This year has been a year like no other, and undoubtedly difficult for many. With businesses having to alter the way they trade, this year is as good as any to support local.
Here is your essential guide to make your Christmas shopping easier, and you will be supporting local Greater Hamilton businesses – a win win! If you’ve left your shopping a bit late or you’re stuck for ideas, don’t worry we have you covered with our list of the perfect places to visit (online or in store) to get all your Christmas gifts!
For the Organised One
If they love to be neat (or they need help getting organised), a new calendar or diary is a great gift idea. Featuring some of her colourful art, pick up a Grotti Lotti diary or 2021 calendar online or from her stall at the Hamilton Makers Market. Local photographer Tracey Kruger also has a range of annual calendars featuring her imagery of the region. Pick one of these up from her stall at the Makers Market and stock up on other local wares from over 40 makers, growers, artists, photographers and designers!
For the Bookworm
Bellcourt Books is the perfect place to head to find the perfect page-turner or grab a voucher for your book lover. They have new and second-hand books in a great range of genres from fiction and, children’s books, to histories and non-fiction and more. If you’re looking for a rare or interesting book, Rurik’s Shed in Penshurst is where you may find it too. This place is a book browsers heaven, filled to the roof with books in every genre and for every age.
For the Tech Savvy
Check out Jono’s Sights, Sounds and Communications in Hamilton to find a range of tech, from drones and robots to gaming accessories. Alternatively, pop by Grangeburn Office and IT and check out their range of speakers, smart phones, computers and more where you will be sure to find a funky new gadget for your tech lover.
For the Fashionista
If they love fashion, then Hamilton is the place to shop. Boutiques like Presence, Brown Bird Haus and Mint INK stock a range of clothing and accessories which can be bought online or found in store. Be sure to check out local labels online, Cousin Billie, Feathered and Terra, for their locally-made threads any fashionista will love.
For the Cook
If they’re a foodie they’ll love some local dressings, oils and honeys from Bagdad Fine Foods or Waltana Farms. Order some online or pick up Bagdad dressings from the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (also in our online shop) and Waltana products from Tahlia’s Beautyworx (Tahlia is a family member!) or online. You can also pick up a range of fresh and dried herbs grown locally in the region from Glenelg River Herbs’ online store or organise for local pick up or delivery around Balmoral.
For the Sports Fanatic
We all know someone who loves their sport – lucky we have two awesome sports stores in town! Head to Robinsons Sportscene to find a range of scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing gear for the adventurer, or pop in to Quinn’s Sportspower to grab them a new football, tennis racquet, cricket bat, or a voucher to spend how they like.
For the Self-Proclaimed Botanist
For the plant lover, head to the Regent Florist or Gray Street Flowers to find some cute plants and flowers amongst beautiful homewares. Order them a big bunch of flowers to be delivered or hand deliver yourself. Keep an eye out for the range of house plants, orchids and succulents for sale, or nab fruit trees from the Lady Bug Nursery. Kokedamas can also be found in a range of prices and shapes at the Penshurst Store – they make for a very cute present!
For the Tea or Coffee Drinker
Treat the coffee lover to some fresh Rox Coffee, roasted right here in Hamilton. For the tea lover, Dunkeld’s Simply Tea time has a range of flavoured teas all created locally. If you’re not sure whether they love tea or coffee more, you can’t go wrong with a reusable mug. Pick one up from the Roxburgh House, Health on Gray or James Dean Pharmacy.
For the Farmer
Treat the farmer in your life to some RM Williams merchandise from Buckle Menswear. Selling a range of casual and dress shirts as well as belts, hats, jackets, flannels, boots and more from a variety of brands, including Akurba and Thomas Cook, you will be sure to find something to please the farmer here. If they don’t need more clothes, grab your farmer a copy of Tracey Kruger’s Shearing in Victoria’s Western District book or a 2021 calendar featuring imagery from farms around the region.
For your Furry Friends
Pop by The Pet Palace to grab your furry friend a brand-new collar, lead, bowl, toy or bed. The Pet Palace has a huge range of animal accessories and treats, including a range from local pet treat makers Paw-fect Pampers, to spoil your pet pal on Christmas Day.
For the Chocolate Lover
Head on down to the Greater Hamilton region’s very own chocolate factory, Glenelg Fine Chocolates in Coleraine. Creating mouth-watering delights, stock up on chocolates for yourself and your chocolate lover. Pick out their favourite block or mix and match to create a chocolate hamper – either way they will be sure to enjoy every mouthful.
For the Young and Young at Heart
Head in to Hamilton’s toy emporium for this one, Toy World! With a range of kids toys suiting babies through to teenagers you will be sure to find something for whoever you need to buy for – and if all else fails, you can’t go wrong with some Lego!
For the Eco-Friendly One
If this person loves sustainability then they will love the ethical clothing and natural lifestyle products made and sold locally. Discover a range of sustainable clothing from Terra The Label, as well as tea, prints, body oils and incense, which also come in responsibly-wrapped gift bundles. Pick up an aromatherapy candle, hair care products, soaps, creams and blankets from The Grampians Goods Co.
For the Puzzle Master
If they love brain games and piecing together a puzzle, head in to Beatties Newsagency to discover a range of board games, puzzles, card games, joke cards, trivia games and brain games. Challenge their knowledge with trivia games, get competitive with a board game or grab them a 1000-piece puzzle to keep them busy over the holiday season.
For the Art Lover
We have so many talented artists here in Greater Hamilton who you can buy both prints and original pieces from. Locals Grotti Lotti, Studio Marlo, Jasmine Mansbridge, Lisa Addinsall, and Hope and Co all have online stores, as well as countless other locals artists who have stalls at the Hamilton Makers Market or who you can buy from via their socials.
For the Self-Care Expert
Let the self-care lover treat themselves with a facial, massage or whatever they please with a gift voucher to one of Hamilton’s many beauty salons. Tahlia’s Beautyworx, Abbey Edwards, Pure Envy and Your Beauty all have online stores as well as shop fronts where you can buy a range of skincare, makeup and relaxation products. Set them up for a relaxing night with some bath salts, a candle and a face mask – job done!
For the Want-To-Be Millionaire
Head in to Slade’s Newsagency and pick up a Tattslotto ticket or some scratchies and enter your want-to-be millionaire in the draw to win some cash. Selling Tatts packs as well as bundles which include lollies or chocolates with a mix of scratchies and quick picks – you can’t lose! And while the prize is tempting, please remember to gamble responsibly.
For the Jewellery Lover
Whether you need 5 gold rings or a sparkling diamond for your Christmas sweetheart, Shepherd’s Hourglass Jewellers or Macchia Jewellery In Hamilton will provide the goods. If they love modern statement pieces hit Hamilton’s Makers Market to find a range of locally made colourful earrings, necklaces and accessories. Makers include The Little Cumquats, The One Day Store, Tiger and Lilly Designs, Jessie Lou and more!
For the Little One
Pop in to Charlotte’s Web to find a huge range of kids and baby clothing and accessories for the lovely little one in your life. Shop online or in store to find hats, shoes and clothing to toys and blankets – you’ll be sure to find the perfect cute outfit or fun toy for your little cherub!
For the Wine Connoisseur
You can never go wrong with a bottle of wine! If you know their favourite drop, grab a bottle from local winemakers Pierrepoint Wines, Hockirch Wines, Henty Estate or Bochara Wines. If you’re not quite sure, grab the Henty Mix from Henty Estate, where they can trial a range of wines and find their favourite. Cheers!
For the Health Conscious
For those who love to keep themselves in tip top shape, check out The Rural Naturopath’s website to find a range of tasty herbal teas and infusions to help boost the immune system. For a range of health foods and clean products head down to Health on Gray. Pick up a sustainably made drink bottle, eco-friendly makeup and skincare or some vitamins and drink powders to support healthy growth and function.
For the Hard to Buy for
For the hard to buy for head in to Victoria’s Sights and Delights to find a funky gift. From note books, jewellery, soaps, creams, and teddies to slippers, mugs, photo frames and more you will sure to find something fun and useful for the person who is hard to buy for. And if all else fails you can never go wrong with a pair of funky socks.
For Christmas Lunch
Get your orders in to Jack + Jude for a delicious Christmas ham, turkey or seafood including lobster, trout, scallops and oysters. The Hamilton Hamper Co also has Christmas ham, turkey and seafood for sale as well as a range of specialty Christmas boxes perfect for supplies on the big day. Cover all your snacking and finger food needs on Christmas Day with a grazing box from Grazing It Up. Offering free delivery in Hamilton, message Bec or order off her Instagram page to get in before she’s sold out. Introducing their “Bunyip at Home Christmas Box”, check out the Bunyip Hotel’s Facebook page to order a meal box for your Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day feast. Be sure to also call in to Your Regional Butcher in the Hub Hamilton and check out their range of meats perfect for Christmas lunch or finger food throughout the day.
Now you’re all sorted with presents for everyone for Christmas and even Christmas lunch!
Check out our Buy Local tab on our Inspired By Locals page to discover more local businesses who you can buy from online – and be sure to head for a wander down the street and support those businesses too!