Our gift to you this year is the gift of organisation. The Love Central Geelong team have shopped high and low to create a gift guide bound to win you some brownie points and take the stress out of Christmas shopping. The gifts are all found in Central Geelong – so these gifts support our local economy.
Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!
A Sip A Day Advent Calendar
We think you should start with a gift just for you and suggest you may need the calming properties of tea to get you through this Christmas period. Enter the A Sip A Day Advent Calendar from T2. Each day brings with it a new sipping possibility, so kick off the countdown and brew your way through 24 of their top teas. There's firm favourites and unexpected delights just waiting to be uncovered! Available from T2 RRP: $35
Crystals and Minerals
Use the healing power of a crystal, mineral or tumble stone to get you through the festive season. You could benefit from the amethyst crystal which helps to relieve stress and anxiety or grab the carnelian, keeping this stone around you keeps you motivated, inspired and confident. Whatever energy you need you’ll find it along with other items for the modern-day mystics at Our Satellite Hearts. Available from Our Satellite Hearts
Bouffants & Broken Heart Pj collection
Cotton On has collaborated with US based artist & illustrator Kendra Dandy on their Bouffants and Broken Hearts PJ collection. Kendra has designed a range of colourful prints to make this Giftmas extra fun. Various styles and colours starting from $19.95. Available from Cotton On Body Westfield Geelong.
Mayde towels and blankets are revered for their versatility, eco-efficiency, softness, lightness and ability to dry fast, whilst staying aesthetically beautiful & unique. Soft, plush, and made from 100% Buldan cotton (a cotton plant native to the Buldan region of Turkey), these towels are the perfect compliment to anyone's home or lifestyle. It also makes an ideal gift for those that don't mind a bit of a colour splash. Available from Thule Trading
Box Garden Glass Terrariums
What makes the Box Gardens Glass Terrariums completely unique, is that the succulent plant is beautifully displayed in the top box, and the exposed roots, which are usually hidden, are visible in the water box underneath. It’s a very new and fascinating concept; being able to see these plants in their complete and raw form, watching them change over weeks and months, and seeing new roots grow and emerge. RRP: $70 without the plant. Available from Olive Green Plant and Props.
Frank Green Smart Cup
Good things come in small packages and the Frank Green smart cup is no exception. The Smart Cup now comes with CafePay, which allows you to seamlessly tap your lid to pay for your coffee and be rewarded for your loyalty. Plus the cup is 100% Australian owned, made and designed. Has a clever one handed, push button operation opens and closes the spill resistant lid. The drinking hole is designed for optimum liquid flow and the cup is made from premium quality materials that are stain and odour resistant so you can taste your coffee and not your cup. RRP: $32.95. Available from the Geelong Gallery.
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
A collection of seventeen short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. RRP: $32.99. Available from the Dymocks Geelong.
Klask Board Game
Klask is a fun magnetic game where the players challenge each other in a battle that can get loud and exciting. The magnetic gameplay of Klask is unique, fun and like no other game out there! Klask will entertain all players from the youngsters to the old folks. The player is in charge of the magnets from under the table. Both players try to score while trying to avoid the white barrier magnets in the middle of the game field. RRP $74. Available from Mind Games Market Square
Aussie Scrabble Board Game
A fair-dinkum twist on the classic word game, Aussie Scrabble separates the legends from the drongos with new gameplay and a Lingo list of slang, native to the land Down Under. Gather your mates together and give it a burl! RRP: $25 from Big W
This mini backpack is perfect for their every day to day needs. Whether it's going to school, shopping with friends, or you everyday handbag. It features an easy access front pocket with and zip closure. Did we also mention it comes in a range of colours including lace print, black glitter and iridescent prism. RRP: $29.99 from Typo
Ex-Girlfriends Rebellion Mugs
Ex-Girlfriends Rebellion is a stationary and gift label by Melbourne based artist Angel Woollcott. After receiving many requests to buy her cards, Angel started selling at local markets and eventually got to quit her boring day job. Recently her designs have turned into mugs. The mugs are different to her greeting cards; they're simple, poppy, bold coloured designs with a cute banner underneath. Each mug is dishwasher/microwave safe, created with the printed ink fused into the glaze of the mug meaning the image will remain permanently. RRP: $30.00 from Moondust
Country Road Overnighter
Perfect for weekends away and sleepovers, our overnighters have plenty of room to fit all their essentials. In durable cotton canvas this one has a metallic leaf print, sturdy handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. RRP: $59.95 from Country Road
Hot off the Santa letter wish list requests:
Beyblades are a range of spinning top toys that are customizable, with interchangeable parts and usually played as a game with another Beyblade. Your opponent’s top can "burst" into pieces when hit by your Bayblade, resulting in 2 points for the player left standing. First player to earn 3 points wins! RRP: Starting from $10 from Toy World Market Square, Target, Myer, BigW
Hatchimal Surprise works similar to its predecessors, but this time, one egg will hatch twins! Kids have to nurture the Hatchimal Surprise first and when they are ready to hatch they’ll come out singing "hatchy birthday". Each Hatchimal is "born" with his own personality and the two can interact with one another, saying "I love you" back and forth. RRP: $99 from Toy World Market Square, Target, Myer, BigW
What to bring when visiting
Teacha Gift pack
Teacha Tea Bar is a new tea bar in Central Geelong. Boasting a 25 page tea menu the tea bar offers over 200 specialty teas for you to enjoy. With all their expertise they have compiled a number of tea gift packs just in time for Christmas. Available from Teacha
Offer your Christmas host a Cakesmith cake and they'll be amazed with the attention to detail and then blown away with the balance of flavors. Available from Cakesmith
Uncle Donut donuts
Glazed, dusted, iced or filled if you enter someones Christmas party with a box of Uncle Donut donuts you'll be warmly welcomed. Pre orders now available on their website. Available from Uncle Donut
The hard to buy for
Village Cinemas Geelong voucher - 194-200 Ryrie Street, 5221 2372, www.village.com.au
Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Cooking voucher - 106 Moorabool Street, 5222 8413, www.thegoodfoundation.com.au
GPAC's Theatre Season pass - 50 Lt Malop Street, 5225 1216, www.gpac.org.au
Little Green Corner - Ticket sales are now live for a number of 2018 workshops that champion some wonderful growers and educators. www.littlegreencorner.com.au/workshops-2018.html