With the window for online deliveries rapidly closing, the time has come to kick it old school and shop local for the holiday season. Not only will you be spoiling family and friends, you’ll also be throwing your support behind local retailers. Here are Broadsheet’s picks for where to shop local.
For the bibliophile – Rabble Books
Rabble’s ethos is to be as inclusive as possible, from the ramp into the store to what’s stocked. Indigenous authors and writers of colour and gender diversity share shelf space with bestsellers and a wide range of children’s books and board games.
Rabble Books, Inglewood
For the discerning drinker – Tiny’s Liquor Emporium
This is the intimate bottle shop attached to one of this year’s coolest CBD openings, Tiny’s. Let “Lord of Liqour” Jessica Arnott guide you through the wide selection of beers, wines and spirits (and definitely pocket a couple of the West Winds Negroni tins for yourself). For the complete gift-giving package, the store also stocks stemware and records.
For the green-thumbed – Hass & Co Botanics
Hass & Co carries everything a plant lover could need, from pots and succulents for beginners, to propagation vessels and terrariums for more experienced growers. Gift cards are also available for those who can’t decide between monsteras and fiddle-leaf figs.
For the visiting family – Future Shelter
Working out of their North Perth studio, designers and makers Jane King and Adam Coffey produce homewares inspired by local icons: think Australiana without the kitsch. The range spans everything from stocking stuffers to bigger gifts including prints, grazing platters and lamps.
For the artist – The Butcher Shop
One of William Street’s unsung stalwarts, The Butcher Shop specialises in covetable items for appreciators of art and collectors of cool. (The Transperth Train mugs by Vandals on Holidays are a must have for Perth lovers.) The store carries pieces from local artists as well as apparel and accessories for pets, plus a comprehensive selection of art supplies including pens, markers paints and books.
The Butcher Shop, Northbridge and Fremantle
For the nostalgic – Yoke
During a time of monochrome minimalism, Yoke is full of colour and fun. Monkey Magic, Tintin, Asterix and Obelix grace the shelves here, alongside jigsaw puzzles and beach games, picnic sets and sun loungers. There’s something for even the most impossible-to-buy-for here, no matter the age.
For the musically inclined – Rhubarb Records
Whether you have to shop for a connoisseur of the classics, or a newbie that has just discovered Led Zeppelin, Rhubarb has you covered. In addition to records and cassettes (they’re making a comeback), the store’s inventory also includes books, merch and record players.
Rhubarb Records, East Victoria Park
For making a good impression – Ginger B
With their focus on sustainable products and local makers, Ginger B’s two stores make giving gifts with a luxe edge easy. Foodies, treat-yourself enthusiasts, lovers of beautiful things and little ones fare particularly well here. For those short on time, pre-made hampers can be bought online for maximum impact with minimal effort.
Ginger B, CBD and Wembley
For the last-minute catch up – King Street Collective
Forgotten your office Secret Santa? Just received a spontaneous invite and need a gift? King Street Collective can help. Tea, soaps and candles make for quick gifts, but don’t forget the leather goods, pet treats or handmade jewellery for more thoughtful options.
King Street Collective, CBD
For the no-idea-last-minute panic – gift vouchers
Once upon a time, gift vouchers were maligned as thoughless gifts. But with an estimated $600 million-plus spent on unwanted gifts every year, it might be time to rethink the gift card. The Perth Fringe Festival and Moonlight Cinema provide experiences beyond Christmas Day; Mercado32 is full of pre-loved designer fashion and goods for the sustainability-conscious fashion fan, and Black Pig Deli can play chef for the family. Blue Thumb Art, while Australia-wide, allows you to buy local art, with a focus on ethically sourced Indigenous works. Your favourite restaurant or coffee shop likely offers vouchers that will definitely be used and appreciated.