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Gift ideas for gold prospectors

Posted 16/11/2018 in Gold

Background image: Chicks with Picks Australia prospecting gear and clothing.

Are you searching for the perfect gift for the gold prospector in your life? The following list offers a huge variety of gift ideas for anyone who's been struck with gold fever.

Historical goldfields maps, high quality prints


Historical Gold Maps, large high quality prints! These remarkable maps display fascinating historical features of the Victorian Goldfields in superb detail. Printed on a highly durable, 100% recyclable, 200gsm synthetic paper in a satin finish, with excellent tear resistance, chemical resistance and UV resistance.


Prospecting maps

Gold books

Several gold shops offer a wide variety of gold related books and guides in their online stores, click the following links to browse through their book sections.

CLOTHES AND GEAR for women with gold fever

Chicks with Picks Australia

Chicks with Picks Australia is a fantastic new clothing label created specifically for women with gold fever! Based right here in the Victorian Goldfields, Chicks with Picks offer a wide range of items including hoodies, rain jackets, t-shirts, singlets, gear bags, boot protectors, masks, and more. 


Sharons Gold Boxes

Beautiful handmade gold display boxes, made of solid hardwood . No two boxes are the same, perfect way to store your gold in a neat wooden display box.

magazine subscription

  • Treasure Chat Magazine is Australia's first high quality, fully interactive digital online magazine dedicated exclusively to treasure hunting in all its many forms. Regardless, if you chase that elusive gold, old coins, historical relics, colonial cricket buckles, buttons from the past, rare old bottles or any one of the other wondrous forms of treasure out there, this magazine is for you.
  • Australian Gold Gem & Treasure magazine has been publishing for more than 25 years and remains the only magazine in the Southern Hemisphere dedicated to metal detector operators and gemstone fossickers. Each issue is packed with vivid photographs of fabulous gold nuggets, gemstones, minerals, coins and relics along with articles on how and where they were found. 
  • Australia's Paydirt magazine is a highly regarded mining magazine which circulates internationally and features diverse coverage of the metals and minerals industry. For over 20 years, the monthly publication has delivered news, opinion and features focusing on the latest developments in the resources sector worldwide.
  • Gold Mining Journal offers comprehensive coverage of the gold industry both in Australia and worldwide.

    In addition to contributions from respected columnists, widespread news coverage on the gold sector is provided by Gold Mining Journal's journalists, who frequently visit mines in Australia and around the world with mining company executives.


Great for a novelty gift or for panning practice, paydirt is a small package of dirt which contains gold or other gems.
  • Big Boxer Pay-Dirt by Vo-Gus Prospecting Guarantees a 60% minimum return-of-investment worth of gold in every bag, and contains a mixture of big, small and fine flakes of gold. 
  • Paydirt by Golden Prospecting Tours contains gold, azorite, malicite, quartz, black sands, coins for target testing.
  • Eureka Prospecting's Paydirt "We guarantee each bag of paydirt contains Gold, Sapphires, Zircons, Amethyst and Crystals. It may also contain (but is not limited to) Diamonds, Garnets, Topaz, Casserite, Citrine, Molybdenite, Devils Dice, Pyrites, Mica, and Magnetite."
  • Gold Diggers Metal Detectors Paydirt - Guaranteed gold inside every bag. Paydirt concentrate finds may include gold nuggets, gold pickers, gold flakes and gold fines. Amounts of in gold each bag is random and all dirt is classified.
  • Chicks 

gold nuggets and raw gold jewellery

Natural Gold Nuggets and Jewellery are Western Australia's premier source of high purity, ethically sourced natural gold nuggets. Their online collection features locally fashioned jewellery with designs hand wrought from local gold and gemstones.

Raw Gold Nuggets and Jewellery are a family-owned company who offer a wide range of stunning natural gold nuggets and jewellery. Each piece is unique and showcases gold's natural beauty. 

gold rush: The game

Gold Rush is the first realistic gold-mining simulation game, available for PC (may also be coming soon on gaming consoles). You start as a wannabe gold miner, who uses basic equipment to dig his first gold nugget. With passing time, you will buy better mining machines and acquire new claims to dig through multiple gold parcels simultaneously and become the richest man in Alaska. Click here to preview / purchase Gold Rush: The Game on Steam

When purchasing as a gift for someone else on Steam, locate the game you would like to gift on the Steam Storefront and then click the "Add to cart" button. Upon checking out, select the "Purchase as a gift" option to purchase the items in your cart for a friend. Be sure to check the system requirements for the game before purchasing.


Give the gift of a day out in the field with an experienced and knowledgeable prospecting guide, learning new tips and tricks along the way. There are many places throughout the Victorian Goldfields that offer gold prospecting tours:


A detector for a day makes a fantastic gift for anyone who doesn't have their own, or if they already own a detector then they can try out a different one. There are a couple of gold shops in the Victorian Goldfields who offer detector hire: 
Gold pans, sluices, detectors, pinpointers, digging and crevicing tools, sieves, and more can be purchased from gold shops throughout the Victorian Goldfields.

support the bush user groups united on their behalf

Large areas of bushland within the Victorian Goldfields may soon be relisted as National Park and will consequently have popular recreational activity such as gold prospecting, dog walking, horse riding, etc restricted. Bush User Groups United (BUGU) are currently fighting to keep the Victorian bush open to all users, and supporting their cause would make a great gift for any prospector. You could give them a card with a note saying you've made a donation to the BUGU on their behalf.

For more information check out the Bush User Groups United Facebook page.

To make a donation, head over to the Bush User Groups United GoFundMe.


Guided underground mine tours offer a unique, unforgettable experience where you can immerse yourself in Victoria's mining history in an exciting and engaging environment. A couple of tickets in a card could be the perfect gift for the gold enthusiast in your life. Check out this list of underground mine adventures throughout Victoria.


  • Sovereign Hill in Ballarat VIC. Sovereign Hill is Australia's foremost outdoor museum, which re-creates Ballarat's first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune. At Sovereign Hill, you can see a spectacular $160,000 gold pour, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town. Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theatre with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with our wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades. On our streets and in our theatre, you will be entertained by costumed goldfields characters who are happy to pose for a great photo.
  • The Original Gold Rush Colony in Mogo NSW. The Original Gold Rush Colony is a unique, family owned, education and tourist facility with on-site accommodation set on 13 acres within the Mogo State Forest. Within the grounds of the Gold Rush Colony you will find a faithfully re-created 1850s Gold Rush Village with buildings and exhibits collected from the New South Wales original South Coast goldfields. You can step back in time and experience life as it was in the 1850s Australian Gold Rush days; pan for real gold and enjoy a unique heritage experience. The Gold Rush Colony and some of the buildings and displays come alive with special events and demonstrations - either on guided tours, on heritage days and as arranged with tour groups, school excursions, weddings and group functions or events. Mini-Golf the mini-train ride, period portrait photography and the maze all echo the gold rush theme.

novelty gifts

You can find lots of great novelty gifts for gold prospectors online! Click here to browse a range of gold-related items on Etsy.

Do you have any other great gift ideas for gold prospectors? Let us know in the comments below! 


Established in 1980, the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria is a voluntary body created to protect the rights and opportunities of those who wish to prospect, fossick or mine in the State of Victoria, Australia.

You can support the PMAV in their fight to uphold these rights by becoming a member. You'll also gain access to exclusive publications, field days, prospecting tips, discounts and competitions.

Check out the PMAV website for more information.




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