body CO – a Brookvale-based gift box company
Why: Curate your own self-care gift box of bath and body products delivered free throughout the Northern Beaches. Choose from their natural and/or vegan range, from bath crystals, nourishing hand creams, foot scrubs and popular Australian Pink Clay Face Mask with Australian botanical extracts. All gifts are packaged beautifully in recyclable, re-usable and eco-friendly boxes, with wood wool and note card. We were lucky to be sent some and really loved the classy wax seal on top. A great option and definitely on our shortlist.
How much? $55
Pretty Green gift hampers
What: A selection of gourmet gifts from our favourite eco-friendly Brookvale-based gift and grocery delivery guys Pretty Green
Who: Pretty Green
Why: Many don’t know that our favourite sustainability-focused local grocery delivery service actually started out as a gourmet gift delivery business! So they know their stuff. With more than 300 products and gifts uniquely crafted by families spanning Australia, they provide all your farmers-market favourites under one roof. Small-batch, sustainable and yummy. They also have a really solid range of hampers to suit the “for him” category, which can sometimes prove a bit tricky.
How much? Ranges from about $50 up
Where: Australia wide delivery https://gift.prettygreen.com.au
What: Beautiful pine cone beeswax candles
Who: Queen B Candles, Brookvale
Why: Queen B is a Brookvale-based candle and beeswax wraps biz that’s been going for 20 years. They have a store here at their hive where they make everything they sell and provide tastings of more than 15 varieties of Australian honey. They also stock Spencer Cocoa chocolate from Mudgee and a range of other Australian-made wares and books. Worth a pop in as they have plenty of parking, a fantastic garden and a treasure trove of finds.
How much: Large Pine Cone – $34.95, presented in a Kraft box window. Candle is 7.5cm x 6.5cm with a burn time of +/-20 hours.
Where: queenb.com.au @queenbcandles, and Unit 1, 16-18 Clearview Place, Brookvale
What: Little Fred
Who: Wombat Softboards, local surf board makers
Why: Little Fred – this is the board I’m keen to learn on in 2022. The Wombat crew tell me it’s balancing safety and performance design makes it perfect for any age and skill level. Which is good, as I have plenty of the former and none of the latter. All Wombat Softboards are wrapped in a highly-durable soft deck and semi-soft slick allowing a safe ride. As a person prone to falling, a soft landing has major appeal!
How much? $489 (available online via the link below with free next day delivery to the Northern Beaches)
Where: www.wombatsoftboards.com.au/products/little-fred-58 www.instagram.com/wombat_softboards/
What: Sustainable, sand-free towels – cute single lemons design
Who: Sand Society, based in Manly.
Why: Sand Society is a locally- owned, eco-friendly, practical and multi-purpose sand free towels brand that looks pretty enough to gift. The towels are made from 20+ water bottles and the new range includes a double size towel, perfect for some extra space lying on the beach or sharing with a partner, kids or friends. It also comes in really beautiful packaging which just makes it feel extra special.
How much? From $69.95
What: Cook book, The Feast
Who: The new cookbook from Elanora Heights resident, Celebrity Chef and co-host of The Living Room Miguel Maestre
Why: The “Crazy Bull” himself delivers the pretty likeable looking cooking-at-home book for 2021, full of shareable dishes inspired by Miguel’s Spanish heritage.
How much? RRP $39.99
Where: Plum Books, Booktopia
What: Nail Wraps
Who: Tilly Likes, an online store selling nail polish wraps, based in Narrabeen
Why: Nail Wraps, we are told, are a fun and fast alternative to nail polishes, gels and shellac and won’t damage nails. The Nail Wraps come in great patterns, gorgeous solid colours and fun glitter prints and are available in adult and kids sizes. They usually last 7-10 days.
How much? $8-$15
Where: Narrabeen Markets at Berry Reserve on Sunday 19 December or online www.tillylikes.com.au
Good citizens sunnies
What: Polarised sunnies made from recycled single-use plastic bottles
Who: Good Citizens Sunglasses, based in Dee Why
Why: Good Citizens was born over a family dinner discussion with the kids about global plastic waste. Their recycled, modular sunglasses, made in Dee Why, are like no other pair on the planet. They take discarded single-use plastic bottles and turn them into stylish, thoughtfully made, 100% recycled sunglasses. The sunglasses come with top quality lenses made by Carl Zeiss Vision. The glasses are carbon negative and for every sale, they fund the removal of plastic trash out of the ocean as a gift to the planet. The perfect conscious present for someone who likes to put the planet first.
How much? Polarised $139
What: Phoenix earrings
Who: Mamooco Design Studio, Manly
Why: A lot to choose from but the Phoenix earrings are a standout, named after the ancient, mythical bird symbolising rebirth, healing and internal fire. The stunning 14ct gold handcrafted earrings reminded the designer of the sacred, immortal bird rising up from the flames and ashes. They feature seven feather like hammer-finished drops swinging like ruffled plumage and highlighted with a long tail chain.
How much? Priced at $220
Where: www.mamooco.com @mamooco.designstudio or pop instore to Shop 6 / 27 Belgrave St, Manly. Free postage!
Mighty Good Basics
What: Menswear undies
Who: Mighty Good Basics
Why: Northern Beaches-based ethical underwear brand Mighty Good Basics is one of Australia’s most conscious brands, having just been awarded an A+ rating from the Baptist World Aid’s Ethical Fashion Guide for the 6th year in a row. Their new menswear collection is inspired by the Australian landscape and comes in colours including; Eucalypt Green, Midnight Black and Blue Mountain Haze
How much? $35
Cock and Bowls
What: Ceramic bowls, made in Manly
Who: Cock and Bowls created by Anna, who says she “Likes chickens and I make bowls”
Why: Gorgeous little range of ceramic bowls in all shapes, sizes and colours
How much? About $25 a piece.
Where: Purchase on Instagram @cockandbowls or Facebook Cock and Bowls Ceramics.
Night at the Barrack tickets
What: Tickets to Night at the Barracks at North Head Manly
Who: Night at the Barracks
Why: Our own local fancy concert series! The Barracks at North Head will play host to a festival of the biggest names in music, theatre, ballet, dance, rock operate and jazz for five weekends of performances from Thursday 24 February to Sunday 27 March. It will feature Jessica Mauboy, David Campbell, James Morrison, David Hobson, Lucy Durack, John Foreman and the Aussie Pops Orchestra, Tim Campbell and Bonnie Anderson, The Tap Pack, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Rock Collective and many more.
How much? From $99 plus $3.50 booking fee.
Where: For full schedule and ticketing visit nightatthebarracks.com.au
Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour
What: Gift voucher to The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour
Who: Opera Australia
Why: The first time a major (and new) production of Phantom will be performed outdoors on Sydney Harbour at Mrs Macquaries Point. Ideal for a night out, particularly if you’ve missed the arts and perfect for Phantom fans. Show is on from 25 March- 24 April 2022.
How much? $99 plus $9.80 booking fee
What: Matching linen sets
Who: Hunter Maison, a Northern Beaches-based luxury line and loungewear business
Why: I haven’t seen these in person but the images paint a pretty picture. Full bedding sets including cot sheets, robes and pyjamas. All thoughtfully designed products are 100% Organic French Flax Linen, with matching sets perfect for long summer days and dreamy nights.
How much? $160.00
Where: https://www.huntermaison.com.au/ @hunter.maison
Bec art tiles
What: Wall art tiles
Who: Bec Schopen Original Art Tiles
Why: These mix media wall tiles, lovingly handmade from plaster, quality acrylic paint, resin and gold leaf, are an assemblage. As a Northern Beaches local, Bec is inspired by our beautiful coast so palm trees often feature. If you love art and home decor these art wall tiles make the perfect original handmade gift.
How much? From $49
Happy sailor Frank Green bottle and reusable bags
What: Frank Green reusable bottle
Who: Happy Sailor
Why: Frank Green bottles keep your water cool for hours and last for years. These beautiful, environmentally friendly bottles are great Christmas presents and will ensure you’re remembered for all year round. Some pretty wild and funky colours for friends who like a bit of pop.
How much? $54.95
Where: www.happysailor.com.au. Free delivery.
Woodsman gift box
What: Woodsman Skincare Trio Bundle
Why: Launched just this month, Woodsman Skincare is all about providing Aussie men quality skincare sans the hefty price tag. The range is formulated with vegan, clean and natural ingredients from plant extracts like Magnolia Bark and Licorice Root and natural oils including Tangerine, Bergamot, Avocado, Patchouli and Argan Oil. We were sent a box and highly rate the style, so much so I’m planing on serious brownie points when I regift it at Chrissy. (Ya welks, hubby).
How much? $45
Where: Available in Coles Warringah Mall and via their website https://woodsmanskincare.com/products/dry-sensitive-x-3-pack
What: Surf Sock (or its gift pack)
Who: Surf Sock, Manly
Why: Need a stocking stuffer or a gift for an ocean lover? Surf Socks are the only recycled alternative to plastic bags that help you slide into your wetsuit fast! Simply put the Surf Sock over your foot and slide your wetsuit on. Pull it out and use it on your other foot. It’s that easy! Made in Manly from super thin sail offcuts collected on the Northern Beaches, Surf Socks are tough, durable, reusable and great great for both kids and adults.
How much? $19.95 (free P&H).
Where: Shop online www.surfsock.com.au Free delivery!
See view reading glasses
What: See view reading glasses
Who: See View, based in Manly
Why: Reading glasses that attach to your mobile phone, tablet or laptop so you don’t lose them! They are great gifts for anyone who needs reading glasses for even reading menus at restaurants. We have different lens strengths and four different colours to choose from.
How much? $30
Who: Servd cards
Why: SERVD is the hilarious real-life card game that takes everyday mundane scenarios that come up between either you and your partner or your friend and turns them into actions in a card game, ultimately injecting some fun, strategy, cheekiness and revenge into everyday life. We have a pack and are too lazy to use them, but they are fun to read and imagine actually playing. One day. These cards were created in Manly on Ashburner Street – we always like a local genius. The deck itself comes in five iterations – ‘his & hers’, ‘hers & hers’, ‘his & his’, ‘BFF’s’ and ‘bro’s’. So there is one for your whole Chrissy list.
How much? $24.99
Eco travel pillow
What: Eco travel pillow
Why: The Ecosa memory foam pillow is excellent for travellers, remember them? Included in your Ecosa pillow box are two compression bags – one for rolling and one for flat vacuum packing, allowing you to pack your Ecosa pillow in your suitcase or backpack. No matter whether you’re in a hotel, on the road or camping under the stars, the Ecosa pillow can be compressed and taken all over the world with you. Never wake with a sore neck from a thin, old hotel pillow again. Once I went memory foam I never turned back!
How much? $44.95
Where: Ecosa online
Meraki Fire earrings
What: Spring Daisy Hoops
Who: Meraki Fire
Why: Vibrant pink ceramic hoop earrings, bursting with colour. Inspired by local walks across the Northern Beaches during Spring, where beautiful blooms were a welcome uplift to the endless lockdowns of 2021. Meraki Fire pieces are handcrafted from Australian clays and recycled sterling silver, perfectly paired with an eco conscious style. Beautifully presented in a reusable cotton pouch, it’s heartfelt gifting for loved ones this Christmas.
How much? $50, free local pick up or express post for $7
Where: https://merakifire.com.au/product/spring-pink-hoops/ and @merakifire.ceramics
Good Golly Miss Molly
What: Good Golly It’s Christmas – Christmas themed lolly box from new Beaches lolly dealers
Who: Good Golly Miss Molly was created by two Northern Beaches mums and teachers, who in their journey to teach children about gratitude, saw the opportunity to create sweet thank you gifts for others.
Why: This beautifully packaged Lolly Box is the perfect Christmas gift for those you love or wish to thank. They also offer branded corporate packages and all gifts come with a personalised card.
How much? This box ranges in cost from $15 – $80 including free delivery.
Where: Visit their website or go directly to this link, https://good-golly-miss-molly-sweet-treats.myshopify.com/products/hip-hooray-its-christmas
Vintage Art Emporium
What: A vintage painting, c1900 Nautical Seascape Painting, Oil on Canvas.
Who: Vintage Art Emporium in Manly
Why: If you’re a lover of art, vintage and interiors, visit the Online Art Shop. Vintage Art Emporium is a good place to find original and unique antique and vintage gifts. You know, the ones you won’t get anywhere else.
How much? $395
Where: In store or online https://www.vintageartemporium.com/shop/seascapes/english-c1900-nautical-seascape-2/ Free Shipping for Northern Beaches residents when entering the checkout coupon code: FreeBeachesShipping. @vintageartemporium
Palm Beach candles
What: Palm Beach Collection Pink Hibiscus Fizz and Passionfruit Pavlova Christmas Candles (RRP: $44.95 ea.)
Who: Palm Beach Collection, started in Avalon.
Why: Fill your home (for up to 80 hours) with this delicious original scent, the 420g Standard Soy Candle or the festive-themed range including the Passionfruit Pavlova Christmas Candle. Hand-poured with a double wick for an even burn, these are perfect for that someone special, or simply treat yourself. Hate to eat it, love to smell it.
How much? $44.95
Where: Online https://palmbeachcollection.com.au/collections/christmas/products/pink-hibiscus-fizz-420g-standard-candle
Ada Bel Designs
What: Summer Cocktail Frill Dangle with ball stud top earring
Who: Ada Bel Designs, Northern Beaches
Why: Handmade from polymer clay and resin, with surgical stainless steel ball posts perfect for sensitive ears. They also come with a comfort stud back to provide a perfect sit and prevent drooping. I have about ten pairs and my collection will only grow with each passing pay cheque.
How much? $35.00
What: Plush Beach Ponchos
Who: Bommie Australia, based in Manly
Why: I have been known to wear a towel poncho for a full day long after I’ve left the beach. Handcrafted in Manly, these ponchos come with a bonus plush handy holdall to keep all swim essentials together or anything else that floats your boat. All of their terry towelling range are made locally, fabrics are 100% cotton and carry the Oeko-Tex certification and packaging is home compostable.
How much? $80
Where: https://bommieaustralia.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/bommieaustralia/ https://www.facebook.com/BommieAustralia
Glass art whale
What: Glass Whale tail
Who: Mona Vale glass artist Glassy
Why: Beaches-based Denise Taylor loves working with glass and her creations are developed using a very old method called lamp working (also known as flame and torch working). The beautiful natural environment has influenced the design of her pendants, shells, jellyfish and seahorses. As all pieces are handmade no two pieces are completely alike.
How much? $30
Blush shoes Manly
What: Gift voucher for shoes
Who: Blush Shoes in Manly (easily my fave shoe store on the beaches or anywhere on the planet)
Why: Quality Australian and international shoes – classic styles and seriously just an all-round amazing independent shoe store. No crazy heels; these are more practical shoes with a classic style. Love them.
How much? No minimum spend on the voucher but I would suggest at lest $100.
Where: Simply visit in-store to purchase, or call us on (02) 9977 6479 to purchase over the phone and collect in-store (e-vouchers also available).
Sophisticated Cocktails Co
What: Cosmo Carrie gift box
Who: Sophisticated Cocktails co
Why: A perfect pick for your party gal, this is a cute little box with a grapefruit and rose-infused vodka cosmo premix complete with some cocktail cups and a jar of dried limes. All of their bags are locally crafted and small-batch distilled on the Northern Beaches. They also lay claim to a eco-friendly goon bag. What’s not to like?
How much? $150
What: Christmas Gift Box
Who: Sweet Atelier, based in Cromer
Why: Sweet Atelier has created the perfect gift for those with a sweet tooth. This lovely Christmas gift box has a selection of handcrafted marshmallows, hand tempered Belgian mixed chocolate barks, gingerbread cookie Christmas wreath, madeleine cookies, honeycomb bark and pistachio, rose, strawberry and cranberry white chocolate fudge. There are 12 different marshmallows flavours to choose from.This gift box is sure to absolutely spoil and please!
How much: $69.99
Where: https://www.sweetatelier.com.au/product-page/christmas-gift-boxx and also Astin Min Fine Foods in Collaroy.
Love to Bake – Rocky Road Wreath
What: Xmas Rocky Road Wreaths
Who: Love to Bake, North Curl Curl
Why: Looking for a sweet Xmas gift that’s great for everyone, from family members and friends to colleagues? At 18cm diameter and 8cm high you can order this delicious wreath up until Christmas week.
How much? $40
Where: Contact Fiona for more information – 0422 187 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Honey gift pack
Who: Curly Honey
Why: Pure raw honey curated from backyard beekeepers across the Northern Beaches, Sydney and NSW. Nothing added, just full of nature and meticulously produced in small batches by beekeepers who love their bees. Ideal for teachers, friends and neighbours, the 300g duo pack comes with an enviro bag and plantable seed gift card.
How much? From $35
Where: Visit @curlcurlhoney on Facebook or Instagram or contact 0404 052 530 (SMS or What’s App) to order and pick up from North Curl Curl. Free local delivery for multiple orders. https://curlyhoney.com.au/
What: Entertainer’s Pack – gourmet jam or chutney gift pack
Who: The Sticky Pot, Dee Why based
Why: Delicious preserves locally handcrafted and presented in a plastic free gift hamper? Yes please!
Inhabitants of Manly art
What: Inhabitants of Manly Art Prints
Who: Local artist Frances Naylor
Why: The Inhabitants of Manly print collection is inspired by some of the awesome names given to the sea life that live in and around Manly, such as the Fairy Penguin, Weedy Sea Dragon, Gloomy Octopus, Grey Nurse Shark and Eastern Cleaner Clingfish, all wafting around our waters. Each print depicts the sea creature and brings to life its name in a light hearted way with an explanation about how and why they got these names. Perfect as a Christmas gift for those who love local sea life or as lovely souvenir for visitors
How much? A4 print $33; A3 $63; A2 $103.
Where: Frances Naylor- http://francesnaylor.com.au Free pick up from North Manly for anyone buying locally.
Huski wine cooler
What: Huski Wine Cooler
Why: Did everyone kelse now this was a thing? Because I think it’s great and I haven’t spotted one before, so it makes the list. The Huski Wine Cooler keeps wine chilled for up to six hours. Store, transport and pour wine, all while your bottle is in the Huski. It works off the shelf with no ice needed – simply grab a chilled bottle from the fridge, pop it in the Huski and it’s ready to go. A great gift for those looking for something a bit special that blends style and functionality. Ideal for entertaining at home, around the BBQ, on the boat, or anywhere in between.
How much? $84.99
Hot tea mamma
What: Christmas Tea and Snowflake Biscuit Set
Who: Hottea Mama
Why: A perfect Christmas treat of mulled fruit tea and festive biscuits. The Baby It’s Cold Outside Christmas whole-leaf tea was developed as a caffeine and alcohol-free treat, with an infusion of grapes for sweetness, hibiscus and rosehip for colour and a slight bite. It’s blended with sweet festive spices including cinnamon, lemon and orange peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom pods and all spice. It’s Christmas in a cup paired with a handmade biscuit with fondant icing. Each one of our snowflake biscuits is made by Sugar Rush by Steph
How much? $18
What: Mrs Toddy’s Glow Tonic
Who: Founded by Northern Beaches Mum Sophie Todd
Why: Mrs Toddy’s Glow Tonic is packed with gut-happy goodies like rose, hibiscus and collagen to support recharging your skin cells. A nice little stocking stuffer, but would also shine as a stand alone.
How much? $5
Where: https://mrstoddystonic.com and various supermarkets
Butterboy Cookies – Manly Corso
What: Butter Boy Christmas Cookies
Who: Butter Boy on Manly Corso
Why: Butterboy Christmas Cookies come in three flavours: gingerbread, white chocolate, peppermint and charcoal cookie with peppermint ganache, and Pavolva Brownie Sandwich. Perfect for the friend or family member who has no limits to their sweet tooth.
How much? $6.80 each
Where: Christmas Cookies will be available to purchase from the 1st of December at Butterboy, Level 1/74-78 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095.
Happy planet toys
What: Happy Planet Toys Reef Express Bath Toy Set
Who: Happy planet toys, recycled toys based on Northern Beaches
Why: Northern Beaches mum Miranda Davidson has taken recycling to the next level and created Happy Planet Toys, the first Australian-made closed loop range of bright, fun toys, made from 100% recycled milk bottles. All Happy Planet materials are BPA-free and fully recyclable and make the perfect Christmas gift to delight children and satisfy parents they are helping out planet.
How much? $44.95
Where: Purchase online from Happy Planet website https://happyplanettoys.com.au/collections/our-toys/products/the-reef-express-and-the-reef-rescue-crew as well as from selected retailers nationally.
Kangaroo Beach merch – straight outta Manly !
What: Kangaroo Beach merch, cute rashy
Who: The clever folks of Cheeky Little Productions based in Manly!
Why: Kangaroo Beach is a locally made animated 26-part TV series, featuring joey Pounce, a wannabe-hero lifeguard, platypus Gemma, a mini-marine biologist, wombat Neville, an expert sandcastle digger and koala Frizzy, an all-singing, all-dancing, fabulous triple threat, training as junior cadets with their lifeguard heroes tp keep the water safe at Kangaroo Beach. Currently on ABC and iview and a favourite of my son’s.
How much? From $12, rash vest is $16
Where: Launching this month in Target stores everywhere.everywhere.
What: Moochies Connect and Odyssey watch – a kids’ watch like a phone with parental controls
Why: Moochies’ watches are designed to help kids aged between four and 12-years-old develop their independence, while giving parents peace of mind their children are safe and always contactable. The watches allow kids to make phone and video calls and send text messages, while parents can keep an eye on their children’s whereabouts through GPS tracking on the free Moochies App. Parents can also set a geofence, alerting them when their children leave a pre-set area. Odyssey will be released early next year and will also has other cool options like Spotify. The waterproof watches are a good choice for suitably paranoid parents, I’m going to give one a try.
How much? From $179
Where: Harvey Norman, JB Hifi, and Officeworks.
What: Christmas POSCA Pen Rock Painting and Tea Towel Pack
Who: Expressions Creative, North Manly
Why: Create beautiful Christmas gifts and rocks with our POSCA Pen rock painting and tea towel pack, perfecto for children, teenagers and adults who love to draw and colour. Our sustainable tea towels are manufactured from ethically grown 100% organic cotton in a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified factory.
How much? $100 including free shipping or FREE with NSW Creative Kids Vouchers
Emotions cards – Creative Sprout
What: Emotions cards for kids
Who: Creative Sprout , Manly
Why: Thoughtfully designed to help little ones recognise and manage their big feelings. Our locally designed and made Emotions Cards feature hand illustrated children expressing a range of emotions. On the back is a set of questions that will encourage children to open up about their feelings, and encourage them to express them, along with appropriate activities to help self-regulate when experiencing each emotion. This set of 20 cards have protective finishing and a drawstring bag for safekeeping. A great gift idea for ages 3+.
How much? $34.95