If the idea of escaping the heat this week and finishing off your Christmas shopping in spacious, cool, air-conditioned comfort sounds pretty good to you, then the Canberra Outlet is where you want to be.
Forget lugging heavy bags back and forth, and jumping in and out of a hot car to visit several different shopping centres in order to get what you need.
With the opening of the marble-tiled premium mall and the addition of new international retailers (such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Swarovski) now complementing the huge existing range of retail outlets, you really can find everything you need in one trip.
In fact, Canberra Outlet stylist Tracey Davis says she’s genuinely pushed to understand why anyone would pay full price to shop elsewhere.
“Especially at Christmas, the Canberra Outlet is the place for savvy Canberran shoppers who want and expect quality products and premium labels at affordable prices,” said Tracey.
“I think most of us can identify with the painful reality of buying full-priced gifts for loved ones ahead of Christmas Day, knowing those same products will be heavily reduced in price come Boxing Day.
“You can skip the pain by heading to the Outlet Centre, which means you skip straight to the sale by purchasing quality, well-made gifts at prices comparable to cheaper stores.”
In addition to gifts, there’s the international supermarket to stock up on all your Christmas supplies, and an extensive bottle shop that features many local spirits and wines, a vast food court to keep your energy levels up, and the added bonus of free parking.
As if that’s not enough to convince you, the Centre has some special offers in the lead-up to Christmas as well.
For a gold coin donation and up until Christmas Eve, you can take your own picture with Santa, with all proceeds going to support local charity Marymead.
Also supporting Marymead is a gift wrapping station, where you can get avoid the tangles of ribbon and tape, and have your newly-bought gifts beautifully wrapped ready to place under the tree, also for just a gold coin donation.
And the kids will be bored no more thanks to the Christmas Scavenger Hunt, where they can help Santa find out whose nose Rudolph ate (!) in a search around the Centre. If you sign up to be a Kids Club Member you go into the draw to win a $250 Centre gift card – that oughta ease the Christmas credit card squeeze.
So what sorts of gift can you actually find there?
Gifts for Her
If the lady in your life enjoys a summery cocktail, you can jump on board the latest viral sensation and grab a bottle of locally made Unicorn Spirits Gin Liqueur. This flavoured tropical liqueur sparkles with edible glitter and changes colour when topped up with a citrus mixer – and not too heavy on the alcohol, it’s a super fun Christmas tipple that you can find at Liquor Boss.
Or maybe the busy mum or businesswoman in your life needs some comfort and downtime, in which case, this luxurious satin pyjama set from Peter Alexander might be just the thing.
If she’s been burning the candle at both ends (and who among us hasn’t?!), the beautiful Terrain Scented Candle from Adairs can help invoke a sense of peace and calm, creating a relaxing sanctuary at home.
And there’s nothing like a soft and comfortable dressing gown to enhance that day-spa-at-home feeling. Rescue her from that tired old robe, and switch to a stylish Linen Dressing Gown made of a lightweight material that’s perfect for summer, also from Adairs.
(A dressing gown might be a little bit too personal for your workmates or your partner’s family, however.)
In which case, the sumptuous hand wash and hand cream from Provincial is ideal, with its fresh and feminine English Pear fragrance.
Finally, for the fashion-conscious females in your life, the Oroton worker tote and wallet are practical, stylish and timeless in design.
Pop by Swarovski to add a glittering ballpoint pen that will make every signature feel like a work of art!
Want to do something really special? The Classic Sparkle Necklace from Swarovski is simple and exquisitely elegant.
If she prefers sneakers to sparkles, this sports bra and trainers set from Nike might be just what she wants for Christmas so she can smash out those New Year’s Resolutions and PBs in 2020.
She can keep track of her progress and results with the awesome Garmin Vivoactive 3 Sports Watch (Rose Gold), from JB Hi-Fi.
And for those days when she needs (or, cough, you need …) a little kick-start to get going in the morning, you’ll be glad you’ve got the DeLonghi coffee machine in your kitchen, which you can also pick up from JB Hi-Fi.
Gifts for Him
Now for the men on your shopping list! The busy dad or businessman might appreciate a stylish satchel from Oroton to make sure he never forgets his keys, phone, and tablet or laptop.
It’s hard to go past a really high-quality shirt, and you can never have enough. This classic and timeless shirt from Ralph Lauren would look equally at home in the office or out on the weekend.
While you’re there, why not check out a Ralph Lauren wallet, a practical and classy way to carry all those cards and cash.
If he’s a regular at the gym or the running track, he’ll appreciate this Tech Men’s running shirt and socks from Under Armour.
And if he likes his technology and gadgets, he’ll love the Samsung Galaxy Watch from JB Hi-Fi. It looks just like a retro analogue watch, but has all the functions of a smartwatch.
When all that Christmas Day (or workplace) noise gets to be a little too much, he’ll be grateful you bought him these Bose Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones, also from JB Hi-Fi.
The trend of beards on men also doesn’t look like changing any time soon, so if your partner, brother, father or father-in-law is sporting some facial hair, he’ll definitely be able to use this beard care kit from The Shaver Shop. It’ll help keep him looking clean, smart, healthy and conditioned.
Gifts for the Kids (and Furkids)
Kids can never have too many clothes, and they make a practical and useful Christmas gift that parents will appreciate, too.
So maybe you could add a pop of personality to a little girl’s wardrobe with this delightful ensemble from Seed.
And for the little guy, how about this gorgeous shorts-and-shirt set, perfect for Christmas lunch, also from Seed.
Books are always a good gift idea and they make handy stocking fillers too – 143 Books has a great selection of popular titles like the Koala counting book and hilarious Llamaste and Friends.
It’s great fun when you’re able to share the games you played as a kid with the next generation. Titles like Ticket to Ride and the Travel Scattles compact version of the popular garden game are available from 143 Books. They’ll bring back fond (or competitive) memories, while also providing a way to spend time together as a family.
And finally, let’s not forget those furry and fur-legged members of the family! Those good boys and girls deserve a treat at Christmas as well, and they’ll love curling up in this cane bed from Early Settler, that’ll also look great in your lounge room.
Still can’t decide what to buy? Worried about those notoriously fussy friends or family? Or anxious that you might have forgotten someone?
All your problems are solved with the Canberra Outlet gift cards, now on sale. They can be used at any of the outlets in the Centre, so those picky shoppers can happily find the perfect gift for themselves. While stocks last, they even giving shoppers a $20 gift card FREE for every $100 gift card purchased.
Christmas shopping just became a lot less stressful!
To find out about The Canberra Outlet’s extended shopping hours, please visit their website: https://canberraoutletcentre.com.au/news/public-holiday-trade-hours.
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