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HerCanberra’s Christmas Lust List 2020: Part I

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Christmas is all about tradition, and if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes we need new traditions.

So we’re proposing a new tradition for Christmas 2020. This year, let’s make Christmas all about local.

Our local makers, creatives, small business and hospitality family have faced an uphill battle in 2020—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 Lust List to make it easy for you.

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.

Dachshund Through the Snow sock card

RRP $20

Bespoke – Endeavour Voyage Jigsaw Puzzle

RRP $35

Her – Elms & King Fairlight Pouch in Tan

RRP $79.95

The Little Ones – Portrait of Australia Memory Game

RRP $30

The Museum Shop, National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton | 02 6208 5222 | shop.nma.gov.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.

Deluxe Christmas Gift Box

RRP $85

Medium Candle

RRP $23

Large Black Diffuser

RRP $25


Lake Crackenback 

Treat your loved one to a luxurious weekend away at Lake Crackenback Resort. Located in the heart of the picturesque Snowy Mountains, it is only a short two-hour drive from Canberra—perfect for an easy getaway.

Lake Crackenback Resort 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 walking and bike riding and, of course, the snow slopes in winter.

Gift the Experience of Lake Crackenback

Starting from $50

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, 1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback | lakecrackenback.com.au

Canberra Distillery

We’ve looked far and wide and have officially come across the best present to gift our gin lovers (ahem, it’s also on the top of our Christmas lists too…).

Our friends at The Canberra Distillery have created ‘The Gin Cube’—think: a Christmas hamper, gin style. Featuring 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 Gin Cube

RRP $100

Take it one step further by helping your loved ones elevate their G&T in their own home.

‘The Market to Glass’ gin kit is a collaboration between Canberra Distillery and Ziggys Fresh, creating a box of garnishes including dried citrus, juniper, lavender, fennel, pink peppercorn and star anise. Oh, and they also tucked a 200ml bottle of their Blood Orange & Gin in there. Cocktails, ahoy!

Market to Glass Kit

RRP $65


Leafy 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.

Calendar 2021 – The 1.5 metre Rule

RRP $30

The Road Ahead – Playing Cards

RRP $15

T-Towels (6 designs – incl. The Road Ahead) 100% cotton

RRP $20


Rascal Treats

Rascals Treats have your fur baby covered this Christmas with their selection of Christmas-themed dog treats.

Each eco-friendly compostable pack contains a mix of their beetroot, pumpkin and green pea varieties. All their treats are plant-based, made with fresh and healthy human-grade ingredients.

The treats also contain no nasties including fillers, salts, oils, grains, preservatives or fats.

Three Wise Rascals Pack

RRP from $11.99


Want to give a gift for a good cause?

Gungahlin resident Natalie Tanchevski never thought she’d be giving 160 Canberra families a brighter Christmas. But that’s exactly what she did last December 2019, raising $16,000 in three weeks to be turned into $100 grocery gift cards for families in need.

This Christmas, she’s aiming even higher—and widening the scope of donations—aiming for $100,000 to help the Salvos assist 1000 families across Canberra, Queanbeyan, Yass, Cooma and Goulburn in a heart-warming new campaign—Hundreds For Thousands.

Donations will be turned into grocery cards, allowing individuals, couples or families in need to put their favourite foods on the table this Christmas, and spread a little cheer.

Read more about Hundreds For Thousands here.

From $10



We are in absolute awe over Flock’s adorable wall hangings. Hand knitted and stitched together in Harriet’s studio in Canberra, they’re the perfect gift for kids, babies or to be mums and dads.

Knitted with 100% Cotton with lightweight plywood inside and completed with metal hanging hook for easy display, if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on the website, don’t hesitate to ask for a custom design of your own pet.

Wall Hanging

RRP from $90

@flockaustralia | etsy.com/au/shop/FlockAustralia

The Beautique

The Beautique in Franklin is not just a beauty space. The atmospheric store offers a curated selection of Australian brands and lifestyle products, each item carefully selected to celebrate beauty, wellness and mindfulness.

Owner and HerCanberra girl crush Jessica Peris believes in making you feel good on the inside and outside as soon as you walk in the store—and her gifts encompass the same power.

Sunday Lane Zodiac Prints

These verses of powerful musings, a romantic blend of poetry and heart, offer sweet meaning to this beautiful, chaotic life, no matter what the season. A truly unique gift.

RRP $39

Candles + Incense

Luxury candles from SOH Melbourne and House of Aeros, as well as premium incense from Mahō Sensory are the perfect luxurious gift.

The classic, timeless appeal of these brands will be sure to complement the aesthetic of any home.

Starting from $35

Natural, Hand Made Beauty

Cult favourite Courtney + The Babes sits among a small collection of beauty brands that each tell their unique story; all with the promise of being cruelty-free + sustainability focused.

You can find beautiful additions for your home, including botanical hand wash, room mists, cleanse spray and more.

Starting from $24

96/235 Flemington Road, Franklin | the-beautique.com.au  

Altina Drinks

Around Christmas time, it’s normal to want to celebrate with a drink—but non-alcoholic drinks are now more fun and more accessible than ever.

Family run business Altina Drinks have innovated the ‘Zero Proof Craft Cocktails’ and they’re so delicious that you won’t even miss the alcohol content. Focussed on native ingredients and also contains no added sugar and preservative. They’re also gluten and vegan-friendly.

Light Me Up

Tasting Notes: Apple – Elderflower – Forestberry -Native Eucalypt
Glass Pairing: Flute

RRP $45 (Two Bottles)

La Vie En Rose

Tasting Notes: Berries – Rose – Hibiscus
Glass Pairing: Wine Glass Over Ice

RRP $45 (Two Bottles)

Expresso Yourself

Tasting Notes:  Tropical Fruit – Scorched Orange – Cocoa
Glass Pairing: Martini Glass (Shake can before pouring)

RRP $45 (Two Bottles)

Organising Life Beautifully

Looking for a gift for the organised person in your life? Or perhaps a work colleague that obsesses over stationary? Organising Life Beautifully offers a great collection of organisers that will make anyone want to plan their day.

Their planners are all made in Australia and are cleanable and easy as pie to install.

Magnet Resuasable Fridge Calendar + Weekly Planner


RRP $34.95



designcraft represents the largest and most diverse range of authentic and iconic designer furniture in Canberra including well known Australian and International brands. For the design-lover or homewares obsessed in your life.

Sunburst Clock

With his collection of wall clocks, George Nelson conceived a wide array of timepieces, many of which have since become icons of 1950s design. In 1947, the American designer George Nelson was commissioned to create a collection of clocks. Nelson analysed how people used clocks and concluded that they read the time by discerning the relative position of the hands, which made the use of numbers unnecessary.

Equipped with high-quality quartz movements, they offer a refreshing alternative to conventional clocks—including a wide selection of different designs to suit almost every taste and fancy.

RRP $770

Cnr Monaro Hwy & Sheppard St Hume | designcraft.net.au

The Smith Family

For many disadvantaged families, Christmas presents are a luxury they can’t afford. Many children in poverty go without the things they need for school, and Christmas can be a really tough time.

But The Smith Family is here to help—helping give in your local areas. A donation to The Smith Family is the perfect gift for someone who has it all.

Charity Gifts

Choosing one of The Smith Family’s Charity Gifts means that you’ll be bringing a smile to a little face on Christmas Day, to someone who might otherwise have nothing under their tree.

Some gifts include a $25 toy pack for children, with different packs for different age ranges.

From $25


Want even more local gifting goodness? Stay tuned for Part II on the website next week!

Are you a local business wanting to be involved in HerCanberra’s Christmas Lust List? Email sarah@hercanberra.com.au

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