Christmas Gift Ideas






It’s my happy task to play Santa this year, so I’m about to go out and try and find gifts for all my SA life TV colleagues my budget is $50 per present, so hopefully I’ll be able to find gifts that also inspire your Christmas Shopping this year.

Believe it or not, these little beauties are some of this year’s hottest items, and Harrison Music in Grenfell street is the mecca for Ukeleles. Now, you might remember that Pete took quite a shine to his borrowed uke during his lesson on an earlier show. Well, be careful what you wish for, Pete. From the cheap and cheerful for around $40, to the serious stuff for several hundred, the gift of music couldn’t be cuter.

Next stop- Rundle Street, and a place where you can find something to suit any age or obsession. Now I know Grant likes to spend a lot of time at the beach and what better place to relax with a good book over summer. I’ve come to South Australia’s very own bookstore, Mary Martin, where some of the recommended reads at this time of year are, Jeffery Eugenides ‘The Marriage Plot’, we’ve got Elliot Perlman’s ‘Street Sweeper’ and apparently for a very good laugh, ‘Hung like an Argentine Duck’ but you know what, I’m going to let Grant decide for himself and buy him a voucher. And the great thing about books, is that they can be shared around with friends and family afterwards-the gift that keeps on giving.

Darriwill Farm at Hyde Park stocks all sorts of Australian gourmet goodies, and that’s where we’ve headed next. Michael spends so much time making his garden look great, it might be nice to sit back with a few friends and enjoy the fruits of his labour with a glass of wine and a few nibbles. So it’s a custom-made hamper for him, to make Christmas entertaining that much easier. Darriwill specialises in lines that you won’t find on supermarket shelves, or even in the central market, so you can be sure your gift is going to be a deliciously new experience.

And while you’re browsing there’s always the opportunity for a wine tasting, or perhaps a coffee and something sweet to keep your energy levels up -this shopping thing can be quite tiring, after all!

The Jam Factory is a wonderful place to find unique gifts hand crafted by local artists, and so for Rosa we have found a lovely rolling pin, hand crafted from Tassie Sassafras. A thing of beauty, as well as a useful kitchen tool. It can be very difficult to find a one-off, but galleries and craft outlets are just the place to pick out something you can be sure won’t turn up twice. Plus, there’s the added benefit of supporting Australian artisans.

Now, I know Leigh loves her Earl Grey Tea and at Cleverdicks, there’s a pot with her name on it –I’m guessing she’ll need to put her feet up and enjoy a quiet moment after the mad excitement of Christmas with the kids. Cleverdicks is a South Australian-owned outfit, with outlets at Burnside, Mitcham and Norwood – but its beautiful homewares, toys, jewellery and clothing are sourced from all over the world. Of course, you can have a peek at their stock online, but where’s the fun in that? It’s so much fun to browse here, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to stay home.

You’ll find even more ideas in the November issue of SA Life Magazine – it’s gift guide is full of inspiration. But for me, the shopping’s done – it’s time to start dreaming about the pudding.