Day 26: Christmas shopping in Kensington

Looking for affordable Christmas pressies that are cute to boot? Then look no further than laid-back Kensington.

Here are a few gift ideas from this stylish wee suburb, located just 4km from the city. There’s also killer coffee options for a mid-shopping pick-me-up!

A Shop Called Moth
A Shop Called Moth offers colourful clothing from Australian and international designers, plus well-priced earrings and necklaces from popular Australian label, Pigeonhole. We fell in love with these tropical tote bags priced at $49.95, perfect for a summer’s day at the beach.

Canvas tote bags covered in tropical images

Tropical tote bags from A Shop Called Moth in Kensington

The Premises
Everyone loves food goodies, and The Premises has a stack of delicious jams, glazes and sauces ready for your Christmas gift hampers. They also serve scrumptious food, so treat yourself to some sustenance while taking care of your Christmas shopping list. We reckon a must-have is Nana Kath’s $10 homemade BBQ sauce.

Bottles of BBQ sauce

Who doesn’t love a good BBQ sauce? Get your Xmas hamper supplies at The Premises

Erinbank Crafts & Gifts
You’ll breathe a sigh of relief when you walk into Erinbank Crafts on Bellair Street – there’s plenty of distinctive gifts to satisfy the fussiest name on your Christmas shopping list. Choose from kids’ clothes and toys, cushions, crockery and jewellery, including these divine brooches for $29.95, made by Melbourne’s own Louise Camille.

Two animal brooches

Cute, locally-made jewellery from Erinbank Crafts & Gifts

The Fox Darkroom
The Fox Darkroom is keeping the art of film photography alive and well from its location in the beautiful Younghusband Wool Store on Elizabeth Street. Treat a loved one to a gift voucher for a beginners workshop in Photography and Developing or Darkroom Printing basics. No equipment necessary, just bring a passion for all things old-school.

Tom from The Fox Darkroom standing in the studio

Tom from The Fox Darkroom runs workshops exploring the traditions and techniques of film photography and printing

Wayward Books
There’s books to suit all ages and interests at Wayward Books, a discerning little book store on Bellair Street. We were particularly smitten by the book Faces for Baby by Yana Peel, which includes 12 faces created by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Yoshitomo Nara, Chuck Close and others. Keep bubs busy gazing for just $30.

Books on a shelf

Artistic books for kids at Wayward Books on Bellair Street

Where will you be shopping in Kensington this Christmas?