$100 goes a long way at these local boutiques. Find on-trend homewares, gifts for the foodie and Melbourne-made accessories for someone special.
Cyrnos petite candle, $65
All the way from Paris to Melbourne’s Royal Arcade, a candle from Trudon is steeped in 380 years of history. Browse for perfumes, candles and beautiful gifts at this stunning newly opened boutique. While the giant candles can go for as much as $800, the petite travel-sized jars make a lovely small gesture at $65. Fill your home with the sweet scent of Mediterranean citrus. It has heart notes of fig and lavender and will burn for 18 to 20 hours.
Sterling silver daisy sleepers, $70
Adorn their ears with a pair of cute summer-ready daisy earrings. Ada Hodgson’s sleepers are handcrafted in sterling silver and are nickel free for sensitive skin. All the pieces at this Nicholas Building boutique are Melbourne-made. Ada uses ethically sourced materials including recycled metals. Inspired by daisy chains, the earrings come as a pair, or you can buy the sleepers and charms separately to mix and match.
Maison Balzac cocktail glasses, $70 to $100
The gift everyone wants to find under their tree this year? Glassware from Maison Balzac to level-up their cocktail hour. Head to Incu to browse the gorgeous range of hand blown cocktail glasses. No need for garnishes, these glasses come with ornate glass fruit tucked inside! Tequila lovers will adore the margarita glass with a slice of lime ($80). For the spritz drinkers, choose a goblet with an orange slice ($70). Or grab a set of two G&T tumblers ($100).
Damien Marks cushion cover, $79.95
Art isn’t just for your walls, folks. The range of cushions at the Museums Victoria Store make a striking statement on your couch too. This woollen cushion cover features art by Northern Territory artist Damien Marks. The painting tells the story of his homeland, in incredible rich colours. The best bit? Royalties from this collection go back to the artists and their communities.
Moka Express Italia coffee maker, $100
Give the gift of freshly brewed Melbourne coffee every morning. Lygon Street’s Coffee Machine Technologies has everything you need for a barista-quality setup. The stovetop Moka Express Italia comes in an Italian-inspired red and green colour palette and can brew three cups in a jiffy. Head around the corner to Market Lane to pick up some locally roasted beans.
Musical Santa lantern, $99
Make their Christmas magical with a musical lantern from Ambiance. Switch on to illuminate the scene inside, and be mesmerised as the glitter swirls around Mr Claus. With its twinkling tune, the lantern makes a cherished Christmas heirloom. These festive treasures are hand-painted.
Painted vinyl earrings, $28 to $95
Hand-painted, one-of-a-kind and sustainable to boot! Local Indigenous artist Bronwyn David collaborated with the City of Melbourne to upcycle old vinyl event banners into these beautiful statement earrings. So you could score a slice of Moomba history, or a reminder of Christmases past! Find them at the Town Hall Visitor Hub or Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre.
Good times wine set, $55
When you’re buying for a foodie, you can’t go wrong with a bottle (or three) of good wine. This summery trio from King & Godfree comes with a bottle of Prosecco, pinot grigio and rosé. A dream combo for the warmer times ahead. Clocking in at only $55, you’ll have plenty of cash leftover to buy all the fixings for a luxe DIY hamper. Throw in some cheese, olives and prosciutto and you’ve got a cute date-night wrapped up.
Silk neck scarf, $85
For chic Euro-holiday vibes, a silk neck scarf never goes out of style. Ngali’s range of stunning printed scarves take First Nations’ artwork off the canvas and into the wardrobe. The gifting of country scarf was adapted from a painting by Gija man, Lindsay Malay. Wrap it around a bag, wear it as a belt or tie up a ponytail to look effortlessly stylish.
Daisy dreams bag, $99
We’ve found the limited-edition, Melbourne-made bag of their dreams. Local label Kuwaii only made 30 of the daisy dreams bag, so move fast. The perfect everyday size, this rare piece is made with sturdy navy gingham fabric to hold all their bits and bobs. The elastic opening gives it an on-trend scrunchy look. If you're feeling generous there’s even a matching gingham bucket hat!
Bakers’ spice kit, $80
Secretly selfish gift alert! They’ll definitely bake you some homemade goodies as a thank you for this bakers’ spice kit. Available from the spice merchants at Gewürzhaus, the kit comes with six sweet blends. They might already have the basics, but do they have pumpkin pie, apple cake and gingerbread spice? It comes wrapped up in a produce bag with recipe cards inside, all ready for gifting.
Waterproof picnic mat, $69.95
Picnic season is coming and this waterproof picnic mat will save your pals from grass stains. It’s big enough for a few friends to share and has a moisture-proof backing to protect against spills and dew. Plus, it rolls up with a velcro closure and handles for easy transport. Head to Spoilt to browse more picnicware and gifts.
Salt and pepper grinder, $89.95
This refillable salt and pepper grinder is made for a kitchen where beige is banned. Designed by Areaware, this groovy little character is painted on smooth beech wood. Fill it with salt or pepper and brighten up their table scape. If it’s looking a little lonely grab two, or pair it with an impossibly cute matching kitchen timer. It's available at Monsterthreads or the NGV Design Store.
Silk pillowcase, $70
Make their bedroom a little more bougie with a luxe silk pillowcase from Fine Day. Made in 100 per cent mulberry silk, it’s designed to stop bed head and be gentle on skin. Just choose their favourite colour, it comes in pink, blue, white or gray. You’ll find the Melbourne linen and sleepwear label on level 2 of Melbourne Central.
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