For the motley crew in your life, we’ve compiled a list of quirky, offbeat gifts that will delight the collector, the hipster, the geek or the free spirit this Christmas.
The geek gift ideas
One Stop Anime: This den of Otaku culture is strictly for fans of manga and anime. At One Stop Anime, find a wide range of collectibles from budget to limited edition figurines, DVDs and soft toys. If you’re not versed in the art of anime, pick up a $20 Secret Santa Christmas packs worth over $50.
ACMI Shop: If you’re looking for something a little different for Christmas, the ACMI Shop has a wonderful variety of ‘moving image’ gifts. From iPhone projectors kits to paper planes and puzzle books, there will be something to please all fans of the silver screen.
Nautical Replicas: Ships ahoy at the Queen Victoria Market, where you’ll find beautiful replicas of tall ships and mariner memorabilia at Nautical Replicas. Those naval-inclined will love their 18th century sundial replicas, which actually work and come enclosed in a rosewood box.
The hipster gift ideas
Quirk and Co: An oasis of cool in North Melbourne, Quirk and Co has a wide range of curated looks for your body, home or garden. We love the Kokedamas, inspired by the Japanese method using moss as a container for plants bound by string. Perfect for small spaces and low-fi gardeners.
Lord Coconut: This fine purveyor of men’s contemporary jewellery will please the discerning and the dapper. At Lord Coconut find stylish cufflinks, handmade in Australia, with designs that celebrate our city’s Melbourne-ness including old maps, hook turns and coffee cups. One size fits all.
The free spirit gift ideas
Spellbox: This Christmas, make someone’s wishes come true at Spellbox; with the help of love potions and lucky amulets. Children are invited to spin the Wheel of the Elves in store for an uplifting oracle of hidden talents. All spells are put together by hand in Melbourne.
Crystal Heart: If you’re looking for something that will inspire, relax or bring tranquillity, Crystal Heart has a wide range of New Age gift ideas. They also have a long established tarot reader, psychic medium and reader onsite. Buy a voucher for any of these services for a gift with a difference.
The collector gift ideas
Downies Coins Melbourne: This is a place for serious numismatists. A family-run company, Downies Coins is darn friendly and they’ll be happy to make gift suggestions. They also sell Christmas pudding coin packs to lend an authentic touch to your festive dinner.
Black Velvet Galleria: For the aspiring barista, find the perfect coffee accessory to turn them from amateur to professional at Black Velvet Galleria. You can’t go past the beautiful Reg Barber coffee tampers with polished wooden handles and solid aluminium handles.
Dafel Dolls & Bears: This unique toy store has been part of the Block Arcade since 1941. Dafel Dolls & Bears stock the plushiest teddy bears, beautifully made dolls and old fashioned toys. They even have a doll and bear hospital for sick toys.
Kimono House: Find a beautiful range of Japanese textiles that will inspire the crafty and creative at Kimono House. Located in the Nicholas Building, you may even be encouraged to make your own special gift using one of their Japanese craft kits.