Our annual round-up of the best Canberra-themed Christmas presents is back and better than ever. Happy holidays y'all!
1. A reminder to share the road
Is there anything more Canberran than slowing down and giving a friendly wave to a cyclist on the way to work each morning?
This pillow is perfect for a friend who may have moved away from Canberra and forgotten the importance of sharing the road, or the family member who needs a constant reminder to be nice to our two-wheeled friends. Available at the Australian Choice store, Bunda Street, Canberra Centre.
2. This very artistic - and terrifying - phone case
He sits and watches silently as you head into Parlour with friends or make a visit to Nishi Gallery.
And now the rock guy (that's what we call him here at the Times office, anyone know his official name?) is available as a haunting cover for your phone or tablet.
He even comes as a ladies' nightie if you have a girlfriend who never wants to sleep again.
3. Canberra Ink
Ever since I wrote this piece in 2017, I've been lusting after a Telstra Tower tattoo as a permanent mark of my love for the capital. Well now, I can try before I buy. With this handy pack of temporary tattoos, I can also see if a bus shelter might make a good ankle tatt, or Skywhale would work as a chest piece (her boobs above my boobs - so good). Grab the fake tatts on Etsy here.
4. Wash in the scent of our fair city
Who doesn't want to shower Boxing Day's hangover away with a bar of fresh Canberra soap?
Scented with lawn clippings from the front of the war memorial, a dash of Bentspoke's Barley Griffin beer and "scent of Action bus interior", Canberra soap is the ultimate way to pamper yourself this holiday season. Get it from the Australian Choice store in the Canberra Centre.
5. Activewear to remind you 2018 was the year of the tram
Sometimes there are presents you didn't know you needed until you saw them.
Like these: leggings featuring a stunning image of light rail construction along Flemington Road, as a storm brews in the background.
Macgregor photographer Wolf Sverak is a creative genius: only true artists can take pain and turn it into wearable fashion.
6. A little piece of the territory on your tree
Yes, this Parliament House bauble is delightful but it's just so .... expected. I want to hang tiny bush shelter ornaments or ceramic pieces of Kingsley's chicken on the branches of my tree.
And I dream of replacing the angel on top with a big old Belconnen owl. Someone make it happen please.
Christmas bauble by artist Miryam Munoz and available at the Australian Choice store, ground floor Canberra Centre.
7. The cutest little cultural institutions
I can't even deal with how cute this T-shirt is. I mean look at the little war memorial dude! And his friend parliament house! How special for your kid to wear the characters on a T-shirt before exploring the institutions themselves?
Bravo to the artist behind this T-shirt and please release a book featuring Caz the Carillon and Tommy the Telstra Tower before next Christmas please! T-shirt available from the Australian Choice store, ground floor Canberra Centre.
8. Vintage Telecom Tower teatowel
With this teatowel, you'll be the first one volunteering to dry the dishes after Christmas lunch.
Stare at the lovely couple in the old revolving restaurant as you pat down a couple of plates, or join the flares-clad woman enjoying a sketched view of the lake as you get stuck into drying the cutlery.
It's a win-win for everyone.
9. When work becomes play
For the Defence civilian who has everything comes this tote bag featuring the stunning angles of a Brindabella Business Park building.
The perfect way to blend work and pleasure.
10. Great conversation starters, and comfortable too
Everyone's got a "magpie attack" story. Sit these on the lounge, invite over a few of your faves and let the horror stories flow. The white cushion is super cute, too, and perfect for those who can't afford to live in Red Hill or high in the Jerrabomberra mountains and rarely get to see the real view.
Available at the Australian Choice store, ground floor Canberra Centre.
11. A game that roo-les
The ACT government knocked out 3200 kangaroos in a major cull this year. How many can you catch and save before it's too late? The Katch-a-roo game is also available available at the Australian Choice store, ground floor Canberra Centre.