Christmas shopping can be stressful when you venture beyond a one-kilometre radius of your home. But if you shop smart and super-local, you can cross every name off the list without affecting your blood pressure in the slightest.
We’re confident that there’s something for every sort on High Street, Northcote – and we’ve put together a list of our top shops to prove it.
For eye-catching jewellery and accessories
269 High St, Northcote, 3070 | 0422 592 199
Klei’s earrings stand out as special, but they’re not the only drawcard for this shiny shop. Stop by Klei for a unique handmade plant pot, gorgeous handbag or whatever else those Klei creatives have come up with recently.
For the most beautiful kid’s and baby things in the world
267 High St, Northcote, 3070 | (03) 9489 2193
This place is whimsical to the max, offering an incredibly colourful and cute selection of kid’s clothes and toys. It’s clear that the owners are very particular with what they stock because this much amazingness doesn’t end up in the same shop by accident.
For unique wall art
241 High St, Northcote, 3070 | (03) 9489 4757
Picking art for a friend can be a tough call, but it’s a great Christmas gift idea for a partner. Great Frames has an eye for interesting art and as a specialty framing shop, they always nail that bit, too.
Brown & Bunting Booksellers
For interesting second-hand books
237 High St, Northcote, 3070 | (03) 9481 3388
Giving a book nerd buddy a best-selling title is all well and good, but nothing will excite them quite like a literary quirk. Brown & Bunting is a trove of interesting and well-preserved second hand books, carefully selected by the owners.
A Quirk of Fate
Beautiful things for women to wear
289 High St, Northcote, 3070 | (03) 9486 7929
If you’re shopping for a best bud, mum or sister that appreciates finely-crafted footwear, classy specs, umbrellas or scarves, this is your stop. A lot of shops have those things, but AQOF owner Kylie has quite a knack for curating an interesting collection.
The Phoenix & The Turtle
For candles and cute homewares
268 High St, Northcote, 3070 | (03) 9489 9399
The public stands divided on whether or not candles are acceptable gifts (58% say it’s acceptable), but we all know a candle-lover. This jam-packed homewares boutique has a huge selection of candles as well as cute cushions, pretty serving bowls, mugs and more. It feels like the sort of shop that exists for the sole purpose of gift shopping!