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Published March 28th 2012
Whatever the time of year, one tradition remains constant – that of gift-giving. Unfortunately, it's usually the thought that counts. And fingers crossed you are spared the embarrassment of your friend opening your questionably "thoughtful" (or dare I say, re-gifted) present in front of all your friends and loved ones.
If you're looking for an imaginative and personal alternative to that bottle of wine for your mate's birthday, Hart & Heim certainly fits the bill. The store - which itself is sleek and shiny - stocks quirky designer homewares, hilarious knick knacks and must-have collectibles. Its affordability is a huge plus, especially when that gnawing sense of obligation towards new friends or distant family members gets the best of you.
For your significant other, the Things You Must Do to Make Me Happy checklist – devised because "standard communication is nuanced … and ripe for misunderstanding" - might be a good option to keep things light. Hart & Heim's Melting Shelf Clock is an exceedingly cool addition to any indoor landscape, surrealist or not. And although women are notoriously difficult to shop for, the aesthetically appealing jewellery stands, journals and travel pouches provide little room to go wrong.
Hart & Heim's centrally located stores are definitely worth a visit. You'll be assured of year-round laughs, and incidentally won't be out pocket.
Store locations - Sydney Westfield Sydney - 188 Pitt St Mall Sydney CBD NSW 2000 Westfield Bondi Junction. - 500 Oxford St Bondi Junction NSW 2022 Chatswood Chase - 345 Victoria Avenue Chatswood NSW 2067
Chatswood Westfield - 1 Anderson Street Chatswood NSW 2067