By Lauren Ferrone
Christmas is a time for family, friends, food – and gifts! It’s also when we can show our support for local retailers by ‘choosing SA’ during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year!
But, if you’re a last-minute shopper (don’t worry, most of us are!), we’ve made it easier for you to find gorgeous South Australian gifts with these 10 much-loved local businesses.
1 CHARLESWORTH NUTS
This busy time of year can make anyone go nuts! It’s only fitting you check out Charlesworth Nuts’ Stunning & Stylish Gift Basket full of amazing goodies. Munch on some chocolate apricots and salted cashews (two of Charlesworth Nuts’ most popular products!); but you’ll also find some classics such as glazed peanuts, which the team cook and make themselves at its South Australian factory!
Price: $64.90 online at Charlesworth Nuts
2 FOX GORDON
With subtle melon and lychee, zesty citrus characters, this Adelaide Hills’ Sauvignon Blanc is a gorgeous local drop to give a loved one this Christmas. Pair it with any Christmas lunch and it’s definitely guaranteed to bring some sass to the silly season!
Price: $18.95 at Shop 2, 44 King William Road, Goodwood
3 MAGGIE BEER
An amazing Christmas meal – whether breakfast, lunch or dinner – is all in the details. And we can count on Maggie’s gorgeous local produce to bring out the best of South Australia on any plate! From fig and fennel paste, apricot jam to traditional tomato sauce and salted brandy caramel, our tastebuds are dancing with the festive flavours bursting from Maggie’s Merry Making Hamper.
Price: $120 online at Maggie Beer
4 NATIONAL PHARMACIES
With Jurlique products sold in more than 19 countries around the world, its most iconic natural ingredients are still grown in the Adelaide Hills where Jurlique first began! By choosing this beautifully soft, smooth and scented hand cream collection for a loved one this Christmas, you’re choosing to support both National Pharmacies and Jurlique. This beautiful gift set includes Jurlique’s bestselling Rose, Lavender, Citrus and Jasmine hand creams.
Price: $71.20 (Members) or $89 (RRP) in-store or online at National Pharmacies
5 OLIVER’S TARANGA
Just like Christmas, Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards is all about family. That’s why 2016 Oliver’s Taranga Fiano makes the perfect gift idea for your loved one this festive season. Fiano is a relatively new variety to Australia, and originates from the Campania region of Italy. It’s super heat and drought tolerant, which means it’s able to maintain acidity in the grapes even in our hot South Australian summers!
Price: $25 online at Oliver’s Taranga
6 PROHIBITION LIQUOR Co.
America has eggnog Christmas day, but we have Prohibition Liquor Co. gin! The boutique South Australian gin distiller’s new Prohibition Bathtub Cut Gin was recently named Australian Gin of the Year at the prestigious New York International Spirits Competition. At 69 per cent, it’s the highest overproof gin ever produced in Australia! Is there anything more we really need to say to convince you to give this one a crack on Christmas day?
Price: $115 online at Prohibition Liquor Co.
7 ROBERN MENZ
It’s a FruChoc family frenzy this Christmas! As much as grandma’s pudding makes the usual appearance after a big Christmas lunch, we’re setting a new tradition. From milk chocolate to dark and white, Robern Menz FruChocs Family Box is the best post-Christmas lunch dessert. Who are we kidding? They are THAT good we’d eat it every day of the year. Easy.
Price: $31.95 online at Robern Menz FruChocs or The FruChocs Shop (Glynde | McLaren Vale | Hahndorf)
8 STEVE THE BARTENDER
Everyone loves a bartender named Steve. This high-end bar equipment from Adelaide’s own loved bar and beverage service brings new meaning to Christmas work drinks! Suited to professional bartenders or aspiring home bartenders, the Bartender’s Bar Kit with Cobbler Cocktail Shaker consists of 3-pieces and has a built-in strainer. We can already hear the shake of our martinis!
Price: $99.95 online at Cocktail Kit
9 PARACOMBE WINES
It’s the new wine from Adelaide Hills’ Paracombe Wines. An aromatic white blend, this wine is a gathering of five white grape varieties harvested mid-February from the cool southern slope of Paul and Kathy Drogemuller’s family vineyard at Paracombe, and select specialist sites in the Adelaide Hills. Crisp and fresh, with hints of nutmeg and ginger, we’ll be taste-testing this one on December 25.
Price: $22 online at Paracombe Wines or selected retail stores
10 THOMAS FARMS KITCHEN
Before you know it, the food shopping frenzy will start and you’d be lucky to find a decent leg of ham or turkey still on supermarket cold shelves. That’s why we’re loving the convenience and selection in the Thomas Farms Kitchen Christmas Hamper. Thomas Farms boned and rolled lamb leg; half leg ham; Pud and Sons 500g handmade Christmas pudding; and a 2kg boned and rolled turkey breast. Christmas lunch – SORTED!
Price: $139.99 online at Thomas Farms Kitchen
Check out more amazing South Australian gift ideas here or in News Corp’s Christmas Guide liftout in The Advertiser today (Friday, December 2).
Visit I Choose SA to find out how you can support our State by choosing South Australian businesses, products and services.