Support local with this Perth Christmas Gift Guide. Inside, find some ideas for Christmas presents that cover everyone on your list!
THE 2018 PERTH CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
There is a lot to love about living in Perth. A city fueled by sunlight most days of the year, it is small, isolated and often a hub of internal activity. People opening restaurants, cafes, small stores, and small businesses, there always seems to be something going on. While some of those businesses then struggle, it is excellent to see so many establish great footing and trust with their regular local clientele.
In this gift guide, I wanted to share some ideas for Christmas presents that support local businesses that I think are exciting, I’ve had a personal rapport with and think you will appreciate. In this guide are women’s gifts (naturally, given my audience is largely female based) but it also extends to foodies, experiences and even fur babies!
Beside beauty gifts and jewellery, my favourite things to gift are experiences that will create long-lasting memories. Be this for Christmas, an anniversary or wedding gift, luxurious or unique experiences that can be enjoyed and long remembered are wonderful.
LUXURY HOTEL STAY
One of these would have to be a stay at The Westin Perth, which if you remember we had the experience of earlier this year (find the full blog post here). It is still on my mind and something people ask us about all the time. We just gifted a stay for our newlywed friends and I cannot wait for them to experience it.
Take advantage of the beautiful rooms, suites and stunning views, relax as we did in the incredible bathtub, enjoy the rooftop pool, book a spa appointment at Bodhi J or hit the gym. There is so much to do without even leaving the hotel. Not to mention taking advantage of upgrading to have Club Lounge access or valet parking, there is also the Garum restaurant downstairs. A perfect spot to dine on some delicious local produce over a romantic dinner.
THE WESTIN PERTH
The perfect opportunity to unwind, have fun and enjoy some beautiful food in a luxury innercity hotel, The Westin is the ideal luxury retreat. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! So, hint, hint to anyone who hasn’t worked out my Christmas gift!
The great thing is there are plenty of options available as vouchers too, I’ve listed the details below.
- Overnight accommodation in a Premium Room – $270
- Accommodation voucher for a chosen amount
- Overnight accommodation in a Club Room – $360
- Valet parking – $55 per car/per day
- Overnight accommodation in a Westin Suite – $450
- Breakfast table at Garum – $39 per person
- Overnight accommodation in a Club Suite – $550
- Executive Lounge Access for (for two guests) – $105 (only to be used as an upgrade to an existing booking)
- Overnight accommodation in an Executive Suite – $700
All gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and well presented with a Westin ribbon.
DINING BY THE SEA
On a smaller scale than a hotel stay, Perth has some beautiful restaurants that I try to visit as often as I can. Namely, to celebrate or catch up with friends, two of my favourite seaside picks would be Odyssea in City Beach and Bib & Tucker in North Fremantle.
When I think of a special place to enjoy fresh local produce (and amazing seafood) with beautiful sea views, these two spots instantly come to mind. Perfect for a brunch, long lunch or sunset dinner, I can definitely assure you that I have enjoyed all three and always want to go back.
Well, I couldn’t exactly miss out on some women’s specific gift ideas in this Perth guide, could I?
ALISON JADE BROWS
First up, which will explain the picture of my face up here, haha, are a little gift idea from Alison Jade. I have only ever visited Alison Jade to get my eyebrows done and wouldn’t trust anyone else! Not only do the team do an excellent (and quick) job, they also stock the Alison Jade chemical-free based cosmetics. So, while one gift idea is to treat someone to a brow makeover appointment (they sell gift cards).
The second is to make the most of the Christmas Beauty Packs from Alison Jade.
Choose from one of eight packs, my picks being the Deluxe Brow Pack which contains Brow Fixx, Brow Balm, Dual Brow Brush and Dual Brow Highlighter or the Original Brow Pack which contains Brow Fixx and Original Brow Palette.
By now I am sure you realise that I am a pearl girl. Not a huge diamond fan, pearls are my thing! I love their lustre and that they come perfectly gifted by nature. Right now I am also seeing them in modern interpretations more and more.
ALLURE SOUTH SEA PEARLS
Of course, I naturally wanted to feature some of their stunning pieces in the Perth Christmas Gift Guide. I could not resist! These two looks feature an incredible pearl strand and stunning hoop diamond earrings that are the height of classic luxury. The second look is a modern hoop earring, pearl drop necklace and beautiful bracelet. Clearly, I felt incredible in these!
They would make a breathtaking Christmas gift which would be passed on from generation to generation.
FOR THE FOODIE
I think we all know someone for whom the world revolves around their stomach! Appreciation for good food is something that can be turned into an excellent Christmas gift. Actually, growing up, most years I was gifted a cookbook. This was I am assuming in part because my Mum didn’t want to cook anymore and partly because I loved cooking.
Nowadays, in my world, Mario loves food and does a lot of cooking. Now I think it is me who gifts him a cookbook each Christmas! To be fair, I buy myself one or two a year still as well.
GUY GROSSI CELLAR BAR
This Guy Grossi Cellar Bar cookbook is stunning from beginning to end. The famed Australian chef, Guy Grossi opened up in Perth at Garum (yes, the one and only I talked about at The Westin Perth) this year. As I said above, I’ve had a beautiful dinner at Garum, so I was pretty excited to check out Cellar Bar.
Loaded with stunning imagery, the book contains over 80 simple, delicious and authentic Italian recipes.
Perth-owned Ox Rabbit pride themselves in baking Perth’s most indulgent desserts, offering a tempting range of mouth-watering treats from cupcakes to cookies and their staple, gooey brownies. I’ve been lucky enough to try these decadent treats a couple of times now and I tell you what, nothing compares!
BROWNIE BAKE AT HOME KITS
This festive season, Ox Rabbit have created a gift box with individually-bagged dry ingredients and signature toppings for bakers of all levels to create their own Ox Rabbit masterpiece. Available in three deluxe flavours, the Brownie Bake at Home kits will delight and please the fussiest of sweet tooth connoisseurs.
The three kits include the Gold Brownie Kit containing Callebaut Gold chocolate, Ruby Brownie Kit containing Callebaut Ruby chocolate and Callebaut Dark Chocolate Cookie Brownie Kit, with a deep chocolate flavour and textural crunch.
Alternatively, or as well as, another idea is the Brownie Boxes. Do remember though, for delivery on Christmas Eve, make sure to pre-order by 5 pm on the 19th of December. Can you imagine rocking up with a box of these to any Christmas party?! You will be loved!!
FOR YOUR FUR BABY
TOMMY AND BELLA
Last, but certainly not least, this year I wanted to include a gift for your fur babies! I came across Tommy and Bella earlier this year via their beautiful Instagram photos! The Perth company offer luxury cat and dog collars, leashes and treat bags made using genuine leather and finished with gold-plated hardware and refined stitching.
The sophisticated sets certainly turn heads, as you can see on my good friend d’Artagnan who I love to pet-sit and take for walks to Hyde Park. How cute is he?
The collars can be personalised by adding your dog’s initials to the leather tag and your name and contact number on the metal tag. How cute is that?! There are lots of colours and shapes of metal tags to choose from as well. I think the star tag is just right for Christmas!! You can also order a treats bag, which attaches to the leash and can store keys, credit cards, clean up bags, coins and of course treats! They really come in handy if you are keen for a walk but not to lug around a handbag.
At the moment you can spoil your furry friend this Christmas with a Tommy & Bella gift pack! Choose 3 or more stylish essentials and get 15% off your order using the code: GIFTPACK
If you have any questions on any of these, hit me up! Need help finding something locally? Want advice on a day spa voucher? Or, where to buy good chemical free beauty gifts in Perth? Please don’t hesitate to send me your questions!