For some, buying Christmas presents is no easy feat. By this point, panic has likely set in – what do you buy for someone who has everything, or someone who says they want nothing at all?
Luckily, there are a host of last-minute gift options right on our doorstep.
For the adventurer
If you’ve got a red balloon voucher or two sitting at home, unused, you’re definitely not alone. For a friend or family member who loves to live life to the fullest, shopping local guarantees that your gift makes it out of the drawer.
If they don’t mind going for a dip, consider sending them on a jetpack adventure at the Regatta Centre, or get them a pass to make a splash at Cables Wake Park & Aqua Park.
For someone who might prefer to be up in the air, you can’t go past an indoor skydiving package at iFly.
If they love to be pampered
There’s no shame in being high maintenance – just make sure you gift the friend or family member who loves to look and feel amazing the best of the best.
If pretty in pink is their vibe, you can’t go past Bombshell Blow Dry Bar’s Christmas Packages, ranging from $59 for a facial and signature cocktail, to $500 for the works.
For the men, a gift card for Gabriel Barbers will go down a treat. Or, if it’s skin treatments they love most, book your loved one a luxury experience or buy them a product from the brand new, high-end medi-spa, Melissa Peters Beauty.
It’s no surprise that Penrith is a hub for foodies, with no shortage of options for any craving, or budget. For those who love to eat, you can’t go wrong with restaurant vouchers – consider going with one of their favourite spots, or encourage them to try something new.
If they love to be entertained
Who doesn’t love a good show? If your loved one is a fan of live music, theatre, comedy or dance, there are plenty of options right on your doorstep for incredible shows – and with big names like Don McLean, Toni Childs and Richard Marx already locked in for 2023, you can’t go wrong.
For more information on what’s on, head to the entertainment pages of The Joan or Panthers, and if they don’t mind a drive, Sydney Coliseum Theatre is just a short trip from home.
Happy hour lovers
By this point, Penrith may as well claim the title of the brewery capital of Australia. For those who love a good craft beer, and wouldn’t say no to a cheeky happy hour at home, you can purchase a slab from Mountain Culture Beer Co, Squinters Brewing Co or Rusty Penny Brewery.
If a good drink out with friends is more their scene, fund their night out with a gift card from Duck Duck Goose on High Street.
Cassidy Pearce is a news and entertainment journalist with The Western Weekender. A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney, she has previously worked with Good Morning Macarthur and joined the Weekender in 2022.