Shopkins, jewellery and technology are top of this year’s Christmas wish lists and among the most common items being presented for gift wrapping at Caneland Central this week.
Star Wars collectables and scented candles for adults plus Lego for the kids were also popular items at the gift wrapping stall provided by Caneland Central and operated by members of ESA Alpha Rho Mackay branch, who are wrapping to raise much-needed funds for local charities.
More than 100 Mackay shoppers per day have been happy to donate their gold coins and more to have their gifts wrapped by the band of merry volunteers, ESA Mackay treasurer Judy Johnson said.
“Last year we raised about $30,000 from gift wrapping which was evenly divided between RACQ CQ Rescue and the Mackay SES, two very worthwhile local charitable organisations,” Mrs Johnson said.
With only two weeks until Christmas, the shopping centre had become increasingly busy as people trawled the aisles searching for that perfect gift. Some shoppers were opting to have one parcel wrapped while others were left with entire trolleys full of beautifully gift-wrapped presents.
“On average the number of people visiting the stall every day has doubled since last week and they can have any number of gifts which need to be wrapped. Although many do plan ahead, we expect gift wrapping numbers to really increase between now and Christmas as people leave their shopping until the last minute,” Mrs Johnson said.
About eight to 10 volunteers were stationed at the gift wrapping station every day, which is located opposite City Beach at the top of the escalators at Caneland Central. In addition to wrapping, the gifts could also be decorated with gorgeous ribbons, beautiful hand-made bows and gift cards, she said.
SES members, RACQ CQ Rescue staff and volunteers were also lending a hand to ESA members during the Festive Season.
“You do get some challenging gifts to wrap – just the other day we had a huge Barbie house to wrap – and in the past we’ve had hula hoops, rocking horses, pools and lots of cookware. Fry pans are always a challenge,” Mrs Johnson said.
“We’ve wrapped a lot of jewellery so far – we can even disguise those little jewellery boxes within a bigger box so the recipient gets quite a big surprise.”
The gift wrapping shop at Caneland Central is open every day until Christmas Eve.