CityMag wants to help you give with consideration this festive season, so we’ve put together a guide to buying local and supporting artisans and craftspeople, all while gifting something your mum / dad / brother / sister / bestie / partner / live-in animal / favourite co-worker will really love.
Considerate Gift Guide 2021
Adelaide Film Festival
If you’re looking to treat your loved ones like the stars they are, give them the gift of a red-carpet experience. In anticipation of the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival, AFF has launched its value-packed memberships and film passes. The Adelaide Film Festival has screenings for all ages, so this makes the perfect gift for any film lover.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Spoil your best mate with an Art Lovers Gift Pack from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s store. The Art Lovers Gift Pack includes a one-year AGSA membership, two free tickets to upcoming exhibitions Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize and Robert Wilson: Moving Portraits, a pack of five Tarnanthi postcards and a Naomi Hobson tote bag. With the price starting from $120 for AGSA members, this colourful and creative gift will keep on giving all year long.
Adelaide Gin by Australian Distilling Co
Let the aromas of South Australian gin botanicals become the scent of Christmas. Developed by Australian Distilling Co, Adelaide Gin is a unique spirit inspired and enhanced by the flavours of its namesake city and surrounds. The richness of Kangaroo Island lavender provides a subtle and delicate floral profile built up with the traditional range of juniper, orris root, coriander, and cardamom, making it the perfect base for your summer cocktail this Christmas.
Support Australian designers and makers this Christmas with a curated selection of gift ideas from JamFactory. Glitter and play in the sunlight this summer with the ‘Crystal Cuff’, hand dyed and cut in colourful PVC by Adelaide contemporary jeweller Kath Inglis ($170), or pair it with the lustrous ‘Cosmic Cluster Ring’, a showstopping 9ct gold and silver signet ring from Melbourne based jeweller Anastasia Mannix.
Nothing says Australian Christmas more than a bright and lively summer Rosé – paired with a barbecue, of course. The 2021 Tierra del Puerco ‘Catalisa’ Rosé, made by the Lienert brothers, has a beautiful pink blush colour with plenty of fresh strawberries on the nose. This Barossa single vineyard Grenache Rosé is available on tasting at Artisans of Barossa or direct from Lienert Vineyards. Careful, one bottle is never enough.
State Theatre Company
Our live performing arts industry is back, and what better way to celebrate the Christmas season than sharing a night of live theatre with friends and family. The State Theatre Company South Australia’s 2022 program is set to be the biggest and boldest in its 50-year history, and subscription packages are now available. Bundle 4–8 plays together to receive discounts of up to 50 per cent, priority seating and more ticket flexibility than ever.
Self-care is the new going out in 2022, and Weft Textiles have created the perfect collection of towelling designed to nurture and regenerate. Weft is focussed on ethically sourcing the highest quality Global Organic Textile Standard-certified, sustainable and organic fabrics made here in Australia, levelling up the comfort of your daily self-care routine. This 60 per cent organic cotton, 40 per cent hemp towel set is luxuriously soft and double-sided to ensure extra durability and absorbency.
Why buy a literary lover a book when you can buy them an experience? Writers SA has so much to offer for writers and readers here in SA. Featuring author talks, an array of online and in-person writing workshops, networking events and professional services to get their writing ready to publish, a certificate (from $25.00) or gift membership (from $55.00) to Writers SA is a great way to support those literary geniuses in your life. Valid for three years, it’s also a gift that keeps on giving.
Alpha Box & Dice
Celebrate the festive season with Tarot Prosecco from family-owned winery Alpha Box & Dice. Prosecco is a crowd-pleaser, best enjoyed in the sun while celebrating good times. With free shipping Australia-wide, send a bottle of Tarot Prosecco to loved ones interstate, or any of the other 24 releases within AB&D’s Alphabet of Wine.
YUZU gin from Twenty Third Street Distillery
Take your tastebuds to the Riverland for the holiday season with Twenty Third Street Distillery. Yet again the distillers have created a stylish and innovative gin. Accompanied by a compelling story of locally acquired yuzu and Buddha’s hand from a single orchard, the product remains true to the Riverland. Zesty and warm as you would expect, Yuzu Gin is best served as a thirst-quenching G&T. This limited release can be purchased at Dan Murphy’s nationally and at Twenty Third Street Distillery in Renmark.
The Queens Christmas Festival
Start the festive celebrations early with The Queen’s Theatre’s first annual Xmas Festival. From 17–19 December, Australia’s oldest theatre will come to life with an open-access street party, featuring live local entertainment, food trucks and, of course, refreshments from the Queen’s Bar. Awarded ceramists Sam Gold, Xanthe Murphy and Mirjana Dobson will also lead back-to-back ceramic workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Follow @thequeensadelaide for the full program lineup.
You love your family a great deal, and so it would be a disservice to them to serve up a Christmas pudding of lacklustre quality, made with amateur skills (speaking for ourselves) and based off a recipe found online from one of the major supermarket chains. Instead, stop by Lucia’s, who seem to not be able to do anything wrong. The Lucia’s Christmas pudding is filled with dried fruits, spices and brandy, and is available in three sizes. The team suggests fresh vanilla bean crème anglaise as an accompaniment, available at Lucia’s Fine Foods, and while you’re there, grab a Billie Justice Thomson x Lucia’s cotton tea towel and a handmade hamper and gift your folks the full Lucia’s Christmas experience. Find Lucia’s at the Adelaide Central Markets.
Reset Day Retreat
Give the gift of R&R this Christmas by purchasing a day retreat hosted by local dietitian Lara Nowland and mindset coach Rosie Dunstan. Held at the stunning Lapito House on the Fleurieu Peninsula, you can unwind and recharge from the silly season with bushwalking, nutrition and mindset workshops, and yoga flow. And with Lara curating a gourmet menu for your day, you’ll be wanting to take her home.
Fall madly in love at Glenelg beach on the last weekend in March. Bohème on the Beach is a one-night-only outdoor spectacular not to miss. State Opera presents Puccini’s epic love story on stage under the stars with a cast of Australia’s best voices and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Food, wine, a Glenelg sunset, and the greatest love story ever told. The perfect gift for that special someone.