Your ultimate last minute Christmas shopping guide

Have you let December slip by, and suddenly you’ve realised it’s the week before Christmas? If your Christmas tree is still looking suspiciously bare under its leafy, glittering branches, here are all the places to shop for your last-minute Christmas gifts. Keep calm and shop on.

Melbourne Central

The ever-dependable Melbourne Central shopping centre will be open late until 9pm until Friday 23 December. Panicked last-minute shoppers will also have the opportunity to fill up their Santa sacks, with shops also open until 6pm on Christmas Eve. For foodies and stocking-fillers, the newly opened Kit Kat Chocolatory is a must. Other classic brands like Country Road, Sephora and Gorman will give you plenty of browsing options.

Don’t miss the seasonal stalls on the walkways between the city shopping centres (photo: Grace Petrou)


Open 10am-9pm each night leading to Christmas, and 10am-6pm on Christmas Eve, QV also has an open-air cinema to entertain you once you’ve crossed that final present off the list. American Rag, APC, Incu, Monsterthreads and Zimmermann are just some of the great fashion options available for the stylish gift-ee in your life.

Emporium Melbourne

Over 200 of Melbourne’s famous retail brands are housed in the beautifully designed Emporium Melbourne. Open until 9pm in the lead up to Christmas, and until 6pm on Christmas Eve, browse through homewares by Top3 by Design and Marimekko. A plethora of jewellery, men’s fashion, and foodie gifts (including Zumbo’s pop-up bakery) will be available.

The city is the best place to get your shopping done this Christmas (photo: Grace Petrou)

Guild of Objects

A design lover’s daydream, Guild of Objects plays host to the latest generation of local Australian designers and makers. From intricate jewellery to unique homewares, handcrafted furniture and prints, it’s the place to shop if you’re looking to avoid run-of-the-mills presents this year. They will stay open until 7pm on Thursday 22 December and Friday 23 December.

Aero Plus

With an entire section dedicated to gadgets, knick-knacks and festive decorations, it won’t take you long to realise you’re in the right place at Aero Plus. An emphasis on locally designed products dominates over their 1000+ items, which rotate regularly so you’ll never gift the same thing twice. Did someone say one-stop shop? Open until 7pm on Thursday 22 December and Friday 23 December, and until 5pm on Christmas Eve.

Queen Victoria Market

Open until 9pm Friday 23 December (for the first time ever!) and 6am to 3pm on Christmas Eve, Queen Vic Market is the place to gather your last minute Christmas ingredients and fill up the stockings with gourmet chocolates, sweets and delicate goodies. Flowers, bottles of local wines and one-of-a-kind skincare products are a few of the gifts waiting to be wrapped up for Christmas.