UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN GIFTS TO IMPRESS YOUR DELEGATES
Searching for a corporate gift that captures the spirit of Australia? These unique Australian gift ideas are sure to bring a smile to delegates’ faces - from stone-ground Margaret River chocolate to adopting a wild koala.
The Akubra story started in Tasmania back in 1874. Since then, this family-run hat making company has moved north – first to Sydney then to the regional town of Kempsey, in the mid north coast of New South Wales, where it’s still located today. The familiar silhouettes of Akubra’s wide brim hats have become a quintessential part of Australia’s visual identity, and are a must-have piece for any visit here. Akubra hats have graced the heads of thousands of Australian Olympians and military servicemen and women, and some iconic styles have even appeared on screen in such films as Crocodile Dundee and The Man From Snowy River.
Australia's most highly awarded distillery, Archie Rose, produces an impressive range of hand-crafted spirits in their Sydney distillery. Their tailored spirits range is well-suited to corporate gifting, enabling clients to create their own gin, vodka or whisky which is then custom-made by Archie Rose distillers. The process is simple – clients choose their favourite traditional or native Australian botanicals, set their strength, or in the case of whisky, pick a style, cask type and smoke influence. Once complete, Archie Rose ships the creation to the client complete with a bespoke label on the bottle, which can be personalised to feature a corporate logo or design. Whether you’re ordering from afar or pairing this memento with a visit to the Sydney distillery, it’s certain to be a gift to remember.
During the height of Australia’s bushfires in the summer of 2019-2020, many wildlife organisations, including the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in regional New South Wales on Australia’s east coast, provided essential assistance in triaging and sheltering vulnerable animals. Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Koala Hospital relies on outside support. “Adoptions through the ‘Adopt A Wild Koala’ program play a vital role in our ongoing fight for wildlife conservation,” says President Sue Ashton. Through an online adoption, your team will be able to support the care of a sick or injured wild koala. A worthy cause to help these furry Australians get back on their paws.
Over in Western Australia you’ll find Bahen & Co. - a small chocolate factory run by former vignerons, Josh and Jacqui Bahen. This is no run-of-the-mill commercial operation; rather, the Bahens have adopted a traditional approach to chocolate making that returns to a slower pace of times gone by. Operating from the family farm in Margaret River - a region renowned for its raw natural beauty and strong support for local producers – Josh and Jacqui lovingly craft stone-ground chocolate from bean to bar using restored vintage machinery. The pair’s passion for their craft shines through in their eagerness to work with clients to create custom chocolates which make excellent corporate gifts. And, you can feel good about purchasing these chocolate creations, too - the Bahens have worked tirelessly to ensure production is ethical, building long-term relationships with cacao farmers based on principles of mutual benefit, transparency and respect.
Chasing the beautiful climate, bio-chemist Dr Jurgen Klein and his wife Ulrike moved their family from Germany to South Australia in 1984. Upon arriving and seeing the fertile lands, the duo founded Australian skincare range Jurlique in 1984. In the verdant Adelaide Hills, Jurlique’s organic and biodynamic farm grows almost all of its own herbs and flowers, including rose, lavender and chamomile. These potent botanicals go into making high performance skincare including the Hydrating Rosewater Balancing Mist, and the Rose and Nutri-Define Serum made from farm grown Spilanthes, a plant known for its medicinal properties. Take a look online and be inspired for an Australian-made pamper gift for your clients. And if you’re hosting an event in Adelaide in the future, book an experience at the Jurlique Farm, located a 35-minute drive from Adelaide city, for a behind the scenes tour.
Tucked away in a small studio on the wild southern coast of South Australia, perfumer Amanda Stevens spends her days blending and creating scents inspired by the Australian landscape. Her perfume brand Rewild Co. captures the essence of Australia, with native botanicals like lemon myrtle, Australian sandalwood and eucalyptus taking centre stage. Rewild Co. has a range of gift-sized products available for online purchase, each of which is hand-crafted, hand-labelled and wrapped in sustainable, botanically dyed packaging like linen and hemp. For a personalised gift option, Amanda also creates bespoke signature scents, so your client can have their own unique company fragrance that speaks to their story, spirit, and heart. A little piece of Australia in a bottle.
Melbourne-based duo Athan Didaskalou and Richard Li searched high and low for sleek, considered and long-lasting luggage that didn’t break the bank. Frustrated with the results, they founded Australian luggage company July in 2018. Sourcing the sturdiest of materials – think a crush-proof shell, anodised aluminium corners, and silent gliding wheels – all July pieces are made to last. The range of carry on and checked luggage, plus the weekender bags, totes and backpacks, come in fun colour waves and July’s corporate gifting scheme also means pieces can be personalised with names or company logos. A clever way to prepare your clients for a trip to Australia for when travel here starts back up.