We have put together our Sydney Christmas Gift Guide to highlight some of the city’s small businesses that are producing great items right here in Sydney.
After another year when local small businesses have had an incredibly challenging time, we wanted to highlight some small local operators that make great choices for Sydney Christmas shopping. The guide is arranged by theme, and we have tried to give you some perfect options for the whole family.
Shopping in your local area is a great way to support your community and maybe even help keep some operators in business. At the same time, you will find unique gifts for your family and friends, so everyone wins! No one has paid to appear on this list – these are brands and products we genuinely love.
Gifts for Sydney Foodies
In an era of sustainability, gifts you can eat are a great choice, especially for those that have everything they need.
Baked By Keiran Christmas Hampers
Is it your turn to bring a dessert to Christmas lunch? You are in luck, Sydney artisan bakery Baked by Keiran will be offering some fabulous 2021 Christmas Hampers and festive season specialties.
The bakery, known for its 72-hour sourdough, will offer Christmas Hampers and individual specialty items from its Elizabeth Bay, Bondi, Peakhurst and Dulwich Hill bakeries.
Keiran’s Christmas Hampers will include*:
- Gingerbread Men: soft and chewy gingerbread
- Mince Pies: Soaked fruit mince in crumbly, buttery pastry
- Christmas Pudding: Keiran’s Drunken Pud, best enjoyed warm
- Xmas Granola: crunchy granola with cranberries
- Christmas Canele: spiced fruit mince canele with white chocolate topping
- Festive Rocky Road: milk chocolate with cranberry nougat and marshmallows.
*See the full range in the feature image at the top of the page.
Each Hamper will retail for $68 and include 19 pieces, including Keiran’s Drunken Pud, in an easy-to-transport box. Order your hamper online and pick it up from one of their four locations.
A Christmas tree-shaped pull-apart sourdough is also available for $20 and makes an ideal table centrepiece.
Dessert King’ Reynold Poernomo’s new Ferrero Rocher Christmas Desserts
Celeb Pastry Chef and Masterchef “Dessert King” Reynold Poernomo has launched a selection of limited-edition Ferrero Rocher inspired Christmas desserts he’s showcasing across Sydney at his KOI Dessert Kitchen in Ryde and Chippendale, as well as at dessert pop-ups at the Darling Harbour Christmas Festival and Bastille Festival in Circular Quay this December, in time for Christmas.
- The Ferrero Rocher ‘Bell’: A heavenly dark chocolate mousse, which hides a luxurious spiced raisin caramel filling inside, and is topped with a golden whole roasted hazelnut, delicate dark chocolate feathers and a Ferrero Rocher.
- The Ferrero Rocher ‘Bauble’: A delicate choux pastry filled with an irresistible dark chocolate whipped ganache and finished with an iconic Ferrero Rocher.
The desserts are also available to pre-order online from now until Christmas, and for home bakers, Reynold has provided the two limited edition dessert recipes to make with the recipes.
Wood Roaster Coffee
Marrickville based award-winning Coffee merchant, The Wood Roaster, brings out the flavours in their coffee by roasting the beans over sustainable Australian Ironbark.
One of the few companies worldwide to roast their coffee over wood, they won two silver medals at the 2020 Melbourne International Coffee Awards.
A family-owned business, founded in 2012, today Wood Roaster produce six blends and five single-origin coffees. You can also purchase reusable pods and other coffee-making equipment. Check their website for more details.
Dully Locals – Artisan food products
Dully Locals is a not-for-profit collective of Dulwich Hill artisan producers, providers and makers, working together to make it easier for locals to buy local during the shutdown. It kept independent businesses that relied heavily on food industry orders until that point alive.
Many of these businesses didn’t have a retail arm before Dully Locals came into being, including:
- Drunken Sailor Canning – small-batch, Aussie made preserves with fun and quirky flavour profiles.
- Kombu Kombucha – handcrafted with locally sourced ingredients.
- Perfect South Tea – on a mission to show people that Australian Grown Green Tea is world class.
- Sausage Queen Brewing – showing that a female led beer brand can stand proud the strong inner west craft beer scene.
You can purchase all these and many more on the Dully Local website. Order by 5pm Tuesday for delivery or pick up Friday. Delivery is available to the Inner West and City of Sydney.
The Sweetest Gift
The Sweetest Gift is a Sydney based charity supporting transplant recipients and people living with chronic illnesses. With a tag line “eat dessert, support charity” along with selling fabulous dessert boxes you can also order custom cakes, macarons and Christmas puddings.
Each dessert box contains:
- Christmas tree donuts
- Cranberry & pistachio blondies
- Peppermint bark
- Rum balls
- Gingerbread cookies
- Lemon myrtle & macadamia shortbread
- Maple nut fudge
- Beurre noisette & gingerbread mini cupcakes
- Dark choc filled profiteroles covered in Ruby chocolate
The items are to fundraise toward our ultimate goal of opening a social enterprise restaurant where we can provide employment opportunities to our vulnerable group, many of whom suffer financial disadvantage and social isolation due to their health needs.
Find out more about the delicious treats on offer and how you can support the important charity on the Sweetest Gift website.
That Gingerbread Place
That Gingerbread Place creates an amazing array of customised products locally produced at their bakery in Sydney. All products are 100% Australian made with no preservatives and are dairy-free!
Their DIY Gingerbread house or tree kits are their best sellers and provide great value for money! Easy to assemble, fun to create and suitable for all ages. Let your creativity run wild! You can order online or purchase instore at Castle Hill.
Tea from Two Homes
Tea From Two Homes’ range of organic, loose-leaf, herbal teas is an inspiration to come back to basics, because everyone needs the chance to pause, reset and recharge, especially with a delicious cup of tea. It’s the perfect way to get lost in thought or good company. It’s a hug from your mug, a brew just for you.
Handcrafted by a local couple in Wollongong and available at markets in Sydney and Wollongong, as well as online.
Beautiful Wooden Boards by Exquisite Atelier
Exquisite Eatelier, created by Giulia & Maria produces & sells handmade hardwood chopping and serving boards, finished in eco food-safe oils, perfect for entertaining guests and a lovely display for any room with character. Focusing on sustainable and natural products, our pieces are made with extreme love.
Every board tells a story, and we shape them and protect the surface with handmade coconut oil and a pure beeswax balm that we produce in our workshop. We also take great pride in our packaging, made with brown paper and small natural decorations, or wrapped with fabric to give as gifts. You can purchase from their online store.
Beeswax Wraps by Belinda Xia Studio
These beeswax wraps are hand-illustrated and designed with watercolour, then locally made with 100% cotton, organic beeswax, jojoba oil & natural tree resin (plus they smell really, really good.)
The current range features stunning Australian natives and makes a set of these make a great Christmas gift. Created by Belinda Xia Studio, a fun-loving Sydney-based Fashion & Lifestyle illustration studio, committed to making friends with women who appreciate quality (and a laugh). Find out more on their website.
Related: No plans for Christmas Lunch? Check out what’s on offer this year in Sydney’s restaurants and hotels.
Classes and Experiences
Buy a voucher for a local food tour
Small tourism operators have perhaps had an even more challenging time than even the hospitality industry with their primary income often coming from international visitors.
We think there are dozens of these tours that most locals would really enjoy if they knew about them. From small bar tours exploring the inner city to travelling to new suburbs and learning more about one of Sydney’s ethnic communities, there is so much variety and always something new to discover.
One company we really like to support is Taste Cultural Food Tours who offer both the city and suburban adventures. Taste Food Tours is a social enterprise that provides training to Australian migrants and refugees and local youth. The guides are employed leading local tours which promote cross-cultural understanding.
Sydney Seafood School
For much of the year, Sydney Seafood School has been offering a fantastic cook-at-home experience with the SSS@home program, their virtual cooking classes.
Each week you receive a parcel packed with all you need to recreate a fabulous seafood meal at home. Your kits include a step-by-step video (and detailed printed recipes) plus all the fresh seafood, vegetables, herbs.
A new recipe is released each week for Friday or Saturday delivery or collection. It costs just $52.50 for a generous meal for two plus, of course, the fun cooking experience. The 4-week loyalty pack makes a fabulous Christmas gift and includes a bonus gourmet pantry staples pack valued at $30. Check all the details and menus here.
Delivery is available across NSW & ACT by refrigerated courier, in environmentally-friendly insulated packaging.
Sydney Living Museums Membership
How much do you know about our city’s history? An annual membership to the Sydney Living Museums offers so much, and it’s not just history the properties host lots of great exhibitions and classes too. There are ten properties to explore in Sydney and one on the NSW South Coast.
Member benefits include:
- Free entry to our museums and historic houses
- Free entry to exhibitions
- 20% discount on all events, including school holiday programs
- Exclusive member events
- Pre-sale tickets and priority access
- Members’ magazine posted quarterly
- Regular eNews bulletins keeping you in-the-know
- Shop and dine with us and enjoy a 10% discount
- Reciprocal benefits including discounts and offers from our friends
- Every membership includes free entry to museums, historic houses and exhibitions for up to four children (aged 15 years or younger) when accompanied by the member
We have had our memberships for a few years now and feel really positive about supporting these museums and can vouch for the quality of the exhibitions and events they run.
The Train Game – Sydney edition
As avid public transport users, we could not go past including The Train Game. While the first edition, released in 2019, was based on the Melbourne train network this small Australian family business launched a Sydney version of the game in 2020 and have recently launched Brisbane, NYC and London.
Creators Lauren and Mark, have come up with a game that is fast-paced and requires a great mix of strategy and luck. Each set contains train lines with local stations across the line, ticket
inspectors and undercover ticket inspectors, tickets and trains.
The game is best suited to players aged 7 years and older and is the perfect after lunch game for all the family. Check out their website to learn more and sign up for details of future cities when they come online. The Sydney edition is available for $39.99 from their website.
Gifts for Him
Cowells Beard Products
Goatee, mutton chops or full beard, whatever stage your facial hair’s at, grow it with care and wear it with pride. Local beardster Shane Cowell’s small-batch grooming products use only the best Aussie ingredients.
Inspired by Sydney and surrounds, check out his all natural range of scents including Blue Mountains, Outback and Bondi. Find their full range on their website.
Black Chicken Remedies
The gift box contains Black Chicken Remedies famous H.I.S. Face and Beard Oil and cult status Axilla Natural Deodorant Paste in new Alpha scent, developed for strength and courage – two easy male grooming steps to look and smell amazing. Australian owned by Chey Birch and 100% natural and organic.
Gifts for Babies and Children
Every newborn should be loud and proud about who they are, where they come from and where they aspire to go. Proud Baby’s soft bamboo-cotton swaddles celebrate the roots, heritage and travels of babies and their families. Whether a homebody or vagabond, our Muslins with Meaning remind us who, what and where we love.
There is a story behind every baby born. And as the world seems smaller, people are coming together from different countries, cultures and heritage. Proud Baby muslins ensure that these roots are proudly remembered, celebrated and shared.
The three swaddles above are measured – 120 x 120cm, 70% bamboo, 30% cotton and are Machine Washable. 5% of all profits are donated to the Save the Children charity. All products are designed in Australia and manufactured by a company that are fully certified to Australian standards.
Find more designs including Kiwi’s, Eiffel Towers and London buses on their website.
Our mission at Cleanskin Products Sydney Australia is to assist parents with the nurturing of their children by proving them premium Aussie themed products such as Bamboo Baby Swaddles and Koalas.
By using Australian mammals as our symbol we aim to bring about increased awareness to protect and preserve these icons.
Perfect for sending family overseas! Each sale contributes to the conservation of Koalas and other Aussie natives. You can find out more here.
Gifts for the Green Thumb
Now and Zen – Garden and Landscaping ideas
Shannon Decker is a master landscaper and educator who opened his brand new showroom in the Blue Mountains just in time for Corona. The showroom is stocked with regionally-made quality house and garden accessories, perfect for Christmas presents.
The bespoke range includes weeping standards, topiary, hanging plants and bonsais, timber and resin charcuterie boards, pots, indoor plants, succulent arrangements, polished stump stools and outdoor artwork and sculptures all sourced from Blue Mountains creatives. Check the website for more details.
Gifts for Petlovers
Vilarte – Pet Portraits and Wildlife Calendars
Valentina Marin is a Sydney based artist and graphic designer truly passionate about nature. Above all else, she is best known for her wildlife animals and pet portraits in diverse techniques such as acrylics, watercolours and professional pencils. Being obsessed with animals, she loves highlighting their beauty combined with fine details from textures, colours and expressions, turning them out into realistic artworks.
The Pet portraits are A4 size, the price would be $130 Included shipping around Australia, comes framed and ready to be part of your home or gifted for Christmas.
The Wildlife Calendar features 12 iconic Hand-painted Australian animals, which are printed in 100% post-consumer recycled paper, after the year is over each artwork can be trimmed and framed. Also, 10% of the sales are going to support threatened species in Australia. I bought one of these last year and it was stunning.
Need a little something to put under the tree for your dog this Christmas, then The Gifting Emporium has you covered with their cute dog hampers containing products made by Australian small businesses.
These include stylish bandanas, tasty treats and dog wash bars, we’ll even throw in a toy for a bit of fun! Check out their shop for more options.
We hope you have found some products that will make perfect gifts for your family and friends.
Paula and Charles