The countdown is officially on until Christmas and following a year of difficult trade, one of the best ways to demonstrate support and thanks after a challenging year, is to opt for local during one of the busiest buying periods. 

We’ve pulled together a guide full of opportunities to support small this season and has a few of our personal favourites too! 


Buying an experience for someone generates positive memories. The joy and memories of experiences, from crazy adventures to minute encounters last a lifetime. 

Kiss My Axe:

Urban Axe throwing! Yes you heard us correctly, get a bunch of your mates together and have the opportunity to throw solid steel axes at wooden targets. What a great way to Kiss the year od 2021 goodbye!

P: 1300 MY AXES 

A: 40 Winbourne Road, Brookvale 

A Night at the Barracks:

Enjoy a night under the stars in one of Sydney’s most iconic locations perched high above Sydney Harbour. There’s choice of music, theatre, ballet, dance, rock, opera and jazz experiences. This is one you don’t want to miss. 

A: The Barracks, North Head

Manly Kayak Centre:

Explore the beautiful harbour beaches around Manly and Sydney Harbour or take a guided tour and paddle to some of the most spectacular look out points. 

P: 0412 622 662

A: Manly Wharf, E Esplanade Manly NSW 2095

Northern beaches Brewery Tours:

For the lovers of beer, this one’s for you. The Northern Beaches is now home to some of the best craft breweries. The tour starts in Manly and travels right up the coast to Mona Vale. You will definitely be frothing over this tour. 

P: 0484 308 572

Bare Beauty House:

I think we all deserve (need) some sprucing about the year we’ve had. From facials, massages, body scrubs to a full day spa experience, Bare Beauty can provide all your hair & beauty needs. 

P: (02) 8593 0264

A: 35 Pittwater Road, Manly

Manly Sculpture School:

Have you ever fancied trying your hand at sculpture? Well here’s your chance. There is a range of different classes, from one off workshops to 10-week courses, plus you get to sip and sculpt at the same time. Winning! 

P: 0433 507 419

A: 19 North Fort Road, Manly

Unwrap Me:

Who doesn’t love the joy of unwrapping! For most of us, unwrapping gifts is one of the best parts of Christmas day…maybe even more so than the gift itself. So, for all those that love to gift something for someone to unwrap, here are great places to get a special gift from.  

Budgy Smuggler:

Why be boring when you’re taking a dip when you can make a splashy statement! Budgy Smuggler is now available for the whole family, with the range covering men’s, women’s and kids – you can even be that matchy matchy family if you like.

P: 0404 026 836

A: 1A/22 Darley Road Manly

Tula Buba:

Looking for something unique for the kids, Tula Buba is home to some of the most beautiful baby and children’s products, including gifts for the stylish mums about town. 

P: 0433 747 270

A: 53 Sydney Road, Manly

Village Home & Gifts:

Village Home & Gifts offers beautifully curated homewares – you’ll be spoilt for choice. They have a passion for colour, design and decorating. Don’t be surprised if you leave there for a gift for yourself too! 

P: 0416 276 678

A: 51 Sydney Road, Manly

Misfit World Meets:

Here you’ll find a collection of emerging Australian and international street and surf brands. 

P: (02) 8095 8899

A: 195-197 Pittwater Road, Manly

Manly Longboard Co.

An icon to Manly’s surf heritage, there is a great range of tees, tanks, tops, caps, towels, accessories and stickers for all of the family. 

P: +61 9977 0093

A: 42 Sydney Road Manly

Sammy & Sid:

Are you after some fabulous designer, pre loved, vintage and timeless pieces? Well look no further than Sammy & Sid. Here you will have no trouble finding a suitable gift for someone who loves all things fashion. 

P: (02) 8964 9520

A: 149 Pittwater Road, Manly 

Poppies and Amber:

Let’s be honest, any occasion is appropriate for giving flowers because they provide the perfect way to brighten someone’s day and Christmas is no exception. Poppies and Amber also have a range of plants and giftwares too. 

P: 0420 950 040 

A: 22A Darley Road, Manly

Saint Valentine:

If you want to make an impression on that special female in your life <mum, sister, girlfriend, friend, mother in law or yourself> pop into Saint Valentine. They have a range of beautiful, modern timeless pieces of jewellery that will definitely be a winner under the Christmas tree. 

P: (02) 9977 1193

A: 47 Sydney Road, Manly 


If you are the type to leave things to the last minute at Christmas, well then Humphrey’s will save the day. They sell everything from quality gifts, toys, books, confectionary, stationary and arts & crafts. And if you still can’t decide from the array of options, then buy everyone a lottery ticket. 

P: (02) 9977 1699

A: 60-62 The Corso, Manly


We guarantee you will find something for the little people in your life at Kids Stuff. Shop the best of toy brands, educational toys and lots of fun eclectic novelties too. 

P: (02) 7207 6239

A: 19-23 The Corso, Manly 

Bow & Arrow: 

A beautifully curated boutique, offering vibrant creations for the home, studio or your wardrobe.  

P: 0411 081 732

A: 15 Whistler Street, Manly  

Manly Aquarium World: 

If you are one of the few left, that did not purchase a dog during lockdown, then perhaps you could give a fish a home instead? Manly Aquarium World has a vast range of options from buying your first fish to building an entire underwater landscape! 

P: (02) 9977 1758

A: 3 Pittwater Road, Manly