If you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas in Noosa, or if you're shopping from afar, we’ve put together some of our favourite ideas for a very merry Noosa Christmas!
Noosa Gift Co. - These Noosa-themed gift boxes are all delightful, but it’s hard to go past the range of Noosa Christmas gift boxes, like the Noosa Christmas Thank You! containing a bottle of Little Cove Sparkling Brut from local Kin Kin winery Dingo Creek, and handcrafted Kokopod chocolates, wrapped up in the brand’s signature eco-luxe packaging.
Aubrey Gems - Handcrafted in Noosa, Aubrey Gems make accessible luxury, bespoke 14k gold jewels with beautiful coloured gemstones and diamonds, with a range on display in their Noosa Junction showroom, or you can craft your dream piece with the team.
Fortune Noosa Gin - What could be more Noosa than a tropical Noosa gin?! Fortune Noosa Distillery (located within Land & Sea Brewery) make a range of boutique gins for lovers of a holiday tipple.
Pottery for the Planet - This eco-friendly local company make reusable ceramic coffee cups and tableware - we love their Noosa stamped ocean-coloured coffee cups, available from the Noosa Visitor Information Centre.
For beachfront cocktails, riverside dining, country coffees and everything in between, try a restaurant voucher from a favourite Noosa restaurant, or choose a new favourite!
Be one of the first to experience the recently refurbished institution, Sails Noosa, and indulge in one of the best dining experiences in Noosa. Or give the gift of Italy, just across the road, where Aperols flow and authentic modern Italian is pumped out late into the night at Locale Noosa, or send your loved one over the (Noosa) Hill, for modern Asian deliciousness at Light Years Asian Diner.
Or nab a table or gift voucher at one of the most notable new openings in Noosa. Diners are flocking to get a reservation at the newly installed ALBA by Kuruvita, the Sri Lankan-inspired destination headed up by the former Noosa Beach House head chef, Peter Kuruvita. With a focus on fresh, locally-sourced seafood and an ethos of placing community at the heart of this family-run abode, this is a Noosa classic in the making. Or take your loved one on an adventure across the Noosa River, to the much-hyped Lucio's Marina. This second-generation family restaurant is the second iteration of Sydney's famed Lucio's, and if the original is anything to go by, Noosa is in for a real treat.
Great news for chocolate lovers (who isn’t?) and gift givers – the Noosa Chocolate Factory now has a local retail outlet at 1/15 Project Avenue, Noosaville.
How about a taste of Noosa beer – or a brewery tour! We are blessed with several local craft breweries, all with their own distinct style and tastes.
Boiling Pot Brewing Co, named after the bubbling cauldron of ocean situated near the entrance of the Noosa National Park, Boiling Pot Brewing Co serve up delicious and inventive craft brews from their industrial-estate outpost, where you can settle in for a long lunch, lazy afternoon, or pop in and take home their cans, growlers, merchandise and food.
Land & Sea Brewery, 19 Venture Drive, Noosaville has a range of merch on offer, or get a take-home carton of beer, a growler to fill and fill again with your favourite beer on-tap, gift cards – and even beer soap.
Heads of Noosa, located in the Noosa industrial estate, this local craft brewery is a favourite amongst in-the-know locals and their Japanese Lager has become a staple in Noosa restaurants - you can buy their brews and a range of merchandise from the taproom or online.
Eumundi Brewery at the Imperial Hotel has tasting tours from $20 and a range of their own gear including caps and bottle openers.
Or give a gift voucher for a Noosa Brewery Tour with Creative Tours, to Land & Sea Brewery, Copperhead Brewery and Eumundi Brewery.
Boiling Pot Brewing Co.
Noosa’s major sporting events attract thousands of people from around Australia and overseas, so why not give a sporty person in your life an entry to join in?
The Noosa Tri is the world’s largest, part of the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival from 26 - 30 October 2022, and while individual entries fill up in no time, charity and team entries are often still available – it’s the gift that gives twice!
Or buy an entry into one of the five ocean swims at the Noosa Summer Swim (20 February 2022), or the 2 junior events. Or give the cyclist in your life an entry to the Noosa Enduro off-road cycling festival for 30 - 31 July 2022.
For something green and planet-friendly this Christmas, Plastic Free Noosa has some great gifting suggestions, including reusable and plastic free gifts - from beeswax wraps and bamboo straws to coffee cups and cotton bags. And we love their idea to wrap your gifts in fabric or reuse old gift paper and tie it off with twine. They support local eco-sustainable companies like ceramics makers Pottery for the Planet and green cleaning company Pleasant State.
Or for gardening lovers, Noosa & District Landcare has books, gifts, plants, gardening equipment, nest boxes and gift vouchers – open at 6 Station Street, Pomona, Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm and Saturday from 9am to noon.
Take home a little reminder of Noosa with an artwork by a Noosa local – see galleries including Noosa Regional Gallery, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, Pomona Railway Station Gallery, Tracy Keller Gallery, Dinah Wakefield Gallery, Susan Schmidt Art, Artisans Gallery Eumundi, contemporary artist Emma Nancarrow and Julia Carter Artist. Or get along to the community art event, the Kin Kin Christmas Art Fair, where you can a selection of local artists exhibiting and selling their works, just in time for Christmas shopping (Sunday 5 December, Kin Kin School of Arts).
With beautiful Noosa as their backdrop, there are some incredible local photographers that artfully capture the raw natural beauty of the region. A framed Noosa print from a local photographer might be just the gift you're after, or book a personal portrait session while on holiday – see Noosa photographers including Sunny Coast Photos, Rebecca Colefax Photography, and Katja Anton Photography.
Emma Nancarrow - Noosa Artists
There’s an amazing range of Noosa-made skin and hair products that feel divine and smell just like Noosa. Check out gift sets from Coconut Tree Products (available online and from stores in Noosa including Organika), Saya Organic Skin Care (also online and at Organika, or at their factory at Shop 6, 40 Gateway Drive, Noosaville), and James Street Organics.
Why not fill a hamper with Noosa products – beer, chocolate, coffee, skincare, candles and much more.
Saya Skincare products
After a hectic year, give a present to relax and unwind with a voucher for a pampering treatment at one of Noosa’s heavenly day spas, massage rooms, wellness centres or retreats. There are organic body treatments, spa parties, flotation Dreampods, hydrotherapy pools and tranquil day spas. Click Here for more.
Image: Ikatan Spa
Give an unforgettable Noosa experience with a gift voucher for an adventure tour – there are scenic flights, sunset abseiling, skydiving, bike tours (electric bike, motorbike, mountain biking and more), 4WD tours to Noosa North Shore, fishing tours, horse riding, sunset river tours, dolphin safaris, jet boat rides, kayaking adventures … see HERE or contact the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA (66672).
Do something completely different and give a sandcastle lesson on Noosa’s Main Beach with Sandshapers, or a surfing lesson with Go Ride A Wave or Noosa Learn to Surf. Or for the surfing lover, a hand-shaped surfboard from Classic Malibu, or buy them a workshop to learn how to make their own wooden surfboard with Bare Naked Boards.
And if you still can’t decide, just book a Noosa holiday or drop into the Noosa Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St (or email [email protected]) for a Noosa gift voucher that can be redeemed at one of the many great Noosa operators. Or come into the centre (open every day except Christmas Day) and pick the brains of the locals!
Learn to surf this christmas