The Sydney Christmas Shopping Edit: Beautiful Unique Finds
Natalie Marie Jewellery
The Parlour Room
Bannisters Port Stephens
Mr & Mrs Jones
Despite attempting to be organised each year, getting all the Christmas presents purchased before November is practically impossible. The reality is, we always leave it to the last minute (as we're sure most of the rest of you do, too). So, to avoid the online shopping stress – waiting impatiently for your presents to arrive on time – shop locally to find a unique, one-of-a-kind gift you know the person you're buying for will love. No matter who you're shopping for, we've pulled together the ultimate guide to shopping around Sydney, to help make your Christmas that little less stressful.
Shop here for: the weekend traveller
Scrap the wrapping this year, and instead indulge in a whimsical weekend away at Bannisters Port Stephens. Boasting beautiful beachfront vistas and a sumptuous seafood menu to boot, Rick Stein’s latest coastal gem has all the makings of a glamorous gourmet escape. Tucked away in the picturesque backdrop of the Soldiers Point peninsula, Bannisters Port Stephens promises romance, luxury and relaxation in gloriously rustic surroundings. This is the ultimate weekend getaway.
147 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point NSW
Shop here for: the sleeping beauty
Home to the chicest of sleepwear, Luna Atelier’s luxurious silk pyjamas are essential for any Christmas stocking. Curl up in style with their statement short-and-cami-set, the Sofia camisole and Emilie shorts. From pastels and brights to stripes and florals, there's a print and pattern to suit every style.
Shop here for: the delicate love
Taking self-care to the next level, treat your friend (or yourself) to Ms Brown's range of plant-based garment and hand care products. Specially made for cleaning delicates, wool and cashmere, Ms Brown's all natural products eliminate the need for dry cleaning. For a thoughtful present this Christmas, their new range of hand wash and cream will do the trick- we are adding the Jasmine Hand Care Duo to our Santa wish lists.
Shop here for: the furniture guru
A treasure trove of natural, handmade homewares, Commune Bondi started as a passion project by a Bondi local. She wanted to know the story behind each product she purchased, and at Commune, that’s exactly what you get. With a peachy, coastal palette, the store is as chic as the homewares it sells, which are made by artisans all over the world. For the beachy babe in your life, opt for the Atolyia Jaquard towel and earth mama's will love the Bek & Meri woven trays. Regardless, you can't go wrong with Madhavi teapot and pottery for the Planet keep cup.
1/96 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
Shop here for: the foodie friend
An Eastern Suburbs staple and Sydney institution, Catalina’s romantic waterside haunt is a food lover’s haven, serving some the city’s finest seafood offerings. So it's kind of a no brainer that you should treat your bestie to a dining voucher for this year's festive treat – don't you think? Scoring top points for setting, this decadent dining spot is perched overlooking the glistening waters of Rose Bay, so you’ll be spoiled with front row Harbour views and a side serving of shellfish and spritzes. Can you think of a better Christmas gift?
Lyne Park, Rose Bay
Shop here for: the beauty buff
For the ultimate gift in festive season recovery, indulge your friend in a luxurious pamper session at The Parlour Room. With a voucher, they can look forward to a skin-soothing facial treatment, as well as a blissfully relaxing hand, foot and head massage.
216 Clovelly Rd, Randwick
Shop here for: the bag lady
Nothing says Christmas like a gorgeous new handbag, and at Mon Purse you can give it that personal, playful touch. For your friend with classic tastes, the tan mini Zip Shopper handbag is just the right gift. But with a wide range of different styles, colours and customisations, there are plenty of ways to mix it up.
37 William Street, Paddington
Shop here for: the fashionista
For carefully curated racks of Aussie and international designers, go to Splice Boutique. Led by sisters Marisa Young and Gabby Manderson, the two stores are bright and beautiful, and a go-to destination for names like Mania Mania, Camilla and Marc, Viktoria & Woods, and Splice’s own creation, ess The Label. If you are unsure of sizes, jewellery is always a beautiful gift. The new Mayol Jewelry monogram pendants are equal parts cute and chic.
Freshwater and Newport
Shop here for: the boho-beach babe
Located in what used to be Palmy’s adored Cranky Fins, The Boathouse Home store offers a stunning range of homewares and gift ideas that are in line with their coastal-chic vibe. This Christmas, woven beach bags, Turkish towels and tableware make for a refreshingly laid-back yet stylish gift.
1 Beach Road, Palm Beach
Shop here for: the jewellery collector
Bespoke, beautifully designed and timelessly classic, it’s easy to see why every girl lusts after an original piece from Natalie Marie Jewellery (stocking filler or proposal). From her Avalon-based workshop, Natalie crafts her handmade collections, and for the lucky few, customised pieces too.
45 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach
Shop here for: the second-hand queen
This off-the-beaten antiques store is filled to the brim with the coolest of vintage finds – when it comes to second-hand shopping, Apostlebird is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. Whether you’re looking for rustic antiques or quirky pre-loved homewares, you’ll likely find it here, and have the best time whilst doing so. Our tip: make sure you have plenty of room in your backseat – as you will come here to buy one vinyl record and leave with a whole dining set.
367a Pittwater Rd, North Manly
Shop here for: the effortless-style maven
A fashion, homewares and gift emporium, this two-storey store is as creative as the suburb it resides in (Annandale), and a pleasure to browse. The colour-coordinated racks are filled with labels from Europe and Australia, with a good mix of basics and on-trend pieces. Come Christmas time the store is pumping and the vibe is warm and welcoming. Don't be discouraged by the crowds, you'll always find a beautiful gift here.
45 Booth Street, Annandale
Shop here for: the hipster
Sitting pretty on Darling Street, Maple is a celebration of all things denim, stocking affordable labels such as Levi’s, Nudie, Neuw, and Dr Denim as well as its own label. It rounds out its casual-cool collection with pieces from Vanishing Elephant, Bassike, Karen Walker and Saltwater Sandals. In short, the trendy hipster in your life will be thrilled with their Christmas present from Maple.
267 Darling Street, Balmain
Shop here for: the house-proud interiors buff
The Society Inc.is a unique collection and curation of treasures, plucked from all around the globe. Sibella Court's St Peters store is truly a work of art, as she works with local trade and craft, in order to create beautifully unique products for The Society Inc. From textiles, hangings, storage and furniture, you know a gift from The Society Inc. will be loved and treasured for years to come.
302/75 Mary St, St Peters
Shop here for: the greenery obsessed mum
What was once a tiny Darlinghurst shop is now a huge St Peters warehouse, and a wander through Garden Life is an aesthetically invigorating trip. An abundant range of pots, homewares and plants line the warehouse with a mix of architectural plants, indoor and outdoor greenery and a significant succulent range.
158 Princes Highway, St Peters
Shop here for: the friend who has everything
Branded as a giftware delicatessen, Mr & Mrs Jones is the perfect one-stop gift shop. Their product range is impressive – home, decor, games, outdoor fun and even dress up clothes for the kids. Their stocked range of Sunny life inflatable pool toys only seem to be getting more popular- pineapple pool float for the win!
Sydney CBD, Moore Park, Chatswood, Brookvale and Castle Hill
Shop here for: the retro buff
At Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre – a supersized vintage marketplace – you could spend hours wandering around the various different stalls, trawling through retro homewares that date back from the Victorian era and all the way up to the 20th century. The coolest part is, if you can’t find what you’re after, the store's dealers will put it on their ‘wish-list’ and try and source it from somewhere for you.
17 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Shop here for: the book worm
One of the biggest stores in the city, Kinokuniya has hundreds of thousands of books in multiple languages. Not the place you visit to surprise yourself with a random find, but a go-to store when you have a chosen book in mind. Traffic is busy on both weekdays and weekends, but don't let that discourage you, we guarantee you'll definitely find the perfect present.
Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney
Shop here for: the chocoholic
At their Victorian era-style shops in The Strand, Queen Victoria Building and Chatswood Chase, you can satisfy any chocolate craving you have – and we mean that. Their Christmas collection fly off the shelves every year so you need to get in quick. The chocolate baubles and bells are a go-to failsafe, and beautiful Christmas tins are made for secret santa.
QVB, The Strand and Chatswood