Coventry Street in South Melbourne is the perfect shopping precinct. Next door to South Melbourne Market which has an outstanding fresh food choice in fruit and vegetables, deli products, meats and fish, Coventry Street shops have all the rest. So why not start looking for those Christmas presents early, without the crowds and do your shopping here. During the week is best but weekends are lots of fun too, just come a bit earlier and if the shops are closed there are plenty of cafes for breakfast and coffee.
The shops are not the usual shops you can find in every shopping mall or Melbourne CBD, these are different, quirky, cool and interesting and you are bound to find the perfect gift, for you or someone else.
Women's Clothing and Accessories. Mr Darcy sells unique, cool designs in women's fashion, among them Johnny Was, Elk and Nancybird. Jewellery, bags, scarves, and gifts complete the selection and the quality of the products is excellent. Sia prides itself on clothing made in Australia and works with designers and textile houses in Europe to make high-quality clothing. Whilst at the higher end of price point, the quality and uniqueness of their design will stay with you for a long time. Similarly, Bon Emil stocks European and Australian fashion at the higher end of the price range. Their brands include Copenhagen, Alessandra, Morrison, Joie, Rebecca Taylor and many others. If you are looking for a special outfit for all those Christmas and New Year events you are sure to find it here.
Gifts for all
Pomegranate has a very large selection of all kinds of quality gifts. Where you are looking for home furnishings, jewellery candles, body products, handbags, outdoor furniture or games (for adults and kids) they are all here. Your senses will be overwhelmed by the range and type of gifts, the colours, the smells and the wanting to touch, you could spend hours in here and make sure you go upstairs too.
Gifts for the cook If you know someone who loves cooking then a stop at The Essential Ingredient is indeed essential. This leading Melbourne specialty food and cookware store has opened its second store here and it is full of all things to do with cooking and eating. Spices, oils, baking ingredients, pickles, cake decorations, jams and honey, Australian native products chillies of all kinds, the list is endless. If you are after that one ingredient you can't find anywhere else it will be here. And then, of course, there are all the different types of cookware, pots and pans and implements to cook all those delicious meals. Chef's Hat has serious cooking and serving tools, pots, dishes and implements for the hospitality industry but also for the Masterchef in all of us. Whatever it is you are looking for in terms of cooking and serving you will find it here.
If looking for Scandi (or Scandi inspired)design you may find it at Vincent. There is furniture, serving dishes, placemats, bags wallets and clothing as well. Their motto could be 'less is more', the products are simple, functional and very desirable. For Melbourne's unpredictable weather you need to check out their Rains coats and jackets. A common sight in Denmark, where they are made, these coats and jackets are invaluable in protecting you from the rain and wind.
Children's clothes and toys Dresses, t-shirts, hats, boots, cuddly toys, plates and cups, sun apparel and so much more - you will be spoilt for choice. Have a look at their Instagram page to get a sense of all their wares. Pomegranate (see in above Gifts) also has a children's toy and games section.
Books, paper, writing gifts If you love paper, notebooks, pens, cards and all other stationery as much as I do then you will love Paperpoint. Beautiful paper to make your own cards and invitations, colourful pens, quirky and fun cards, Christmas decorations and cards, and lots of little gifts make this store rather special. If on the other hand, you are looking for books, the Coventry Bookstore has all the newest books in all genres. They are super friendly and will advise or order books in for you. The choice of coffee table books makes gift buying not only easy but very pleasurable as well. They also stock a great choice of children's books for all ages.
Paperpoint - cards, paper, pens and Christmas paraphernalia
Gifts for the Pets As much as pets love to play, the top of their Christmas list would most probably be food and treats. This is where the Pet Grocer can help. All their food comes from Australia, is free from additives and ethically sourced, and pets love it. There are two locations in South Melbourne, one in Coventry Street and one in the South Melbourne Market. Their website is under construction but you can contact them to be put on their mailing list.
So what are you waiting for? Make your way to Coventry Street in South Melbourne and check out an outstanding array of shops with a huge range of gift ideas. There are lots of good cafes too, in case you need some refreshments.