2018 Christmas Gift Guide
November 21, 2018
Here's a way to make someone you love smile; buy them a print from Alan Walsh's gallery in Bowral. Bright, colourful, sophisticated pieces. Lucky for us internationally acclaimed artist Alan has set up his gallery in Bowral where his vibrant art can be enjoyed and purchased, taken home and hung straight on to your wall. Head into the gallery for a peek at his refreshing work and we're sure you'll see something that stands out for that special person. Or... yourself. Merry Christmas to you.
Have you discovered this fab find yet?! You’ll find shelves of delightful wine, spirits and craft beers in this Mossy treasure. This lovely specialty shop specialises in family-owned small wineries and boutique Aussie made spirits and craft beers. Browse the selections to find that special someone a boutique wine or cool craft beer. Maybe even some French Champagne for…. yourself?! It is Christmas afterall. It’s situated right next to the Wine Mosaic Lounge on Argyle St.
Bougies de Luxe’s Handmade Scented Luxury Candles are hand-poured right here in The Highlands. These luxury candles come in their signature super-stylish black vessel and make an absolutely delightful gift. Look our for the Chrissy-scented candle which you can buy online or pop into Exeter General Store of The Orangery in Bowral to start filling your home with that oh-so-festive scent.
We love our local Amcal Pharmacy on Bong Bong Street. Next time you pop in for your Panadol, have a look around...There's a tonne of cool things to shop. Have you ever noticed? We even found Haviana thongs in there. You can grab toys for kids, perfume for mum, a gift pack for your kid’s teacher, drawer liners for nan and aftershave for dad. Sorted.
Bowral Bags is an institution in The Highlands and has been around for some 25 years. It's been and still is, the go-to for luggage, wallets, handbags, hats and accessories for men and women around the towns. Head in for all kinds of leathery goodness and you're bound to find a great quality gift for the men and women in your life. We're talking special, stylish leather travel wallets through to bright and fun clutches. And a whole lot in between.
Oh this shop is pure sugary-happiness (some sugar-free happiness too). Remember the old fashioned lolly shop where you would wander in with 20 cents and walk out with a white paper bag of candy? This is where to head for the perfect pressies for teachers, grandparents and the Great Aunty Beryls in our lives, or anyone with a sweet tooth actually! Kris Kringle and stocking fillers, sorted.
There is nothing better than buying delicious cheese from a cheese-lovin-cheesemonger. Pop in to say "hi" to Hugh at Cheese etc at the back of The Mill and ask him any question, anything, about cheese and he'll know the answer. You'll leave with a whole lotta of new cheesy knowledge, a bag full of cheese (you can't resist) and feeling slightly happier from the cheeky taste test or two. A Cheese etc gift voucher is pure, delicious, cheesy goodness. We can't think of anyone who actually wouldn't LOVE an excuse to splurge on cheese. You'll find pretty much everything you need to create a stand-out platter, so if you want to surprise someone at Christmas, we say give them a charcuterie board or cheese plate. Best. Gift.
The divine Dash & Albert rugs are known for being totally luxurious and importantly hardwearing. You can shop the range of 700+ colours and designs locally at Suzie Anderson Home (Bowral and Mossy) and Superb Design (Mittagong). They make a rather special gift or, hey, best you make sure your guest bedroom is ready to welcome fam and friends during Chrissy by rolling out a beautiful Dash & Albert rug for a little luxury underfoot. Any excuse is a good excuse in our books! Dash & Albert rugs are available in cotton, wool, sisal, jute and hard wearing indoor/outdoor materials. It's love at first sight for us.
A wander around this shopping institution is a fave pastime of ours. All the lovely things! It's even more fun when you have a gift voucher to spend. Just burning a hole in your pocket. How awesome to be given a Dirty Janes Bowral gift voucher. We were so excited to learn this was an option! We, sorry, you, will get to shop the 80+ stallholders' vintage collectibles, jewellery, fashion, artwork, furniture, china and so much more. Like a kid in a candy store! Merry Christmas!
Endota Spa in Merrigang St is a little haven for us HIghlanders to escape life's everyday stresses. From the moment you walk in you just know it's going to be a special experience. Endota Spa is all about giving the gift of time this Christmas. Gotta love that! Encouraging that special person to take some time out for themselves, rest, just stop and be nurtured and spoilt. How good does that sound. Feeling a little more relaxed just typing that actually....! Head into the spa and one of the team will help you however we have two words for you: GIFT VOUCHER. You're going to make someone very happy indeed.
"Please don't give me jewellery for Christmas" said no woman, ever. Let us make this easy for you - jump online to check out Highlands Jewellery's collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. It's a local business where two lovely friends design beautiful, creative pieces of fine jewellery at real prices. You can shop the stunning range online (free gift wrapping and delivery over $99 - happy days!) or local stockist That Dress Boutique in Bowral. From yellow gold to sterling silver, topaz to diamonds; the range is varied in both style and price; you've got all the ladies in your life covered in one shop.
Oh this is such a lovely shop! It's open 7 days and there's always new stock arriving, so it's worth popping in, often! It'll be a great one-stop-shop for you to do your Chrissy shopping - you'll find fabulous clothing, all sorts of homewares from platters to candles, jewellery and bags; just lots of gorgeous stuff really! Plus, Rabbit Trap Timber has just set up in the back of the shop - there's another good reason to pop in.
The famous Mrs Oldbucks Pantry in Berrima is the spot to shop for a gorgeous gift to spoil someone special (and yourself! We dare you to walk out without a little something for yourself). Shop legendary jams, tea and teapots, sauces, relishes, mustards and gift packs... if it's delicious, you'll find it there. Like the Mr Gingerbread Man available in either gingerbread syrup or salted caramel syrup to splash in your coffee or pour over dessert. MOUTH. WATERING. We're thinking gifts for teachers, neighbours, friends. Actually, anyone.
Nest and Burrow is like our very own department store right here in The Highlands, where you can find a gift for everyone on your list; for babies through to grandpas. There's literally something for everyone and at a range of price points too. The team at Nest and Burrow is fabulous and super-helpful; it's one of the reasons locals love to shop there. Set them to task with your list and budget and they'll help you find what you're after. Plus it's just such a pretty place to shop. And they gift wrap. Enough said!
The dreamy Quirkee Birds Boutique in Bowral offers an eclectic selection of European and American women’s fashion. We're in love with just about everything in there. If you want to treat yourself for the silly season; outfits in Quirkee Birds can take you from a casual coffee catch up to cocktails. Quirkee Birds is all about ensuring your feathers stand out from the crowd which we just love! If the gorgeous clothes weren't reason enough they're making shopping even more fun with champagne and chocolates in store every Friday and Saturday from 10-5pm. Styling appointments are also available with the super-stylish, Sofia. Sofia is an experienced stylist and has helped many women in the Bowral and Rozelle stores redefine their look, wardrobe and in some cases their mojo. Simply call and make an appointment on 02 4862 4449. Appointments are FREE, last approx an hour, and there is no obligation to buy. You will leave with some great ideas on how to get the latest season looks and revive the best pieces in your current wardrobe. You may even leave with something new.
Gifting a bottle or lovely produce for Chrissy is always a hit! Ruby's Liquor Store in Bowral is super-cool. Not only because it's such a beautiful space to shop, but because you can choose from so many local brands which we love. Ruby's is a family-run biz of distillers and you can find their own brand Bluestill along with a big range of wine, craft beer, meads and cider, spirits and liqueurs from near and far. Plus some oh-so-delicious locally grown produce and condiments - we're talking sauces, tapenades, chocolate and more yumminess. If you're a particularly considerate friend you may want to do some taste testing in-store before you choose your gift. Good news - mention this shopping guide and you'll get 10% off any Bluestill product in December!
Have you been into this beautiful space yet? It's quickly become a local fave with its beautiful location in Berida Hotel. You instantly fall into blissful relaxation mode when you step into this super-stylish clinic and day spa. Sculptress at Berida Day Spa offer a range of very hip non-injectable and non-invasive facial and body sculpting treatments (we're talking non-surgical facelifts and fat freezing!) as well as divine day spa massages, facials and all that gorgeous stuff!
Oh the beautiful Suzie Anderson Home in Bowral and Moss Vale (how lucky are we!). It's always such an easy go-to for gifts, and at the moment they have an incredible range of Christmas gifts for both ladies and gentleman, including books, fragrances, colognes, jewellery, games, watches, linens, candles and more. It makes life a little easier when there's so many gorgeous options.
Head in to The Fixed Wheel for everything cycling. Everything. The whole team is super-friendly and pretty much live and breath all-things-cycling, so you can trust that they'll help you choose the best product for your special someone. Quality kid bikes (and all-important training wheels), cruisers, mountain and road bikes through to clothing and accessories. There's equipment for beginners right through to the serious stuff. If you’re planning on getting on ya bike in 2019 (or encouraging someone else to), The Fixed Wheel is the place to go.
New kid on the block in Mossy. We are a little smitten with this family run toy shop, It's very cool indeed. All the goodies in this traditional toy shop are retro inspired or vintage, wooden or just really great quality. They're all about keeping memories alive and you'll find treasures in there that will have nan and pop stepping back in time. From stocking fillers to the big pressies, this treasure cove has Chrissy all wrapped up (literally - there's gift wrapping too).
If you're feeling all Christmassy, you'll want to check out our Ultimate Guide To Christmas Festivitites.
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