Sure, you could buy pop culture Christmas presents made overseas OR you could buy one-of-kind items made locally.
Sure, you could source your pop culture Christmas presents internationally OR you could buy one-of-kind items made locally.
Sourcing pop culture Christmas presents isn’t hard. In fact, it’s pretty easy thanks to entire Westfield stores selling items upon items.
But with such mainstream appeal, these pop culture gifts can often feel less thoughtful and more last-minute. And there’s a chance the receiver ends up showing off the same Batman statue or Captain Marvel wallet as a dozen other people.
For a gift that’s unique, hard-to-find, and shows you’ve gone the extra mile, why not try giving a locally-made product?
We scoured the internet for Australian-made pop culture Christmas presents and here’s what we found (happy shopping!):
1. HOGWARTS HOUSE RINGS OR SAILOR MOON EARRINGS
Put a little pop culture on your Australian made jewellery with Attire Dolls.
The owner of the Etsy store creates the jewellery herself, making each item as Aussie as they can possibly get.
Among the special treasures are the Hogwarts House Rings featuring individual house logos.
The adjustable back ensures it’s one-size fits all, and they’re pretty funky!
If you’re more of an Anime fan, the store also has a pair of Gold Crescent Moon Earrings that hang off a gold wire hook for casual or fancy wear. Very Sailor Moon!
Click here to check out the store and the full collection of jewellery (there’s even bottle charms for love and luck!).
2. A HARLEY QUINN JACK-IN-THE-BOX
She’s a little cooky and the toy concept is a little creepy, add them together and you’ve got one very unique Christmas present.
Among the special products is the Harley Quinn Jack-In-The-Box that for some reason reminds us a lot of… Drop Dead Fred.
Click here to check out the site.
3. A SAILOR MOON INSPIRED PIN
“Small people make small pins.”
It may be the smallest item in the Christmas stocking but it’ll have the biggest effect.
The duo who run Jelly Kat Studio design and hand make colourful and completely adorable Sailor Moon-inspired pins.
They’re perfect for anyone with a new or extensive pin collection or for those putting together their own lapel pin-decorated jacket.
Click here to check out the purrfect collection.
4. A HAND-STITCHED CAPTAIN AMERICA OR THE FLASH BEANIE
Sure, it’s summer right now and the last thing you’re thinking about is how to keep your head warm.
But to paraphrase everyone’s once favourite HBO drama, winter is always around the corner so why not prepare yourself and your loved ones now.
To help you do so is NSW-based Bristle Design, which hand stitches a range of product including various pop culture items.
A standout on the site is the Pokemon Ball beanie, which would look all too cute during the colder season, as well as the Captain America and The Flash beanies.
There’s also a cool hand-stitched Doctor Who shoulder bag and adorable cacti that’d really make a household pop.
Click here to check out Bristle Design’s offerings.
5. ‘EARTH QUARANTINED’ OR ANOTHER LOCALLY-WRITTEN BOOK
D L Richardson is just one of many Australia-based authors using their gift of word to create new worlds and ignite our imaginations.
Treat an avid supernatural or sci-fi reader to a locally-written book and it may even inspire them to turn their own creative stories into a published piece.
Click here to check out D L Richardson’s titles.
6. A LOCALLY-DESIGNED 2020 AVENGERS CALENDAR OR A COMMISSIONED DRAWING
There’s the Avengers calendars that everyone else has hanging in their houses, and then there’s these.
Benni-Alice is a fan artist who uses her skill to commission work for pop culture enthusiasts and, in this case, create 2020 calendars.
Her Avengers calendar features many of your favourite and old school characters, including Black Widow, Captain America, and Iron Man
Click here to check out her work or to commission a piece for someone special.
7. DEATH STAR TIGHTS OR A HOGWARTS TEE
For all your Australian made pop culture clothing needs, turn to BlackMilk.
The line that worked with Marvel on an Avengers collection back in 2016 has now taken on Star Wars and Harry Potter with a collection for each franchise.
One of the coolest pieces (according to us) is the ‘8 Bit Star Wars Business Time Shirt‘ featuring tiny retro video game version of favourite characters.
In the Harry Potter department, there’s a Four Houses Touchdown jersey featuring emblems and colours of the four houses, a cute Deathly Hallows Boss Shirt, and the totally cool Gryffindor Letterman Jacket.
Click here to check out the collections.
SOMETHING EXTRA: BUY LITTLE MONSTERS OR OTHER LOCALLY-FILMED MOVIES & SHOWS
So the overall movie was made by people from three nations (Australia, US and UK), but Little Monsters was filmed Down Under.
The film starring Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad and Alexander England was filmed across several locations in New South Wales and showcases a lot of local talent.
FYI, it’s hilarious.
But if it’s not quite what you’re looking for, why don’t you try giving the gift of other shows and movies filmed in Australia such as Farscape, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, and more.
NOTE: These are just a few of many Australian artists and creators catering to pop culture fans.