Christmas gift guide

We've rounded up a few unique gift ideas from Australian skin care, art, collectables and more...
30 Nov 2023
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Each year it can be hard to find the perfect gift for friends and family.  So we’ve done the hard work and had a look through boutiques and specialty shops that stock rare and unique items to bring you a list of gift ideas.

Tickets to a Civic Centre show

Book your loved ones a night to remember with tickets to a show at the Ipswich Civic Centre.  Coming up in February 2024 is John Williamson in Concert, Nurse Georgie Carroll: Sista Flo 2.0, 2024 Kings of Country Rock Tour, Karen Knowles and Daniel Champagne.  

Check out the Civic Centre’s what’s on page to see what’s coming up.

To buy tickets in person head to Fire Station 101 from 18 December to 22 December, as the Civic Centre will be undergoing some renovations over the holiday period.

Ticket sales will be unavailable between 23 December and 1 January, but will resume 2 January to 15 January at Fire Station 101.

Fashion at Oh! JoJo

Oh! JoJo Boutique

Oh JoJo Boutique is a gem for fashionistas and another Top of Town destination that lures regulars out from Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast. It’s easy to see why – there’s a vast array of fashion labels and sizes represented throughout every season of the year.  

Crystals and journals at Ulli’s New Age Rockz

Crystal packs at Ulli's New Age Rockz

You can get crystal packs, smudge sticks, wooden journals, 2024 lunar diaries, Frankincense and Myrrh from Ulli’s New Age Rockz.  We are adding the 2024 Goddess Diary to our wishlist.

Dollhouse Jewellery at The Soul Nook Collective 

Dollhouse Jewellery at The Soul Nook Collective

This unique shop boasts a thoughtfully sourced array of handmade finds and fashion labels, displayed in a quaint century-old church. The Soul Nook Collective has built an adoring community around it and is also loved for its spirited special events and markets throughout the year.

Collectables and jewellery at The Vintage Advantage

The Vintage Advantage

Take a little time travel back through the decades as you step into this gem of a shop that has notched up 15 years this year. For the vintage lover in your life, there are also gift vouchers available. Head to The Vintage Advantage in the Top of Town for some truly quirky and nostalgic browsing!   

Shoes, earrings and handbags at Obsession Shoes Boutique

Obsession Shoes new stock

This really is a shoe lover’s dream jam-packed shop full of footwear, including from hard-to-find leather brands, all beautifully displayed.  Obsession Shoes has accessories aplenty to match your new purchase and often fresh flowers for sale, completely the shopping experience. It’s a great neighbour for Oh! Jo Jo Boutique too, in the same strip of shops along Brisbane St in the Top of Town – if you’re looking to get the whole outfit sorted.

Garden accessories at Special Branch Collective

Special Branch Collective Christmas gifts

Another of the shops to explore in Marburg, just off the Warrego HIghway between Brisbane and Toowoomba…Special Branch Collective is full of interesting decor and collectables for avid gardeners and plant lovers. Owner Emily also keeps the coffee machine running and she’s also added online shopping!

Marinated olives, infused oils and fig jam from Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

Olives and oils at Watercress Cress Creek Olives and Limes

Stock up on olives, oil, jam and tapenade at Watercress Creek Olives and Limes, and get a few extras for stocking fillers while you’re there!

Gorgeous lamps at Country House Gift and Fashion

country house 5

A sprawling emporium of every possible gift option for every person the family, this loved Ipswich destination is a favourite as Christmas nears. Owner Ruth displays everything with flair, from natural cosmetics and perfumes, to eclectic fashion and jewellery, home decor and baby items, as well as gifts for men. Country House can be found in the arcade at 17 Limestone St, Ipswich.

Art and antiques at The Black Museum

Black Museum 1

In the tiny country town of Marburg you’ll find an ever changing collection of art and antiques at the shop known as The Black Museum … come and see why so many make the trip out from Brisbane on weekends! Marburg is just off the Warrego Highway between Brisbane and Toowoomba. 

Locally roasted coffee at Dancing Bean

Dancing Bean Roastery

Coffee Roasters Collective and Dancing Bean Espresso Bar blend and roast coffee beans right in the heart of Ipswich.  This is the perfect gift for a coffee enthusiast with infused Whiskey and Rum blends as well single origin are available.

Antiques and jewellery at the Ipswich Antique Centre

Ipswich Antique Centre

Ipswich Antique Centre occupies one of the heritage city’s most loved landmarks – the 1895 Congregational Sunday School Hall – and many different antique specialists are represented within this impressive space. Well worth a look if you love all things vintage and the stories of yesteryear.  It is located at 86 East St, Ipswich (parking at the rear). Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Hard to find plants at Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

For hard-to-find plant varieties and garden colour, this hidden gem in the city of Ipswich is always worth a visit. There’s a massive variety on show and an extensive range of pots and giftware. You’ll find Trevallan Lifestyle Centre at 77 Fernvale Rd, Brassall. 

Artisan products and art at Arttime Supplies

arttime supplies

Arttime Gallery and Fine Art Supplies is where Ipswich artists go for supplies but it’s also where they can sell work and show collections – and it’s a great one to get on your list if you’re looking for unique and handmade Christmas gifts this year. You’ll find  Arttime Gallery and Fine Art Supplies on Brisbane St in the Top of Town precinct. 

Art, homewares and decorations at Embers and Twine

Embers and Twine painting

Embers and Twine are perfect for handmade candles in a glorious array of aromas, all handmade right here in Ipswich. The shop also has a range of art and unique Christmas décor, as well as a colourful range of earrings and accessories by local artist 1389 Design.

Thomas gift bag or annual pass at The Workshops Rail Museum

Day out with Thomas Showbag

The Workshops Rail Museum have Thomas showbags.  And with Thomas coming back this year, it’s a great time to gift an annual pass to the museum.

All things spiritual at The Soul Cauldron

Owl at The Soul Cauldron

The Soul Cauldron… for all things spiritual. Tarot cards, incense, dried herbs, handmade jewellery and books on a wide range of topics covering all kinds of spirituality and the esoteric. The owner, Paul, is always up for an inspiring chat and this is another reason many regulars keep returning.

Summer Land Camels skin care


You can buy hand-made camel milk skin care products from Summer Land Camels.  The products are all natural and feature soothing ingredients.  Their cheese range and camel milk vodka also make great gift ideas for foodies.

Iron wick candles at Dark Magician Games and Care Bears at Rare and Pretty Dolls

Rare and Pretty Dolls

Smells like…Dragons blood?  You can get fantasy themed scented candles at Dark Magician Games.  And next door at Rare and Pretty Dolls cult favourites like Care Bears, Gizmo, Monster High, Polly Pocket, rare Barbies and more can be found – they also have gift vouchers available.

Ceramics from Julesart Studio Gallery

Julesart Studio

Artist Julie Maddox sells original porcelain vases, jewellery, boxes, paintings, drawings, cups and more.

Julie also offers workshops, where you can learn to slip cast porcelain clay and design your own functional vase.

For more information see Julesart Studio Gallery.

Gift packs from the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre

The Alchemist products at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre

The Ipswich Visitor Information Centre sells gift packs of locally made hot sauces, SEQ made chocolates, local skin products, jewellery, jams and relishes.  There is also other local gift lines in store including L&K Collective earrings, candles and Alchemist products.

For more gift ideas, check out our gift voucher guide.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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