Does the thought of braving a shopping centre in December make you want to break out in hives?
Are you so busy travelling that you can’t physically find the time to hit the shops? Don’t worry, we’ve got you.
Whether you just need a stocking filler or want to tick off your whole shopping list, Brisbane Airport has your gifting sorted. Make a list and check it twice, following our gift guide for all budgets.
Gifts under $20
Got rellies coming from overseas this Christmas but don’t want to give them a stuffed koala again? [email protected] is heaving with Australian products including Aussie giftware brand, La La Land, perfect for international visitors’ Christmas stockings.
You’ll also find toys, cards, books and magazines to top up even the smallest family member’s Santa sack at [email protected]
If the best thing about Christmas time is the sweets that go with it, pay a visit to New Farm Confectionery, which packages up the best kind of Christmas presents, the edible kind.
Get your mitts on stocking-stuffers like Chocolate Christmas Baubles and Rocky Road, that come in milk, white and dark chocolate varieties. Did we mention New Farm Confectionery also has a vegan range of chocolates for those hard-to-buy family members?
If you’re short on luggage space, but still need something for the kids, tell Santa to make a pitstop at Zoodle. You’ll find everything from colouring-in books and card games to larger gadgets and soft toys.
Gifts under $50
Christmas presents come in all shapes and sizes at Peter Alexander. With themed sleep sets and gifts, we’re convinced even the Christmas Grinch could find something he loves here.
Men of the family can often be hard to buy for, but Oxford make Christmas shopping a one-stop-shop. Pick up new threads or accessories, including belts, cufflinks and ties for him this Christmas.
Mecca Maxima has taken the stress out of gift-giving with a designated section for gifts under $50. Choose from Frank coffee body scrubs, hand cream bonbons, lip gloss trios and rejuvenating sleep mask sets – all presented in beautiful packaging, so it can go from the terminal to under the tree with no wrapping required.
Gifts under $100
For the tech-junkie, tick off your Christmas list at the Gadget Shop, with headphones, speakers and phone accessories to choose from. Or, for the person in your life who takes their music seriously, dial up the budget and splurge on a Bose speaker for the best audio quality of Christmas with Michael Bublé.
For a gift whose benefits are long burning, pay a visit to Jo Malone London. If you’re not brave enough to choose a fragrance for a loved one, pick up a scented candle like their signature Lime, Basil & Mandarin. Everything in store comes complete with gift wrapping, so you’ll look far more organised than you ever were.
The fashion trifecta Country Road, Witchery or Mimco makes for winning presents in the Domestic Terminal. If looking for gifts for her, stick to accessories – earrings, bags, belts, scarves - for a guaranteed fit every time.
Looking to splurge?
Has your loved one’s luggage seen better days? Treat them to new wheels at Samsonite. From large suitcases to carry on bags, toiletry kits and beauty cases and matching suitcase sets, the Samsonite team can assist in purchasing the perfect present for your frequent flyer.
Gift style this Christmas with a visit to Sunglass Hut, the specialists in gifting shade. Stocking all your favourite brands from Ray-Ban to Oakley and Burberry to Gucci, this present is also a perfect fit if you’re sneaking it into your hand luggage before your onward journey.
Psst - Not flying? No worries. A perk of shopping at the Domestic Terminal is that you don’t have to be boarding a flight to go through security to take advantage of the retail experience. If you’re dropping off or picking someone up, park short, pop through security to tick everything off under one roof.
Gifts under $20
Flying overseas and want to take a piece of Australia with you? Australian Produce Store has a range of treats such as Patons Australian Macadamia Nuts – perfect for gifting (if you don’t crack into them first).
Add lightweight stocking-stuffers to your carry-on baggage. Lotte Duty Free has a great range of OPI nail polish, pick up two colours for only $20.
Gifts under $50
Gift a piece of Gold Coast surf culture this Christmas with a present from Billabong. With everything from togs, towels, shirts and boardshorts to accessories and caps they have something for everyone.
Give the scent of Queensland this Christmas with something from Wavertree & London, found at Australian Produce Store. With plant-based soaps, soy candles and diffusers in flavours such as Pineapple, Coconut & Lime, you’ll transport loved ones to Queensland shores as they unwrap their gift.
Gifts under $100
For the gin-lover in the family, shop Lotte Duty Free’s range of botanicals from Tanqueray Gin or Four Pillars limited-edition, Bloody Shiraz Gin. Choose from a range of makeup products from Dior, Chanel or the travel exclusive range from Australian skincare favourite, Jurlique.
Looking for a present that’s light to pack? Shop the Swatch collection, whose range starts from $95.
For that person who is always the hardest to buy for, purchase them a voucher for lounge access at the International Terminal. Make a travel journey extra special by pre-purchasing a My Lounge or Plaza Premium lounge access pass. Psst… you’ll need to know the person’s flight details to purchase these passes.
Looking to splurge?
Don’t know what to buy for the person who has everything or want to surprise your loved one with something seriously special? Enter Lotte Duty Free.
Bottega Veneta has a range of unisex perfumes, which make the $355 bottle a little more palatable on the purse strings because you can both wear it (as long as you don’t mind smelling the same as your partner).
La Prairie’s Skin Caviar cream is one of the most expensive anti-aging face creams on the market at $761 but is said to ‘restore the loss of volume and density to the skin’. Just be careful how you word the gift tag on this present, as ‘saw this and thought of you’ could cause serious offense.
Have absolutely no budget on your gift-giving this Christmas? Think Cognac.
A bottle of Remy Martin, Louis XIII Magnum Cognac may come with a price tag of $11,658, but it is named after a king and immediately bestows the title of King of Christmas to the person who comes bearing this gift.
Or for something quintessentially Australian, the R.M. Williams store delivers the Christmas goods. While a pair of boots may set you back $500, they are designed to last if you’re justifying the expense with a cost per wear argument. We hear ol’ Saint Nick even rocks a pair of RM Williams boots come Christmas Eve.