Beat's Christmas Gift Guide
What do books, Bluesfest, breaking stuff, and bondage all have in common? They're all some of the top-notch Christmas gifts we've handpicked and put together in this year's gift guide. Forget the tropes of new socks and handwritten cards. Sure, it's the thought that counts – but who doesn't want to give and receive some downright cool shit that won't be re-gifted as a First Communion present to your ex-girlfriend's ungrateful cousin. From vapes to vibrators, turntables to tents – it's all here. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.
Boasting a huge range of lingerie, romance, massage packs, novelty gifts, sex toys and kink products, Adult Toy Megastore have stock that is ideal for the beginner and connoisseur alike. The online-only store will deliver straight to your door, wrapping it all up in super discreet packaging and until Sunday December 23 they're giving away a free 'naughty or nice' gift with every order. After a glass dildo? No worries. A male love doll? They've even got one that looks like The Biebs named 'Just-in Beaver', as well as a Barack 'Presidential' love doll. If electro sex and collars aren't your thing, they've also got a range of edibles, massage oils, lubricant, and more.
The perfect gift for the vinyl lover or the perfect companion for last year’s Bluetooth speaker purchase, the Audio-Technica LP60BT (RRP: $299) combines the old-school and new – bringing you the first ever Bluetooth turntable. With the addition of Bluetooth technology, you can now easily connect your turntable to your favourite Bluetooth speaker or headphones wirelessly, pairing up to eight devices at any one time. This ‘retro-modern’ turntable comes in a classic design and is available in white, black or navy. There's never been a better time to get into vinyl. Check out the full Audio-Technica range and find the AT-LP60BT over on their website.
Festival season is upon us again and whether you’re road tripping across the country or listening to some bangers at a buddy’s backyard barbie, it pays to be prepared. Get in to Aussie Disposals before Christmas and get up to 50% off on items in their gift guide. Camping necessities like sleeping bags, tents, wind-up solar torches, camping chairs, airbeds, stovetops, battery-powered camp showers and the all-important batteries have been dramatically reduced. With stores located right around the country there’s bound to be an Aussie Disposals nearby. For a central location, go to 283 Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Head online to check out their full range andstore locations.
Set in the rolling hills of Beechworth, Beechworth Music Festival combines stunning country views with top-notch acts. Leading the charge comes acclaimed rockers Stonefield, who’ll be joined by the likes of Gabriella Cohen, Tracy McNeil and the Goodlife, The Sugarcanes, My Left Boot and more. In the spirit of community, free basic camping is available to all patrons, while the festival itself is committed to sustainability and minimising their environmental impact. Forget giving a physical gift. Give an experience this Christmas by hightailing it down to Beechworth Music Festival. It's all going down in Madman's Gully Amphitheatre, Mayday Hills, Beechworth on Friday January 27 and Saturday January 28.
What better way to surprise someone on Christmas than by telling them they’ll be spending five days enjoying the stellar lineup that is Bluesfest 2017. Held over the Easter long weekend, patrons can expect over 200 performances from acts like Santana, Patti Smith and her band Horses, Mary J Blige and The Lumineers. A ticket to Bluesfest is perfect for any family member to enjoy camping for up to 6,000 people, five licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, food courts, beer gardens as well as children’s entertainment. Catch all the excitement and events happening at the 28th annual Bluesfest from Thursday April 13 to Monday April 17, 2017.
The Bong Shop are professionals of fun, supplying its enthusiasts with a variety of herbal mixes and the means with which to utilise them. With hookahs, bongs, papers and parts, they stock it all and provide it to punters with no judgement. There’s a massive range of novelty items available too, from Pokéball grinders to Darth Vader-shaped pipes. From now until Sunday December 18, The Bong Shop is having a massive sale, with 20 percent off their extensive range of quality vaporisers. All in all, it's making for one very chill Christmas. You're grandma's plum pudding never tasted better. Head on over to their website and ensure your Christmas is green.
The Break Room is where you are given permission to let loose with a baseball bat and a heap of crockery. They'll even throw on some angry tunes to get you in the mood. Here you can dig deep, think about the last person that wronged you, and smash your way to relaxation. Do yourself a favour and get you and your pal a voucher. Double points if you jam out to Limp Bizkit's Break Stuff while you're at it. Triple points if you go one step further and take to their entire discography with a baseball bat. Break stuff. Feel good. Simple, isn't it? Let your feelings out at The Break Room on 29 Budd St, Collingwood.
Camp Pineapple is a hub for all your fun festival needs. Their Big Cactus tent is the ultimate festival companion. The bright yellow colour and fun design make it easy to find and it’s pop-up so you’re ready to go in seconds. They also has you covered in the gift pack department. Their ‘Tea For Three’ mugs are perfect for someone with three friends or three favourite teas. The couples pack will ensure you and your special someone or BFF are kitted out with matching mugs, stubbie holders and beanies, or for something more discreet the ‘Solo Nighttime Partier’ is perfect for the ninja in your life. Head to their website to make sure you stand out in the crowd this festival season.
Established in 2009, East Brunswick Tattoos is one of Melbourne's finest places to get inked. They boast a friendly and passionate team, specialising in all styles from traditional to black and grey, as well as having the skills to design and create custom art. Their talented artists have a diverse range of skills and specialisations, including gore, fine detail, lettering, illustrative, neo-traditional, oriental, bold and bright, and more. They also offer a full range of merch and prints and gift vouchers are now available in store and online via their website. Check out East Brunswick Tattoos on 526 Lygon St, East Brunswick.
Byron Bay pioneers of alternative clothing, Fairy Floss, are ready to kit out the men, women and children in your life. Influenced by a broad range of alternative styles including tribal, casual steampunk, psytrance, bush doof, and festival wear — with the occasional sprinkling of gypsy punk and indie — they use leather, lace, frills, prints, studs, cuts and special washes to create clothing that reflects your unique style. As an added bonus they offer free delivery for all Australian orders over $200 and you can also earn reward points for every dollar you spend. Immerse yourself in the timeless, grungy, industrial yet earthy vibe of Fairy Floss’ Melbourne store at 240 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
One of the world's finest publishing houses are offering some first-class offers for the literature lover in your life. Taqueria is a tribute to the vibrancy of Mexican taco culture. Chef Paul Wilson dives into the art and craft of Mexico’s greatest culinary export, showcasing a combination of traditional and modern recipes full of intricate, fresh flavours. Dale Campisi’s stylish guide to Melbourne picks out the very best of the city’s shopping, eating and drinking experiences for locals and tourists alike. Divided into itineraries by suburbs, now you can create your own perfect day out. Head to Hardie Grant Books website to view their full list of titles.
Kooza is described as a return to Cirque du Soleil's origins —highlighting the physical demands of human performance in all its glory and splendour, melding breathtaking feats with bold slapstick humour. Kooza manages to balance laughter and smiles with strength and fragility in equal parts, and is arguably Cirque’s most flipping insane show to date. The world-class performances include mind-blowing contortion, nail-biting high wire work, the heart-stopping Wheel of Death and even a sizzling drum solo. Cirque du Soleil's Kooza plays under the Big Top at Flemington Racecourse from Friday January 20. Head to their website for details and tickets.
Established in 2013, Melbourne Watch Company launched its first watch, the timeless Flinders, through online crowdfunding. After receiving an overwhelmingly successful reception from the online watch community, Melbourne Watch Company began planning a wider range of styles to satisfy the passionate. They understand the importance of great design, using premium materials (such as surgical grade 316L stainless steel and scratch resistant sapphire crystal) to deliver a comfortable and reliable experience at a reasonable price. Each watch is named and designed around the iconic culture that runs through our beloved city — from the gorgeous vintage charm of the Collins to the sporty energy of the Avalon.
Dedicated to creating unique pieces with soul, Metal Couture is committed to quality and authenticity. All the jewels are made in house, and have a unique effervescence and otherworldly intensity to them, for a product that’s as unique as the wearer. Their extensive collection of jewellery features skull and heart motifs, statement rings, gothic-style pieces, and more. They also offer rings for weddings and special occasions with a twist all of their own. To see the year off, they'll be throwing a Christmas party and an epic sale in store on Thursday December 15, from 6pm through to 8.30pm. Metal Couture's boutique is located at 122A Gertrude St, Fitzroy, open from 11am - 6pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12pm - 5pm Sundays.
For the music-lover in your life who enjoys a good read, Omnibus Press have some top-notch books on offer. David Bowie: The Golden Years ($129.95) dives into his musical output of the '70s, considered by many to be his creative peak. The book chronicles Bowie's life during that decade, following a year-by-year, month-by-month and day-by-day format. When The Screaming Stops: The Dark History Of The Bay City Rollers ($44.95) dives into the hidden story of the famous Scotland pop group. Jack White: How He Built An Empire From The Blues ($44.95)tells the story of the prolific bluesman and rock lord, following his journey from underground Detroit sensation to Grammy-winning kingpin. Available at all good bookstores.
With a range of over 5,000 products SexToys247 is bound to have something that tickles your fancy. Their top-selling product this season is the We-Vibe 4 Plus. It's operated with the free We-Connect app that allows the user to control the vibrations and build intensity with a single touch of a Smartphone. It also allows you to create custom vibe playlists using ten available patterns provided by the app. Perfect for long-distant relationships; it also has the added functions of text-chat, voice and video. SexToys247 also offer volume discounts for adding items to your order, loyalty discounts for repeat customers, $10 express post and free shipping for orders over $200 and a free gift with orders over $50.
Boasting hand-picked wearables at the forefront of international design and innovation, Somewhere features everything from clothing, grooming products, jewellery and accessories. Gift vouchers are also an option and Somewhere stock perfect stocking fillers including earrings and pins, as well as top-notch denim products and summer-ready sunglasses from Garret Leight in a range of styles. Capping it off, they'll even kit you out with headphones that look as great as they sound, patterned tote bags, caps, leather-grain wallets and phone cases, colourful socks and high-end travel products. Check them out over on Level 2, Royal Arcade Shop 29, 314 Little Collins St. Head to their website for online shopping and more details.
Founded in Melbourne, Sweat Tours are a travel provider who have created all-inclusive tour packages to get Australians to their festival of choice, as well as offering up a jam packed, group holiday experience. So far, they offer punters aged 21-35 packages to attend festival giants Ultra Miami, Electric Daisy Carnival and the Governors Ball NYC Music Festival. Their packages include a huge itinerary to get the most out of your adventure. You'll enjoy private chartered transfers for the entire week to and from your accommodation to daily events and activities, hotel accommodation, plus meals and tickets to surrounding tourist attractions. For more info head to the Sweat Tours website.
Held at the University Of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, Shimmerlands will showcase some of the city’s finest outdoor music, cinema and dining experiences. The music program is a smorgasbord of international artists and local up and comers including Parquet Courts, Brooke Powers and Melbourne Ska Orchestra. Shimmerlands’ outdoor cinema program will show off some of the best contemporary cinema, like American Honey, The Rolling Stones: Ole, Ole, Ole! or Captain Fantastic. At the heart of Shimmerlands will be the Pavillion and The Food Quarter. Providing multiple bars, lounge areas, DJs and more, it will become the perfect location to grab a drink and watch the summer sun set. Shimmerlands will run at the University Of Melbourne from Sunday January 1 until Sunday February 26.