Whether it is the festive season, a friend’s birthday, or if it’s just time to treat yourself, the City of Maribyrnong has a range of great options. Find the perfect present for the people you love, right on your doorstep.
As you stroll down Charles Street Seddon, your gaze will be drawn to the colourful bunting fluttering in the front of Far Fetched Designs.
The eye-catching store is the home of handmade and locally designed gifts and homewares in Charles Street, Seddon.
Inside you’ll find a diverse selection of original, modern and artistic gifts – from one-of-a-kind lampshades to jewellery, craft kits to wall art.
All of the pieces have a story to tell – and Far Fetched Designs’ owners Belinda Miller and Rachel DiMauro will be able to tell you where and how your favourite item has been made, as well as arrange customised products to order.
When you shop at Far Fetched Designs, you not only support a small, independently owned business – you support over fifty makers, crafters and artists who produce the beautiful items.
Far Fetched Designs, 84 Charles Street, Seddon, VIC 3011 0491 110 374
Nicola and Inge are the best friends and inner west locals who co-own Sedonia.
“Sedonia is the place where we sell the things that we love to see, touch, wear and buy ourselves. There is nothing in the shop we don’t adore!”
The shop is a hub for Australian and internationally-sourced homewares, fashion and gifts, with a particular leaning towards Scandinavian design. Marimekko lovers can snap up products made with the brand’s distinctive nostalgic prints, cheer up your house with the colourful Swedish plastic rugs by Pappelina, while the Danish rainwear brand Rains helps keep stylish customers dry during Melbourne’s variable weather.
Sedonia, 41 Gamon Street, Seddon VIC 3011 (03) 9689 9368
3. Love Luvo
LoveLuvo is an environmentally conscious social enterprise stocking eco-friendly beauty products for you and sustainable gifts for your home.
It was established in 2011 to offer sustainable, paid employment for people who might otherwise experience barriers to finding a job and to help them build skills and confidence.
The shelves are filled with soaps, beauty products, gifts and homewares that are either made in-house or are sourced from other ethical, local, and environmentally friendly brands.
Pamper someone to the LoveLuvo Hand Wash made with tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender and lemon as well as other items from LoveLuvo’s own range of body lotions, bath salts and hair care products.
While you’re gift shopping, you can also bring your own containers and refill household toiletries and cleaning products, thus saving on packaging waste.
Love Luvo, 174 Victoria Street, Seddon (03) 9396 1822
4. Invite Me
‘Christmas magic starts here’
Invite Me, the well-known party shop in Yarraville, has popped up in Charles Street Seddon with a Christmas store. It’s filled to the brim with gorgeous festive decorations and gift ideas, from stocking stuffer snowman lip balms to a blow up reindeer balloon!
At both the Yarraville and Seddon stores, you can expect a vibrant explosion of beautiful, quirky and fun stationery, partyware and children’s toys and gifts.
Need a gift for those ‘hard to buy for’ friends and family members?
The Seddon Gift Card is a gift card that can be used to shop in any of Seddon’s participating stores, including gift shops Cakes & Vases, Casa Bonita Lifestyle, Enrich Interiors, Kith & Kin, Miss Biscuit, Once More With Feeling and Seddon Book Alley.
As it works like a prepaid EFTPOS card you can even use it to pay for meals out, beauty services, massages, haircuts and yoga classes!
The gift cards can be used more than once, across multiple stores.
Every time one of the cards is purchased, the money stays local – creating local jobs, keeping people connected and helping small businesses to thrive.
Seddon Village Gift Card, Charles Street, Victoria Street and Gamon Street Seddon
If Santa needs a hand with checking toys off his list, then direct him to Chalk in Yarraville.
This longstanding store has been delighting children (and adults) for over seventeen years with its range of high-quality toys, childrenswear and homewares.
Bestselling gift ideas for kids include Make Me Iconic’s range of Melbourne-designed wooden toys, Tiger Tribe’s art and craft kits, soft Jellycat cuddly toys and Micro Scooter’s finest scooters.
Chalk, 85 Anderson Street Yarraville +61 3 9314 8686
Mosey says that ‘Plants are our happy place’ and their Yarraville store is a delightful stop for plant lovers.
Step inside to find a tropical jungle oasis full of greenery, pots and plant care accessories.
They have everything you need to create an indoor garden and keep it lush and green, plus a plant-loving team who can help you select the perfect plant for an indoor space or offer advice so your plants can thrive.
All of Mosey’s plants are hand-picked by the owner Jan Margarson so you can be assured of their beauty, health and longevity.
Also, don’t forget to find the hidden card room behind all the plants – it’s definitely worth the visit!
Mosey, 97 Anderson Street, Yarraville
In the heart of Yarraville Village, Parachute offers contemporary gifts, clothing and interior decorations for people with style.
Spruce up your home with a cushion or throw, delight your senses with Glasshouse Perfumes or Grace and James candles or host your next party in style with a marble cheese board and Scandinavian cheese knife.
Parachute, 36 Anderson Street, Yarraville +61 428 980 049
It’s not just humans who should receive Christmas gifts – fur-babies deserve a little something too (because they’re always on the ‘nice’ list, right?).
Uncanny Animals is a Yarraville pet grooming salon that also sells a range of adorable pet toys and accessories that will make your animal look fancy and fetching!
Check out the “Anita Bone” Drag Queen Dog Toy which is a replica of one of Australia’s most beloved drag queens Anitawiglit, turned into a squeaky dog toy by Pets With Pride!
They also stock an exclusive Uncanny Animals range including grooming brushes, a cat teaser toy and a street-smart pet hoodie.
Uncanny Animals, 69 Anderson Street, Yarraville +61 3 9315 2345
Book lovers will swoon over The Chestnut Tree, a plush independent bookshop and cafe in West Footscray.
The floor-to-ceiling shelves showcase a wide range of general fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, puzzles, toys and giftware.
It’s easy to get buried in the stories as you browse and cosy up in comfortable chairs over a cup of coffee. Or if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the friendly staff are able to assist.
For every book purchased, The Chestnut Tree pledges to plant one native tree seedling in bushfire affected areas of Australia through its partnership with One Tree Planted.
The Chestnut Tree, 542 Barkly Street, West Footscray (03) 9362 7571
11. Entangled Studio
Step into Entangled Studio for your fill of the forest.
Entangled started out in 2019 with Jenny and Burt Murdoch making and selling plants wrapped in moss balls (kokedamas) at local markets and a few retail stores.
In 2021, their vision expanded to opening their first store in West Footscray.
Inside the plant studio, as well as the plethora of greenery, you will find locally made products and botanically inspired wares.
For a growing gift just select plants by size and then pair it with a handmade planter, hanging basket or designer pot.
For Christmas, they are collaborating with a few local makers to release special Christmas Gift Packs and are curating stocking stuffers available for the plant lovers in people’s lives.
Entangled Studio, 28D Ashley Street, West Footscray
Did you know that West Footscray had its own version of the city’s famous Christmas Windows?
Post Industrial Design is a workshop, quirky retail store and cafe run by artist, sculptor and industrial designer Jos van Hulsen and his wife Mary Long.
For many years locals have been enchanted by Jos’ steampunk, handmade Christmas window display in their shopfront.
Inside Post Industrial Design you can shop for eccentric and quirky gifts. From the Stress Banana sensory toy to a Panda sleep mask or a premium wool picnic rug, your gift recipient is sure to be thrilled!
After ticking everyone off your Christmas shopping list, why not relax with a coffee and lunch at the adjoining cafe Pod at PID.
Post Industrial Design 638 Barkly Street, West Footscray 03 93627703