There's nothing worse than forgetting a friend's or colleague's birthday and trying to find the perfect last minute gift. Luckily, we've scoured the city for some great gift shops that are brimming with unique finds. You'll be thanking us when your friend/colleague thinks you're the best person ever.
Black Velvet Sydney | Darlinghurst
A one-stop-shop for gorgeous gifts, at Black Velvet you'll not only find some of the best freshly-baked cupcakes in Sydney, but also a luxurious range of scented soy candles, reed diffusers and delicious chocolates. Everything in store has a designer flair, whether it is the VOGUE-inspired cupcakes or the Secret No. 5 fragrant soy candle.
Yellow Bungalow | Bondi
One of the best boutique homeware stores in Sydney, Yellow Bungalow offers a curated collection of Scandinavian designs. There are gorgeous wall clocks, natural soy candles, cushions and throws, that are sure to amaze any style-savvy shoppers. Check out the collection online or at their bricks-and-mortar Bondi store.
Salt Meats Cheese | Alexandria
One for your foodie friends, Salt Meats Cheese is a haven for gourmet Italian produce. Within its Alexandria warehouse you'll find shelves upon shelves of tasty local and imported ingredients, from pastas and sauces to salts and fine chocolates, there's something to impress any budding chef.
MCA Store | The Rocks
For those left with very little time, the MCA Store is a wonderland for creative gift giving. There's handcrafted jewellery, beautiful accessories, limited edition books and publications to please the arty and literary folk.
The Gallery Shop | Waverley
Home to a stunning collection of Aboriginal art, crafts and textiles, The Gallery Shop is a treasure trove of unique gifts. Choose from colourful print cushion covers, jute baskets, fruit bowls, pashminas and so much more.
Ariel Books | Paddington
For the bookworms, Ariel Books stocks the best in illustrated and photographic tomes as well as gift cards, paperbacks and small design goods. You're guaranteed to find a great gift for every age, taste and budget.
Doctor Cooper Studios | St Peters
Nothing says love like a bunch of flowers! Doctor Lisa Cooper is renowned for her spectacular floral creations, which have been sought out by everyone from Romance Was Born to Cate Blanchett and Toni Maticevski, and can be delivered to homes or offices across Sydney.
Small Spaces | Redfern
Boasting a beautiful collection of Danish and Japanese products to revamp the home, Small Spaces has become a Sydney institution. In the mix you'll find handmade ceramics, linen throws and hand loomed cotton cushions that are sure to make an impression.
Dear September | Waverley
Take a trip around the globe by stepping into Dear September. Showcasing a range or worldly knick-knacks, we adore the selection of kitchenware, from the Tunisian serving plates to the artisan cheese boards. You'll happily while away the afternoon here.
Pentimento | Newtown
Located in the heart of Newtown, Pentimento not only has an array of one-off trinkets, but also offers quirky greeting cards and Italian wrapping paper to tie it all together. From leather-bound journals to lovely bath products, jewellery, ceramics and specialty books, here you'll find something to suit every taste or whim.
Little Flowers | Online
Sending flowers is always a great gesture, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming for the sender. Enter Little Flowers and their little bouquets that are the perfect size for any occasion. Selling only one style per day, the choice is easy and the presentation is nothing short of perfect. For $25 a bouquet, they are carefully wrapped in high grade hessian, secured with natural twine and finished with a little tag that has been printed on recycled card.
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