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Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be an ordeal.

In fact you can actually take a fun, relaxing break in the Margaret River Region to clear your mind and your list at the same time.

From homeware collections, local artisan keepsakes, restaurant gift vouchers and unique experiences, you’re bound to lock in everyone’s tastes in the Ultimate Margaret River Region Gift Guide.

Gift Guide Christmas Margaret River Visitors Centre
The Visitor Centres are filled with out-of-the-ordinary gifts that have a Western Australia flavour.

For family or friends who are interstate or overseas

If you’re shopping for friends or family interstate or overseas, the Margaret River Region Visitor’s Centres have a wide range of excellent retail stock that tastefully shares a little bit of Western Australia.

The Centres stock a comprehensive selection of specialty guidebooks around flora, fauna and local trails, and a great range of locally made souvenirs and gifts from jams, fudge, chocolate, olive oil, pottery, relish, soaps and much more.

Stop in for a browse and a chat, the friendly visitor centre teams are full of ideas if you’re looking for a specific gift from the region too.

For the person who has everything

Buying something for the person in your life who already has everything can be a daunting task. But a gift voucher for an experience is always a great idea; after all, memories are the best things to collect.

How about a gift voucher for a multi-day hike along one of the most incredible coastal tracks in the world with Cape To Cape Explorer Tours, accompanied by a local guide to tell stories of the area and point out the unique flora and fauna – they will even take care of all the meals, so there’s nothing to do in the evenings except put the feet up and reflect on a great day.

Of course, it is also a gourmet wonderland so there is a plethora of options for those shopping for friends and family with more indulgent tastes. Those in the know would never miss a chance to visit Arlewood Estate where you can enjoy an intimate wine and chocolate tasting at their idyllic cellar door.

Rústicoq Bed & Breakfast at Cowaramup Bakehouse is the perfect boutique accommodation for an indulgent and relaxing escape down south. The recently renovated historic building offers comfortable rustic heritage charm that will ensure a comfortable and elegant stay. Rústicoq B&B is a beautiful property to come and celebrate the Festive season, making memories with your friends and family. If you have special date in mind, rooms can be booked online or simply choose the gift card option.

Hiking Cape to Cape Explorer Tours
Cape To Cape Explorer Tours offer an experience they will never forget.

For the eclectic folk

The Margaret River Region has long had a reputation for its innovators and creators selling their wares, so a meaningful art purchase is a great choice. Stop by Happs Pottery where five local potters sell their contemporary platters, keep cups, and ornamental pieces. You can pick up some stocking fillers too in the form of their Icon Honey. Happs has a network of friendly beekeepers who stock a range of West Australian varietals.

And when you have the luxury of spending a weekend browsing for art and gifts, more potteries you must visit are Commonage Pottery, Sensei Pots, Wilyabrup Dreaming Pottery, Busselton Pottery and Dilkes-Hoffman Studio Ceramics. All full of great Chrissy gifts for your loved ones… And yourself, too.

Sensei Pots Ian Beniston Pottery
Locally made art is something they will treasure forever. Photo: Sensei Pots, Ian Beniston

For the celebratory types

For a region that is famed for its great wine, craft beer and emerging distilleries, a special celebratory bottle of something is an easy and much appreciated gift.

Another great gift that won’t disappoint is a bottle of the Petit Jeté NV from Howard Park. This gold medal-winning sparkling wine is the lightest of the three in their collection, with notes of citrus zest, peach, and freshly baked macaroons. Perfect for pairing with a festive lunch over the Christmas break.

Keep that festive feeling flowing with Voyager Estate’s signature fizz crafted from heritage Chenin Blanc vines. Fresh, delicate and bright, it’s perfectly paired to holiday happenings – think a crustacean-laden lunch, a sunset sip by the beach, or an afternoon charcuterie board shared among good friends. You may also want to check out Voyager’s the perfectly curated hamper featuring two special wines, beautifully wrapped with delicious Margaret River indulgences. Packaged at the Estate and delivered Australia-wide; you can even include a personalised gift card.
Close up image of a person holding a box of vine from Voyager Estate
Wine from Voyager Estate. Photo: Voyager Estate

For the foodie

A voucher for one of the region’s premium restaurants will serve up a great gift. Award winning chef Brendan Pratt at Vasse Felix might guide your decision, or Aaron Carr at Yarri. Both are big on presenting indigenous ingredients across the menu and offer textural and on-trend dishes that complement the wine list.

A beer lover might prefer lunch at Margaret River Brewhouse where menu favourites like the squid salad or lamb shoulder perfectly pair with the kale, avocado and mint salad and wash down well with a pint of craft brew. Wild Hop offers gift vouchers online too and along with tasting paddles and great beers, they serve up excellent grub. The menu changes regularly but a notable mention is the wood-fired rotisserie chicken (must be ordered 48 hours in advance); paired with sides such as duck fat potatoes, fried pickles and truffle cauliflower you have all the elements of a memorable and belly-bursting meal.

Shopping for someone with more of a sweet tooth? The Margaret River Chocolate Company is a must-visit destination for those who worship at the altar of the cacao bean, with lots of creative and delicious treats to enjoy. The team regularly take home awards for their chocolate concoctions, and kids and adults alike will appreciate indulgent truffles and chocolate Santa’s under the Christmas tree.

Rustico at Hay Shed Hill’s degustation menu is a foodie’s heaven. Serving award winning tapas, world class wine, paired with a stunning rustic vineyard setting. This beautiful vineyard restaurant located in Wilyabrup is renowned for its welcoming surroundings, relaxed atmosphere, and exceptional service. It’s as easy as a few clicks to purchase gift & experience vouchers online.

Rustico Restaurant Seafood
A degustation menu at Rustico at Hay Shed Hill is a foodie's heaven. Photo: Supplied

For the adventurer

With 77 different challenging and exhilarating activities, a gift voucher for Forest Adventures will be a gift the adventurer in your life will never forget.  Be sure to bring a camera to get some footage that will provide laughs for many years to come!

Here’s another tip… if you are looking for a good excuse to rediscover the Margaret River Region, why not buy a pass for you and a loved one to explore one of the region’s incredible caves? We recommend the Ngilgi Cave Ancient Lands Experience to discover the secrets of the cave at your own pace.

A truly mind-blowing and unforgettable gift is the opportunity to explore the Margaret River Region from above.  Scenic Helicopters have a great range of packages to choose from – whether it’s a romantic beach picnic or a rugged heli-fishing adventure. KAS Helicopters are also operating out of Busselton over the summer, and offer a selection of scenic flights or trips that include a wine tasting or lunch.

Perfect for the person who has everything – or just someone really, really special.

Forest Adventures School Holidays Kids Fun
Forest Adventures South West. Image: FASW

Counting Down

If you’re like us and counting down to Christmas, spoil someone (or treat yourself for that matter) to a Happs Wines limited-edition festive Advent Calendar.

The gift box features a selection of Happs’ award-winning wines including white, rosé, red and sweet wines. Tempting as it may be to uncover all the contents upon delivery, the case has been curated to give the lucky duck a delightful surprise each day for 12 days. Simply peel back the number to reveal each day’s mystery wine choice.

Only a limited amount of these special gift boxes is available, and orders come with free nationwide delivery.

Closeup of a woman's hands opening an Advent Calendar wine box
Happs' limited-edition Advent Calendar. Photo: Happs Wines

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