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Published December 22nd 2016
How to avoid mad malls and packed supermarkets
Live This Randwick
The festive spirit is easily lost by getting caught up in the final grab for gifts and food this time of year. But you know what? It doesn't have to be that way; you can shop local and escape the crowds with these little-known Eastern Suburbs gems.
1) Gifts for her:
Whether you are shopping for your wife, sister, mother or friend, women can be tough to buy for. Live This at The Spot in Randwick is a great place to start, especially if she's into jewellery. They stock an abundance of unique and affordable necklaces, bracelets, chokers and earrings. Or maybe she's sick of always getting jewellery? Don't fret, they also sell stylish handbags and purses, casual clothing, herbal tea boxes, hilarious greeting cards, fragrant candles, luxurious creams, funky lamps, glamorous sunglasses, and things for men, kids and babies, as well as an array of scarfs and cushions. They have even extended their opening hours over the Christmas period to 10pm daily. Live This have got you sorted.
If you are closer to Coogee Beach then take a look at Pluto's Bodywear. It is an elegant yet affordable little spot for clothes shopping and they specialise in ladies casual clothing, beach wear and dainty lingerie for that special someone. Mothers will definitely find something their teenage daughter will love.
Pluto's Bodywear Coogee
Perhaps her wardrobe is already chock-a-block? Plum gift shop in the heart of Randwick's shopping district have got you covered. They stock an array of quirky, girlie gifts. You are sure to find something that will impress her. Oh, and they do sell lovely clothes too.
Plum Giftshop Randwick
2) Gifts on a budget:
Vinnies Waverley home wares
For those of you on a tight budget who don't have the time to hand make your gifts, Vinnies in Waverley is actually a great place for gift shopping. They sell just about everything; you'll find handbags, books, CDs, DVDS, crystal and glass wares, home wares, paintings, kitchen wares, shoe, accessories and of course, clothing. Just peel or cut the tags off and wrap it nicely; they'll never know it was from a thrift shop. Otherwise just tell them it's retro.
3) Food shopping:
When it comes to food, we all know how crazy the supermarkets can get; trolleys flying everywhere, prams blocking the entrance and that annoying guy who snatched the last ham. Thankfully, that madness can be avoided by simply supporting your local shops.
Maloneys Grocer on Coogee Bay Road stock all the premium ingredients you need to create a sumptuous festive spread. You'll find excellent fresh produce as well as all the necessary baking and packaged goods.
In fact, why waste time preparing desserts and sweet treats when you can head to The Sweet Spot Patisserie in The Spot, Randwick? They prepare stunning Christmas themed packs of delectable treats the whole family will love. After all, tis the season to eat lollies.