Season’s greetings from Oakleigh!
While this time of year is usually one for Christmas carols, cups of cocoa and decorating your home with festive cheer, it can also sneak in a bit of gift-buying stress.
If you’re struggling for Christmas gift inspiration, we’ve got a few bright ideas for you. If you’ve got family or friends who are notoriously tricky to buy for, consider a gift from one of our retailers in Oakleigh’s shopping district.
Does mum deserve a bit of pampering this season? YOTA All About Beauty is the perfect place for just that. Or perhaps mum would love a professional family portrait for the holidays? Sylvia Gabriel Photography would be a strong contender for the job. Offering free delivery in the Oakleigh area, Oakleigh Flowers are for nature-loving mums – they’ve got everything from native flowers to roses, pot plants and bouquets. If you’d rather wine and dine with mum, why not book a table at Richmond Oysters to sample a fresh seafood menu? For something a little more decadent, sample the authentic Sturgeon roe Caviar with a glass of champagne.
Portman Continental Butchers is an Oakleigh institution that’s been running since the 1950s, and a great pit stop during your Christmas shopping. Treat dad to a feast of European delicacies and snack foods – think smoked sausages, deli-style cheeses, and gourmet groceries. If dad’s feeling inspired to take on some home renovations next year, why not visit Tony’s Hardware together and pick out some key tools and materials? For the more adventurous dads out there, try choosing an immersive experience at escapeXperience. The experience allows participants to enter an interactive, themed room and undertake a series of challenges and problem solving to find their way out.
For your (grown-up) siblings
Gift-buying can be tricky for our siblings once they’ve grown up. Rather than buy them a product based on a short-lived trend that might be left unused, treat them to some fun experiences based in Oakleigh’s shopping district. If you think your sister would enjoy a beautifying treatment, Fantastic Paris Nails offers manicures and pedicures, while Blo Bar provides the full beauty treatment with their Red Carpet Ready pack or Combo Package. For a stressed-out sibling who needs to relax, look no further than a gift certificate from Koh Wellbeing who offer traditional Thai and Swedish massages, followed by a plate of fresh fruit and tea in the reception area. For the sibling who wants to keep fit, a personal training or kickboxing session from Challenge Fitness could be the ticket.
For the kids
For the little ones, perhaps casual clothing from Kids Stop or formal wear at affordable prices from Happy Angels will be a good fit for the party season. For sporty girls and boys, Football Galaxy is perfect for football-related clothing and accessory needs. Fantasy board game lovers will love something from Games Workshop who offer free in-store pick-up and a no-quibble returns policy if you got the wrong item by mistake.
For friends or co-workers
‘Tis the season for office Kris Kringles and ticking off gifts for friends both new and treasured. For last-minute gifts for co-workers, try W Ying Gifts for an affordable assortment of interesting items. The pop culture nerds among your friends may appreciate a careful look through Discount Books & DVDs R Us for unexpected bargains. For friends who live overseas, why not send them some snail mail through Australia Post? And for a great blend of stress-relief, exercise and self-defence techniques, an adult karate lesson at Deshi-do Martial Arts is a great option.
These are just a few of the many great gift options on offer in Oakleigh’s shopping precinct. With a variety of independent stores, unique services and an assortment of dining options, Oakleigh is sure to have something suitable for your loved ones this Christmas.