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Local presents you can buy contact free before Friday

Are you a last minute Christmas present buyer caught out by the local lockdown? We are compiling a list of local businesses who can get a gift to you through contactless delivery or pick up before the big day. Check it out:

Hampers from the Hood

Hampers from the Hood, Queenscliff. Hampers from the Hood offer gift hampers made up of eco-friendly products created by a range of local artists, makers and small businesse right here on the Northern Beaches. It’s all about locals supporting locals! Order and pay through the Website at www.hampersfromthehood.com.au Delivery is $10 to the Northern Beaches only (no pick up available). Any questions contact hello@hampersfromthehood.com.au


Blaek Store, Manly, offers ethical, sustainable and organic gifts. They are taking online purchases that can be picked up Christmas Eve. They offer everything from clothes and jewellery to homewares and stationery. Check out their website.

The Tie Collective sells dapper ties, bow ties and cuff links. They are happy to put together a box that suits needs and budget. Check out their Instagram @thetiecollective and send a DM to order.

Shore diving in Cabbage Tree Bay

Dive Centre Manly’s gift certificate range is available for purchase online. These can be purchased over the phone or via their online store. Certificates are delivered via email.

Manly Food Co-op

Manly Food Co-Op is taking most gift and food orders online which can be picked up tomorrow (Christmas Eve!). Just visit their website to put in your order.


Bioteclonia Solutions turned into Beaches Bath and Body after hand sanitiser reduced in demand.


Beaches Bath & Body, Brookvale. “We started as Bioteclonia in March when the pandemic started. We were making hand sanitisers using Australian ethanol from Queensland sugar cane to meet the demand until all the Chinese products flooded the market. We moved on to making skincare products and soaps (named after our NB beaches!) under Beaches Bath & Body.” Shop online with contactless free delivery in NB: www.bioteclonia.com.au


Surf Sock

Surf Sock, Manly. Sustainable gifts made from sailcloth offcuts collected on the Northern Beaches, order and pay online. Will deliver Spit to Mona Vale or contactless collection from Manly, phone 0416 152 409.


Bundel, Manly. Thoughtful and uncomplicated gifts and hampers for mum and baby that also care for our planet.  Pickup in Manly on Christmas Eve (use code ‘PICKUP’ at checkout to remove all delivery costs. Visit https://bundel.com.au/

Chunky Dave’s Peanut Butter

Chunky Dave’s Peanut Butter, Manly Vale. Chilli, Chunky or Original Peanut Butter. Made with Australian Peanuts. No Added Rubbish, Vegan Friendly. $10 Small Jar, $30 1L Jar (limited Large stock). Pick Up From Manly Vale. Bianca: 0424229186   Good stocking fillers.  Tap & Go, Credit Card over the phone, Cash (will be placed in a bag and cleaned).

Bliss Bites in Dee Why is creating cute hampers with a healthy Nutella and a Turmeric Cinnamon Spread, sweetened with Natvia, Gluten Free, Vegan, and Keto friendly. The hampers cost $35 and include free delivery. Contact on Instagram direct message or 0421 566 326.

Ben Williams Gallery. Ben provides bespoke wall prints of our stunning Northern Beaches landscape. It won’t be framed in time for Christmas but you can choose a suburb and share an image of what will come their way in the New Year: https://benwilliams.gallery/collections/all/manly

Bare Beauty House

Bare Beauty House, Manly.  is a sustainable hair and beauty salon offering both email and physical gift vouchers to be picked up. They can be purchased online.

Ship me Toyz. Usually a regular at Palm Beach markets, this year they are offering free contactless delivery. Toys from newborn to five years. DM first and they will give a discount! https://shipmetoys.com.au/ IG https://www.instagram.com/shipmetoysoz/

Horsepower Skills For Life, a Clontarf business with sessions in Galston, provides email gift vouchers via bank transfer. www.horsepowerskillsforlife.com.au

Holimoods, Brookvale. A range of ecofriendly accessories. Beach bags, little pouches, and cosmetic bags are made from organic cotton, jute or recycled ricebags. They are all with an exotic/summer/beach vibe Free gift wrapping & free delivery along the Northern Beaches. Visit www.holimoods.com.au

Danica from Nique Jewellery in Balgowlah

Nique Jewellery, Balgowlah. “While there is not time for bespoke pieces, I still have collection items that can have contact free pick up from Sydney Road Balgowlah or from my home in Fairlight if after hours. I could even drop off if need be. See our website or the insta / facebook shop or DM for what is in stock. @niquejewellery

Christine’s Apothecary, Northern Beaches. Natural bath, shower and body products, whipped soap, candles in mosaic holders and wax melts, contact:  www.christinesapothecary.com

Want to make our list?  There’s no charge, this is a community service to help local business and residents caught out by the pandemic. Contact Kim Smee via editor@manlyobserver.com.au

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