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Music, Books, Classes and More: Beat’s Christmas Gift Guide for 2017

Wrapping another boring Christmas Gift? Don’t be that guy again. From the wise, to the weird, and everything in-between, Beat’s Christmas Gift Guide has you covered for an exciting festive season.

Alexis Eclectic Cocktail Scarf
 
$140
 
The brainchild of designer Alexis Withers, Alexis Eclectic brings colour and vibrancy into the world through vivacious clothing and accessories. The most inspired elements of Withers' latest work materialise through her Cocktail Scarf, an exclusive garment the perfect size to be tied around the neck or wrapped around your head.
 
Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. tickets
 
$32
 
Ever thought that you could lift Thor’s mighty hammer? Now you have the chance to try at Australia’s first Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. experience. A world-class interactive experience, coming to Melbourne in March 2018. 
 
Masseduction CD by St. Vincent
 
$19.99
 
At the pinnacle of contemporary music in 2017 is St. Vincent's fifth studio album, Masseduction. The commonly referred “female Bowie” of music, Annie Clark boasts her astute musicality through grandiose pop melodies and poignant lyricism that mirrors its compositions.
 
I Love You Like a Brother CD by Alex Lahey
 
$19.99
 
Alex Lahey has forged a remarkable rise since bursting on the scene in 2016 and through measured curation and maturation beyond her years, her debut album, I Love You Like a Brother, is propelling her even further. The ten-track release is candid, curious and creative, sprawled with sing-alongs and punk-pop bangers.
 
Who Built The Moon? CD by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
 
$19.99
 
Noel Gallagher’s most recent exploits since his musical domination of the '90s comes in the form of Who Built The Moon?, his third studio album in solo mode. The most ambitious of his releases with the High Flying Birds, the LP is inspired without stepping too far from his innate Britpop tree.
 
Rhombus Trivets by Champ Co.
 
Set of 6 for $29
 
We've all been there. The white mark that emerges on your brand new dining table after forgetting to leave a cushion for the steaming base of that coffee mug. Through their Rhombus Trivets, Champ bring not only a coaster to protect your finest woods but also a creative game, where the diamonds can be pulled apart to make different shapes.
 
UpUnlimited Climbing Gift Card
 
$18.50
 
Feeling adventurous this festive season? UpUnlimited is Richmond's resident rock climbing sanctuary where you can jump, dive, drop and race. Home to Australia's highest vertical drop slide, UpUnlimited has made its name for its speed walls where you can race your friends to the top. There's also a new member in town, the Astroball. I'll let you use your imagination.
 
Spanish for Travellers Short Course
 
$199
 
Did you know Spanish is the world's most spoken native language behind Mandarin? Got a trip planned to South or Central America, even Europe, Spanish is your quintessential carrier. Farolito Spanish Language School are the experts and have created a specially designed course for travellers. Don't miss out.
 
Spanish Conversation Class
 
$20
 
For those who already have the Spanish base, Farolito also offer a conversation class where you can come in and chat about anything you want. Whether its current affairs, news, food, history, literature or politics, there's no textbooks in this class, just you and your imagination.
 
Gourmet Kitchen Cooking School
 
$150 Gift Vouchers
 
There's always that one relative who's hard to buy for. Past presents have been met with the classic blank face and polite acceptance. Don't make the same mistake again and let them make their own decision. A voucher to the Gourmet Kitchen Cooking School answers every New Year's Resolution right there and then. For $150, make every sensational, exotic dish you've ever imagined across 3.5 hours of tuition.
 
The 110 Best Australian Albums Book
 
$45
 
This is the ultimate collection of Australia’s best and most influential music of all time. With individual entries on each album, revealing the artists and stories behind the music, The 110 Best Australian Albums celebrates the beauty of Australian music. A music-lovers dream, everything from Midnight Oil to Flume to Royal Headache is featured.
 
Northcote Town Hall Kris Kringle Market
 
Free Entry
 
In a Christmas shopping rut? Sometimes the inspiration just isn't there, we've all been there. It's simple, you need others to make the inspiration for you. That's where the Northcote Town Hall Kris Kringle Market comes in. Head down on Thursday December 14 and 21 and find everything from fashion to textiles, homewares, jewellery and more.
 
Hop Smoked Jalapeno
 
$8.95
 
Hot sauce is a more versatile dressing than you might think. Season your tacos, lather your chicken wings or decorate your rice paper rolls because Melbourne Hot Sauce and Wolf of Willows Brewing have combined to create a spice-lovers dream. Winning Gold at the 2017 Australian Food Awards, their Hot Smoked Jalapeno variety will have you up in flames.
 
Apple Pie Shine
 
$54
 
A message for the sweet tooths out there, you can now get apple pie and liquor in one. Melbourne Moonshine are the geniuses behind this blend of triple distilled moonshine, cold pressed apple juice and spices. As the flavours of cinnamon and caramelised sugar tickle your taste buds, imagine a steaming hot apple pie fresh out of the oven.
 
'Zen' Leggings
 
$130
 
The inspired artistry of Pant Active's 'Zen' Leggings was imagined by the creative Melbourne duo Creature Creature. Sweat-wicking to keep you cool, this garment is a tight fit, mid rise waistband selection also made of a UV blocking fabric. Stay fresh this summer.
 
'Bombing In My '90s' Sport Crop
 
$79
 
You can't have a pair of colourful leggings without a vibrant crop top friend. Pant Active's 'Bombing In My '90s' sport crop is the genius of Melbourne graffiti artist and style aficionado, Silk Roy. You can opt for two styles, the Classic with full support or the Move with lighter support. With a limited edition of 200 only, you'll have to act fast.
 
Black CORE Leggings and Crop Set
 
Leggings $90, Crop $69
 
For the traditionalists, Pant Active also offer a simple black CORE range. The premium leggings are eco-friendly and made of 100% recycled nylon while the crop top comes in the same two styles mentioned in the 'Bombing In My '90s' – Classic and Move. Wear these down the street or on the couch and you'll feel like you're out on the track.
 
Break Room Double Pass
 
$47.50
 
The Break Room is the latest phenomenon to arrive in Melbourne and boy, is it the perfect stress reliever. You'll be given a baseball bat, some crockery and safety gear, the rest is up to you. Go nuts and smash plates till your heart's content, this double pass already has you at the door.
 
A Lost Cause – Chill Yourself T-Shirt
 
$54.95
 
Set to become a new weekend favourite, Off Ya Tree's A Lost Cause t-shirt is made of a custom cotton blend and bears an awesome back print. Made with a ribbed crew neckline for maximum comfort, you'll be sporting this bad boy in no time.
 
A Lost Cause – Horizon T-Shirt
 
$54.95
 
Just as attractive as its brother, A Lost Cause's Horizon style is tropical-themed with a palm tree standing before a hazy sunrise as the back print. For those who prefer a bit of colour, Off Ya Tree have you sorted this Christmas.
 
Hex Bomb Bath Bombs
 
$24.95
 
Propel your bath experience to the next level with Off Ya Tree's Hex Bomb bath bombs. The options are endless, turn your cleansing waters into all sorts of colours – green, red, blue, take your pick. Made of fragrant oils, these bath bombs won't stain your bath or your skin and will create a therapeutic experience like none other.
 
David Shrigley Frisbee
 
$35
 
Turner Award-nominated artist and occasional DJ, David Shrigley, has, by request, put one of his finest creations onto a frisbee. Shrigley's drawing which featured in his NGV exhibition, Life and Life Drawing, now adorns a frequent flyer and a wind whippet that is about to turn your boring Christmas picnic into a day of festivity.
 
THREE65 Underwear Subscription
 
Subscriptions from $26.95
 
At THREE65, you can not only sort yourself out with one pair of underwear but a whole subscription's worth. Every three months, THREE65 will send you two, three or four pairs of undies so that you're staying fresh all of the time. The days of stretched, shabby or holey jocks are over. They'll even throw in two free pairs of socks with every package.
 
Building2
 
Day passes from $40
 
Building No. 2 is a recently renovated co-working space, with open workspace studios and private offices. Set in a mid-century building, with lofty ceilings, original industrial fittings and a north-facing courtyard, the architecturally updated spaces offer natural light, excellent services and a convenient location. 
 
Edgeley
From $30.80
 
Edgeley is the name of my shop and clothing label. It’s also my last name. The Edgeley shop serves as a retail space and design studio. I sell clothes straight off the rack but also love creating one-offs for performers, and anyone who wants a wilder design. 
 
Paper Shoot
 
Cameras from $105
 
Paper Shoot is a 100% customizable digital camera made using recycled materials. 2 x AAA batteries is all we need to get this eco-friendly, kids-friendly camera up and running. The switchable and editable PaperShoot camera case provides people with a fun and unique digital photography experience that’s tailor-made for the individual, brand, or special event. The camera’s two-switch, minimalistic design makes the PaperShoot camera extremely user-friendly while still including cool photo filters and terrific lens options making sure creativity isn’t compromised.
 
Learn to Taste Coffee
 
$199
 
Learn To Taste Coffee provides an opportunity to sample the different components that create a coffee’s taste. This happens through a sequence of coffees curated for the purpose of teaching. It is the world’s first take-home coffee course. After completing the four modules, you’ll know what everything on a cafe’s menu or bag label actually means; roast, quality, processing, origin.
 
Able and Game
 
Able and Game make some of the greatest Christmas cards you could possibly imagine, all made in their Brunswick studio. 
 
Afternoons with Albert 
 
Tuck away earphones, cables, chargers and easily lost treasures in the handcrafted leather Cord Roll - it'll keep them safe in your bag and ready for adventure.