November 26, 2019
Psssst. Don’t tell anyone, but we know the best-kept secret for stress-free Christmas shopping in Canberra. Our friends at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre have a shop stocked to the brim with local delights. Featuring a wide range of gifts sourced from the Canberra Region, there’s plenty to excite everyone, from foodies to culture junkies through to kids - even those who are dubbed ‘impossible to buy for’.
With easy parking right outside and delicious coffee next door at The Deck, the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre makes Christmas shopping, dare we say it, enjoyable. Plus we’ve done the heavy lifting and designed some Christmas wish lists for your friends and family (it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it!).
Take your tastebuds on a culinary journey through the national capital as you pick out presents for your foodie friends. Delight their palates with a cool climate wine or a local tea leaf blend, which tastes even better from a Trevor Dickson mug, which playfully captures the essence of Canberra’s iconic bus shelters.
If you’re after a savoury side, look no further than Pialligo Estate’s Bacon Jam. If you have a sweet tooth we recommend Fudgemental’s desserts. Famous for their unexpectedly delightful flavour combinations, a smorgasbord of delicious flavours awaits you.
Want to spend some quality time with your loved ones exploring Canberra? Why not gift them an experience to remember? Tickets to the National Museum of Australia’s Dreamworks Animation, the Exhibition, Journey from Sketch to Screen and the National Gallery of Australia’s Matisse & Picasso exhibition are available for purchase.
For the lover of fine art, lose yourself in one of Scott Leggo’s framed Canberra vista photographs. Drape your favourite lady in a Zilpah Tart silk scarf, beautifully designed with a bright Canberra landscape.
You will find plenty of cool presents for kids and kids-at-heart alike. Locally created picture book, Phoebe Digs Politics, is a modern classic that works on multiple levels and LLL Design’s earrings are so funky that any age can rock them. Keep an eye out for the limited edition Australian coin sets created by the Royal Australian Mint. Featuring colourful designs commemorating Chinese New Year and Aussie classics like Possum Magic, these designs are sure to inspire the whole family.
Get hands-on and create your own kangaroo sculpture or challenge your family to a game of cards featuring locally inspired designs. Share the gift of gardening with your kids thanks to Seed Tiles – designed to make growing plants easy for those of us who lack a green thumb, this creator also partners with local organisations to advance social inclusion initiatives.
A Christmas hampers it the ultimate gift for that hard-to-buy for friend or family member. Featuring everything from Jasper and Myrtle chocolate to Underground Spirits’ gin through to Byanne’s handmade soaps, these hampers are the bomb. Alternatively, create your own combination of local brews with a mix-and-match six pack.
Gingerbread Houses (including a gluten free variety) are also available for purchase. Be warned, these gingerbread creations are so adorable you won’t want to eat them.
The Canberra and Region Visitors Centre is located at Regatta Point. Open 9am-5pm weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends, the centre is open daily except for Christmas Day.
Have you got visiting friends or family coming this Christmas? The Canberra and Region Visitors Centre is the perfect place to take your visitors when they arrive. The friendly staff can assist with recommendations on what to do and where to go. You can even hire a Brompton Bike and ride around the lake.
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The knowledgable staff and volunteers at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre know everything there is to see, do, eat and explore in the territory and the surrounding region. A visit to the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre will ensure your holiday to Canberra is full of one good thing after another.