Christmas shopping in two hours

Got a long list of friends and family to buy gifts for, but short on time? Tick everyone off during a couple of lunch breaks or a couple of hours after work at these shops. Their diverse and distinctive offerings are all within a few city blocks.

Hands holding four wrapped Christmas boxes

Christmas shopping – the express guide

Fashionable gifts

Kuwaii is a boutique for women who don’t have time to waste on fast fashion. Their garments, shoes and accessories are made in Melbourne and made to last, in both durability and design.

Inside look at women's clothing store.

Kuwaii

For modish men on the move, The Practical Man is practically perfect. Stocking superior leisurewear, technical sportswear, accessories and grooming products from Europe, Japan and United States, this is where style and fitness meet.

Store display shelves featuring candles and beauty products

The Practical Man

Shopping for both fashionable men and women? Somedays has you covered, with carefully curated looks from Australian and Scandinavian street labels. Chill out in this calm, white boutique above the rabble of Royal Arcade.

Stylish gifts

The NGV Design Store is a top option for ticking off lots of gifts in style. From cutting-edge jewellery to cool t-shirts, art books and gallery memberships, there’s something to impress everyone. Your Christmas shopping could be sorted with time to spare for visiting an exhibition.

Three brooches on a patch of sand

Brooches by Moko Kobayashi at the NGV Design Store (from left to right – White Eye, Plum Red and Plum White) Photo: Victoria Zschommler

There are more beautiful local creations to be found every day at Clementine’s, which has extended hours on Fridays during December. From gourmet food to greetings cards, skincare and Melbourne keepsakes, everything here is made with love in Victoria.

A mannequin and other items on display in a shop window next to a doorway leading into the shop

Clementines

Looking for more locally designed delights? Check out our recent post, Where to find Melbourne-made design.

Perfect gifts

Is someone on your list crazy for chocolate? Follow that sweet scent of cocoa, milk and sugar to The Chocolate Box’s pretty gift boxes, tempting hampers and festive season treats. While you’re there, pick up some little gifts for unexpected visitors and treats for the Yuletide table.

For those who adore beautiful notebooks, journals, photo albums and boxes, something from Bookbinders Design will make their Christmas Day. The only challenge is choosing from the shelves and shelves of handcrafted Swedish stationery and paper products. Whatever you decide, take advantage of the complimentary holiday season gift wrapping and personalisation service – either debossed initials or foil colour emoji.

Inside look at a stationary store

Bookbinders Design Store

What about the cycling addict in your life? Look no further than Rapha Australia, which specialises in stylish, high performance cycling clothing and accessories. Consider their Christmas gift selection, including items under $50, or let the road warrior choose with a welcome gift voucher.

Don’t forget the little ones! They will be filled with Christmas cheer after unwrapping a gift from Jasper Junior, a wondrous toy shop in Royal Arcade. Explore their two storeys of treasures, games, costumes and classic teddy bears, or make a beeline for Santa’s Selections.