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Christmas Guide - The 25 Best Indie Gift Shops

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by Kath Chown (subscribe)
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Published September 21st 2014
Find the best and brightest seasonal gifts in Brisbane
As we begin the countdown to Christmas, now is a great time to start scoping out the best spots for silly season shopping. Keep your dollar in small business and local economy this year by visiting one or a few of these great independent shops which have a range of amazing gifts on offer.

Here's my list (in no particular order) of the best indie gift shops in Brisbane across the city from North to South and East to West. With a few vintage and retro shops thrown into the mix, you can make sure you're shopping eco-friendly as well. There are gifts for men, women and children along with a few stores which will have something for everyone.

At the end of this article is a little breakdown of the best shops for each demographic to make it easier for you to find that special gift!

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25. The Happy Cabin - For the man or lady in your life, this is a one-stop shop for gifts this season. Leah and her staff will be able to help you pick the perfect outfit, wallet, scarf or trinket for your loved ones. Indie labels from across the globe make up this gorgeous store and you'll be sure to walk out with bags of gifts.



24. Bowerbird - A new store in Oxley, this little boutique offers handmade gifts made locally and with love by creative artisans. Right nearby are great cafes if you need a break after your shopping is all done and dusted. Store owner Jenn will be on hand to show you the best artisan wares.

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Bowerbird


23. Side Street Vintage - For the vintage lover, you can't go past Side Street with it's upcycled and handmade gifts, reconditioned furniture and supplies for the avid crafter in your life. Let Tracey help you find something to make the recipient smile as they tear off the wrap this Christmas.

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Side Street Vintage


22. Paper Boat Press - If you like to pick up one-of-a-kind decorations for your tree and home, this is the perfect spot. Made in house by master ceramicist Kylie, you will find beautiful hanging birds, quotable tags and gorgeous vessels to adorn your home.

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Paper Boat Press


21. Voodoo Moon - This little store has stock hand-picked by mother and daughter team, Karen and Kasha can guide you to fabulous fashion clothing, unique and exotic jewellery, sweet incense fragrances and trinkets for your home.

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Voodoo Moon


20. Fats Comics - If you have a comic or pop culture lover in your house, Grant at Fats Comics will show you his extensive collection for sale in his tiny shopfront. You might have to dig for the best stuff but it will be worth it when you see the look on the recipient's face on the big day!



19. Handmade High Street - Pop in to one of Annerley's busiest Christmas stores this season to find handmade and indie designer goods made right here in Australia. Children's toys, jewellery and accessories are the items to tick off your list here!

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Handmade High Street


18. Southside Antiques - Have someone who's hard to buy for because they have everything? I bet they don't have a vintage hat stand or a set of sterling silver teaspoons. Who wouldn't love a one-off retro gift which has a story to tell? Let the ladies at Southside Antiques show you their extensive collection for the perfect thing.



17. Verge Girl - For the teen or twenty-something girl in your life, this is the perfect spot to pick up something super fashionable to make her day this season. There are helpful staff to assist you in finding something which will suit your friend or family member and they offer gift certificates if you would prefer they chose their own!

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16. Ecclectica - For the VERY hard to buy for, this shop of oddities and curiosities is the place to find something different or even strange. The staff here will help you find something which suits your budget plus they have tarot reading classes which you could purchase as a gift.



15. Ideology - In the small suburb of Banyo, there's a new kid in town when it comes to buying indie designer goods. With a focus on local, this shop has a visual feast to behold and you'll be walking out with bags of presents for the family.

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14. Nook - Out of the front of a little house in West End is a little shop converted from it's front living rooms which holds some of Brisbane's best gifts, homewares, jewellery and accessorie. Run by local, Michelle, the shop feels homely and warm as her shop cat watches you find the perfect thing.



13. The Cottage Garden - For those with a penchant for gardening, this is a great spot to buy a plant or the perfect tool. There is also a great gift shop, antique centre florist and cafe on site. You can find beautiful ladies fashion and accessories or a vintage treasure for your friends and family.



12. The Collective Store - The original handmade store in Brisbane, Leonie's store has the largest range of handmade goods in Brisbane. With custom gift wrapping, you don't even need to worry about paper and ribbon, it's all taken care of for you. With so much to choose from, you should be ready for your quick 5 minute trip to turn into an hour or so!



11. Dandelyon Gifts - Purchase homewares and gifts in this West End shop. They also have tarot and psychic readings if you have someone who loves the alternative arts - gifts vouchers are available! Find clocks, lamps, table cloths and much more in this beautiful little store.



10. Hullabaloo Bazaar - For eco-friendly and ethically sourced men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories, look no further than this cute little shop in West End. All products are bought from small businesses or individuals which have a clear focus on local and organic materials.



9. 5 Quirky Cherubs - a collective of handmade and designer goods in the heart of Mitchelton. With it's sparkly purple floors and vibrant gifts, you will find something for even the most vivacious personality in your life. Focused on local, everything in store in handmade in Brisbane or Australia by independent artisans.



8. Don't Tell - For the fashionista or younger girl in your life, this is a great spot to get some fashion inspiration for a great Christmas present. It would also be the perfect spot to pick an outfit for Xmas Day or seasonal party with a wide variety of dresses, skirts, blouses and other beautiful pieces to wow your guests.



7. Maiocchi Paddington - A haven from bustling Given Terrace, this very bright and happy store has a myriad of fashion, accessory and children's choices to give as gifts this Christmas. The staff are friendly and chatty and you'll feel right at home as you peruse the laden shelves.



6. Voodoo Rabbit Fabric - For the fabric lover in your life, head down to Voodoo Rabbit in East Brisbane to buy quirky fabrics, notions, patterns and a variety of other crafty kits. A gift voucher would be a real winner for your seamstress friend as they can choose their own.

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5. Stalks and Stems - Give beautiful flowers, plants, skincare of gifts from this beautiful Bulimba florist. Arrangements by owner Belinda-Marie who has over 14 years experience and will make bouquets to drool over for your Christmas table or just to give to that special someone.

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4. Hobohemia - Blink and you'll miss it on Paddington's bustling Given Terrace but this little house on the shopping strip is practically bursting with all the vintage, retro and eccentric oddities within it's walls. Perfect for the rockabilly, retro-lover or picky friend or family member.



3. Betty's Shop - Tucked away in Annerley Arcade is a tiny shop with a whole lot of lovely vintage items for you to choose from. Gorgeous linens and brilliant jewellery pieces accent a huge variety of special clothing and retro trinkets. For the vintage lover in your life, this is worth the trip.



2. Avid Reader - For the bookworm in your life, it's nice to find a bookshop which still exists and consistently carries a range of new and unique titles. This little bookstore also has gift cards, journals and wrapping paper for all your Christmas needs and they will even wrap your books for you!



1. Presents of Mind - Probably the best shop in Brisbane for gifts for everyone in your life. Games, Puzzles, Toys and Gadgets are their specialty and all the staff are knowledgable and friendly. On Saturday's one of their staff can demonstrate specific games and toys so you can make a more informed decision. If you go to one shop this Christmas Season, make it Presents of Mind.



Ladies:
The Happy Cabin
Bowerbird
Side Street Vintage
Paper Boat Press
Voodoo Moon
Handmade High Street
Verge Girl
Ideology
Nook
The Cottage Garden
The Collective Store
Hullabaloo Bazaar
5 Quirky Cherubs
Don't Tell
Maiocchi
Stalks and Stems
Betty's Shop
Presents of Mind

Gents:
The Happy Cabin
Side Street Vintage
Fats Comics
Nook
The Cottage Garden
Hullabaloo Bazaar
Betty's Shop
Presents of Mind

Kids:
Bowerbird
Handmade High Street
Nook
The Collective Store
Hullabaloo Bazaar
5 Quirky Cherubs
Maiocchi
Presents of Mind

Teens:
Voodoo Moon
Fats Comics
Verge Girl
Hullabaloo Bazaar
Don't Tell

Hard to buy for:
Fats Comics
Southside Antiques
Ecclectica
The Cottage Garden
Voodoo Rabbit Fabric
Stalks and Stems
Hobohemia
Avid Reader
Presents of Mind

Homewares:
Side Street Vintage
Paper Boat Press
Southside Antiques
Ecclectica
Ideology
Nook
The Cottage Garden
The Collective Store
Dandelyon Gifts
5 Quirky Cherubs
Maiocchi
Hobohemia
Betty's Shop
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Your Comment
Great list; you have lots of interesting independents in Brisbane.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12328) 1673 days ago
Wish I lived in Brisbane!
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5520) 1670 days ago
This story is now bookmarked and will come in handy whenever I am stuck for a gift.
by Karen K (score: 1|53) 1664 days ago
Hello Kath, you got me in with 'Indie' - I didn't know what it meant - but you kept me with the information. My wife and I love your lists and will probably be using them before Christmas. Thanks for such a great article. Regards, Tony
by Tony Dyer (score: 2|469) 1659 days ago
Fab Article Kath. What a great summation, chances are i'll be using this in the lead up to Christmas
by Julian Groneberg (score: 3|1802) 1673 days ago
I would have liked the suburb mentioned for each shop. But otherwise good job.
by kimdc (score: 0|5) 1660 days ago
Fantasic article :-)
by kikii (score: 1|50) 1561 days ago
Awesome list!!
by cat.8 (score: 0|2) 1228 days ago
What an awesome list of local retailers, I've only just recently moved to Brisbane so it will be great to check out some of this quirky little stores. Thanks Kath!
by ashle (score: 0|2) 928 days ago
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