This holiday season, take the stress out of Christmas shopping and shop local. Whether you want to gift a day on the slopes, send some sweets, or grab some handmade gifts, some of our favourite .melbourne sites have you covered.

If you want: to give an experience

Buller Day Ski
www.bullerdayski.melbourne

It might be too warm to hit the slopes in December, but you’ll be ready for 2018’s snow season through Buller Day Ski. Set up your visit to Mt Buller’s winter wonderland in advance to have your choice of days. You can opt for a same-day ticket so that you’re back in the city for dinnertime or return on another day if you fancy a long weekend. Make the trip even more seamless by pre-hiring skis, lessons, lift tickets, and more.

City Sightseeing Melbourne
www.citysightseeing.melbourne

If you have out-of-town visitors, send them off to see the sights on one of City Sightseeing Melbourne’s tours. The bus tours are an easy way to see the city’s busy laneways and cafes without having to navigate public transport and you can add on other excursions, like a river cruise, entry to the Melbourne Zoo (perfect for the kiddos!), or even a transfer back to the airport.

Reflections Skin Rejuvenation & Beauty Boutique
www.skintreatments.melbourne

Pamper someone this holiday with a gift voucher to this Williamstown salon. They offer different services, ranging from spray tans and massages to manicures and facials, or you can gift a day spa package that includes several luxe services.

If you want: unique shopping

The Collective Boutique
www.thecollectiveboutique.melbourne

Know a gal who has it all? This consignment shop, based in Prahran, offers designer pre-loved items at prices that mortals can afford. Bonus: make an appointment with a stylist to drop off your own items at the same time and receive 40 percent of whatever the piece sells for.

Bonnie Parker
www.bonnieparker.melbourne

This bohemian-inspired women’s boutique is perfect for scoring stylish unique items. The shop is located in East Balwyn but if you’re short on time or too lazy to make the trip, you can order online easily.

A Little Light
www.handmadegifts.melbourne

No matter who you’re buying for, candles always make a lovely gift, and the ones by A Little Light are especially nice. They’re handmade and offered in a range of scents and sizes. You can also grab additional handmade gifts, like soaps and bath salts, or purchase carefully curated gift boxes. Buy some stocking stuffers or lavish a loved one.

If you want: to gift something delicious

Sweet Box
www.sweetbox.melbourne

Everyone loves receiving something nice in the post — and what’s better than a bouquet of sweets? Although they specialise in doughnut bouquets (!), Sweet Box also offer yummy Christmas boxes and little extras you can add on to an order, like a mini bourbon or a personalised Nutella syringe to add even more goodness to a doughnut. After all, nothing says ‘I love you’ like an order of doughnuts to the office.

11:11 Granola
www.granola.melbourne

A great option for that colleague who loves a healthy brekkie, this Melbourne-made granola is at the right price point for Secret Santa gifts. Natural, full of flavour, and just a little nutty, it’s also Instagram-worthy — and that’s what really matters, right?

Bear Brass
www.bearbrass.melbourne

When you just want to catch up with a mate over the holidays and enjoy a beer, good views, and some grub, head to Bear Brass. Located in the heart of Southbank overlooking the Yarra River, this friendly bar and restaurant offers pizzas, shared plates, and some creative cocktails.