Posted: 11 Dec 2013

5 ways to put the fun back
into Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping need not be a blood sport. If you’re like me and break into stress-induced hives at major shopping centres, here are five FUN ways to find the perfect pressies.

1. Abbotsford Convent Pop Up Shop

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, 0401 492 855

This is my kind of Christmas shopping. Meets some mates for lunch at Lentil as Anything or the nearby Farm Cafe, grab a loaf of sourdough and something suitably naughty and sweet from the Convent Bakery, then fossick through the gorgeous bits and pieces from the artists who call the Abbotsford Convent home. The Convent Pop Up opens from Thursday to Sunday between 11am and 8pm, featuring illustrators, authors, jewelers, shoe makers, textile designers, furniture designers, potters, basket weavers, painters, photographers and sculptors – with all profits going directly to the makers.

2. Queen Vic Night Market

Corner Elizabeth & Victoria sts, Melbourne

Eat and drink your way around the world, listen to some great music and THEN tackle the Christmas shopping at the very cute stalls (see above) – every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm until February 26 (except for December 25).

3. St Kilda Twilight Market

Cnr Acland & Carlisle sts, St Kilda

Follow your nose to the global food stalls under the palm trees next to Luna Park every Thursday from 5pm and knock over the hard-to-buy-for pressies at the vintage and hand-crafted stalls.

4. South Melbourne Night Market

Under the South Melbourne Market verandahs, cnr Coventry & Cecil sts, South Melbourne

Great food, wine and music will make shopping a breeze at the final South Melbourne Night Market on December 12 and 19. Discover local designers and artists – maybe even grab a new frock for Christmas Day.

5. Carlton North Christmas Market

St Michael’s Church, cnr McIlwraith & MacPherson sts, Carlton North

Find fabulous local art, home-made jams and chutneys, gingerbread, cupcakes, vintage clothing and home wares at this small but beautifully curated community market on Saturday, December 14 from 10am-3pm.

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