History buffs, Masterchef wannabes and green thumbs are sorted with MoB Shop’s Christmas gift guide
‘Tis the season to give (and better yet, receive) presents. If basic gifts just aren’t going to cut it this year, then Museum of Brisbane’s MoB Shop is here to help with a curated selection of goodies that will suit any person and their niche interests. Read on for a few ideas on what to stuff your stockings with …
For the culinary kings and queens
Do you know someone who’s gunning for Gordon Ramsay’s job? MoB has got plenty of delicious gifts for the foodie in your life. Satiate their sweet tooth with a New Farm Confectionery Christmas Gift Box packed with mouth-watering treats – think hand-crafted rocky road, dark chocolate and raspberry bark, honeycomb, milk-chocolate-dipped pretzels, peanut brittle and Christmas caramels. For wearable edibles, pop a pair of these snag earrings in a gift box or find a spot under the tree for this super-cute Iced Vovo tea towel.
For the sport enthusiasts
We all have a fanatical sports lover in the family and thankfully this means that they are usually easy to buy for. If you’ve bought them their favourite club’s cap three years in a row, mix it up and snap up a Sporting Nation Footballer Gift Box, which is full of football-related goodies. This vintage cricket bats print will bring good innings to their abode or this book about Wimbledon larrikin Ken Fletcher will make for an entertaining holiday read. For more sports-related gift ideas, head here.
For the green thumb in your life
If your plant-loving mate needs a little help transforming their space into a plant paradise, then we know a few gifts that will up their greenery game. This super-cute dinosaur planter is a prime gift for the plant enthusiast in your life, or grab them this book about houseplants so they can become a fiddle-leaf-fig expert. For a two-in-one present that will blow their socks off, grab a Sow ’n Sow Sunflower – a greeting card with a packet of seeds inside. Talk about a bloomin’ great gift idea.
For the history buffs
If your holiday shopping includes a history lover, MoB has hand-picked a few books that will please fans of any era. One to add to their bookshelf is Lost Brisbane and Surrounding Areas 1860 to 1960, a spectacular collection of more than 500 photographs from The Royal Historical Society of Queensland’s Photographic Collection that traces the development and changes in the city and its environs over a period of 100 years. Another one that will get avid historians reminiscing is Cloudland: Queen of the Dance Halls, which delves into the iconic Bowen Hills boogie venue.
For those who need to indulge in some self-care
We all need to take some time for ourselves this summer (hello annual leave) and there’s no better way to treat your loved ones than with some self-care essentials. This Mooloolaba Body Wash is a luxe bath accessory for any beach bum, and can be paired perfectly with a botanical bath soak. Whilst you’re shopping, add this Dunkle Authentic Face Oil to your cart and give your friends the gift of good skin. Go on, put an extra goodie or two in the basket for yourself – you deserve it.
For the little ones
It’s time to put the red suit on and fill some stockings – and MoB has got some kid-friendly gift ideas to help you out. Storytime is made easy (and a whole lot more fun) with A−Z of Australian Animals, a picture book packed with interesting facts and vibrant illustrations of Australia’s rare and enchanting animals. Kids who love to colour in will go gaga over these handmade beeswax crayons, or parents who are seeking an easy way to teach their little ones Indigenous Australian culture and symbols can stock up on these flash cards. The kids will be occupied all holidays.
For the office Secret Santa
The budget is tight. The water-cooler conversation has been particularly limited this year (because it’s been banned, #COVID). On paper, the odds are against you. That shouldn’t stop you absolutely nailing this gift. To help you out, MoB has curated a whole bunch of wallet-friendly presents to suit any budget – there are gifts under $35, gifts under $50 and gifts under $100. This means you’ll be able to spread Christmas cheer without feeling guilty for breaking the bank – yippee!
This article was written with our friends at Museum of Brisbane.