by Amy Martin. The Canberra Times.
1. These socks were made for walking Canberra bus stop socks by InIteration. Picture: Supplied
Have you ever gone by a Canberra bus stop and thought: "I wish I could take that magnificent creation with me everywhere I went"? Now you can ... kind of. These Canberra bus stop socks may just be the perfect Secret Santa gift. You can grab these beauties at InIteration's Etsy page.
2. Speaking of bus stops ... Canberra bus stop and Belconnen Owl models by InIteration.
Why not get a miniature one for your desk? Or for your garden (because you know this is way better than a gnome). And while we're at it, why don't we add in a replica of everyone's favourite owl, the Belconnen Owl? I tell you, Jon Cleaver from InIteration definitely knows how to recreate some Canberra icons because these are both adorable, and are available at his Etsy page.
3. Sweet as honey ... and democracy Australian Parliament House Honey Vodka.
Here's a Christmas present that will really cause a buzz. Australian Parliament is home to some very special residents and they've helped make this next gift - honey vodka. Available at the Parliament House gift shop, the vodka is made by the McHenry Distrillery in Tasmania with honey courtesy of the Australian Parliament bees. The jury is still out as to whether the vodka has sweetened up any pollies since it was launched earlier this year, but it will certainly add a sweet touch to Christmas day.
4. Pumped up kicks Hand-painted Canberra Raiders Nikes by Mad Alice.
At $250 a pair, this present will definitely break the Secret Santa budget but it will also put you on the nice list of any Raider fan. These pumped up kicks are hand-painted with everyone's favourite viking, Victor, by custom shoe company Mad Alice. Nikes have never looked as good as they do when they're supporting the Green Machine. Head over to madalice.com.au to check them out.
5. Yass Queanbeyan! Yass Queanbeyan sticker by Oh Little Spark Art.
Here's a little something for your token Queanbeyan friend - you know, the one who keeps telling you how good life is on the other side of the border? Now they can show their Queanbeyan pride with this street sign sticker by local artist Sophie Kristine, from Oh Little Spark Art. You can find this particular sticker on Redbubble or for more Canberra-themed products from Oh Little Spark Art you can head over to her Etsy page.
6. A shower curtain that towers above any other Telstra Tower shower curtain by Cariboo Design.
The Telstra Tower can be seen while driving around Canberra and now your lucky giftee can also see it from their shower. Plus, for those who need even more Telstra Tower love in their life, the same pattern comes as a bath mat, a wall tapestry, a throw pillow and a blanket. Really, how much is too much Telstra Tower? You can grab this practical and completely Canberran gift from Cariboo Design on Redbubble.
7. Say "Merry Christmas" the Canberran way Canberra-themed Christmas cards by KGCreationsAU.
Just when you thought you were certain Santa's sleigh was pulled by reindeer, along comes Skywhale drifting through the skies with the big man himself. These fun Canberra-themed Christmas cards are something to write home about - quite literally. Head on over to Kate Grlec's Etsy store, KGrCreationsAU to check out these Christmas cards out.
8. Watson on your Christmas list? Canberra-themed cards by Anna Blandford of Able and Game.
Watson, Dickson, Lyneham, Bruce and Wright - they may just sound like Canberra suburbs but they're also the inspiration behind these cards. Created by designer Anna Blandford of Able and Game, each make a punny phrases from photos take of suburb signs. You can find the range at Able and Game's Etsy store.
9. Canberra cred Straight Outta Canberra shirt by Dylan Morgan. Picture: Supplied
The shirt says it all. I mean, Canberra is far from Compton, California but what better way of representing your hometown than putting it on your shirt? It should probably be noted, however, that this shirt will not improve your hip-hop abilities in any way. Head on over to Dylan Morgan's Redbubble page to check it out.
10. A (Sky)whale of a gift An enamel Skywhale pin by Missy Minzy on Etsy. Picture: Supplied
Celebrate the return of Skywhale to the capital by gifting her to someone this Christmas. And if you're still undecided, the product description of this enamel pin promises "lots of cuteness" so you really can't go wrong. Canberra designer Irene Tan, of Missy Minzy on Etsy, also has Canberra bus stop and Belconnen Owl enamel pins available as well.
11. Give the gift of Canberra ... literally A Canberra tea towel by Missy Minzy on Etsy. Picture: Supplied
This one is good for the directionally challenged friend or family member. Speaking as someone who gets lost on the regular, it would be handy to have a map that I could memorise while doing something mundane ... say, like drying the dishes. This linen tea towel by Miss Minzy has all the important things including The Shine Dome, Questacon and the Starlight Drive-in. Pick it up at her Etsy store.