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November 29, 2023

CityMag’s considerate gift guide

The festive season gives us plenty to consider: what to buy, where to enjoy the sunny weather, what food to indulge in. CityMag wants to make those decisions easier, so here’s our guide to buying local goods we know the people in your life will love.

  • Illustration: Owen Lindsay

Adelaide Arcade


Looking for unique Christmas gifts? The Adelaide Arcade is the place to go. With over 70 retailers and specialty services all under one roof, you’ll be able to support local businesses and creatives. Some of CityMag‘s go tos include Dulcie’s Vintage, Have You Met Charlie and Haighs. From handmade to ethically  sourced, there’s something for everyone on your list, no matter the age. Check out Adelaide Arcade’s Christmas Guide online now.


Adelaide Fringe Vouchers


Give the gift of Fringe this Christmas with an Adelaide Fringe gift voucher. These vouchers are redeemable on Fringe events, membership and merchandise for up to three years, just in case life delays your Fringe fun. With vouchers from $20 to $200, it fits every budget. Dive into a plethora of choices with over 1,200 shows across 14 genres lined up for Fringe 2024.Visit the website to purchase.


Art Gallery of South Australia Gift Membership


AGSA membership is your ticket to a year full of art and culture. A gift membership will delight recipients with member-only benefits including invitations to special events, Gallery Store discounts, delivery of the AGSA’s magazine and more. Each gift pack comes in a beautiful package with a greeting card and an AGSA Eat coffee voucher for each member. Available to purchase in-store or online.


Hand carved stoneware vessels by Alexandra Sideris


Atelier Antifragile is an aesthetic wonderland of locally designed objects, jewellery and 2D artworks. Located in Hutt Street, you’ll find hand-built ceramics, sculpture, a collection of cultured pearl jewellery, and artworks by Australian artists, including Arthur Boyd, Barbara Hanrahan, Dan Withey and Datsun Tran. If you’re after a tactile gift, their curated store also stocks ancient fossils, a selection of Australian minerals, Mid-century furnishings, and bespoke garments. Shop in-store at 195 Hutt St, Adelaide.


The Quirky Cup Collective


The Quirky Cup Collective: The perfect mix of enchanting and practical. Discover a magical selection of stationery and gifts that ignite imagination and elevate everyday moments. From lush, intricately decorated notebooks to whimsical trinkets, their products add a touch of wonder to your world. Discover a realm of creativity and elevate your everyday, one lovingly created item at a time. Available to purchase online.


A night’s accommodation at Catherine House


Shopping for someone who has it all? Give the gift of hope for South Australian women experiencing homelessness this Christmas. Supporting Catherine House means giving so much more than a bed and a meal. Help give employment opportunities, medical services, education, counselling and a place to call home to women in need. This meaningful gift helps end women’s homelessness. Head to the website for more.




2049 is a secure knife carrier for professional chefs and sword swallowers. It’s a collaboration with Melbourne’s Vue De Monde’s executive chef, Hugh Allen and is available in three colours: black, green and very orange. It securely holds up to nine knives, it has a shoulder strap as well as a padded grab handle. It also comes with a pack of exclusive Crumpler bandaids which hides in the first aid pocket of the bag. It also holds two pens as well as business cards. Made from Cordura fabric, it’s made to outlast a lot of species. Join us on the quest for Bag Glory. Available to purchase online.


WOMADelaide Gift Vouchers


Give the gift of live music this Christmas with a WOMADelaide digital gift voucher. WOMADelaide returns from 8–11 March, 2024, celebrating the best in music, arts, and dance from around the world in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla. This year’s artists include Arooj Aftab, Baaba Maal, The Budos Band, DakhaBrakha, Gilberto Gil, José González, Yussef Dayes, Ziggy Marley, and many more. Gift vouchers are available online.




It’s no surprise our CityMag team love to read, and one of our favourite stops to pick up new or secondhand books is Imprints. Located in Adelaide’s West End, Imprints have a great range of new releases, contemporary titles, magazines and literary journals. Can’t pick a title? They have gift vouchers too. For the book lover in your life – or a potential bookworm convert – Imprints has got you. Shop instore in or online.


Local Design from JamFactory


Support Australian creatives this Christmas with a curated selection of gift ideas from JamFactory. From homewares to jewellery, the latest JamFactory collection by local artists celebrates the festive season in a unique range inspired by the South Australian coast. Shop the range on their website or in-store at JamFactory’s Adelaide and Barossa locations.


That’s Cray Cap


Salubrious Hour is the latest retailer to open in Ebenezer Place with some seriously groovy apparel. For a Kris Kringle or stocking stuffer sure to please you can’t go past their ‘That’s Cray’ cap. An ode to their hometown of Robe’s crayfishing legacy, these caps are available in stone, charcoal, pale blue, pale pink, bottle green, rust or cranberry. Pick one up in store or online.


Oyster Shell Gin


CityMag is always a fan of a gin and tonic, particularly a pairing with Never Never Distilling Co. Whether it was their collaboration with Hains & Co to create Pink Pepper Gin, or their classic Triple Juniper Gin, we will sip (or skull) every last drop. Never Never’s new release, however, takes flavours from the Australian coastline in an Oyster Shell Gin. With a taste that is salty yet citrusy, it uses oysters from Kangaroo Island and wakame from Tasmania which has drinkers raving. Available to order online.


Citrus Classic Riot Spritz Cooler


The newest drop from Riot Wine Company is their spritz cooler: a blend of wine, soda, botanicals, and grape juice. The flavour is unmissably bold. You also won’t miss the sugar and calories Riot has lowered in this summer blend. CityMag knows you can’t go wrong with a classic, and their Citrus Classic is the original Riot blend with a cool twist. Available on their website.


Get your paws on a piece of history


Own a piece of history at RSPCA South Australia’s new animal care campus. Animals can rest, recover and play in a space named by you. The new campus includes cat condos, dog suites, bunny pods, wildlife packages and more. This gift could be a legacy for grandchildren or to celebrate the memory of a loved one. Find out more about naming rights at the website.


TreeClimb gift passes


Give the gift of adventure. Ziplines, Tarzan swings, ladders, rock climbing walls (and that’s just what’s in the trees). TreeClimb gift passes can also be redeemed in venue towards cafe items and merchandise. One pass is valid at two locations. It’s a gift they’ll never forget. Available to purchase online.


Towel set by Weft


Weft’s luxuriously soft Australian made towel sets are a considerate way to elevate your bathing rituals and everyday self-care routine. Woven from 60 per cent organic cotton and 40 per cent hemp, the 415gsm towel set is double-sided to ensure extra durability and absorbency. Each set includes two extra-large towels, one hand towel and one face towel, and it’s available online for $275 at the website.


Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2019


Encompassing everything the Hill-Smith family stands for and the perfect representation of their history and ethos, The Signature is a sentimental favourite. It’s a classic Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, first released in 1962. Acknowledging 57 Signatories who enriched Yalumba’s traditions and culture, this wine is perfect for gifting or impressing guests during Christmas. Accompany this refined and elegant drop with your Christmas ham, roast veg or cheese platter. Available to purchase online.


Wild gifts that support wild species


Gift a wild experience that helps save species from extinction. Treat your loved one to a 365-day adventure with Zoos SA membership or a heart-melting moment with their favourite animal. Tickle a rhino at Monarto Safari Park or feed morning tea to a Red Panda at Adelaide Zoo. Book tickets or purchase a gift voucher online.


Heaps Good Festival tickets


Heaps Good is back, heaps bigger and heaps better. It’s living up to its name with a lineup set to bring the party to South Australia over the 2023/24 New Year period. After a stellar Adelaide debut earlier this year, the one-day festival is heading home to Adelaide Showground on Saturday, 6 January. Get ready to have a heaps good time with Flume, Foals, The Avalanches, Declan McKenna and more. Tickets available online.



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