It used to be that creating something beautiful that was also kind on the wallet…
Our local makers, creatives, small business and hospitality families have faced an uphill battle in 2021—so why not show them some serious love this Christmas?
Spoil your loved ones with a beautiful, locally-shopped gift that supports the community. As per our own HerCanberra tradition, we’ve brought back our annual Christmas Local Lust List to make it easy for you.
They had us at ‘Skywhale socks’. Capital Socks has teamed up with Canberra-based artists to bring you socks that showcase our culture and community (be sure to check out their mugs and coasters, too!)
Canberra Icons Gift Box
Wear Canberra on your feet with the city’s icons: Skywhale and Telstra Tower, Parliament House and hot air balloons, Belconnen Owl, and Canberra Trams.
Designed in Canberra, these socks are made of 80% combed cotton, 17% spandex, 3% elastic for all-day comfort, and are available in men’s and women’s sizes.
RRP $64 from capitalsocks.com.au.
Canberra Icons and Australiana
From Major Mitchells to Canberra bus shelters, Capital Socks’ range of Canberra Icons and Australiana designs offer a super-cute way to display your national and local pride.
RRP $20 from capitalsocks.com.au.
Home of the best curation of rare-find, sustainable designer homewares, Gingerfinch is our go-to when looking for a unique item that’s more than pretty. Shop online anytime or visit the studio at 5 Geelong Street, Fyshwick – by appointment only.
Poet’s Dream Pedestal Bowl
Forged Steel Artisanal Cheese Knife
5 Geelong Street, Fyshwick (by appointment only | 02 6147 6740 | gingerfinch.com.au
We all know a gin lover (or are one yourself *ahem*), so Wildbrumby gin is hard to go past when looking for the perfect gift.
With a fresh and contemporary aromatic profile, the Classic Wildbrumby Gin was a gold medallist at the 2016 Melbourne International Spirits Competition and features specially selected juniper and other botanicals blended with organic citrus fruit sourced from the family orchard. The result is an exceptionally satisfying gin with a very smooth ‘mouthfeel’ that will have any gin connoisseur falling in love.
Classic Wildbrumby Gin 40% (700mL)
Rubus Patch Gin 40% (700mL)
With its gentler notes of rose, cardamom, coriander and mountain pepper berry, the Rubus Patch Gin has a complex, yet smooth floral finish that can be enjoyed neat, or paired with elderflower or other mixers of choice. Blended with organically home-grown raspberries, ’rubus patch’ was a gold medallist at the 2017 Melbourne International Spirits Competition and as the original Australian pink gin, it’s the perfect gift to cheers the Christmas season.
Alpine Way, Thredbo, NSW 2625 | 02 64571447| wildbrumby.com/
Located in the heart of the picturesque Snowy Mountains, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is only a short two-hour drive from Canberra—perfect for an easy getaway.
Gift the Experience of Lake Crackenback
Give the gift of a luxurious weekend away at Lake Crackenback Resort—it provides a variety of activities including a spa, taste testing the food of the region in the two restaurants and a nine-hole golf course.
Looking to explore the surroundings? You’ll have easy access to some of the best trout fishing in the country, mountain tracks for biking and walking, and of course, the snow slopes in winter.
RRP: Starting from $50
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, 1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback | lakecrackenback.com.au
Pialligo Food Emporium
Located outside Kitchen Garden at Rodneys, Pialligo Food Emporium stocks a large variety of thoughtfully crafted, locally owned and hard to come by international food products, perfect for the foodie in your life. Not sure what to get them? A grazing board and picnic rug is always a good choice.
Grazing board for four
Wandering Folk Picnic Rug
24 Beltana Road, Pialligo, 2609 | pialligofoodemporium.com
The Canberra Distillery
The Gin Cube
Another one that’s at the top of our Christmas lists is ‘The Gin Cube’—think: a Christmas hamper, gin style. Featuring a 200ml bottle of their Signature Gin, Blood Orange & Gin, Sloe Gin and, of course, our very own HerCanberra French Earl Grey Gin, this will win over every cocktail lover.
The Mini Cube
If you’re not sure which is your favorite, why not make a mini commitment to all of them? The Mini Cube has a simple size of their Blood Orange Gin, French Earl Grey Gin, Summer Gin and Sloe Gin, making choosing a favourite a whole lot easier.
French Earl Grey Gin
If you haven’t heard about the HerCanberra gin, let us introduce you to a gin that can’t be beat. Teaming up with The Canberra Distillery and the Tea Garden, the French Earl Grey Gin is delicate and fragrant with infusions of bergamot and lavender. Just like its namesake, it is perfect for any time of day. Just add some tonic water and the deep blue gin changes to a beautiful pink!
Blood Orange & Gin
Perfect for old-fashioned spirit lovers, the Blood Orange & Gin is the real deal. Made from fruit and spice with the focus on the rich and sweet aromas of the blood orange, it’s brought together with ingredients from other small growers and producers. Best enjoyed straight or with mineral water, add it to a cocktail for some extra OOMPH.
Single Release Rum
If you have a rum lover in your life, don’t you worry: Canberra Distillery Single Release Rum is here to save the day.
Their first release of rum has been fermented, distilled, barrelled, aged and bottled in Mitchell, using the traditional, slow process of making and maturing this iconic spirit. It is a molasses and cane-based rum, fermented to create stronger congeners for a classic rum aroma, which is then pot-distilled. At the end of this ageing process, there was just one small barrel of rum left and it is delicious! This is an extremely smooth and sweet rum with notes of dried fruit, dates and vanilla. It is best enjoyed straight or over ice.
Unit 1/70 Dacre St, Mitchell | thecanberradistillery.com.au/
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre
Craft ACT supports local artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage in their careers. It’s the perfect place to pick up a bespoke gift for someone special in your life.
F!NK Water Jug
An Australian design classic, Robert Foster’s water jug is F!NK’s signature piece and one the most recognisable objects to come out of Canberra. The coloured anodised aluminium F!NK jug fits perfectly into any household or boardroom and is a must for design collectors.
RRP: Starting from $395
Assorted Tjanpi Desert Weavers woven baskets
Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, is a dynamic social enterprise of the NPY Women’s council. Tjanpi (meaning ‘dry grass’) supports Aboriginal women living in remote Central and Western desert communities to create contemporary fibre art. When collecting desert grasses (minarri, wangurnu and yilintji), women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families, and teach children about Country. Grass is bound with wool, string or raffia and combined with yinirnti (red seeds of the bat-wing coral tree) and wipiya (emu feathers).
RRP: Starting from $85
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra | 6262 9333 | craftact.org.au
Peli & Co
You know those gifts that you wouldn’t buy for yourself but would love to receive because they feel so luxurious? Well, Peli & Co. is the one-stop-shop for exactly that.
The lovely Lisa, AKA the talented hands and nose behind Peli & Co, creates quality hand-poured soy wax candles, reed diffusers, jewellery and the list goes on.
Peli & Co Joy Gift Box
Extra Large RRP: $38 | Medium RRP: $28
Dough It Yourself
Delicious, thick and flavourful, these Christmas boxes from Dough It Yourself have everything you need for a sweet gift this Christmas. Choose from The Classic Dough Box, The Sweet Pick Box, The Holiday Box or buy individual cookie dough (flavours include Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Lotus Biscoff, Peanut Butter, White Chocolate & Macadamia) for easy holiday baking!
Christmas Cookie Dough Boxes
RRP: Starting from $70
Individual Cookie Dough Rolls
RRP: Starting from $13
BLAC Sneaker Co
The perfect gift for conscious consumers; local and sustainable sneaker brand BLAC is the gift that keeps giving.
Not only are their hemp and BCI cotton sneakers eco-friendly and ethically made – BLAC Sneaker have committed to planting five trees for every pair of sneakers sold until the end of the year. Available in both black and white, this unisex sneaker is the perfect gift for a loved one and a gift to the globe!
WILUNA Flower Studio
Beautiful, elegant and stunning in any space, give the gift of botanical artworks from WILUNA Flower Studio.
Customised Dried Wall Hangers
Shop online or in store for a beautiful and imaginative dried wall hanger. Choose from wreaths to botanical artworks full of whimsical texture in either neutrals or with a pop of colour. Custom orders are also available, contact one of the friendly team to find out more.
Fresh Gift Bouquets
There’s lots to choose from at WILUNA. Purchase the new ‘WILUNA WEEKLY’ for fresh floral made with 100% locally grown blooms that change week to week with the seasons, or ‘Flower Therapy Subscriptions’, the gift that keeps on giving. Look out for the new Grab + Go fresh ‘Lucky Dip’ posies starting from $38, or spoil someone with a signature Luxe Gift Bouquet.
RRP: Flower Therapy Subscription from $18.50 | Lucky Dips from $38 | WILUNA WEEKLY $59 | Luxe Gift Bouquets $85 – $300
WILUNA Concept Store, Unit 1, 3 Wiluna Street, Fyshwick | wiluna.com.au
National Museum of Australia Shop
The National Museum of Australia’s boutique store has always been our go-to for perfect pressies for stocking fillers or Australian-made secret Santa gifts that don’t suck.
For Everyone–Better World Arts Steel salad bowl and salad servers
RRP: Better World Arts Steel Salad bowl featuring artwork by Nora Nyutanka Davidson $60; Better World Arts Wooden Salad Servers featuring artwork by Anmanari Brown $16 each.
Tea Lovers –The Rabbit Hole Tea Sampler
The Little Ones –Halcyon Nights short sleeve bodysuit in Outback Dreamers design, matching booties and Cockatoo Roly Poly
RRP: Halcyon Nights short sleeve bodysuit in Outback Dreamers design $32 | Matching booties $22 | Cockatoo Roly Poly $32
Her – Vahy Desert Nomad Parfum, Elk Peitto Pouch, Alison Jackson Small Wing Stainless Steel Earrings
RRP: Vahy Desert Nomad Parfum 50ml $240 | Elk Peitto Pouch $149 | Alison Jackson Small Wing Stainless Steel Earrings $145
Pet Lovers – PawDinkum Pup’s First Treats, Doggy Paddle Bath Salts and Woof Fresh Spray
RRP: PawDinkum Pup’s First Treats $24 | Doggy Paddle Bath Salts $28 | Woof Fresh Spray $25
The Museum Shop, National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton | 6208 5222 | shop.nma.gov.au
Leafy Sea Dragon Artwork
Unique, Quirky and Vibrant, these are the three elements of Leafy Dragon Artwork, which celebrate Canberra’s urban landscapes and diverse culture through a range of unique artistic products, including digital lino prints, t-towels, cards and posters.
With over 200 designs to choose from, Leafy Sea Dragon Artwork provides the ideal gift for almost anyone this Christmas.
Xmas Gift Pack
Ultimate Xmas Gift Pack
Offering serious jewellery for the young at heart, KIN Gallery is helping you give the gift of wearable art this Christmas. Choose from popular brands like Emma Kidson, Aimee Sutanto and Kate Sutherland or have something specially made for your loved one.
Laura Eyles Mother of Pearl Studs
Leonie Simpson Suki Earrings
Sarah Murphy Shine Dome Earrings
Susan McGinness Split Bangle
Danielle Lo- Cluster Ring No.1.
G06/27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon| www.kin.gallery
Pialligo Market Grocer
Give the gift of indulgence this Christmas with a scrumptious selection of Pialligo Estate Hampers, perfect for the foodies in your life.
Indulgent Christmas Hampers
Whether you want to honour your guests at home to get the party started in style or deliver a box of all out YUM to clients or friends, do it with an exquisite Pialligo Hamper. Featuring their award-winning Smokehouse meats, sweet treats, savoury snacks and exclusive gourmet delights. Jump online and choose your favourite or talk with the team about curating something bespoke just for you.
When you give a Pialligo Hamper, you support their network of over 250 regional family producers making it 100% Australian–Oi Oi Oi! Stocks are limited so pre-order today and collect just in time for Christmas!
RRP: Ranging from $78 – $175
The Plot, 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo | pialligomarketgrocer.com
BentSpoke Brewing Co.
Making it through another year deserves a big cheers! Enter BentSpoke Brewing Co: Canberra’s own brewing company who always sells a good bevvy.
Craft Beer Christmas Pack!
As our own creative hub, POP Canberra showcases a wide selection of Canberra’s best local wares, ranging from artisan food through to art, jewellery, tea, local spirits and home accessories. With something for everyone, it’s easy to sprinkle a little bit of local love.
POP Punch Candle Collection
Their signature range of handcrafted candles will transport you to a tropical island in the sun. Think lashings of pineapple, passionfruit, orange and lingering sweet summer days. Available in a range of sizes, shapes and crafted materials.
RRP: $10 – $110
POP Punch Tea
Dreaming of long, hot, splashy summer days? Throw in some ice and you’re basically on a holiday in the sun with this deliciously quenching punch of flavour. Made in collaboration with Tea Garden Co, this recreation of a tropical island cocktail is perfect as an iced tea, chilled, all summer long.
27 Lonsdale St, Braddon | popcanberra.com
Support amazing local makers at Canberra Glassworks this festive season! As one of Australia’s leading centres for contemporary glass art, craft, and design, they are dedicated to championing the extraordinary skills of artists.
Serve up Christmas on a glass Canberra platter! Thoughtfully designed by local glass artist, Jacqueline Knight and skilfully hand made by the Canberra Glassworks inhouse production team, the Continuum Platter is essential for an eye catching Christmas spread. Add a pop of colour from their gorgeous range of teal and cobalt, apricot and purple, lime and grey, and purple and cobalt.
Solitaire with Chelsea Lemon
After months of lockdown, enjoy some quality family time away from the screen! This handcrafted Solitaire game is an exclusive collaborative project with Canberra based timber maker, Chelsea Lemon. Inspired by traditional marble games and mid-century design, the game board features Lemon’s iconic marquetry and Canberra Glassworks hand blown marbles.
Shop 7 days a week with their extended trading from Monday 13 December until Christmas Eve.
11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, Canberra | 6260 7005 | canberraglassworks.com
Spread love and joy this Christmas with Sweetest Moments. This local business creates elegant chocolate wreaths, bottle bouquets and sweet gifts, as well as the perfect Christmas gifts that will bring a smile to your loved ones. This year they have a very merry offer: Get Christmas ready with Sweetest Moments and receive 20% off all of the Xmax Collection, including festive chocolate wreaths, elegant centrepieces for the Christmas table and bottle bouquet gifts. You better hurry, a sale this good won’t last long.
Christmas Ferrero Tree