Christmas Present Ideas: The Melbourne Shopping Edit
Looking for beautiful, unique Christmas presents this year? We've pulled together an essential Melbourne shopping guide with endless Christmas gift ideas. All the inspo you need to see you through the festive season.
It seems like every year we swear we’ll get the Christmas shopping out of the way nice and early, yet, the months roll on by and before we know it, Santa is almost coming to town.
Luckily, Melbourne is filled to the brim with local stores that stock a myriad of gift ideas for our loved ones. So, to help tick things off your list, we’ve pulled together a handy guide listing all our favourite stores around Melbourne, guaranteed to make this year’s Christmas shopping spree a complete breeze.
*In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions still in place, be sure to check the store is open for in-store trading before making your visit.
Shop here for: the design geek
Part store, part gallery, The Cool Hunter is the real-life realisation of founder Bill Tikos’s internationally popular design blog. Everything you see in the jet-black space is for sale, from the lights above to the exclusively commissioned artworks on the wall, alongside a super-curated selection of homewares, accessories, books and art that have been scouted from around the world. This is the place to find a gift that’ll they’ll display proudly for years to come.
274 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Shop here for: the green thumb
While carting a whole fern to the Christmas party might be unwieldy, Albert Park’s Garden of Eden Nursery has plenty of giftable items your budding gardener will love. Think cacti, succulents and terrariums plus accessories such as locally made pots, bamboo cloches and fancy copper watering cans.
365 Ferrars Street, Albert Park
Shop here for: the Japanese food aficionado
As their name suggests, South Melbourne store Made In Japan has been importing high-quality tableware and homewares from Japan for over 25 years. Here you’ll find products seldom seen outside the land of the rising sun, ones that are often only used in restaurants in the areas surrounding the makers’ kilns.
1-7 Wynyard Street, South Melbourne
Shop here for: the friend who lives in linen
This lust-worthy boutique is a vision of soft French linen, luxurious alpaca throws and draped Egyptian cotton beach towels, tied together with the scent of Aesop products wafting in the air. It’s the kind of place that evokes a life of leisure, and what greater gift is there than that? Wearing a new linen loungewear set, with a Port Jackson fig-scented Raconteur candle burning and citrusy Aesop balm on their skin, your giftee will be feeling and smelling great well into the New Year.
289 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Shop here for: the cheese obsessed
This specialty fromagerie is heaven for curd nerds, stocking a wide range of the finest cheeses from near and far. With everything from nutty manchego and ripened goat cheese to barrel aged feta and wheels of raclette, you can delight the cheese lover in your life with hampers filled with wedges, pâtés and accompaniments, or deliver them accessories that’ll up their cheese board game, like a top-of-the-line brie knife or fancy girolle.
365 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Shop here for: the offbeat decorator
Modern Times is Melbourne’s mecca for modernist furniture. Husband and wife team Joel and Amy Malin source vintage pieces from all over Europe, including rare pieces that they restore in house. They also champion contemporary design, selling quirky, offbeat ceramics, sculptural objects and jewelry that looks nothing like what you’d see in other stores.
311 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Shop here for: the fun-loving friend
Shopping at Third Drawer Down is much like falling down the rabbit hole, Alice in Wonderland style — it’s quirky, it’s fun, and you never know what’s around the corner. Located along George street in Fitzroy, this gift shop stocks unique gift ideas that spark joy, like a giant hamburger stool or an ice cream cone planter. See, we told you it’s quirky.
93 George Street, Fitzroy
Shop here for: the adventurous cook
This folksy little store is a wonderland of herbs, spices, teas and condiments, with over 350 products sourced from around the world that’ll have them knocking over Ottolenghi recipes with abandon. Particularly great for gifts are their specialty spice blends that make flavourful cooking and baking a breeze, with blends for everything from seafood masala and Louisianan Cajun to apple pie speculoos cookies.
342 Lygon Street, Carlton
Shop 26, The Block Arcade, 282 Collins Street, Melbourne
The Dairy Produce Hall, Queen Victoria Market, 7-9, Melbourne
Shop 181b Lower Ground 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone
Shop here for: the dapper gentleman
Pickings and Parry is a one-stop shop for stylish gentlemen: there’s a barber shop with proper old-timey chairs out back, while in the front is a menswear store selling products suited to men of refined taste. You’ll find sleek products across grooming, luggage, stationery and homewares that’ll have them entering the new year feeling fresh and fly.
Shop 3/166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Shop here for: the old school letter writer
Letter writing and calligraphy seem to be rapidly fading arts, but those who continue to fly the flag for handwriting will love a gift from Zetta Florence. One of Melbourne’s most beautiful stationery stores, they stock a wide variety of ink, felt and ballpoint pens plus luxurious letter sets, journals and notebooks to use them on.
197B Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Shop here for: the eco warrior
The Staple Store’s ethos is simple – to stock items that are good for your health and the earth. Here you’ll find shelves upon shelves of organic, sustainable and locally sourced foods, but also gifts for the eco warrior in your life, from jewellery made with recycled metals and handwoven baskets to crystals and synthetic-free perfume.
19 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
Shop here for: the new mum
Everything in this eco-friendly kids and homewares shop feels soft as a cloud. Here you’ll find adorable clothing, knitted toys and furnishings made from natural materials like linen, cotton and cashmere. There’s something for mum too, with cosy scarves and poofy cushions that are like wearing a big warm hug.
68/70 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
Shop here for: the fashionably quirky friend
There’s a whimsical touch to the all wares at Hamish and Grace, a bright little store that relishes in life outside the mainstream. Here you’ll find delightful gifts like doll-shaped vases from Byron-based brand Jones & Co that turn your blooms into a floral hairstyle, kangaroo bookends and hand-painted decorative wall tiles that make great kris kringles.
29 Carpenter Street, Brighton
Shop here for: the vintage lover
Stocking both new and vintage items, Scout House is a well-loved go-to for those who appreciate treasures from bygone eras, bespoke furniture, and authentically crafted artisanal products. A word of warning however; you’ll likely wind up buying two of the same thing – one as a gift, and one for yourself.
161A Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Shop here for: the beach babe
Reflecting its locale with products that sport a distinctly coastal feel, Hampton’s Frankie + Coco sells a diverse range of clothing, accessories, homewares and “fun in the sun” items that make great summertime gifts. There are disco beach balls, luxe pool rings and beach paddle sets for play, plus breezy dresses and cute swim sets to play with them in.
398 Hampton Street, Hampton
Shop here for: the young and young at heart
Regular Pinners and Instagrammers will already be on board with neon signage. And for those of you who aren’t, there’s a store over in Brighton that has you covered. They’ve got something for everyone, from a Little Dinosaur neon fit for a kid’s bedroom to a ‘You Wanna Pizza Me’ sign for your pun-loving mate.
40 Station Street, Sandringham
Shop here for: the pet parent
We all have that friend who treats their pup like their baby – dressing them up, sharing endless photos on Instagram, showering them with smooches... so it’s safe to say this stylish pet supply store in North Melbourne, that does a brisk trade in adorable toys and outfits, more than delivers. Keep on theme with gingerbread men, Christmas tree and eggnog-shaped plush toys or buy them a cherry straw summer hat and denim overalls so they can put their best paw forward this summer.
60 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Shop here for: the cultured friend
Give the gift of art with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria’s Design Store. Collaborating with leading local and international designers and makers, NGV offers unique and contemporary products that will surely impress upon being unwrapped, like a tote bag featuring a floral Hans Heysen work, or playful David Shrigley cufflinks.
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Shop here for: the style maven
Lucy Folk is known for her playful designs, vibrant colours and rich textures. Lucy, a goldsmith by trade, has been designing jewellery, eyewear and clutches for over a decade and her latest creations can be found at Crossley Street in the CBD. Our pick here would be any one of these darling friendship bracelets, perfect for gifting to your BFF.
1A Crossley Street, Melbourne
Shop here for: the stationery lover
We’ve come a long way from Officeworks, honey. This temple to stationery is a joy to browse, with sleek, beautiful notebooks, planners, pens and accessories sourced from around the world. Whether they’re jazzing up their uni bag, work desk or home office, they’ll love a sleek gift from brands like Moleskine, LAMY, Delfonics and Rhodia that make writing and drawing a delight.
Shop 212, 285 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
380 Lygon Street, Carlton
Shop here for: the aspiring chef
Open for over 25 years, Books for Cooks is a Melbourne institution. This independent, specialist store stocks a whopping 40,000 cookery, food and wine titles, with everything from new releases to rare vintage titles. Every dietary need, cuisine and era is accounted for, and with staff themselves being passionate cooks and gourmands, they can help you find just the right title for your giftee.
115-121 Victoria Street, Melbourne
SOUTH EASTERN SUBURBS
Shop here for: the aspiring Elle Macpherson
Much more fun (and better smelling) than a traditional apothecary, this tranquil Prahran boutique has something to cure every hair and skin ailment. A gift from their carefully curated selection of natural fragrances, hair treatments, lotions and beauty-boosting elixirs is guaranteed to become a mainstay on their bathroom counter.
41 Cato Street, Prahran
Shop here for: the trendy homebody
Situated on Greville Street in Prahran, Plant Space stocks a variety of trendy indoor greenery and aesthetically pleasing ceramics to put them in. All of their products are the work of local Melbourne makers, and make fetching homes for your chosen gift plant.
128 Greville Street, Prahran
Shop here for: the chocolate addict
Luxury chocolatier Koko Black’s beautiful packaging, creative flavours and fine, handcrafted quality make them the ideal chocolate to give and receive. Each year they come through with gift ideas both big and small, from heart-shaped chocolate pops for stocking stuffing to all-out hampers featuring a range of Christmas themed blocks like spiced milk chocolate with currants and orange peel or speculoos in dark chocolate.
1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone
Shop here for: the plant parent
There’s no better present for a plant lover, than, you guessed it – another plant to add to their collection. Botanical wares studio Ivy Muse offers a variety of plants and pots, along with stands and botanical vessels. They even stock a collection of plant-themed coffee table books, perfect for an alternative choice.
1250 High Street, Armadale
Shop here for: the feminine friend
Shopping in Rose St Trading Co. is like walking through a flourishing rose garden – it’s pretty, it’s whimsical, and you can’t help but want to take everything home with you. Shop here for women’s clothing, jewellery and pampering beauty products. Oh, and there’s even monogramming available in store.
1036 High Street, Armadale
Shop here for: the gourmand
The food gift can be tricky to nail – you want something that’s delicious, but also feels special. The festive creations of fine food paradise Il Migliore fit the bill perfectly, with season-appropriate delights like chocolate-dipped orange slices, Christmas biscotti, peppermint bark and spiced cake beautifully presented in colourful boxes, tins and hampers, all tied together with thick ribbon bows.
830 High Street, Armadale
271 Auburn Road, Hawthorn
Shop here for: the homewares hoarder
A favourite among both locals and visitors to Malvern, Crate Expectations sells a gorgeous collection of women's accessories, fragrances, tableware and soft furnishings. Drop in here to find that perfect gift and your expectations will indeed be met. And just in case you can’t make your way to this particular store, they also have one in Hampton.
1A Llaneast Street, Malvern
313 Hampton Street, Hampton
Shop here for: the wine snob
At this approachable yet impressive bar-shop hybrid you can browse over 400 bottles that take you to every corner of the winemaking world, from a lowkey local Chardy to a lush Chablis. To help you navigate the racks, deeply knowledgeable (and friendly) staff are on hand, or you can take the easy route with their Champagne gift pack, which contains Perrier-Jouët, a Ryner glass flute, scented candles and handmade Italian soap.
274 Church Street, Richmond
Shop here for: the country chic type
Located on Swan Street in Richmond, Lily and The Weasel carries handcrafted pieces from independent Australian and international designers. Stocked with everything from kids clothing and wall art, to jewellery and hand soap – you’ll likely tick at least a couple of people off your list in one visit.
173 Swan Street, Richmond
Shop here for: the vinyl collector
Giving the record shops of the inner north a run for their money is Mont Albert’s Discrepancy, where they’ve got more than 15,000 LPs in stock and will order in anything you can’t find. Spend an afternoon flicking through the stacks to find a vinyl from their favourite artist, meanwhile the gallery section sells limited edition screen prints and signed posters.
2A Milne Road, Mont Albert North
Shop here for: the whole family
All it takes is one look at the bright teal door of Hawthorn store, The Woodsfolk, to know that gift buying here will be a walk in the park. Proudly positioning themselves as a ‘family store’, Woodfolk stocks bright and beautiful presents for everyone, including children, partners, best friends and even furry family members.
39 Church Street, Hawthorn
Shop here for: the bookworm
Readings is where serious bookworms come to gather. This popular Hawthorn outpost is not merely a beloved bookstore, but also a hub where major Melbourne authors come to hold reading events. Better yet, there’s countless cafes and restaurants around the store, which means you can treat yourself to a meal after picking out a book for a loved one.
701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Shop here for: the friend that always smells really good
This specialty emporium has only one mission: to make life smell great. Whether that’s through emanating fragrance with perfumes and skincare or livening the home with candles and room sprays, Peony Perfumery has you covered. Specialising in high end, niche products across both storied and contemporary labels, this is the place to go to really impress a fragrance fanatic.
107 Auburn Road, Hawthorn
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