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Day 17: Unique Melbourne Christmas gifts

Maybe you have overseas relatives, a friend who’s interstate, or perhaps you’re just like us – simply crazy about this city. Whatever the case, if you’re after a gift that really says ‘Melbourne’, look no further.


Melbournalia, Bourke Street

What started as a pop-up shop at the Spring Street end of the city in 2011 is now a permanent trove of treasures made or designed in Melbourne. Expect homewares, books, stationery, clothes and apparel, and gifts for children. Among the many Melbourne-themed books is co-owner Dale Campesi’s new guide to the best eateries, boutiques, bars and other hangouts in this city, Melbourne Precincts ($35), pictured above. Melbournalia is at 50 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Strand Crayons, made in Melbourne and available at Melbournalia for $9

Strand Crayons, made in Melbourne and available at Melbournalia for $9

The Melbourne Shop By Lumbi
Located in Driver Lane, The Melbourne Shop By Lumbi specialises in Melbourne-made souvenirs, which make perfect Christmas presents for your overseas relatives or patriotic Melburnian auntie. Think tea towels, art, bags, t-shirts, pencil cases, and all manner of Melbourney knick-knacks. They even stock board games – one of our favourites is this very Melbourne version of snakes and ladders, Trams and Hook Turns. It’s educational too, so perfect for that interstate cousin visiting in a rental car!

Trams & Hook Turns boardgame

Formerly known as Craft Victoria, Craft is the peak organisation for design and craft in Australia. As well as hosting exhibitions and events, you can buy beautiful handmade gifts by Victorian artists at the Flinders Lane shop. Craft is currently hosting a special initiative called Supermarket, curated by Debbie Pryor, where you can pick up works by artists and makers including these beautiful necklaces by Emily Green.

Necklaces by Emily Green at Supermarket, an event at Craft, in Flinders Lane

Necklaces by Emily Green at Craft

Tucked away in Degraves Street, opposite Flinders Street Station, this cosy shop specialises in produce and products made and crafted in Victoria. Satisfy your sweet-tooth with jars of dairy-free Christmas Creamed Melbourne Rooftop honey ($14.95), park your yuletide eggnog on Melbourne Letterpress coasters ($14.95), or decorate your Christmas tree with treasures from Andrew Cope Ceramics, made by his young daughters Sara and Beth ($17.60 for a set of three).
Christmas Creamed Melbourne Rooftop honey, $14.95, from Clementine's

Christmas Creamed Melbourne Rooftop honey, $14.95, from Clementine’s

Laneways of Melbourne Letter Press coasters, $14.95, from Clementine's

Laneways of Melbourne Letter Press coasters, $14.95, from Clementine’s

There are many more places to find unique Christmas gifts in Melbourne. At the Police Museum gift shop, you can pick up a crime scene tea towel or ‘Buff’ the police dog soft toys, Gewurzhaus can cater to all your herb, tea and cooking-related gift needs, and who can go past Koko Black for the chocolate lover in the family?  We could go on and on but there really is too many to share. Head over to What’s On for more shopping ideas.
For all the latest Christmas news, stay tuned to the 30 Days of Christmas blog.