It’s only one month until Christmas and if you’re looking for a Kris Kringle gift, or a few inexpensive gifts for family and friends, this list is here to help.
Queen Victoria Market is a perfect one-stop-shop. Whether it’s oils or lavosh from The Corner Larder, chocolates from Koko Black, coffee from Market Lane, tea from McIver’s Tea and Coffee, wine from ReWine or local honey from Land of Soy and Honey, there’s so much you can get with your $20 to put a smile on your mum’s/mate’s/colleague’s face.
It’s a full sensory experience in Gerwurzhaus, so you’ll enjoy looking for gifts here. There’s decorative Turkish tile trivets, bars of Koko Black chocolate infused with Gerwurzhaus spice blends and salts, festive teas and of course a huge range of exotic as well as simpler aromatic spice blends.
The shelves at Mind Games go all the way up the walls and are bursting with puzzles, games, books and novelty toys, including pocket-sized ones like this choose your own adventure Doctor Who game.
The conscious consumer
Oxfam Shop stocks Fair Trade homewares, gifts, gourmet foods, tea and chocolate. Many of the unique items sold here have been handmade by people all over the world. And guess what? There’s a HUGE number of items under $20.
Obus is mostly about dresses, knits and other locally-made clothing. But if $20 is all you can spend and the person you’re buying for loves vibrant colours and peppy prints then don’t despair – one of their nail polishes or a pair of cotton socks will go down a treat.
Design a Space supports the work of independent fashion designers and everything’s small-batch, so it’s a great place for finding something unique. Pick up a pencil case, earrings or socks for your $20.
The crafty type
L’ucello in the Nicholas Building is perfect for that friend who loves to knit or crochet calmly, Earl Grey tea in tow. In this vintage haberdashery store, your $20 presents lots of options – luxury soaps, handmade scented drawer sachets, a kit to make a craft caddy, fabrics to make quilts or beeswax wraps.
Kimono House also specialises in fabrics, crafts and gifts and is conveniently on the same floor as L’ucello. As you might guess from the name, it’s all about celebrating Japan. Choose from fabric bundles or a selection of beautiful brooches, including geishas.