Gift giving is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable aspects of Christmas. But the stress of getting your Christmas shopping done in time can be a little overwhelming!

And let’s face it, not everyone is easy to buy for.

The team at Love Central Geelong have shopped high and low to create a gift guide bound to win you some brownie points and take the stress out of your Christmas shopping. As we know, shopping local is so important this year and you’ll be pleased to learn you can find all of these wonderful gifts in Central Geelong.

(Main image pic credit: Townhouse Living)

GIFTS FOR HER

Guzzini QQ clock
Chefs Essentials in Ryrie Street stocks the QQ Cuckoo Clock by Guzzini, a simple and sophisticated addition to any living space. From the kitchen to the bedroom, this cuckoo clock will add a touch of charm and features a cute bird that chirps to mark the passing hours. 

Jones & Co Wall Art Hearts
Our Satellite Hearts in James Street offers a gorgeous range of Jones and Co wall art hearts. Their engaging shapes and rhythmic patterns will brighten up any room for only $39.00 RRP. Light weight and easy to hang, these wall art hearts are fun and funky and make for a quick and easy room refresh.

Bolga Basket
Bolga Baskets are a perfect accessory for the farmers market, a day at the beach, a supermarket shop or just as a stylish basket around the house. They come in a range of bright colours and can be found at The Fresh Food Merchant in Malop Street. You might even decide to pick one up for yourself and fill it full of some of the region’s freshest produce and locally sourced goodies while you’re there!

GIFTS FOR HIM

Rone Puzzle 
Acclaimed Geelong-born street artist Rone has released two challenging, 1000-piece puzzles of his work, both available from the Geelong Gallery Shop in Little Malop Street for the RRP of $64.95. With the Rone exhibition to open in Geelong in February next year ,why not add some tickets to go with the puzzle? While you’re in store, be sure to check out James Northfield’s 'Geelong' poster which also makes a great gift for any Geelong loving local.

Archery bows, arrows and targets
Geelong Dive Centre is your one stop shop for everything archery related. There’s a lot to cover when it comes to purchasing archery gear and the team at Geelong Dive Centre can answer all your questions. They stock compound bows as well as recurve bows, arrows, targets, quivers, cases and accessories. Visit them in store in Moorabool Street or online.

Staccato Stretch Bracelet Silver
Give him something unique from Tourbus Entertainment. Stocking a range of cool music gifts, accessories, clothing and instruments. The Arpeggio Leather Bracelet is just one of these cool items. It's a hand crafted bracelet using electric guitar strings staggered across its leather strands, hitting notes both high and low and a stainless steel magnet clasp holding it all together. RRP: $45.00  

GIFTS FOR TEENS 

Custom Art Kits
Geelong Art Supplies has been serving Geelong, the Bellarine and the Surf Coast with quality art supplies for over 25 years. Their custom art kits are a wonderful gift idea for creative teens and budding artists. Set your budget, preferred medium and experience level and Geelong Art Supplies will build a custom art kit that will rock their world.

Dog Speaker
This cute animal-shaped Bluetooth speaker is pocket sized and ultra-portable. What this little guy lacks in size he makes up for in a powerful 2W sound. Just connect him to your bluetooth device and play your favourite tracks for up 4 hours before needing to re-charge the battery.  The built-in microphone allows you to make and receive calls, while the power button doubles up as a shutter remote so you can take selfies from a distance. RRP: $39.99. Available from Townhouse Living

Local original art and prints
Geelong Illustrators stock a range of original artworks, prints, jewellery, and all sorts of one of a kind items like unique upcycled journals covered with funky remnant fabrics from local artists. With heaps of great gifts for teens, we recommend popping in to see the range at their Moorabool Street store.

GIFTS FOR KIDS

Kids Instruments
If you can handle the noise, musical instruments make great gifts for kids of all ages! A&B Music in Malop Street have a big range of children’s instruments and percussion items available in store. At $15 RRP, the Hohner Happy Colour Harp harmonica is fun to play and you can pick from 4 bright colours.  The Angel Chromatic 25-note Glockenspiel ($44 RRP) with its colourful keys is dazzling, durable and excellent for teaching kids about basic musical composition.

Bluey books and merchandise
Most kids (big and little!) love Bluey – an adorable, six-year-old Blue Heeler dog who loves to turn everyday family life into endless, playful adventures. Since its launch in 2018, Australia’s own Bluey is now a firm favourite in millions of households. From figurine packs to story books, sticker sets to plush toys, your favourite Bluey ‘must haves’ are available  at BIG WTargetDymocks Market Square, Toyworld Express, Myer and Australia Post

Squishmallow 
Popcultcha in Ryrie Street are stocking Squishmallows! These super squishy plush toys will fill any child’s heart with love and affection. Squishmallows make great couch companions, bedtime buddies and travel teammates and there’s more than 500 Squishmallow characters to collect. Each Squishmallow has its own unique name and storyline to add to the fun. At RRP: $11.99, they are available in store and online.

THE HARD TO BUY FOR

And when all else fails, a gift voucher or experiential gift is always a good idea.  

After a long year of missing going to the movies, the big screen is back! Village Cinemas in Ryrie Street supplies gift vouchers that make an easy and well-suited gift for just about anyone. www.village.com.au 

For a delightful morning or afternoon out with the little ones, look no further than Geelong’s own Carousel on the Waterfront. Currently open daily between 10am – 4pm, kids will love a ride on the Carousel for just $5. You can spoil them with an ice-cream overlooking Geelong’s glistening Waterfront afterwards. While you’re there, you may be tempted to pick up the Geelong version of the ever-popular board game Monopoly! RRP at $59.95, this is a uniquely Geelong gift for someone special. www.geelongaustralia.com.au/carousel.   

A Pinot and Picasso gift voucher is a fun and unique gift for someone special. Pino and Picasso provide the ultimate ‘paint and sip’ experience where you enjoy a glass of wine in their art studio while your Pinot and Picasso host artist provides comprehensive, step by step instructions to help you create your very own masterpiece to take home. It makes for a great night out with your favourite friends. Check out their four gift cards options at www.pinotandpicasso.com.au

A great gift for the Summer school holidays, most kids go crazy for Timezone! Timezone Geelong in Malop Street supplies a range of gift cards that include arcade credit, timeplay and laser tag. Check out the options at www.timezone.com.au

Satisfy someone’s cultural cravings with a gift voucher from the Geelong Arts Centre. As shows are beginning to return to the stage, this is a great time to check out what’s on offer at the Geelong Arts Centre in 2021. View upcoming events and performances at www.geelongartscentre.org.au.

Another experiential gift for a little one, is a trip to one of Australia’s most acclaimed children’s museums - the Museum of Play and Art (MoPA) in McKilliop Street. MoPA delivers a collection of beautiful, creative and immersive play-based learning exhibits for children. MoPA offers 3 daily play sessions between 9:30am – 4:30pm, 7 days a week with a maximum of 80 participants per session. Sessions must be booked online at www.museumofplayandart.com.au  

Don’t forget to visit www.centralgeelong.com.au/christmas for more information about Christmas in Central Geelong and the magical range of fun on offer for your whole family.

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