It’s the most wonderful time of year…and the most hectic, stressful and busy time of year. With Christmas day expectations heavy on your shoulders and your boss filling your ears with last-minute workload cramming, having to buy presents for extra-fussy friends and family is just another added looming frustration. Fear not, we have your list covered with the best gift ideas for all ages (even for the people who seem to have everything) so you don’t have to stray far from the Inner North.
Formerly known as Kleins Perfumery on Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Lore has you covered with an array of lotions and potions. Whether it’s a last minute Kris Kringle gift or new perfume for a loved one, the team at Lore have the perfect scent for you. For a delicious-smelling pick, we can’t go past Fragonard – Caresse.
Head down to the Rose Street Markets on Saturday or Sunday from 11am to 5pm, and pick up some locally handcrafted pieces. With everything from artwork to ceramics and handmade jewellery, Rose Street Markets are the place for a unique gift from the heart of Fitzroy.
This may technically be a liquor store, but who doesn’t like to be gifted booze? Or self gifting? With stores in Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Brunswick and Brunswick East, and established by siblings back in 2006, Blackhearts and Sparrow not only have a great wine selection, but also have cider and beer covered too. Their very own Prosecco is also a winner!
Herbs, spice and all things nice! For those who can’t seem to leave the kitchen, Gewürzhaus has you covered in the condiments department. They’re also the go-to experts for tea lovers and stock cute Christmas tea towels, as well as ready-made gift packs. There’s also a cooking school if you would like to gift someone the ability to cook (so you can sit back this Christmas). It’s a win-win situation for all located in Carlton’s, Lygon Street.
Two words: Gift Voucher. Wine Flight. That is all. I got this for my parents last year and they think it was the fanciest gift of all time. Also available: whiskey flights and sparkling flights. The booze and cheese people are located in the centre of Lygon Street, Carlton.
Get lost wandering through the isles. Not only is there an abundance of fiction and non-fiction but a selection of records and DVDs. Head to Lygon Street, Carlton and pick up something for the bookworm in your life or some tunes for your Saturday night shenanigans.
Market Lane Coffee in Carlton is the proof that no place in the world can beat Melbourne coffee. Not only can you grab a brew to keep your energy thriving during the stress of gift shopping, but you can also conveniently pick up a pressie for the coffee snob in your life. A range of gifts to choose from including books, kettles, cups and sets, means you no longer have to feel guilty about ‘taking a break’ from shopping.
Give more than just a gift this year and pick up a tee or Tote from HoMie on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. This social enterprise provides brand-new clothing, training and job opportunities to people experiencing homelessness. #BeAHoMie this Christmas.
And from us at Inner Circle Magazine, we wish everyone a Merry (and stress-free) Christmas!
Feature Image Credit: @homie.com.au