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Gift guide for making the festive season easier 

Here’s our gift to you. 

Karanbir Dhillon

When this year’s lockdown was lifted, it felt a lot like Hagrid knocking down the door on Harry Potter’s eleventh birthday, whisking him away from that isolated hut on the rock in the middle of the sea.

Somewhere between Zoom catch ups and bottomless brunches, though, it’s likely that Christmas shopping has taken a back seat. Luckily, we’ve got you covered… no, really, trust us, the Sydney Opera House is here to do the heavy lifting, making this year’s festive gift giving less stressful than ever.

Three framed digitally illustrated prints of Sydney's eastern beaches on wooden table

Shop local. Shop popaboutdesign's iconic beach prints.

Think local. Think sustainable. Think Uncovered.

If you know someone whose weekend mornings are reserved for local market strolls, then check out the Uncovered Program, a celebration of local artistic excellence.

The handwoven designs by Yinarr Maramali, a Gomeroi women's business, sees the continuation of their ancestral weaving culture reflected across woven baskets, coolamons and dilly bags, and makes a beautiful and unique present. 

Collection of Yinarr Maramali products

One of a kind handwoven works by Yinarr Maramali.

Contribute to elevating a loved one’s homeware game with unique handmade ceramics, designed in Melbourne by Richard Greenacre or decorate their walls with a popaboutdesign illustration, featuring iconic Sydney landmarks (ourselves included) locally designed and printed right here in Sydney. 

Enjoy free gift wrapping in-store for orders over $50, and Click and Collect is available for all Sydney-based orders. Check out our Christmas postage dates here.

Jane sketching the Opera House
Popaboutdesign Opera House prints
Jane creating her prints on her laptop
Popaboutdesign Opera House prints

For the ceramic enthusiasts out there. 

Experiences. We’ve got ’em all.

Reliving shaky concert videos on your phone just doesn’t compare to the real thing. Lockdown may have made attending live shows feel like a distant memory, but believe us when we say: we’re back.

Ballet Celebration Gala

Start the festive season with The Australian Ballet's Celebration Gala.

The Australian Ballet’s Celebration Gala: 25 November – 3 December 2021

They say everyone should see the ballet once in their lives. If you or a loved one have still yet to tick this off, The Australian Ballet’s Celebration Gala is the perfect introduction, featuring grand classical showpieces, thrilling contemporary excerpts, perennial favourites and more. And if you’ve already experienced the pleasure of attending a ballet, you would understand how tempting it is to relive all over again.

SIX The Musical, 19 December 2021 – 2 April 2022

You know those gifts that you low-key find wanting for yourself, too? This would be one of them. Take a loved one this holiday season to see the global phenomenon SIX – the show that has captivated audiences in the West End and on Broadway with its pop-concert-remixed-history of King Henry VIII’s six wives.

SIX the Musical

Give the queen in your life a royal experience at SIX The Musical. 

Opera Australia’s La Bohème: 4 January - 4 February 2022

Encapsulating complex emotions, experience an unforgettable evening with the larger-than-life bohemian love story La Bohème. Set in 1930s Berlin, expose your soul to the melodic sounds of this Italian romance (surtitles in English), as you discover the ecstasy of love, feel the depth of pain of jealousy and the heartbreak of loss. 

Scaredy Cat, 6 – 22 January 2022

Keeping the kids occupied doesn’t always need to involve handing them the iPad. Let your children’s imaginations run free these summer holidays, as they embark on a lionhearted journey with Australia’s bravest feline friend.  

Scott Silven's Wonders, 1 – 13 February 2022

With the year that we’ve had, I think we can all agree it’d be nice to unwind with an evening of mystery and serendipity. Discover the powers of the human mind with world-renowned mentalist Scott Silven. Enchanting, hypnotic and extraordinary, explore the power of connection through unforgettable illusions.

Scott Silven Wonders

For the illusion your gift isn't a last minute one, tickets to Scott Silven's Wonders will do the trick.

Centre for Creativity’s workshop Meditation: Between Words and Music: 6 March 2022

Creativity can be found in the most unexpected of places. Take this new workshop for example. Meditation: Between Words and Music explores meditation, memory and music as inherently creative ideas, teaching participants how to find creative awareness in moments of stillness. Encourage your friends and family to surrender to their breath, begin their journey of self-discovery and let Dr. Nadine Cameron and musician David Rosa (SnowBorne) take them on a guided meditation like none other.

Opera Australia’s The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour: 25 March – 24 April 2022

It is no easy feat to continuously dazzle audiences for over thirty five years, yet The Phantom of the Opera effortlessly manages to do so. Escape into one of the world’s most beloved musicals like never before with a brand new production under the stars, on a floating stage with themed pop-up bars, restaurants and enviable Sydney Harbour sights. Honestly… do I even need to continue?  

Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour

Take a loved one to experience the phenomenon of The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Vance Joy: 18 – 19 November 2022

Remember anxiously waiting amongst a crowd, the anticipation building as you wait for your favourite artist to walk out on stage? Those nights have  been sorely missed. But what better way to celebrate the return of concerts with one of Australia’s favourite artists, on a beautiful summer's night on the Forecourt, with the Opera House sails and the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop?

Tour and Dine: Thursday to Monday, tickets from $80

If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that there are a lot of gems right here at home (and not just opals and TimTams). For those who enjoy being out and about, the magical combination of an iconic tour of the House and a delicious feed is the way to go.   

Antidote 2021: Festival Collection on Stream

Remember when I said that we’ve got something for everyone? That includes those who are unable to attend a live show at the Sydney Opera House. The Antidote 2021: Festival Collection features ten talks that inspire conversation and creative solutions, delivered by an unmissable line up of international thought leaders. Enjoy world-class performing arts anywhere via Stream

Vance Joy suitcase

A present to look forward to.  Vance Joy on the Forecourt. 

But what if they’re impossible to buy for?

We get it, some people are just tricky when it comes to gifts. That’s where our Gift Vouchers enter the picture – one for the Houseone for our Shop and one for Bennelong Restaurant. And don’t worry, if nothing tickles their fancy right now, they’ll certainly find something within the thirty-six month expiry date.

If vouchers won’t do the trick, the unique Bennelong candle is another exceptional option (or a great add-on to any of the above ideas). Designed in collaboration with Bennelong’s Executive Chef, Peter Gilmore, this handmade gift captures the essence of fine dining at Bennelong. It’s more than your average candle. 

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