The decorative light displays lining The Parade mean it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And with $15,000 worth of prizes up for grabs in the Spend To Win competition, now’s the perfect time to get your gift shopping out of the way. Simply spend $25 or more at any Parade Precinct Business before 23 December and enter online for a chance to win $5,000 to spend on a holiday, an e-bike or at local businesses.
With over 100 stores covering everything from fashion and children’s toys to books, sporting goods and electronics, you can find something for everyone on The Parade. And if you’re in need of inspiration, check the Advent Calendar for special daily offers from December 1 or pop into one of these unique local retailers.
For the Creative Type
For more than three decades Art Images Gallery has been a hub of creativity and this year they’ve made Christmas shopping easy with the ‘Have a Bauble!’ exhibition. Everything in the exhibition is for sale, including unique glassware, ceramics, jewellery and limited edition prints from more than 50 local artists and new works go on display every day. Or if you’ve already got the perfect piece in mind, take advantage of the gallery standard framing to preserve a drawing, painting or photograph that commemorates a special time with family and friends.
For the Adventurer
The last few years have taught us how to find adventure and excitement in our own backyard and Exurbia has all the gear to keep your loved ones active through 2022 and beyond. The Parade’s new “temple to adventure” is filled with a huge range of outdoor clothing from leading brands like North Face and Patagonia as well as camping gear from One Planet and Sea to Summit, and knowledgeable staff who can help point you in the right direction.
For the Young At Heart
The shelves at A Trip To The Moon are always lined with an eclectic collection of beautifully designed toys, craft activities and homewares with an emphasis on iconic European brands like Djeco, Janod and HABA. It makes the charming store a great place to find a unique gifts, and in the lead up to Christmas you’ll also be able to pick up stocking stuffers like instant snow, party games the whole family can play and even stylish Marimekko napkins for the Christmas table
For the Long Distance Loved Ones
When you need a break from all your shopping, the instore cafe at Outdoors On Parade is the perfect spot to sit down for a coffee. And while you’re there you can leaf through the store’s own Christmas Gift Guide that’s packed full of ideas and inspiration including colourful homewares, luxurious beauty products and cocktail essentials. And if you’ve got loved ones interstate, the helpful staff can put together a personalised gift hamper and send it anywhere in the country.