The unexpected spot to grab stocking fillers this Christmas

It might not be at the top of your places to visit for Christmas shopping but if you’re after a few last minute stocking fillers or a gift with a touch of Ipswich about it, Ipswich First knows just the place.

As well as items suited to tourists, Ipswich Visitor Information Centre has a range of items that would do just as nicely in the homes of your friends and family.

The centre is at 14 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipswich.

There is ample parking and none of the hustle and bustle you get everywhere else this time of year.

Here’s some of what you can find there

Hand-painted cards and artwork

Make the card you give this Christmas a little more unique. This selection of hand-painted cards featuring Australian birds is sure to impress. The cards are painted by Hungarian born Eagleby artist Bela Grof who uses a traditional impressionist style to paint the beauty around him. The vibrant colours he uses capture the essence and spirit of what he paints.

Little Aussie Friends crockery

A morning coffee is cuter when a wombat or koala is looking back at you. The centre has a select range of trendy Little Aussie Friends crockery featuring images of Australian wildlife. There’s hug mugs, tea bag holders and sandwich trays.

Chilli Willies – Pepper Sauces

If you want your gift to have a bit of extra kick, give the Chillie Willies – Pepper Sauces a try. The all natural, gluten free range of sauces is made at Pine Mountain with each variety having a fun name that’s sure to get a giggle. For instance, there’s Blurter Hurter, Calypso Tropical Butt Burner, Fire in the Hole and the somewhat ominous sounding Aussie Ring Stinger.

Watercress Creek olive oil

If the person you’re shopping for prefers things a little less hot, the Watercress Creek olive oil, balsamic and tapenade range is perfect. You’ll be supporting local produce by giving this one a go. The olives are farmed at Pine Mountain by fourth generation farmers Bernard and Lorraine Mahon who started growing olives in 1998 and now grow three different varieties with over 1,200 trees.

Ipswich on a tea towel

Send greetings from Ipswich to your interstate or international friends with these tea towels. They would go just as well in an Ipswich kitchen. There’s six to choose from, each with a different theme. Some celebrate Australian wildlife, others the floral and fauna emblems of Ipswich. Another has a few recipes for cakes and desserts on it.

A bit of possum magic

This one isn’t for sale. But another upside to checking out the gifts on offer at Ipswich Visitor Information Centre is the chance that you catch a glimpse of a cute little possum. It comes and goes as it pleases but is often in the possum box right outside the centre’s main doors. If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this little one during your visit it’s sure to put a smile on your face this Christmas.

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