This morning, Amazon finally launched in Australia, just in time to offer last-minute Christmas shopping rewards.
As tempting as it is to start playing with this shiny new toy, it’s worth remembering that Perth has many specialist retailers with inventories that cover everyone and every gift-giving situation this Christmas.
Here are Broadsheet’s picks of places to spend your money locally and help everyone have a Merry Christmas.
For the gentlemen in your life
Watches. Leather. Grooming goods. Paper. There’s a gift for every man on the shelves of Compendium in Freo’s West End. An online store is available for those bunkered at home or in the office.
For mums and cool aunts
Angove Street Collective, North Perth
Angove Street Collective brings together many of Perth’s best smaller makers. The range covers all ages, genders and budgets. Organic skincare, textiles and clothing all feature. Bonus: for a mid-shop refuel, Stomping Ground Coffee in the courtyard serves coffee and snacks.
For stylish sisters
La Luna, Inglewood
La Luna’s eclectic range is filled with must-have ceramics, prints, candles and furniture. In dangerous news for weak-willed shoppers, La Luna has also collaborated on a second store on Beaufort Street with shoe retailer Hunter Store and clothes shop Billie and Rose. It opens this week.
For discerning booze drinkers
Mane Liquor, Belmont
Unheard-of local beers? Exotic wines? Cutting-edge spirits? Mane carries it all. While widely celebrated as a beer specialist, Mane is well-versed in all boozy disciplines. The staff is only too happy to make recommendations for Christmas lunch drinks that will please everyone.
For everyone that likes to read
Planet Books, Mount Lawley
With long, lazy beach days on the cards, books make a perfect Christmas gift. From sci-fi and fantasy to cookbooks, biographies and even the latest Dan Brown, this Mount Lawley institution caters for all. There’s also plenty of gifts for your Secret Santa.
For your new in-laws
Just In Time Gourmet, Cockburn Central
Christmas is a time for eating. Just In Time takes (a lot of) the hard work out of buying for the tricky-to-shop-for. Pick from pre-made gifts, or build your own selection. Hampers come beautifully presented and – bonus! – free delivery is also available.
For the person who has everything
Found at Fremantle Arts, Fremantle
This pro-WA boutique stocks ceramics, homewares and textiles. Items are often part of one-off or small batch runs. Translation? Unique gifts that are ideal when looking for a present for Mr or Mrs impossible-to-buy-for.
For everybody that loves Freo
MANY Projects, Fremantle
The continuation of Fremantle’s Many sees new and familiar retailers such as Kate + Abel, Anya Brock and Knucklehead Shipping Co coming together under one roof. Bringing together clothing, homewares and art all in one place, Many makes it easy to bring a little Freo into your Christmas.
The greenery trend shows no signs of slowing down. Ditto Stackwood’s reputation as a go-to for indoor plants and planting advice (ideal for the gift-giver or giftee struggling to keep flora alive). Ceramics, embroidery and painting are among the other workshops offered. stackwood.net.au
For your adorable niece or nephew
Spoilt at Subi, Subiaco
Unique toys and clothing for little ones. Australian brands are the focus here, so your locally spent dollars are doing double the good work. Stocks of jewellry and homewares make it possible to spoil the new parent, too.