Aaaah Christmas shopping! There’s nothing quite like it for bringing out the spirit of goodwill towards the human race…
Unless that particular member of the human race has just stolen the parking space you’ve been patiently waiting for with your indicator on for 15 minutes. Then its on like Donkey Kong and good will can go hang itself!
Don’t get me wrong – I love giving gifts. Nothing beats seeing someone you really care about open a gift that they genuinely love.
But there are two things that ramp the stress factor up to the red zone when attempting my Christmas shopping…
1. The retail madness at this time of year is not conducive to peace, joy and all those other festive emotions. I end up completely frazzled with sensory overload from so much noise, and decisions and STUFF!
2. Finding the perfect gift for the HTBF
So whats the HTBF I hear you ask ? It stands for…
HARD TO BUY FOR!
We all have that one person in our lives who is damn near impossible to buy for. Sometimes because they already HAVE everything (a problem that’s becoming more and more common) or because they have such impeccable or specific tastes you wonder how you can possibly get it right.
This year I’ve been on a mission: to find Brisbane’s ultimate Christmas gifts for all those HTBF people in our lives while also avoiding the Christmas crush at the shops.
And after hours of diligent research I’ve come up with options to suit a variety of HTBF personalities, and at a variety of price points ranging from budget to splurge.
So hang on to your hats people because here it is… Brisbane’s Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide!
If your HTBF person has a sweet tooth then they will be in pig heaven with a 3 hour tour dessert walking tour! Sample the delights of five Southbank venues that specialise in sweet treats, while hearing from passionate owners and chefs about how they’re made.
COST: $49 person
Is your HTBF a MKR wannabe? Give them the chance to master new culinary skills and add to their gourmet repertoire by shouting them a cooking class at The Golden Pig! The class includes get hands on tuition from a professional chef and after the class they can feast on their creation with their fellow classmates.
COST: $165 for a standard class. Gift Vouchers available to download and print!
TO BOOK: www.goldenpig.com.au/school
Craft beer aficionados will go nuts for this five hour tour of Brisbane’s best brewer and craft beer bars. The tour includes all transport so there’s no need for designated driver. It also includes beer tastings at 4 bars, beer and food matching and an introduction to the brewing process.
COST: $125 per person
TO BOOK: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your HTBF is serious about wine then the Wine Society’s Introduction to Wine course could be the perfect gift. Designed for those who know what they like and are ready to take their knowledge to the next level this course also includes information about viticulture and wine making techniques. And with over 30 wines to taste it is nothing if not comprehensive!
COST: $220 per person
TO BOOK: www.winesociety.com.au
Unlike many of the other gifts this IS one you will have to leave home to buy, but believe me you will NOT be disappointed! The Bosz Gallery in Fortitude Valley is having a one night only sale to the public of its small works, which means original artworks and gorgeous handcrafted jewelry that you simply wont find anywhere else. If your HTBF appreciates the unique art then this is your perfect opportunity.
WHERE: 6.00 – 8.00pm, Dogget Street, New farm
Give your HTBF the chance to indulge their inner Picasso with a gift voucher for a session at Cork & Chroma. A cheeky new addition to the Brisbane arts scene, Cork & Chroma guides participants through the process of creating their very own work of art, and encourages the you to get the creative juices flowing with a glass of vino or two!
COST: $50 per person
TO BOOK: Gift vouchers can be purchased here… www.corkandchroma.com.au/gift-voucher
If your HBTF is a bit of a dare-devil then they will jump at the chance to experience the ultimate rush of abseiling at iconic Kangaroo Point. No experience is necessary as your qualified instructor will guide you through the safety briefing and equipment, and give you the confidence to take that first step off the 20 meter cliffs.
COST: $45 per person
Treat your HTBF to a morning soaring high above Brisbane and the southern suburbs in a luxury hot air balloon. This once in a lifetime experience also includes a champagne breakfast and coach transfers from the Gold Coast at the conclusion of the ride. Thirty minute and 60 minute experiences available.
COST: $299 per person (30 minute ride plus champagne breakfast)
The ultimate pampering experience awaits at Brisbane’s most exclusive spa – the Dome Spa Retreat at the Marriott Hotel. Your HTBF can indulge in a variety of soothing treatments from full body massage through to hand and foot treatments. Blokes needn’t miss out either, as the Dome offers special Spa For Him packages that include massage, facial and full body treatments.
COST: Gift Vouchers are available for dollar amounts or for specific treatments. For prices click here.
TO BOOK: www.domesparetreat.com
The ultimate glamour gift for the retro goddess, a pin-up shoot with Red Boots Photography will give your HTBF a lasting memento of their fabulous experience pin-up experience. Package includes hair, make-up and vintage wardrobe.
COST: Miss Pin-Up Australia shoot $350
So there you go – Christmas for your HTBF is now sorted!
Or if not completely sorted I hope I’ve at least given you a few ideas to work with.
Who is your HTBF person? Is it your Mum, your partner, or maybe even your best mate?
And if you have any great pressie ideas please share them in the comments – lord knows we can all use the inspiration!