Shop and Play: Christmas Gift Guide 2021
1 December 2021
Christmas is a time for everyone to come together, and what better way to come together than by supporting some local small businesses?
You may be surprised to learn how easily you can do a spot of Christmas shopping while also enjoying some quality family time at Whiteman Park.
From experiences to both unique and enthusiast gifts, we’ve got it all covered, and of course, we are on doorstep of the Swan Valley which is full of unique gift ideas too.
If you need some festive cheer, be sure to pop into the Handcraft Centre on Saturday 11 December when Mother Christmas makes an appearance and pick up a range of creative Christmas decorations, from bunting and table runners to the cute Santa gourds!
Did you know that you can foster an animal at Caversham Wildlife Park? It is a unique and meaningful gift that not only suits the animal-lover in your life but is also a great idea for the hard-to-buy for loved one who has everything and even for those living abroad. There are a variety of package options available and over 50 animals to choose from, so the hardest part of this gift idea will be deciding which animal to foster!
Not only can you give the gift of an experience by purchasing gift vouchers, you can also pick up a range of merchandise and memorabilia for a range of transport enthusiasts in your life.
The Motor Museum of WA has gift vouchers, as well as a great range of branded merchandise. These range in price from $2.00 to $25.00 and include everything from baseball caps and polo shirts, to stubby holders and even a pocket screwdriver set. They also have a range of metal motor car signs and Australian motor vehicle prints available.
The volunteers at the Perth Electric Tramway Society will be selling tram-related souvenirs, ranging from pens and key rings, to the stunning Tracks on the Swan book on Sunday 12 December (11.00am – 4.00pm) while the heritage electric tram rides are operating. Goods range from $3.00 - $85.00, but do note that they can only take cash.
General transport fan?
You can also pick up the Tracks on Swan book, as well as Passion for Tractors and Truck Days DVDs and a 2022 bus calendar from Revolutions Transport Museum (all cash only), daily between 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Your little ones won’t miss out with gift ideas aplenty, just for them!
Got a little train fan?
Head to the Village Junction Station when the vintage train rides are operating to pick up a range of train toys, from whistles to a 3D build and paint locomotive for under $20.00. Or for something really special, grab the series of Ashely books, written by Bennett Brook Railway member Peter Gould and illustrated by local artist Donna Franklin. There are eight titles in the series, and they are available for $20.00 each from the Village Junction Station on train operating days and Revolutions Transport Museum (cash only) daily from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Did someone ask for a pony for Christmas?
There is no need to stress or disappoint! Just pick up a handmade horse toy for some bright and colourful fun! The Handcraft Centre can also help you out with a new pet – in the form of a pet rock!
Just want to gift an experience they'll love?
A day out to Caversham Wildlife Park is a great gift option for the youngsters too. Grab vouchers for the whole family, or an adult voucher for mum, dad or the grandparents to take the toddlers for a visit with our Aussie icons.
Have you taken a look in the Village Art Gallery lately? Not only do they have a range of large art pieces for sale, they also have some creative resin art Christmas baubles this year!
Over the tram line you will find a whole host of Christmas gift ideas, with woodwork pieces, concrete critters for the garden and more at the Handcraft Centre.
And don’t miss out on the (super!) limited edition novelty candles and 2022 Letterpress calendars from Bright Press either! This year’s calendars have been created using Lego® and metal type in a range of cheery designs.
If you haven’t seen the Village Café’s new High Tea, you are missing out on a visual feast! Whet a loved one’s appetite with a gift card or gift experience for the Seniors and Deluxe High Teas at the Village Café. Order online now from their website… or maybe just take a moment for yourself and order the Deluxe High Tea in a Box to enjoy at home or in a quiet, shaded spot in the Park. 😉