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Ten great gifts for Melbourne friends in lockdown

Ten great gifts for Melbourne friends in lockdown

Let’s face it, weekly Zoom calls and images sent from the outside world with the caption “wish you were here” can only go so far. To help share a little light with our Melbourne friends, we’ve put together a round-up of gifts that we can deliver from a distance.

A subscription to Yoke Yoga

Give the gift of movement with a subscription to Yoke Yoga (who have studios in South Melbourne and Torquay). Their varied, dynamic and balanced classes streamed live and are available on demand. Passes start at $8 (or $11 a week for unlimited classes), so is a good option if you’re looking to brighten someone’s day on a budget.

An at-home ceramics kit from Ceramiques

When a Melburnian can’t go to a cafe for coffee, we should at least make sure they can drink their french press from a handmade mug. These ceramics kits include 10kg of clay (that dries in a cool Melbourne grey) and all of the tools needed to get creative, along with access to video tutorials from the Ceramiques team.

A deluxe dinner from Melbourne’s best restaurants through Providoor

Anniversaries, birthdays, Wednesdays when you’ve exhausted all options on every streaming site and pesto pasta is finally losing its appeal: some occasions call for a fancy dinner. Providoor is supporting Melbourne’s best restaurants and keeping the city’s foodies satisfied by delivering restaurant fare to Melbourne homes. As well as vegan banquets, set menus and signature dishes (and drinks) from fine-dining restaurants and favourite bars, Providoor is offering cooking classes from top chefs, and keeping the culture of food alive through online events. This week is Negroni week, and ordering a few through Providoor will help secure the survival of Melbourne’s best bars through lockdown.

A plant-based care package from Hello Botanical

The evidence on green spaces improving mental health is abundant, and if our friends can’t get out to meet it, we should be delivering it to them. Hello Botanical has curated a range of care packages specifically for lockdown 2.0: a collection of sustainable botanical products for home and body, organic treats to keep isolated humans happy (chocolate, tea: the essentials) and easy-care plants to keep indoor spaces feeling alive. Care packages start at $85, and will be delivered the same day if ordered by 9am.

A doughnut decorating kit from Goldelucks

The team at Goldelucks have decided that, contrary to the PM’s advice, kids might be more interested in decorating doughnuts than completing a puzzle. Having browsed the Goldelucks doughnut decorating kits – including one inspired by Olaf the singing snowman – we’re inclined to agree. Goldelucks offer vegan and gluten free options as well as cronuts,  cookies and loaded brownies, so something for every lockdown diet preference.

An artisanal gift box supporting Melbourne’s creatives from The Melbourne Box

The Melbourne Box was built in response to lockdown – a collective organisation connecting local creatives with their community through curated, artisanal boxes of handmade gifts and goodies. Each box contains a bespoke mix of Melbourne-made products – from coffee to candles – with something foodie, something to drink, something for the home, something for the body and something creative.

A same day delivery gift pack from Pookipoiga 

If you need to cheer someone up from a distance in a hurry, Pookipoiga have got you. This ethical gift store stocks everything from organic vegan chocolate to crystal rollers, and offers next day delivery within Melbourne CBD. They also donate a meal to a person in need with every purchase made, so you’ll be helping more people than just the gift recipient. We love everything Pookipoiga stock (all products are sustainable, fair-trade and ethically made), in particular their range of children’s books and Australian-made ceramics.

A garden farm from The Little Veggie Patch Co

If there were ever a time to commit to building an at-home veggie garden, the time would be now: springtime during lockdown. The durable, adjustable crates from Little Veggie Patch Co make at-home horticulture easy, and their seed kits come in biodegradable propagating pots. The Little Veggie Patch Co also stock a range of other gardening goodies – from books to watering cans to insect hotels – so a perfect bundle for a family with time on their hands and an interest in connecting to nature.

A playful (and charitable) recipe poster from Food For Everyone

Food For Everyone is a not-for-profit culinary poster store, selling framed posters featuring recipes from female chefs – like tiramisu by Julia Busuttil Nishimura (Ostro), and prawn and zucchini pappardelle by Ella Boudhana –  alongside illustrations by artist Gemma Leslie. The colourful prints are playful and bold, and 100% of profits are donated to FareShare: a charity providing nutritious meals to people in need.

Melbourne’s best croissants delivered door to door

The hours of queuing on the pavement in the backstreet of Fitzroy for a Lune croissant are behind us, so if there were ever a silver lining to be found, perhaps it’s this. Lune have now extended their delivery options, bringing their world-famous pastries to happy homes, some beyond the 5km radius.

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