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Christmas gift guide: shop Carlton

Add some European flair to your festive shopping schedule and pay a visit to Melbourne’s Italian quarter. This guide to Carlton’s iconic shopping district has everything for music lovers, design enthusiasts and time poor parents alike.
Christmas gifts from Carlton

  1. The Music That Maton Made $69 (Found Sound)
  2. Alessi Zaha Hadid Forma $129.95 (Make Designed Objects)
  3. Ivi Made Leather Square Bag; $275 (Milly Sleeping)
  4. Souvenir Society Wrap Cloth $11.95 (Milly Sleeping)
  5. Paola Reina Doll ‘Liu’ $110 (Poppyshop)
  6. Hello, Melbourne! $24.99 (Readings Kids)

Want to know more about the wonderful Melbourne stores mentioned above? Check out our listings below:

Found Sound

Elgin Street, Carlton
The audiophile on your list will surely love everything on show at this Elgin Street music mecca. Found Sound specialises in vintage and new recording gear, as well as second-hand and new instruments. Purchase a Christmas gift voucher of $250 or more and receive a free Found Sound T-Shirt designed by local muso Courtney Barnett.

Make Designed Objects

Elgin Street, Carlton
Every year, Make’s staff vote on an annual Top Ten hit list of the best in design. As one of Australia’s best design stores, the selections on offer are sure to be a winner. Have your special item wrapped for free and take advantage of their extended holiday hours.

Milly Sleeping

Elgin Street, Carlton
Combining a passion for local labels with hand-picked second-hand items, the mother and daughter team behind Milly Sleeping know how to make the fashion lover in your life happy this Christmas. Choose from a range of jewellery and gifts to pop in a lucky person’s stocking on the 25th. Just make sure Santa doesn’t take all the credit.


Lygon Street, Carlton
Established on Lygon Street 52 years ago, this iconic toy store is a treasure trove of unique, fun and traditional toys. Wonder at the playthings lining the Poppyshop walls and find gifts for the little ones in your life.

Readings Kids

Lygon Street, Carlton
This Christmas you can’t go wrong with one of Readings’ prized literary treasures. Or head next door to their new Children’s specialty store, Readings Kids. Look out for the annual Readings Summer Guide and don’t be afraid to ask in store for tips of the hottest books of the season.

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