As Christmas inches closer, it can be easy to leave gift shopping until the last minute, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve compiled a list of LGBTI-friendly gifts to save the last-minute shoppers among us who could use a helping hand.
1. Movie tickets
Looking for the perfect festival gift for the Mardi Gras Film Festival lover in your life? Look no further – a Flexi Pass is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Passes are the best way to see more films and experience the full festival fun.
Queer Screen’s 26th Mardi Gras Film Festival runs from the February 13 – 28 with an unmissable program of films and special events. Ten teaser films are on sale now, with the full program set to be released on January 9.
RRP Flexi 5 $90, Flexi 10 $170
2. Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London (March 16 – July 14)
Presenting some of the most significant royal portraits over five royal dynasties: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians, Victorians, and Windsors. Includes works by the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol, and Annie Liebovitz.
RRP Adult price $25
3. Australian Christmas gin
A Four Pillars annual tradition. Christmas puddings made to an old family recipe. The puddings then distilled in Wilma and Jude (Four Pillars’ gorgeous copper stills named after the founders’ mums). The gin aged in 100-year-old Muscat barrels. The final product tweaked with some fresh Muscat. It smells like gin, tastes like Christmas, and is perfect on the rocks on a hot summer Christmas afternoon.
Available from Four Pillars Distillery in Healesville; Four Pillars Pop-Up Gin Store, Myer, Bourke Street, Melbourne; select retailers nationwide.
4. Man Perfected
Not sure what to get him this Christmas? Man Perfected will certainly have something right for you, that he won’t be able to live without. The gift set that takes care of him while you get to sit back and reap the rewards – Man Perfected has all you might need this Christmas.
Type in the code LUXE10 and receive a ten per cent discount.
RRP $19.95 – $432
Celebrate Christmas this year with a Manrags subscription. Australia’s first men’s essentials club created to save you time, effort, and money by delivering premium socks and jocks monthly. Designed in Australia and made in Egypt using 100 per cent Egyptian cotton to ensure ultimate comfort and style. With pay as you go, six or twelve month subscriptions – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
RRP from $14
Celebrate this festive season with GAYLE. Brewed with love, their Golden Ale is a refreshing beer with passionfruit aroma – a legendary ale packed with Aussie pride. Their cider is made from 100 per cent Pink Lady apples grown in the Adelaide hills. It’s not too sweet and not too dry, it’s just right.
Purchase a case online and receive a bonus Gayle beer tumbler. Offer ends December 25, 2018.
RRP Gayle Ale and Cider 24 x 375ml cans $90
Christmas is only a month away so why not reign in the holidays with rejuvenated skin? Handsome is an organic and non-toxic skincare brand that the man in your life didn’t know he needed. Handsome is a new local Australian brand based out of Melbourne that offers you ethical, organic skincare that has been carefully designed to revitalise male skin. Gift your partner, brother, or dad these holidays with an essential skincare range in time for the sweltering Australian summer.
RRP from $17.95
8. Star Observer magazine
The gift that keeps on giving. A 12-month magazine subscription to Star Observer magazine delivered to your friends, family, and loved ones.
RRP only $60 per subscription
9. The Bookshop Darlinghurst
Several years ago, UK photographer Thomas Knights was in Sydney with a large scale exhibition of his photography works, showcasing the charms of red-haired men. Two hardcover books of his work have been published and then there are his range of extremely popular calendars. For 2019, there is a choice of Red Hot American Boys, Red Hot Butts, and Red Hot Cocks, which features full-frontal nudity and sold out almost immediately after publication. The three Red Hot Calendars are available exclusively in Australia from Sydney’s The Bookshop Darlinghurst.
RRP $44.99 – $110
10. Blessed by Nature
With Christmas around the corner, why not spoil the wife, girlfriend, or mum in your life with organic and cruelty free Australian skincare? Blessed by Nature is a local Australian brand based out of Melbourne that offers you natural, organic, and ethical skincare that are free from nasties so that the females in your life beam with nourished and hydrated skin that also cares for our environment.
Best of all, all products are affordable to ensure that you are not breaking the bank this holiday.
11. Weekend getaway
Nattai Lodge in the heart of the Southern Highlands is the perfect weekend or lazy mid-week getaway. It sleeps up to 12 people and is a short drive to the region’s best wineries, cafes, antique stories, and hiking trails. And once you’ve finished exploring, you can simply relax with your friends and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the private garden. Or, you can treat yourselves to an in-house chef who can cook up a three course feast, or even in-house wine tastings.
Only 75 minutes from Sydney.
Type in property ID # 198718 in the location field for rates at stayz.com.au
12. Hares and Hyenas
The gift of knowledge, variety, and entertainment. Melbourne’s queer and alternative bookshop, cafe, and performance venue, Hares and Hyenas, specialises in books, DVDs, and materials for queer, gender, and sexuality diverse people. They are situated just off Brunswick Street on Johnson Street, in the heart of Spanish town.
Christmas gift vouchers are available to meet your budget, call (03) 9495 6589 or visit the store.
Purchase a Midsumma gift certificate for your friends, family, or lovers. Midsumma gift certificates can be redeemed against any 2019 Midsumma Festival tickets. A Midsumma gift certificate is 100 per cent transferrable, emailed like a regular print-at-home ticket that can be printed or emailed.
Purchasing a Midsumma gift certificate is transaction fee free and can be bought in $5, $20, $50, and $100 certificates.