The Best Last-Minute Gifts You’ll Find at the Airport

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Sep 29, 2017

Brought to you by Qantas Airport Retail.

Forgot to buy gifts from your travels? Stock up at the terminal.

Always forget to buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home? Never fear: considered gifts for all your loved ones can be found at Melbourne and Perth airports.

For the fashion lover

There’s no point buying a fashion addict new clothing. Unless you know their style inside out, and what their wardrobe already holds, chances are you won’t nail the present. But The Art of the White Shirt, a beautifully illustrated guide to wearing the wardrobe staple, is just the thing. Libby VanderPloeg shows 30 ways to wear a white top, perfect for someone always looking for new ways to interpret classic looks. 

Blue Illusion, The Art of the White Shirt, $24.99. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

For the regular traveller

All travel wardrobes need a top that works for any occasion and any weather. The cut of this asymmetric jumper makes it dressy enough for dinner when worn with a black skirt yet casual enough for walking around a new city when worn with jeans and trainers. It’s a simple way to add a pop of colour to a suitcase otherwise filled with neutral hues. 

Metalicus, Block asymmetric jumper, $129.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

For your dad

Dads are hard to buy for. Stay away from the usual ties and hankies by presenting him with a wool-blend scarf in a colour other than black. Ideal for wearing on the morning commute, on chilly mornings spent watching the footy or with a T-shirt and jacket at weekend barbecues. 

Oxford, Ivan wool blend scarf, $89. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

For your teenager

The circular beach towel trend is still going strong. Set your teen up for summer – or the next tropical family holiday – with a beach towel that really lets them stretch out and enjoy the surf and sun. Made from soft terry cloth, Rip Curl’s circular towels come in a variety of unique prints and colours. 

Rip Curl, Round Towel Chicama, $89.99. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Perth.

For the uni student

The Barefoot Investor by Scott Page is a cult buy for anyone interested in improving their finances. It’s especially good for graduates preparing to manage full-time incomes, bills and paying back a debt for the first time. One key selling point? Advice on how to create a financial plan so simple it can be sketched on a serviette.

Watermark Books, The Barefoot Investor, $29.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminals, Melbourne and Perth.

For the little ones

Tweens love to feel part of a trend and a pair of Aviator sunglasses will ensure they do. These mirrored Ray-Ban Juniors are great for both boys and girls and come in a range of different colours so you can buy a different pair for each of your tiny travellers.

Sunglass Hut, Ray-Ban Junior, $100. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

For the sweets lover

You can’t go wrong with chocolate. While anyone would be happy with a block of Dairy Milk, go a little fancier with milk chocolate freeze-dried strawberries. The fruit is grown at Red Hill, in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, and then coated in a thick layer of choc (and you can also pick up a dark version for yourself). 

Milk Chocolate Freeze Dried Red Hill Strawberries, $16.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.

For the frequent flyer

Guilty of regularly misplacing your boarding pass or passport? This travel wallet will help you get organised before you walk through security. It’s small enough to fit into your pocket with separate slots for your passport, tickets and up to 10 cards. It also comes with a micro travel pen for when you need to jot something down urgently.

Henry Bucks, Bellroy travel leather wallet, $159.95. Available at Qantas Domestic Terminal, Melbourne.