We’ve all got that friend, family member or significant other who is impossible to buy for when it comes to special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas. We want to take the hard work out of finding that perfect present, so we’ve put together a walking tour of the best places in the Valley to nab a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life.
Whether they're a budding artist or a lover of art, the Institute of Modern Art's Gallery Shop may just be the solution to all your gift-giving woes! With a range of art books, jewellery, stationery, locally-made ceramics and more, there's a gift to suit everyone. If you're thinking outside of the box *literally*, then perhaps you might consider taking them on a trip to one of the art exhibitions on show. At the end of June, you can see two new exhibitions by Korean artist Haegue Yang and Karrabing Film Collective, a group of Indigenous filmmakers from the Northern Territory.
If you're still on the hunt for the perfect gift, make your way down Brunswick Street toward Ann Street. On the way, why not duck into Reverends Fine Coffee or LTD Espresso for a caffeine fix, or grab something heartier at Beach Burrito Co. or Fat Dumpling to keep you going?
Now you're full of energy and a renewed motivation to find a unique gift, vintage retailer Phase 4 Record Store is the perfect place to pick up music memorabilia or records from yesteryear, for that music lover in your life. This nifty little shop is tucked away in Bakery Lane, specialising in vinyl records and cassette tapes, but also selling vintage homewares, as well as pre-loved turntables to spin records on. Did somebody say muso heaven?
Also located in the boutique Bakery Lane is Hearts&Heroes Style, a lifestyle boutique offering professional hair, makeup and stylist services for those that love all things glam and being pampered. Hearts&Heroes also stock the popular pop-up Empire Dolls styles and luxury makeup brands such as Glindawand, Esmi Minerals and Poni Cosmetics to slay every day.
Now we all know that men are notoriously hard to buy for - what else is there except sock, jocks or expensive electronics? Winn Lane has got you sorted! For a gift with extra quirk, check out The Outpost, tailored to the everyday gent who loves active living and the great outdoors. The Outpost is also the Australian Flagship store for Opinel knives - don't be fooled though, these aren't just your ordinary run-of-the-mill knives; from cooking to gardening, they're a great gift for all foodies, adventurers and green thumbs alike.
Surely by now you've found the perfect gift for that special person in your life, so now it's time to treat yourself to Ben's Burgers next door! Mmm-mmm... Whether your gift is one to be wrapped or one to experience, you're sure to impress and score brownie points if it's bought in the Valley.