Christ­mas Shop­ping the Mel­bourne Way

Head to some of Mel­bourne’s best gift shops to find quirky, quaint and unique presents this Christ­mas. By Jenny Burns.

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WITH THE FES­TIVE SEA­SON in full swing, the thoughts of many turn to find­ing per­fect presents for friends and loved ones. For­tu­nately, Mel­bourne is full of great places to buy uniquely Aus­tralian gifts. Here are eight of our favourites:

HEIDE MU­SEUM OF MOD­ERN ART

Heide is one Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian art, so it’s no sur­prise to dis­cover it sells some quirky lo­cally-made prod­ucts. Amongst its Vic­to­rian-made of­fer­ings are Api­ary Made sus­tain­able beeswax food wraps, Sands Made wooden prod­ucts, Green­haus Projects orb plants, Regina Mid­dle­ton jew­ellery and But­ton­works tim­ber-crafted items.

THE MEL­BOURNE SHOP BY LUMBI

Fas­ci­nated by some of Mel­bourne’s strange right-hand turns? Well, visit The Mel­bourne Shop by Lumbi and you’ll find the lo­cally-made board game, “Trams and Hook Turns”. The shop sells all sorts of Mel­bourne mem­o­ra­bilia in­clud­ing tram scrolls and ban­ners, cush­ions, bags, t-shirts, pen­cil cases, coin purses, ipad and phone cov­ers, t-shirts, greet­ing cards, post­cards, badges, mag­nets, lamps and can­vas art in an ar­ray of prints. All prod­ucts are made at the com­pany’s Fitzroy premises be­hind one of the com­pany’s two Mel­bourne out­lets.

LORD CO­CONUT

Lord Co­conut is Mel­bourne’s only re­tailer sell­ing con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery ex­clu­sively for men. The shop stocks over 600 in­di­vid­ual jew­ellery pieces and rep­re­sents over 40 Mel­bourne and in­ter­state jewellers, ar­ti­sans and de­sign­ers. Ideal Christ­mas presents in­clude cuff­links, rings, lapel pins, tie bars and neck­laces.

NA­TIONAL GALLERY OF VIC­TO­RIA

Look­ing for socks with a dif­fer­ence? Head to the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria. The NGV de­sign store has col­lab­o­rated with Mel­bourne brand Tightol­ogy to pro­duce uni­sex de­signed socks. The socks are one of a num­ber of prod­uct lines de­signed es­pe­cially for NGV stores. There’s also a range of jew­ellery from vis­ual artist and

Jew­ellery by Aimee Fair­man from Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria.

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