Make merry without breaking the bank. Here’s our guide on where to shop for family, friends, coworkers and partners, all under $50.
McIver’s Coffee and Tea
McIver’s specialise in coffee beans, fine tea leaves, teapots, percolators and ceramics – and they’ve been family-run since the 1950s. Try their sweet and sticky Christmas pudding coffee or Christmas tea made with ginger, orange peel, star anise and cloves on a black tea base for less than $20. Collect a cute mug – like their $18 Roy Kirkham seagull design – and you’ll get away with change from a fifty.
Kinki Gerlinki has been supplying locals with sassy contemporary womenswear for 15 years, nodding to retro styles with bright and light-hearted pieces that make you look and feel good. Gift hunters: the multi-coloured accessories including cat’s eye sunglasses, statement earrings, lurex socks and metallic leatherware will make shopping a breeze.
You can always expect high-quality womenswear, stand-out prints and a transparent ethical approach from Obus. Head in to find seasonal updates and basics under the Traveller mantle, along with footwear, swimwear, knitwear, bags and accessories from socks and stockings to vegan nail polish. Check out their range of sweet socks for $12 a pop.
Stationery lovers will swoon at this range. From limited edition collaborations with artists to the most exquisite Japanese papers, pens and fine liners, Milligram is full of gift inspiration. Graphic notebooks and 2019 diaries are just the start, with heaps of options coming in around $25. Or go all out and get a brass lobster bookmark for the quirky reader in your life.
Readings at the State Library
Melbourne’s majestic State Library Victoria is one of the city’s most grand buildings, dating back to 1856. Take a little piece of it home with a 2019 diary from Readings, showcasing superb artworks from the rare books collection. The diary features exquisite details from more than 100 richly coloured 18th- and 19th-century natural history illustrations, with luxe finishes. Give the gift of organisation for just $29.95.
Supaw Pet Bakery
As a tiny bakery that just makes handmade snacks and treats for pets, Supaw offers next level pampering for your furry friends. How about a customised cake with your dog’s face on it? Or a paw print-shaped cake so your feline doesn’t feel left out at Christmas dinner? This December there are even limited-edition ‘pupcake’ boxes and wreath lollipops – starting at $12.95.
A barber with a twist, Men’s Biz provides world-class men’s grooming services alongside the best brands in international men’s care products. Moustache wax, nose-hair scissors, porcelain shaving mug or a gentle post-shave toner? It’s all here, with a great selection of gift ideas under $50. If you know a man who needs some upskilling, there are even shaving classes.
The Paw Principality
Your fur babies shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun this festive season. The Paw Principality specialises in raw pet food, handmade apparel and accessories. Whether you’re spoiling your own pooch or looking for a present for the cat lover in your life, you’ll find it here.
Make Designed Objects
With more than 4000 objects from some 300 designers, Make Designed Objects is the ultimate showcase of stylish homewares and lifestyle accessories. Wander through the carefully-curated store to explore the new season’s colourways (yellow will be strong this summer), and all the latest gadgets and trinkets for all ages, with lots of options for under $50.
Top3 by Design
Create inspiring interiors with innovative lifestyle wares and bespoke designer pieces at Top3. Excellence comes in threes, with just the top three of any single product category stocked in-store. Gorgeous gift ideas include candles, terrariums, glassware, reusable coffee cups, keyrings and much more.