Ah, Christmas shopping. It definitely has the potential to spark a ho-ho-whole lot of frustration, but if you’re clued in on the silly seasons hottest gift spots, you’ll be kicking back with some eggnog before noon.
In true Christmas miracle fashion, we’ve taken to the streets of Fortitude Valley to hunt down anything and everything worth adding to your seasonal cart.
Give Santa a run for his money and head to the following.
FOR THE FASHION FORWARD
Find your zen after a trip to Sen. This Winn Lane wonder is an adorable independent boutique, with minimalist garments literally flying off the shelves. Offering accessories to match, you can grab your whole Christmas outfit and then some. Let this be your gift to you.
Shoes + clothes + accessories = something for everyone. Universal Store is always on trend, so your efforts to find the perfect piece won’t fail. Get the dress that’s sure to impress.
For all your fashion forward friends and family members, Akira is the place to go. Contemporary designer wear will beat another pair of socks or jocks, trust us.
All is fair in love and markets. Every Thursday from 22 November to 20 December will see the entire ground floor of the heritage listed T.C Beirne building turn into your one-stop-shop for all things fashion. Showcasing goods from 20 local retailers, there’s no doubt you’ll gussy up your Christmas gift with a unique fashion find! Once you’re all shopped out, celebrate your success with a bite and a brew at Beirne Lane.
FOR THE CREATIVES
A Very Laneway Christmas
Bakery Lane, Winn Lane and California Lane are joining forces to create a festive Fortitude Valley wonderland. Beside existing stores worth perusing throughout the lanes, A Very Laneway Christmas is popping up with markets full of unique presents for your loved ones from 24 November to 15 December. Did someone say new favourite family member? Find out everything you need to know about the first market pop-up here.
While Michael Bublé gets ready to come out of hibernation for Christmas, you can grab his vinyl record from Tym Guitars. From records to guitars to amps and more, you’ll be rocking around the Christmas tree with some in-house holiday tunes.
The Culprit Club is rich with art, apparel, magazines and Ironlak, and a little haul won’t break the bank thanks to the real gift that keeps on giving: Afterpay.
A quick stop to the gift shop will show you the art of happiness! Four Friday after-hours shopping nights will be held at the Institute of Modern Art across November and December, making it easy to spend some Monet on the very best pieces from local artists.
RAW Brisbane is rounding up the cities best local artists on 15 November for a day full of creative opportunities. Head to The Met from 6:30pm to nab the likes of paintings, jewellery and sculptures, with the perks of live beats by DJ Raw! Get tickets here.
FOR THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURER
There’s no need to set up camp at Kathmandu; this space is big enough to tend to even the largest seasonal shopping rush. All their outdoor needs will be met from tents to fishing poles and air mattresses for the perfect Aussie Christmas.
Finding the perfect gift? That’s a paddlin’. If your loved one is about let loose in the great outdoors, they’ll need to stock up on dry snacks, hiking boots, backpacks and a trusty spork. Not only are there presents for days, but they’ll last a lifetime.
Face K2Base and leave smiling. There ain’t no mountain high enough to keep your adventurous crew from climbing thanks to a range of sturdy climbing gear, with plenty of clothing, outdoor electronics and equipment to keep them high, dry, and happy.
’Tis the season to start shopping!