The festive season is upon us! Christmas ads are on TV, wreaths are hanging on the doors, the dark nights are lit up by fairy lights and the smell of mince pies is in the air!
It feels as though we are still recovering from the madness that was 2020. Last Christmas ('I gave you my heart' - sorry couldn't help myself) we weren't able to spend time with loved ones, so as we continue to ease back into a new kind of 'normality' it's wonderful knowing that, for many of us, we can look forward to savouring every moment with our friends and family this year.
If you're looking to put a smile on a loved ones face this Christmas, our beautiful Market Town - Melbourne, is the perfect place to find unique treasures whilst supporting your local businesses. These are the same local businesses that we relied upon so heavily during lockdowns and the pandemic.
If, like me, you are looking to shop local, as much as possible, this Christmas, here is a run down of our fabulous local shops.
A treasure trove of ceramics, candles, and beautiful textiles, all sourced from small businesses in the UK.
The Brewhouse / Stable Ales
This local hot spot has fast become a favourite in Melbourne. A fabulous place to meet friends over Christmas to enjoy some pizza and ale accompanied by live music. The impressive collection of Ales, Lagers and Ciders are available to buy as gifts from their Stable Ales shop!
Aside from stunning flower arrangements available for collection or delivery, check out their Instagram page to see a gorgeous range of Christmas Gifts and STUNNING wreaths!
Fortey's sell a scrumptious selection of cakes, pies, bread and more. All made in store or sourced locally. Whilst having a browse be sure to grab a cup of their gorgeous coffee.
I defy you to take a look through their Instagram page without your mouth watering!
You are sure to find some beautiful gifts for the home here. Corin stocks a beautiful range of homeware, jewellery and even gifts for you fur babies! She also stocks well loved brands Emma Bridgewater and Joules.
You can shop online for Christmas now.
A visit to Rachel's shop is like going treasure hunting! There are a beautiful range of vintage lighting and aviation antiques to browse through. The perfect place to discover some quirky gifts.
The Posh Off License
The name sums this place very well! The perfect spot to find a treat for that loved one who loves a tipple!
Melbourne Delicatessen & Kitchen
Locally sourced, quality produce that includes AMAZING pies, cakes, luxury store cupboard items and artisan cheese. They are open daily and also offering specialist Christmas hampers made to order!
Best Kept Secret
There is always a new gem to find at Best Kept Secret. A dress agency that specialises in pre-loved designer brands. Win some serious brownie points this year with a special designer gift. You can browse the collection online or buy gift vouchers to let your loved one have fun choosing for themselves.
How lucky are we to have local printers! Melbourne Print are open as usual online taking orders for delivery. They sell a lovely range of Christmas cards including ones you can personalise. Check them out.
Is it really Christmas without wine and fizz? If you know me, you'll know my answer! lol I frequent this gorgeous shop far too often. During the first lockdown my friend also ordered me some beautiful fizz that was delivered from the shop - perfection. Whether you want to stock up for Christmas, order wine to be delivered as a gift or, if you're feeling generous, gift a wine subscription - you can do it all with these lovey chaps.
KJ Glass specialises in Handmade Fused Glass. The best bit... almost every product crafted by KJ Glass can be made unique and personal to you. Be this through colour choices, personal images and text or your own idea completely.
Dog Hairs Melbourne
Fabulous and quirky gifts for dogs and dog lovers: Collars, leads, harnesses, dog tags, coats and Christmas jumpers. Natural food, treats and raw food. Bespoke Christmas stockings.
A little hand and feet casting business in Melbourne, Derby. From newborn baby to memorial castings, Laura can help capture a moment to treasure forever. Gift vouchers are also available!
Studio Home & Interiors
Studio Home and Interiors specialise in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and hand painted furniture, as well as stylish and unique homewares and gifts. As official Annie Sloan Stockists they are fully trained in applying her techniques and offer a bespoke furniture painting service. At Christmas the shop is brimming with traditional and contemporary baubles, festive decorations and a varied selection of gift ideas.
Well, I couldn't very well write about about shopping local in Melbourne and not include our lovely store could I?! We have had so much fun pulling together what we think is a fabulous variety of gift options. This includes fashion, loungewear, candles, jewellery, scarves, bags and so much more.
You can browse through our different Christmas Collections in the Christmas Shop.
And that's a wrap (pardon the Christmas pun)! I hope you found this helpful. If you think we've missed an amazing local business, please do reach out and let me now firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for shopping local this Christmas. Happy Shopping.
All stay safe and good wishes for Christmas. We need you in this village