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. These Christmas gift ideas have got you covered.
Shop here for: the foodie friend
An Eastern Suburbs staple and Sydney institution, Saké Bar & Restaurant is a food lover’s haven, serving some the city’s finest Japanese cuisine. 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 offering, this decadent dining spot is located within the exquisite InterContinental Sydney in Double Bay and it’s a culinary experience that delves into Japanese culture through creative and inspired dishes. Can you think of a better Christmas gift?
The Intercontinental Hotel, 33 Cross Street, Double Bay
Shop here for: the beauty buff
For the ultimate gift in festive season recovery, indulge your friend in a luxurious pamper session at Venustus. With a voucher, they can look forward to a seven star facial treatment, as well as a blissfully relaxing six hand massage.
381 Oxford Street, Paddington
Shop here for: the bag lady
Nothing says Christmas like a gorgeous new handbag, and at The Daily Edited you can give it that personal, playful touch. For your friend with classic tastes, the black cross body bag 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.
Bondi Junction and Sydney CBD
Shop here for: the sleeping beauty
Home to the chicest of sleepwear, Papinelle's luxurious pyjamas are essential for any Christmas stocking. Curl up in style with their statement boxer-and-cami-set in pure silk. From pastels and brights to stripes and florals, there's a print and pattern to suit every style.
Paddington and Chatswood
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 Quick Try Destination Towels and earth mama's will love the round weave sea baskets. Regardless, you can't go wrong with the beautiful Madhavi tea jar.
1/96 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
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 Bec and Bridge, Zulu and Zephyr, By Charlotte 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.
Suite 10/349 Barrenjoey Road, 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 Road, 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, Antique General Store 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 – you'll come here to buy one vinyl record and leave with a whole dining set.
2 Warraba Road, North Narrabeen
Shop here for: the friend with refined tastes
Manly Spirits is an award-winning boutique distillery, passionate about spirits and using foraged coastal ingredients to create and flavour their unique range of drinks. This Christmas, buy a gift voucher for their popular distillery tour. Sampling everything from gin and vodka, to whisky, if you are lucky there may be a limited release batch behind the bar ready for tasting. Unsure if they will have the time to book in a tour? Why not gift them a bottle of their limited edition Lilly Pilly Pink Gin.
4a/9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale
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, Maplestore 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 Street, 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 weekend staycationer
Scrap the wrapping this year, and instead gift a quirky staycation at Camperdown's The Collectionist. For those who like a unique, out-of-the-box hotel experience, Camperdown’s latest addition is guaranteed to spark intrigue. With a focus on individual, design-led rooms, The Collectionist is anything but ordinary. On arrival you can decide which of the 39 rooms you’d like to stay in. The hotel collaborated with a bunch of designers and artists, and each room is unique, from La Chamber Noir to the Cloud Runner. You can enjoy the lush confines of your room or head downstairs for the daily happy hour (4pm-8pm) and mingle with the other guests.
Rooms from $153 per night
9-13 Marsden Street, Camperdown
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 glamourpuss
Give the gift of pampering this Christmas with a trip to this serene underground spa sanctuary. Indulge in a range of holistic therapies that treat the mind and body. Massage and aromatherapy packages are complemented by a swathe of beauty treatments, enhancements and facials, and their Build Your Own option ensures you can tailor your experience exactly to your preferences.
The Langham Sydney, 89-113 Kent Street, Sydney
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