Last minute Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be traumatic. Skip the suburban shopping nightmare – and shop local – by filling your stocking with these unique and sustainable gifts, all found in Guildford and the Swan Valley.
Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery: This is the home of Australian souvenirs and traditional artefacts, shown by the range of hand-painted glass, woodware and scarves and t-shirts featuring Aboriginal designs. There are lots of goodies – such as jams, chutneys and Australian native herbs and spices – that you can use to make a bespoke hamper. Best for mum and dad.
Whistler’s Chocolate Co. and Café: This is the stuff dreams are made of. Think boxes of handmade chocolate, rocky road, honeycomb and the biggest chocolate freckles you’ve ever seen. They also have the cutest gift wrapped boxes of choccies. Best for those ‘unexpected’ gifts.
Dr Russell’s Imaginarium: This place is a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles, including preloved comic books, vintage cards and Star Wars memorabilia. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to have a good look around – there’s lots of fossicking to be had. Best for your quirky friend.
Orinoco and Bungo: If you were a child of the 1970’s or 80’s you’ll remember watching The Wombles on TV. They collected rubbish and repurposed it, which is the inspiration of this gorgeous shop. Think homewares, art, bags and beachy gear. This is where you’ll find a unique and ethically produced keepsake to put under the tree. Best for your sister or girlfriend.
Swan Settlers Market: A one-stop shop, you can get pressies as well as your Christmas feast ingredients here. Stalls selling vintage collectibles, garage signs, leather bags, recycled timber furniture and second-hand books are joined by vendors of fresh produce, meat and wine. Best for Secret Santa.
The Artists Nook: Here you’ll find kid’s books, dolls and the sweetest baby clothes and blankets. Owners Katherine and Nicola have carefully curated goods from more than 40 local artisans and businesses, many which are handmade. Best for the kids.
Morish Nuts: Can’t choose? Pre-made hampers are your best bet. You can get them with nuts (of course) but some also come with pretzels, other nibblies and Mandoon Estate wine. Best for foodies.
Harris Organic Wines: Drop in and try Duncan Harris’ specially crafted organic wines, vodka and brandy. There’s also organic coffee and olive oil on offer. Stock up on gifts as well as supplies for the Christmas season. Best for everyone (including yourself – you deserve a little something after all this shopping).