Christmas is truly underway with the floating Christmas tree lighting up the bay and a spectacular projection mapping on City Hall. Have you got all your Christmas presents together? If not, then you’re in the right place. We’ve put together our top recommendations of gifts to give colleagues, business partners, family and friends all the while supporting one of our fabulous Chamber members. Need a present for someone who is impossible to buy for, for those you want to spend more special time with, that love a local wine or those that are environmentally conscious? Look no further, we’ve put together some ideas.
For the ones you long to make lasting memories with
Zip up a wetsuit and dive into the deep blue sea for a once in a lifetime experience. Sea All Dolphin Swims presents award-winning, natural, wildlife experiences. During their dolphin and seal swim tour, go on a 3.5 hour boat ride to experience the marine mammals up close and personal. Or stay your distance (and stay dry) while watching from the boat.
For those that have absolutely everything
For that special someone in your life who already has absolutely everything, take a trip to the Geelong Gallery Store to find a unique gift. Delve into their hand-picked range of homewares, designer jewellery, textiles, books and Gallery publications. Focusing on bespoke, creative and aesthetical products, the Geelong Gallery has something in store for anyone this Christmas.
For the ethical steak gourmet
For the gourmet meat lover in your life, it’s always an excellent idea to gift a food basket. But not just any. Make it the best of the best. In which case, Provenir is the place to go. Provenir is an ethical beef online butcher that provides 100% true paddock to plate beef. Grab the Premium Pack of Provenance including three Grass-fed Rib-Eye Steaks, a Scotch Fillet twin pack, Eye-fillet twin pack, two Vital Origin Tallow, two Roasted Bone Broths and two Heat & Serve Briskets along with two matching Amherst wines.
For the one with the classic car
Collecting a vintage car is more than a hobby. And for those, Riccardo Photography offers classic car photos with their beloved road racers and their families. If you’re in need for a gift for a classic car enthusiast, then Riccardo is your go-to. He also offers family portraits and other portrait options, too.
For the outdoorsy-type
For the sun lovers and those that can’t spend a day without being outside, local optometrist Eye Gallery has a present in store for them – literally. In their Highton or Armstrong Creek boutique optometrist practice a sunglass and glasses expert will walk you through different sunnies until you find the perfect pair – or order stylish glasses or sunglasses from their store online.
For the wine connoisseur
Who doesn’t love a good drop? Head in to Union Cellars either in town or in their Herne Hill shop to pick up a grape special for that wine connoisseur that you’re looking to impress. With wines ranging from the Rheingau region in Germany to a beautiful red Barolo from Piedmont in Italy, Union Cellars specialise in getting the best wines from all over the world straight into our beautiful city of Geelong.
For the environment-conscious fashionista
For those that aim to create a sustainable, environmentally friendly world while also looking fashionable, Pre Loved Geelong sells on trend, second hand styles and is Geelong’s largest pre-loved consignment store. With women’s clothes ranging from size 6 to 18+, and clothes, shoes and accessories available from Australian and International designer brands, the whole collection showcases a diverse range of outfits to chose from.
For those that like to capture the fleeting moment
Children grow and change every single day and before parents know it, they are fully grown. Capture the fleeting moment with Five Graces Photography who specialize in children’s and family photo shoots. Gift your family a special outing and capture your little ones in a stunning family photoshoot. Enjoy a fun filled 45-minute family photoshoot at the location of your choice and receive 10 beautifully retouched photos.
For the love of local wine
Need a gift for someone who loves a good local wine? Then head straight to Geelong Cellar Door in Little Malop Street. Stepping into the old world charm of Geelong Cellar Door, Jon and his team will help you find a special bottle of local vino to gift to a local legend.
For the gourmets in your life
For the epicurean, Epic Taste Experiences offers local wine and food excursions around the region. Choose their Epic Taste Experience Tour to taste award-winning wines, get a wine and food pairing masterclass by a head chef and sample locally produced culinary delights or get in touch to grab a corporate gift hamper sourced from local artisan producers. They offer free delivery for the hampers around Geelong, Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and Surf Coast. Businesses can share a little taste experience of our region with their clients and team while supporting local. Win win!
For the one with the contagious laughter
We all have that person in our life whose laughter is absolutely contagious. Why not gift them a ticket to an LGF Comedy night? Get your giggle on with one of their top comedians coming straight to you from Geelong West Town Hall. Food and drinks are available on the night to keep your stomach from grumbling with live music accompanying the meal. Great comic names headline the evening, such as David Thornton and Claire Hooper to keep the laughter going all night long.
For the crafty one
Know someone crafty who would be ecstatic to learn a new skill in a fun setting? Send them to art school at art’sKool. No matter their age, arts’Kool offers art and pottery workshops and classes for kids, teenagers and adults alike at their Ocean Grove venue.
For those that grow up way to quickly
Taking baby photos to the next level, Sugar Images are award-winning photographers that take newborn and family photos in their custom designed studio location. Gift a one-of-a-kind newborn photo session or get stunning kids’ portraits or family photos.
For the perfect lawn enthusiast
The perfectly trimmed lawn is a Greater Geelong specialty that many of us pride ourselves on. For all your loved one’s mowing needs, head to Drysdale Mowers. Why not check out their ride-on mowers or, if you’re on the Bellarine Peninsula, get your equipment checked with their complimentary pick up and drop off service?
For the specialty food devotee
The Gourmet Pantry is Australia’s #1 online gourmet food destination, with a huge range of gourmet food, gourmet gifts, and gourmet hampers to choose from featuring the finest gourmet products from Australia & the world. Check out their range of Luxury Gourmet Hampers including the G.H.Mumm Premium Champagne & Christmas Selection Hamper. They can send direct to door Australia-wide with a personalised message or click and collect is available from Torquay.
For the one that likes a shopping spree
For those in the northern suburbs of our beautiful city, head to Corio Village for your shopping frenzy. Offering heaps of Christmas specials and events, Corio Village has an impressive range of major and specialty retailers to choose your Christmas gifts from.
For the one with the creative streak
For the creative mind, grab some art supplies from Geelong Art Supplies in Ryrie Street. Whether it’s pottery supplies, textile, printmaking, pastel or oil paints, easles, brushes or other, the helpful staff there will surely assist you in getting all art supplies needed to gift a fun DYI art project.
For the home improvement enthusiast
We all have that home improvement enthusiast in our lives that always has a project going. Whether they are looking to revamp their garden or home, Fagg’s Mitre 10 is the hardware shop for you. They provide a wide range of products across their four locations and exceptional service, too. From a Weber BBQ to Kings Outdoor Adventure and indoor to outdoor furniture, Fagg’s Mitre 10 is your one stop shop.
For the wine and food aficionado
Making unique memories is one of the most exceptional gifts you can give anyone. Memories last a lifetime. Outstanding VIP experiences are provided by Bella Moora, such as the Bella Bellarine VIP Experience. Treat your special someone to panoramic views, beautiful beaches along with delicious wine and food treats.
For the last minute purchase
Need a last-minute gift for a friend you remembered last minute? For casual gifting, simply head to one of our local malls for quick inspiration. Market Square Shopping Centre in town was named after the original town square of Geelong on which the shopping centre was built. Ranging from electronics, fashion, food, health & beauty and homewares & craft to kids and services, Market Square offers a variety of stores all in one easy-to-navigate shopping mall smack-bang in the centre of town.
This article was written by Geelong Chamber digital marketing & content development specialist, Christina Street. To get in touch, please email email@example.com.