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SHOP NEWCASTLE: 12 last-minute Christmas gift ideas

Pick up a last minute gift and support a local business!

Looking to get your hands on that last minute Christmas gift? Want to support some awesome local businesses? Well, here’s a guide to doing just that.

Shakespeare in the Vines
Calais Estate Winery

Tickets to see ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as part of Shakespeare in the Vines at Calais Estate Winery

Saturday 23rd February 2019 will see Essential Theatre return to Calais Estate for Shakespeare in the Vines, performing the much loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Come and relax on the lawn with great wine and food to enjoy this hilarious and magical comedy. General Admission tickets are from $50 (student tickets available). There will be a food stall and bar on the night as well as gourmet picnic hampers for pre-order or enjoy Shakespeare in style with our VIP tickets which include a boutique sparkling winemaking experience, a 5-course degustation lunch with matched wines, performance tickets and a cheese platter for the performance.


Jet Flight Simulator

50% OFF Newcastle’s best Christmas Gift Experience!

Oh yeah, Jet Flight Simulator! Who do you know, that would love to feel what it is like to captain the most commonly used passenger plane in the world. Here is your chance to make that persons dream a reality using our replica simulator of the 737, they will be in full control and assisted by our friendly experienced pilot. During your flight, you will be fully immersed in your experience. You will be managing your airspeed, altitude and watching your heading whilst monitoring any other air traffic. The wide array of screens and indicators will also need to be monitored. When the time comes to land you will approach your chosen destination and you will have to have maximum concentration to be able to manoeuvre into position, to be able to correctly approach the runway and complete a safe landing.


Coast XP

An action-packed Adventure Tour or a relaxed Sunset Sessions…

Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie with CoastXP. Join an action-packed Adventure Tour to the beautiful Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay, marvel at the sea caves on the water and get up close to the Catherine Hill Bay jetty. If you are after something more laid-back over the summer period, sit back and relax on one of CoastXP’s Sunset Sessions as you watch the sun sink into the horizon over the Port of Newcastle.


Local gift hampers
Harper and Lulu

An assortment of carefully selected gifts from small businesses

Harper and Lulu are a boutique Newcastle based company that specialises in creating local, quality and affordable gift hampers, which leave a lasting impression. As proud advocates for the Hunter, you can be confident in offering your clients a Harper and Lulu hamper that comprises of an assortment of carefully selected gifts from small businesses. Our unique hampers reflect the high quality you strive to achieve in business and are a great way to show your appreciation. Your time is precious and that is why we will work with you to custom-make hampers from our range of products according to your budget and individual taste. We can deliver the hampers direct to your office or to your client.


An Evening With Nigella Lawson
Civic Theatre Newcastle

An unforgettable experience with With Nigella Lawson on Friday, 1 February 2019

Direct from London’s West End, An Evening with NIGELLA LAWSON at the Civic Theatre Newcastle is Nigella’s brand-new show, where she tells her own remarkable culinary story, live on stage. She is one of the most successful food writers of all time, having sold more than ten million cookbooks worldwide, teaching us How To Eat and How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Now it’s time to meet the woman behind the cookbook.


3 Game Membership
Newcastle Jets FC

Give your football fan the ultimate Christmas gift with a Newcastle Jets 3 game membership pass.

A 3 game pass gives you access to any 3 Newcastle Jets home games at McDonald Jones Stadium for the remainder of the 2018/19 season and comes with an awesome Jets membership merchandise pack. Better still, a 3 game membership costs just $60! Purchasing is simple, just go to and complete the details and we’ll post the pack to you. Present dilemma solved!


Season 2019
Civic Theatre Newcastle

Season 2019 includes free parking in Civic West parking station, discounted drinks and great ticket prices!

In 2019 Newcastle’s iconic Civic Theatre will celebrate its 90th birthday year with a season of live performances designed to spark imagination and with even more benefits for subscribers, including free parking in Civic West parking station, discounted drinks and great ticket prices! Season 2019 offers a thrilling mixture of music, drama, comedy, circus, puppetry and more. Old favourites such as Bell Shakespeare and the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals are back, complemented by exciting new works from local and major Australian performing arts companies.


Newcastle pride!
The Newcastle Shop

The perfect place for presents for overseas relatives and proud locals

The Newcastle Shop Visitor Information Centre is a space dedicated to all things Newcastle. Located at Newcastle Museum, it is a place to find out about what to see and where to go in Newcastle. There are Newcastle souvenirs for sale as well as products by Newcastle makers. It’s the perfect place for presents for overseas relatives … or the people you love right here at home! It’s open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.


Christmas at Wickham Boatshed
The Wickham Boatshed

A Christmas feast by the Waterside overlooking the Wickham Marina on Friday 21st December!

Christmas certainly is the busiest time of year! So let The Wickham Boatshed help you out! Celebrate with the close friends you often don’t get to see during the festive period and let us make you a Christmas feast by the Waterside overlooking the Wickham Marina. Enjoy Champagne on Arrival, Seafood, Honey roasted ham, Turkey, Salads, Christmas pudding and the Aussie favourite, Pavlova. Let us help you relax before the work of Christmas truly begins! Fully licensed, Beer, Wine and Spirits available.


Merry Movies
Event Cinemas

A Merry Movies Gift Card is the ultimate Christmas present!

Give a movie gift card attached to a Merry Movies themed greeting card! This gift card can be used at any Event Cinemas, BCC, GU Film House or Greater Union location in Australia for their choice of admissions and/or food and beverage, including our traditional, Vmax, 4DX and Gold Class formats!


The original icon!
Famous Rock Shop, Newcastle

Give the iconic gift of Dr. Martens’ this Christmas

Newcastle’s famous Rock Shop is the home of Dr Martens’. On a stylistic level, Dr. Martens’ simple silhouettes allows their wearers to adopt the boots and shoes as part of their own individual and very distinctive style; on a practical level, their famous durability and comfort make them ideal for the unforgiving world of gigs and street fashion; and then finally on an emotional level, they are a badge of attitude and empowerment.


A seaside spoil
The Anchorage, Port Stephens

An Anchorage Gift Voucher will please even the most difficult to buy for

Why not treat yourself and a loved one to a seaside spoil this Christmas with an Anchorage Gift Voucher? With so many seaside spoils to be had at The Anchorage, from stays to spa days, cocktails by the sea to high tea – the gift of Anchorage Gift Vouchers this Christmas is sure to please even the most difficult to buy for. What’s more, for every $100 in gift vouchers you give, we’ll gift you a $25 Spa Lucca voucher. Seaside spoils all round. Offer available until 14 December 2018, please phone (02) 4984 2555 to arrange your gift voucher or visit our website.