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Top Five Local Christmas Gift Ideas

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by Jen Alexander (subscribe)
Taking you in and around Brisbane (and sometimes beyond)
Published October 18th 2014
Gifts with great bang for your buck
Looking for a Christmas gift that gives a great bang for your buck? Sick of throwing your money to the giant mega-stores? Like the idea of supporting local, independent Brisbanites?

Here are my top 5 ideas in no particular order:

1. A local Spa Voucher
Tell me one person who does not like some pampering? Male or female, a massage/facial/pedicure is often a luxury that we don't afford ourselves. Pick your locally owned spa to keep your hand earned cash in the local community. My favourite Zen-Den would have to be Abuzz Hair and Beauty (the hubby likes them too!). You could also get a voucher from their local / favourite Hair and Beauty Salon, Venus Hair and Beauty is a great place on the Southside.

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Abuzz Zen Den: Photo by Jen Alexander

2. Health and Fitness Gift Voucher
With New Year Resolutions just around the corner, why not spoil your loved ones with a membership for their favourite health and fitness place? Membership options are varied (ranging from 10 day passes, monthly membership or annual passes). Try and find out what they are interested in, and where their preferred venue would be. Some of my favourites at the moment are:

- Vida Yoga: in the heart of Annerley
- Quany's Gym: Run by two local brothers
- Fusion Hot Yoga : Sweaty Good Fun in Kangaroo Point

3. Quirky Cafe Gifts

There seem to be a few coffee shops opening near me that sell delicious food and coffee along with quirky gifts. You could support these local Providores by buying a gift voucher for your friends, or adding their gifts to your christmas shopping lists. Here are a few that I frequent:

- Esher Street Cafe and Deli: they have a great deli section along with many gifts like plants, candles, soaps etc. While you are there you could also get a Cup of Joe and a Slice of Cake. True.

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This sign screams out to me in the mornings :) Photo by Jen Alexander

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Esher Street Goodies: Photo by Jen Alexander

- Dudley Street Espresso and Collectables: Again, great food and drink and an eclectic range of vintage treasures to take home (I mean gift to people).
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Vintage Treasures - Photo by Jen Alexander

4. Unique Gifts from Another Era
I may have said it before but I am a sucker for all things old. And with Antique/Vintage being the new Black, I am sure your gift recipients will be thrilled also!
Give a unique gift this year. A few places to check out include:
- Wooloongabba Antique Centre - Step back in time to Brisbane's largest antique centre. Browse the isles for all your vintage and retro needs - art deco, industrial, jewellery,fashion, furniture, knick knacks and much much more. You will be sure to pick up a present for your vintage loving friends - and you can spend as much (or as little) as your budge will allow. They also stock Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.

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All your Chalk Paint Needs

Southside Antiques Centre - Established in 1983 this little gem has been run by the McGuigan family since 1986, and is home to all your antique dreams! Whatever you are looking for - furniture, lightening, knick-knacks, collectables, clothing, artworks, jewellery - the list goes on. I have bought many treasured gifts from here.

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A Treasured Gift from Southside Antique Centre: Photo by Jen Alexander

5. A Gift That Keeps Giving
If you are still feeling uninspired, while not necessarily a local solution, you can look at a gift that will keep giving.
- Charity Voucher: Such as Kiva, buy a chicken for a village through OxFam
- Christmas Wishing Trees: why not donate a present to someone less fortunate. There are many options such as the Kmart Wishing Tree, that provide a terrific community service to those in need this Christmas.

What other ideas are on your list this year?
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Why? Bang for your Buck this Christmas
When: Christmas
Where: Around Brisbane
Cost: Great value
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