From that office colleague you know nothing about to rarely-seen family members and casual social catch ups – we’ve got your Kris Kringle shopping sorted. Whatever you’re looking for – from Melbourne-made gems and festive buys to the truly quirky – it’s all here, and all under $10.
Spoilt Gifts and Homewares
Spoilt Gift and Homewares has a huge array of quirky affordable treasures – from ceramic eggcups to reusable coffee mugs and Christmas tabletop games. These trinket dishes have given Australiana a new twist with gorgeous designs by artist Renee Treml. And they’re only $9.95 each, so you can stock up and get all your KK gifts in one go. Find Spoilt at 546 Collins, 42 Lonsdale St, 231 Bourke St and Spencer St Outlet Store.
Rich in heritage and family history, Beechworth Honey is an iconic part of regional Victoria. Their shop in The Block Arcade features a honey-tasting station bursting with more than 30 wonderful flavours. A jar of delicious honey – complete with a piece of natural honeycomb – will set you back nine dollars. Other classic jars are available from $7.50 to $9.50, or you can pick up a mini tasting trio for $9.50.
The Book Grocer
This Australian, family-owned business sells many great titles – from cook books to kids reads to classic fiction. Everything on their shelves is $10 or less. Visit them on Elizabeth Street.
The Myer Giftorium
No trip to the city is complete without a visit to the Myer Giftorium. There is so much to see and buy, it would be easy to overlook their $10 gift section. But for all those ‘hard to buy’ workmates, it’s here to save the day.
T2 has been a go-to place for Kris Kingle gifts for years. Visit their Little Collins Street shop (you can also find them in Melbourne Central) and put together a stash of different $10-or-less tea ‘trees’. Flavours include appletini, mulled wine and choc molten marvel. You can also pick up mini diffusers, cute tins and tea cups on sale.
The Australian Soap Company
The Australian Natural Soap Company use their own natural soap-making process to bring beautiful ingredients to your bathroom. All their soaps are cruelty free, paraben free, palm oil free, detergent free and vegan. And everything is handmade in Melbourne. Pick up a slab of their Candy Cane soap for $8.95 – available from late November.
It’s treats galore downstairs at David Jones. Pop in for European chocolate, peppermint and roasted macadamia biscuits, gluten free Christmas puddings and even Harry Potter’s range of Bertie Botts jelly bellies and jelly slugs. Most things come conveniently packed in perfect gift size bundles, so you won’t have to look far for the perfect stocking stuffer.
If your mate is digging the dapper dog look, Debenhams has the Kris Kringle accessory for you. These uber cute dog bow ties come in at $9.95 and make the paw-fect stocking addition for any animal lover.
Getting a drink for less than $10 in Melbourne might be a thing of the past, but you can still rest your glass on a piece of Melbourne for $10 with these cute photographic coasters. Pick up a pack of eight gorgeous scenes from Clementines, perfect for anyone with a keen photographic eye (or anyone who hates to see the dreaded mug rings appear on their coffee table).
If cute and quirky is your gift buying brief, then Monster Threads has a fitting figurine for you. Collect tiny animal pieces from the KYD ceramics collection – like these twin owls for $6 a piece – and bring a little animal magic into the festive season. Find them in Centreway Arcade and Albert Coates Lane.
Got an extra dollar?
Hidden away in Campbell Arcade, Corky Saint Clair showcases the design work of Christopher Bril and other local d08esigners. Their gothic-style ‘voodoo claw’, a letter and bottle opener in one, is a perennial Christmas favourite – and only 11 dollars!