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Shop Local in Brisbane this Christmas

by Sally (follow)
As much as we all love our precious Kmart, who doesn’t enjoy giving a present at Christmas that is a little unique, and supports a local business at the same time?

From scrumptious treats, to quirky homewares and toys, the below shops are certainly worth a visit.

All shops listed have online shopping too, because let's face it, it is a busy time of year! The $9.95 postage can sometimes be worth not enduring another screaming car trip.

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Here are five places I recommend:

1. Riverbend Books

As well as offering coffee and wine (which is enough to get me through any door), this delightful store has plentiful books, gift vouchers ranging from $10 to $250, and a ‘Book of the Month’ where staff can help you tailor a personalised subscription for your recipient.

Book of the month can be paid up front or monthly and can be for either an adult or a child. Riverbend Books can be reached by CityCat as well, so you can really make an adventure out of it.

Credit: Riverbend Books Facebook page

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Location: 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba, QLD, 4171

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 7am to 6pm & Thursday to Saturday 7am to 8pm

Contact: info@riverbendbooks.com.au or 07 3899 8555

2. Dello Mano

Two words. Luxury Brownie. Dello Mano is an artisanal bakery offering Christmas gift boxes of their handmade luxury Belgian chocolate brownies. They also do mince pies, cakes, gingerbread, truffles, chocolates, biscuits, and hampers with bubbly. Perfect for that sweet tooth in your life!

Best part is, you have to taste test before picking your treat (just to be sure it’s as delicious as it looks!).

Credit: Dello Mano Facebook page

Location: Merthyr Village, Shop 4, 83 Merthyr Road OR Tattersall’s Arcade, Shop 8B, 215 Queen Street

Opening Hours: Merthyr Village Monday to Saturday 7am to 6pm & Sunday 7am to 5pm & Tattersall’s Arcade Monday to Thursday 7am to 6pm, Friday 7am to 9pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm

Contact: contactus@dellomano.com.au or 1300 661 682

3. Teenie and Tiny

Teenie and Tiny is a children’s boutique stocking gorgeous items like wooden toys and games, children’s interiors, and babywear.

They have a gift guide on their website to help you with picking something if you need a little help. Their products are nostalgic and whimsical and will look perfect in that gorgeous kiddies room that is otherwise cluttered with lurid coloured blocks and scattered onesies.

Some of my favourite items include a traditional wooden rocking horse, stacking rainbow puzzle, and banana printed shoes.

Credit: Teenie and Tiny Facebook page

Location: 130 Leicester Street, Camp Hill

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to #:30pm. Also open on Sundays until Christmas from 9:30am to 1:30pm

Contact: store@teenieandtiny.com.au or 07 3395 3680

4. Mama’s House

This treasure of a store in Windsor stocks a gorgeous range of girls, boys and ladies fashion, toys and gifts for the little ones, and linen, home wares and accessories for the bigger ones.

They also offer free gift wrapping so you can trick your friends into thinking you are a gift wrapping extraordinaire.

Its that perfect shop where you will find something you didn’t know you absolutely had to have, like tassle earrings, a hot pink cosmetic bag, or a cute bunny pillow.

Credit: Mama's House Facebook page

Location: Shop 303 Homezone Shopping Centre, 142 Newmarket Road, Windsor

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm

Contact: sales@mamashome.com.au or 07 3357 3333

5. Presents of Mind

This store has five locations throughout Brisbane so no matter which pocket you live in, you can drop by for a visit.

For little kids and big kids, Presents of Mind has such an eclectic range of toys, board games, puzzles, books and more that you can cover a present for just about anyone in one hit, including a huge range of never before heard of board games. Multiple gift giving be gone!

Their website also has a filter by age category which always helps when you are just completely stumped for gift ideas or have no idea what a ten year old boy might like.

Credit: Presents of Mind Facebook page

For location, opening hours and contact information, SEE HERE.

Extra: A few of the best ONLINE stores:

Go To Skin Care:
From the glorious mind of Zoe Foster Blake, this is the most beautiful cruelty free skin care encased in peachy pink bottles. Gift packs are available.

Six by Eight:
Lovingly picked home wares and childrens products and their pastel felt rugs are to die for.

Grace and Scarper
Delicate handmade jewellery that can be personalised to make it really special.

Hard to Find
A huge and super fun collection of items from independent craftspeople and manufacturers sourced throughout Australia and overseas.

Tucked away off Samford Road at Pure Tennis Ferny Hills is the Kids Play Cafe, where kids can play in the well stocked play room or on the tennis court (fully fenced so they can’t escape!).
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