Stuck for Secret Santa? Kind of forgot about the office Kris Kringle? Here are 12 for $10 or less that are sure to get a grin.
These Christmas pudding-scented gingerbread men smell good enough to eat (but don’t). And the mini-cupcake soaps will suds up raspberry and vanilla. Lovingly designed and handmade in Melbourne, Soyful Soaprises are a steal at $5.
Shop for ethically and sustainably-made Brazilian accessories at Melko. Their 3D punk rings are made from hand-stamped aluminium and re-purposed wire. Pick your favourite colour, they’re $10 apiece.
Home-grown Victorian icon Beechworth Honey lets you try before you buy at their Block Arcade store, with more than 30 flavours at the tasting station. A pack with natural honeycomb will only set you back $8.50. Splurge on the classics from $7.50 to $9.50, or nab a mini tasting trio for $8.50.
McIver’s Tea and Coffee Merchants
Guaranteed to get anyone into the festive spirit, the spiced Christmas tea from McIvers Tea and Coffee Merchants is a $10 dream brew of ginger, citrus, star anise and clove. For the loose leaf fan, the Monkey tea infuser is just $9.
Gorgeous Japanese fabrics, crafts and gifts fill Kimono House in the Nicholas Building. Choose a beautiful brooch or festive Japanese trims.
Metro Hobbies’ Bourke Street basement will get you out of the $10 bind. Pick from plenty of puzzles and games, mini-basketball and juggling ball sets. For the person who has everything? You can’t go past the ‘Executive decision-making pen.’
San Telmo Restaurant
Known for their smoky-grilled Argentinian, San Telmo in Meyers Place has jars of their zesty-fresh house-made chimichurri for $10. Perfect for foodies looking to impress come barbecue season.
Min the Cafe
Disguise a leisurely lunch as the Christmas shop at Min – both café and fashion boutique. Not only are their designs stylish, sustainable and biodegradable, but their cult Korean beauty masks are just $8.
For the vino lover? The beautiful wine glasses from Palermo are made for Malbec and just $10 each.
Spoilt Gift and Homewares
Make them laugh with the “Donald” toilet paper or Christmas pug socks. The Christmas tabletop games are fun for the fam and the ten-in-one survival tool is perfect for holiday hikers. Find Spoilt at 546 Collins, 42 Lonsdale St, 231 Bourke St and Spencer St Outlet Store.
The Paper & Wood Co
Don’t forget the dog-lovers. The cute pug or sausage dog brooches from The Paper & Wood Co. at Queen Victoria Market are all handmade in Melbourne from eco-plywood. And so are the gorgeous greeting cards.
‘Tis the season to accessorise and there’s nowhere better to browse than Erika on Little Collins. The Christmas earrings add instant cheer for $5, or these blinged-up hair clips are a sparkly steal for $10.
Dafel Dolls and Bears
A family business specialising in dolls, bears and collectables, Dafel Dolls and Bears is full of quirky gems. Their animal miniatures start at under $10 and will please the young and the young at heart. Find them at Collins234.