Alumni gift ideas for the holiday season

Did you know that many of our alumni are business owners? Discover several of them and find unique gift ideas for everyone on your list this festive season.

La Trobe University alumni are the gifts that keep on giving. This holiday season, discover several of our alumni owned businesses, just in time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

1. Reading will always get you on the nice list at The Hare and Tortoise Books!Books

Do you know an avid reader? Founded by alumna Hilary Sullivan, The Hare and Tortoise Books has everything for the bookworms in your life. Hilary's independent bookstore prides itself on exceptional customer service and knowledge of adult new releases, classics and children's literature. Can’t decide on just one book? Hop onto their website and take a look at their bargain bundles.

'Attending La Trobe University has always been a proud chapter of my life, and my major in Film and Literature Studies served me well in starting a small business. Opening The Hare & Tortoise Books in my local community has been the most rewarding venture.'

The Hare and Tortoise Books are offering La Trobe alumni a 10% discount using code LTU10. This code is valid until December 20th 2022.

The code can be used online or in store at 69 Commercial Street, Korumburra Victoria 3950.

Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts (2010).

Get a book before it races off the shelf.

2. Nesk Kids have more toys than Santa’s workshop.Nesk Kids Nuts n Bolts kit

Alumna Niki Kavanagh's passion for promoting opportunities for children to learn through play, creativity and using their imaginations inspired her to create her children's toy store, Nesk Kids. This holiday season, you can find amazing activities on their blog for play-time ideas while also providing well-crafted and fun stocking fillers for the kids and kids at heart in your life.

'I met some fantastic people during my course, most of which I am still friends with today. Completing my degree at La Trobe allowed me to secure and grow my corporate career into what it is now.'

La Trobe University alumni can use the discount code LTU_ALUMNI for 10% off all items at Nesk Kids (excluding on Sale and Grapat).

Niki holds a Bachelor of Computer Science (2002).

Santa stop here for stocking fillers!

3. Say ‘Sip Sip Hooray’ with a bottle of Brown Brothers wine!Cynthia Brown

Psychology alumna Dr Cynthia Brown is one of the Brown sisters keeping Brown Brothers Winery a family wine-making business after 130 years. If you’re looking for a gift that will keep the wine-lovers in your life happy, grab a bottle of their Prosecco, Cienna, Moscato, or one of their many other delicious varieties. They even have alcohol-free options available!

'The knowledge and skills I gained from my Psychology degree I use every day in every interaction I have. Psychology underpins everything we do and how we all communicate. It's something I use for my own personal development, and also what I take into my career and professional spaces.'

Brown Brothers is offering our La Trobe alumni the option to join their Family & Friends site, Brown Family Cellar, which will entitle you to the following benefits:

  • Access to over 100 well-known AND exclusive wines from our Brown Brothers, Devil's Corner, Tamar Ridge, Pirie and Innocent Bystander brands
  • Exclusive pricing
  • FREE Delivery to your door
  • Regular special offers
  • A $20 Welcome coupon
  • 24/7 shopping

Simply click the link through the image or below to sign up and access this offer. Should you have any problems at all, please contact Brown Brothers for assistance.

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) (2014) and PhD (2021).

Open the door to a new wine experience.

4. Sea meets street at Lunar Co. Australia.Lunar Co Australia logo

Alumnus Mitchell Barnewall founded Lunar Co. Australia to create clothes that can be worn on a Saturday night out, to Sunday morning coffee, and for everything in-between. For every tee, hoodie, hat and accessory sold, they also donate $1 of the profit to Waves of Wellness, a not-for-profit mental health charity that facilitates surf lessons to aid individuals who need a healthy outlet.

'My La Trobe University experience allowed me to develop an outstanding platform of knowledge and passion for the world of e-commerce. The hands-on workshops and learning of my Bachelor of Commerce degree allowed me to pinpoint which specific business pillars I wanted to indulge in after my degree.'

La Trobe alumni can use the discount code SUMMER25 to receive 25% off all orders this holiday season.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Commerce (2020).

Shop here for a gift that keeps on giving.

5. Quartz Hill Estate is calling all cooking lovers.Olive Oil

Distinguished alumna Deb Radford is the proud owner of Quartz Hill Estate. Quartz Hill Estate has been producing olive oil for almost twenty years now. It’s small batch, home-grown, handpicked, and blended to produce exceptional flavour. It's the perfect oil for dressing Boxing Day salads, enhancing dishes or as a key ingredient for your holiday party dinner – a delicious gift for the foodies this season.

‘Coming to La Trobe was like going on exchange because it was so different to the life that I led. We were told in secondary school that we were all going to become wives and mothers. So, to come to La Trobe University and study commerce was really going out on a limb.’

Quartz Hill is offering a $10 discount for La Trobe alumni on a box of six 250ml bottles of olive oil, as well as on the 2L cans. Just mention that you're La Trobe alumni to secure your discount when you make an order online .

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Economics (1976).

Give the gift of flavour this year.

6. Share the gift of fragrance with Narrative Lab.Christmas fragrance pack

Distinguished alumnus Jarryd Burns is the founder of Narrative Lab, a company that creates luxurious fragrance collections made from plant-based oils that are good for your skin and your mindset. All solids and rollerballs are refillable and reusable, and the collection is free from alcohol, parabens, phthalates, and is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. It doesn’t get more giftable than that!

‘My time at La Trobe was extremely beneficial to starting the businesses that I have. The fundamental business principles taught, and life lessons learned, have stood the test of time  across multiple industries.’

La Trobe University alumni are being gifted 25% off all Narrative Lab orders this festive season using the discount code 'alumni'.

Jarryd holds a Bachelor of Business (2010).

Delight a loved one's senses this season.