No time to dilly dally, listed here are some prime present concepts

From playing cards to crystals, flight simulators to health vouchers, right here’s the “CityNews” final Christmas present information…

THE vacation season is formally right here. With so few sleeps to go, introduction calendars are out and Christmas purchasing is properly underway.

Native companies within the Canberra area have a wide range of present concepts to go well with even the toughest to please this festive season. 

From playing cards to crystals, flight simulators to health vouchers, “CityNews” has compiled the last word Christmas present information for this vacation season. 

“Puffs”… at The Q, Might 11-20.

Sit and share the present of theatre

THE Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre – The Q – has simply launched its 2023 season, says advertising and marketing officer Joel Horwood, that includes a line-up of performs, musicals, comedy, stay music and leisure for the children.

Creative director Jordan Greatest “has programmed an extremely numerous array of exhibits for 2023”. 

“There will probably be a present for each member of the household!,” he says.

“Whether or not it’s your eccentric aunt who loves risqué comedy, or your brother who considers himself a younger Quentin Tarantino, we’ve acquired you coated.

“We’ve got pivoted away from subscriptions in the direction of an thrilling new membership system,” says Joel. 

“Give the present of theatre,” he says, “and buy a ‘Q Membership’ on your family members. 

“For simply $50, members profit from particular costs on our season exhibits, reductions at our theatre bars, prize attracts, invites to particular occasions, and reductions from our associates within the neighbourhood. 

“After a couple of years trapped at house, it’s time to start out exploring the entire wonderful leisure choices in our area.”

“From literary classics reimagined, to quirky cabaret and terrifying acrobatic stunts, there has by no means been a greater time to return to the theatre and expertise the magic of stay efficiency at The Q.”

  • “Prima Facie”, April 19. 
  • “Puffs”, Might 11-20. 
  • “Legacies”, August 2-23.
  • “Coil”, August 8-9. 

The Q, 253 Crawford Avenue, Queanbeyan. Name 6285 6290 or go to

A inventive method to present giving

THE Artists Shed has an amazing number of items for these seeking to get in contact with their inventive sides this Christmas, says proprietor Margaret Hadfield.

An award-winning artist herself with a long time of expertise, Margaret says she hand picks high quality supplies to compile her speciality artwork hampers, which she says are excellent for individuals getting began in a variety of strategies equivalent to drawing, portray, watercolours, acrylics and extra.

“For those who use poor gear your work gained’t come out as properly,” says Margaret.

“As knowledgeable artist, I solely decide good-quality supplies that may assist rookies obtain the vibrancy they’re in search of.”

For these seeking to take their inventive expertise to the following degree, Margaret says the Artists Shed additionally sells present vouchers redeemable for artwork courses.

The teachings vary from absolute rookies, by means of to skilled artists seeking to sharpen their expertise.

Reward vouchers may also be used for artwork supplies and artworks. 

And, after all, Margaret says there’s a variety of her artworks and people of a number of Canberra creatives to purchase.

“We’ve got an enormous number of lovely items on the market within the giant gallery from $50 for unique artwork.”

The Artists Shed, Unit 1-3, 88 Wollongong Avenue. Name 0418 237766 or go to

Wombat Playing cards and Presents proprietor Monica Rolls.

Options for anybody struggling for present concepts

FOR anybody scuffling with Christmas current concepts, Wombat Playing cards and Presents has it coated, says proprietor Monica Rolls.

“Now that I’ve most of my Christmas inventory and decorations in, individuals must get in early as a result of there are greatest sellers throughout the board,” she says.

Monica recommends the books at Wombat Playing cards and Presents as they “at all times make for good presents”.

“The variability provided at Wombat Playing cards and Presents gives any gift-giver with concepts galore!” she says.

“We’ve got the entire Australian animals with little Christmas hats on, and nativity scenes with Australian animals, too.”

There are “numerous little issues” excellent for any loved-one’s Christmas stocking.

Monica says Wombat Playing cards and Presents is a small household enterprise in Belconnen, began by husband John and her in 2015.

“We began as a small market stall promoting home made greeting playing cards that I began making after I retired,” she says.

And, whereas Monica says she cherished that markets gave her an opportunity to see extra of Australia and she or he cherished assembly all of the fascinating individuals alongside the way in which, it was time to place down some roots nearer to house. 

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Wombat Playing cards and Presents, Store 2, 31/35 Nettlefold Avenue, Belconnen. Name 0423 786222, or go to

Studio Pilates staff, from left, Tony, Tahni, Tammy-Jo and Holly.

Reward playing cards for these with health objectives

STUDIO Pilates is properly geared up to realize any fitness-oriented objectives, says co-owner Simon Hunter. 

Nonetheless, this Christmas season Studio Pilates will even assist gifters to realize their objectives with their new present card.

Simon says the train program at Studio Pilates is the right present for individuals with any degree of health to get a kick begin on their New Yr’s resolutions.

Studio Pilates is providing a present card that can positively contribute to the well being and wellbeing of its receiver, he says.

At Studio Pilates there are a number of places, together with Braddon, Gungahlin and the newly opened Manuka studio.

Simon says each he and his spouse and co-owner Tammy-Jo Hunter, who he describes because the “driving drive behind all of it”, are obsessed with serving to individuals obtain their objectives.

“We’ve got a tremendous staff right here at Studio Pilates”, says Tammy-Jo, “geared up with a mindset of progress”.

Combining progressive video know-how that performs contained in the studio and the expertise of world-class instructors, Simon says: “We pleasure ourselves on having the ability to tailor the classes for any particular person.”

“Studio Pilates is ideal for individuals with any degree of health,” he says, “Studio Pilates presents a variety of gifting choices from particular person courses to a 50-pack of courses.”

Studio Pilates. Go to


‘Nice’ Christmas items that include a distinction

Beeswax candle supporting Kiev girls.

THE Crystal Chalice is a store in Gold Creek with a give attention to wicca, paganism and witchcraft.

The proprietor, Lilitu Babalon opened the store 18 years in the past and between the employees there may be greater than 50 years’ expertise, she says. 

“We’ve got a whole lot of distinctive stuff you gained’t have the ability to get anyplace else.”

The Crystal Chalice specialises in tarot and oracle decks with greater than 350 gadgets in inventory. 

Lilitu says The Crystal Chalice “has a great deal of stuff for good items” equivalent to crystals, wands, jewelry, resin statues, leather-based and resin journals, rosewood moon-shaped bowls, clothes, books, natural tea and, after all, loopy skeletons wearing Victorian clothes.

“We’ve got all the things from only a few {dollars} to 1000’s of {dollars}, there’s rather a lot to select from.

“Over the previous couple of months, The Crystal Chalice has been supporting the Ukrainian neighborhood by shopping for particularly from Ukrainian artists and publishers.

This vary entails “tarot playing cards revealed by Ukrainian artists, wooden carvings and exquisite beeswax candles formed like mermaids,” says Lilitu.

“Just about something I’ve acquired can be an amazing Christmas present,” she says.

The Crystal Chalice, Gold Creek Sq., 7 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls. Name 0434 112320 or go to

Jet Flight Simulator’s VP Paraglider.

Come fly with me, let’s fly all the way down to… anyplace, actually

JET Flight Simulator Canberra has the right Christmas present for anybody who’s ever wished to fly, says proprietor Trevor Vickers.

“Guests get to function a full-size duplicate of a Boeing 737-800 cockpit and may select from 24,000 airports all over the world to fly in or out of,” he says.

“There’ll be an teacher who’s there to level out what all of the buttons and levers do and when to make use of them, however it’ll be you that’s doing the flying.

“Typically individuals need to fly over the place they’ve been on vacation, others need to do issues like fly below the Sydney Harbour Bridge – it’s all attainable.”

He encourages individuals to attempt the brand new VR Paraglider which mixes an actual paraglider harness and controls linked to world-class skilled coaching software program. 

“Members can observe catching thermals, soar over coastal dunes, or enhance their accuracy at spot landings,” says Trevor.

Guests have the chance for a extra fast-paced, digital actuality expertise known as “ICAROS” which he describes as a “utterly totally different strategy to fly”.

“The best way it really works is that you just lie on a body and shift your physique weight to steer within the digital world,” says Trevor.

“The feeling is extra like flying with a wingsuit or such as you’re Superman.”

Whether or not it’s flying a 737, hovering by means of a digital world, or each, Trevor says there’s a number of reserving choices and present certificates.

Jet Flight Simulator Canberra, 4 Montford Crescent, Lyneham. Go to or name 0438 834026.

Celebrating the well being advantages of hemp

SOUTH Pacific Hemp, Canberra’s first all-hemp store, has loads of items to shock a cherished one with this festive season, says supervisor Sue Sales space.

Sue says: “It’s time we moved away from hemp’s outdated repute – hemp has power, medicinal and dietary worth, and was first cultivated greater than 10,000 years in the past.”

Sue says the shop sells salad dressings and a variety of hemp flour, hemp protein and hulled hemp seeds that include the best high quality elements and are licensed natural, vegan-friendly, gluten and GMO free.

“We see the store as an alternative choice to mass-produced, quick-fix purchasing,” she says.

“All of our hemp oils, meals gadgets, balms and lotions are rigorously sourced and chosen from small companies and producers in Tasmania, SA, WA and NSW.”

Sue additionally says the shop has a variety of clothes and linen, materials, bedding and cushions all made to advertise wellbeing.

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“Our clothes is designed for wearability and flexibility, is breathable, pure and simple to take care of,” she says.

“Hemp protects your pores and skin by naturally filtering UV mild. It additionally resists bacterial progress and breathes excellently, stopping odours and has 4 occasions the power of cotton and it gained’t weaken when washed,” she says.

“Hemp offers years of damage whereas its respiration potential, antibacterial and antiviral properties assist promote good sleep.”

South Pacific Hemp, 84 Wollongong Avenue, Fyshwick. Name 0431 318898 or go to

A French accent on high quality homewares

SINCE 2007, Residence French Residence has been promoting a rising vary of positive French napery, mattress linens, homewares and items in Australia, says proprietor, Djaimi Thornhill.

The enterprise prides itself on its high-quality, distinctive and laborious to seek out merchandise that make for pleasant items, she says.

“We’ve got merchandise from new designers and others from firms with a protracted heritage – centuries in some circumstances. This stuff have one thing actual to them,” she says. 

“We’ve got merchandise which are laborious to seek out or distinctive in Canberra, and of very high-quality. And, after all, it’s vital that our clients are delighted with what they discover.”

They embody tablecloths, tea towels, runners, cushion covers, curtains, wall tapestries, mattress linens, clothes for women and men, scarves, fragrances and soaps, purses, purchasing luggage, jewelry, teddy bears in addition to a meals part and present vouchers.

Residence French Residence, Store 11, Manuka Arcade, 22-30 Franklin Avenue, Manuka. Name 6100 3331 or go to

Optometrist Damien Longeran, left, and optical dispenser Ross Collins.

Sunnies that comes with the promise of safety

COLLINS and Lonergan Evolve Optometry is an area, high-quality and independently-owned enterprise within the centre of Gungahlin, says co-owner and observe supervisor, Ross Collins.

He says Evolve Optometry has the recent Australian Christmas sorted with sun shades and circumstances.

“In inventory, we now have very distinctive sun shades and choices for all budgets and polarisation wants, at all times with UV safety,” he says 

“A few of our new favorite sun-fashion kinds for summer time embody city, smooth shapes from Australian model Vaanyard or light-weight, minimal-look handmade from Mykita. We even have all new-season kinds from Gucci and Saint Laurent in addition to rose-coloured lenses from Maui Jim.

“Lovely, bespoke, handmade glasses circumstances are additionally obtainable,” says Ross.

Evolve Optometry additionally presents present vouchers from $50 to “let a cherished one select for themselves.” 

Appointments can be found with co-owner and optometrist Damien Lonergan proper up till Christmas, says Ross.

Over the festive interval to the top of January, he says Evolve Optometry is providing reductions on prescription glasses.

He additionally reminds contact-lens wearers to order their lenses now to keep away from disappointment over the Christmas interval.

Collins and Lonergan Evolve Optometry, Gungahlin Village (reverse Coles). Name 6189 5891 or go to

Retailer for youths all prepared for summer time

WITH the Christmas season amongst us, proprietor Jen Takiari has been busy getting Lellow Youngsters prepared for summer time. 

The household favorite retailer is filled with new summer time clothes and footwear, says Jen, simply in time for some Christmas purchasing.

“Toys, items and stocking fillers are arriving for Christmas,” she says. 

“There may be a lot clothes & footwear for the hotter climate, too!” 

Jen says she’s additionally proud that most of the manufacturers stocked in retailer come from Australian companies.

“A number of the manufacturers we inventory are distinctive to us, you’ll solely discover them right here in Lellow,” she says.

Jen additionally presents skilled shoe fittings “to make sure little toes are getting the most effective sneakers for his or her growth”.

“We’ve acquired so many present concepts,” says Jen. “From clothes and footwear to child necessities, developmental toys, books, video games and a lot extra for newborns as much as eight-year-olds.

“Lots of people store right here for Christmas items as a result of we’ve acquired one thing that’s that little bit additional particular.”

Lellow Youngsters, 63/30 Lonsdale Avenue, Braddon. Name 6247 3679 or go to

Canberra’s first digital actuality arcade

CANBERRA’s first digital actuality arcade, VR Canberra, will “convey your youngsters’s creativeness to life” throughout these faculty holidays, says host, Pranav Sood. 

Pranav grew to become concerned within the enterprise this 12 months, impressed by his son’s enjoyment of digital actuality throughout a household journey to Canada. 

He says VR Canberra is a “devoted digital actuality gaming place for youths and adults to benefit from the indoors with family and friends.” 

“This isn’t only a gaming expertise, it is usually an academic software that enables youngsters to hook up with their interior self and make them think about and see what is feasible.” 

Since Pranav’s involvement, he has expanded their sport assortment to make sure everyone seems to be “visually, bodily and emotionally astonished by new digital worlds crammed with awe-inspiring rides, characters, sights and sounds.”

The gaming library consists of “a number of digital actuality video games, curler coasters, driving simulators in addition to VR escape rooms.”

“VR Canberra is the right place for birthday events, faculty holidays, household and buddy gatherings, company social events and college excursions,” says Pranav. 

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Through the weekdays of the ACT faculty holidays, Pranav says VR Canberra is providing three hours of limitless video games and rides for a minimum of 4 gamers at $70 an individual.

He says adults can also be a part of the varsity vacation enjoyable with VR Canberra’s company and work celebration area with digital actuality escape rooms for greater than 35 individuals.

VR Canberra, Store 5/83-101 Lysaght Avenue, Mitchell. Name 6262 2160, or go to


Eclectic vary of glass items to ‘dazzle’

Annette Blair, Luxe Vases and Glassworks baubles obtainable in-store at Canberra Glassworks. Photograph: Brenton McGeachie

CANBERRA Glassworks CEO Elizabeth Rogers says a present from its “treasure trove” of gorgeous glass is bound to “dazzle” anybody.

“Whether or not it’s a present below the tree, an attention-grabbing characteristic to your Christmas unfold or a particular deal with only for you, you’ll discover it amongst the eclectic vary of handcrafted Australian glass at Canberra Glassworks,” she says.

Since 2007, Canberra Glassworks has been host to artists in “the most effective geared up studio glass making workshop within the nation”.

“If persons are purchasing on the Glassworks store, they’re supporting Canberra and area artists,” says Elizabeth.

“Annette Blair gained the Visible Arts Award from the Canberra Critics Circle at thirty second Annual ACT Arts Awards, she acquired this award for the extraordinary calibre of glass exhibited in her solo exhibition ‘Quietly Spoken’.

“I couldn’t consider that she might make the issues that she created out of glass, her work that we’ve acquired and that she’s created for us for Christmas could be very particular.”

Elizabeth says individuals ought to think twice about not shopping for throw-away items for Christmas.

“We’ve got all the things from lovely hand-blown glass baubles to platters, issues to make your christmas desk look implausible, beautiful vases which are simply artistic endeavors by themselves,” she says.

Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Name 6260 7005, or go to


Artist Stuart McMillan.

Christmas markets are welcoming all

JULIE Nichols, founding father of Handmade Market Canberra, welcomes Canberra’s present givers to the Handmade Christmas Market to buy from greater than 250 Australian-made designers and producers at Exhibition Park, December September 11.

“The market options all the things from handcrafted ceramics, slow-made vogue, furnishings, youngsters’s toys and clothes, jewelry and equipment together with our indoor gourmand meals and wine pavilion,” says Julie.

Between 9am and 10am on the Sunday the market is providing a low-sensory purchasing expertise “to create a constructive setting for members of the neighborhood who could not usually attend the market because of crowds, noise, mobility difficulties or sensory sensitivities,” she says.

“This purchasing hour is inclusive and open to all, and anybody who could profit from the expertise is inspired to return alongside!”

Julie Nichols launched the primary Handmade Market “what appears a lifetime in the past now, again in 2008”. 

“Handmade Canberra continues to develop and flourish, and now presents 290 stalls in two halls at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), together with the central convention centre,” she says.

For anybody who can’t make the market, there’s a web-based listing of greater than 580 Australian made designers and producers that folks can store from at any time.

Handmade Market, Exhibition Park in Canberra. Go to

E-biking, off-road across the wine district

CANBERRA Wine Area E-Bike Excursions hires electric-powered bicycles to adults with a way of journey, who benefit from the outdoor and high quality wines. 

Co-owner, Andi Nissen says that she and her husband, Grant, began the enterprise in Murrumbateman final 12 months. 

“Grant loves bikes and I’ve a love of wine, so we determined to mix each of our passions and Canberra Wine Area E-Bike Excursions was born!” says Andi. 

“We’re distinctive to the Canberra area and our tour utilises the Murrumbateman vineyard path, a sealed, off-road bike path, which contains six native wineries in addition to different eating and purchasing experiences.” 

Andi says that they provide half and full day self-guided excursions in addition to an all-inclusive tour possibility. 

“There isn’t any higher strategy to take pleasure in what Murrumbateman has to supply. You customise and management your individual distinctive expertise. Our bikes are power environment friendly, emission free and able to transporting you at as much as 25 kilometres an hour with no effort in your behalf. They’re intentionally chosen for consolation and pace, with baskets at the back and front on your wine purchases,” says Andi. 

Andi says that they’ve had many very joyful clients, together with household celebrations, hen’s events and work teams. There are additionally on-line present vouchers obtainable to buy for Christmas presents and Andi is providing a ten per cent low cost to “CityNews” readers when reserving present vouchers on-line, utilizing the code “citynews”. 

Canberra Wine Area E-Bike Excursions, 5 Armstrong Avenue, Murrumbateman, NSW. Go to or name 0490 045432.

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