Surry Hills has always offered some of Sydney’s best shopping, especially for those with a fondness for thoughtfully designed and beautifully crafted gifts. Here’s our gift ideas from six of our favourite local retailers.
Piled floor to ceiling with books, CDs and records, TITLE is the one-stop-shop for the culture vulture in your life. The Crown Street pop media mecca stocks a range of beautiful coffee-table books such as Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005–2016, the inimitable photographer’s impressive collection of 150 photographs of some of the world’s most fascinating celebrities, as well as The Wes Anderson Collection, an illustrated overview of the influential director’s career. For music lovers, there’s Rock and Roll Stories by Lynn Goldsmith (with a fetching photo of Bruce Springsteen on the cover) as well as turntables at 10 per cent below RRP and a slick range of vinyl.
Paper2 is a boutique stationer in Surry Hills packed with stationary delights sourced from all over the world. Find notebooks, pens and homewares at the Crown Street store, including handy modular options for the family members you don’t know all that well, such as the MiGoals 2018 Diary, a durable hardcover diary available in khaki, grey, coral and black, or the gorgeous floral 2018 appointment calendar from Rifle Paper Co.
Simple and sustainable design is at the heart of Planet Furniture. Established by Ross Longmuir more the two decades ago, Planet’s Surry Hills showroom on Commonwealth Street is full of beautifully crafted furniture and homewares. Natural fibres and handcrafted products for those who prefer their homewares luxe are the order of the day here. Lash out on luxurious textiles like the indigo Shibori cotton quilt or silk cushions, both handmade in India, or vintage Japanese ceramic plates and handthrown porcelain mugs for your design-centric friends.
Somedays is an out-of-the-way Fitzroy Street boutique stocking a range of notable local and international designers, including Pared Eyewear, leathergoods brand Royal Republiq and risqué Parisian label Carne Bollente. We particularly love Nikben Jiro’s men’s boardies; mint-green shorts featuring a mini-sushi print, and Krom Kendama, a Japanese-turned-Danish drinking game that makes a solid stocking stuffer.
The Standard Store
The Standard Store is a Surry Hills institution selling pieces from some of the world’s most fashion-forward brands, from Danish label Designers Remix to Sydney’s Rachel Castle. Lucy Folk shades or a classy new black two-piece swimsuit from Matteau are obvious highlights, but if you’re stuck for ideas, Maison Balzac’s candles and the infinitely stylish bedside vessel, Le Caraf, should do the trick.
Spence and Lyda
Find the perfect housewarming-slash-Christmas gift at Spence and Lyda, a luxe homewares store all about bringing design excellence to everyday objects. Among the furniture, lighting, kitchen and dining ware, bedding, bathroom accessories and soft furnishings that fill the Chalmers Street showroom, you’ll find treasures such as Missoni Home bath towels, KnIndustrie cookware and Alv napkins featuring bold oil paintings digitally printed on linen.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with City of Sydney. Visit A Very Surry Hills Christmas in Shannon Reserve on December 16 to get your free gift wrapping paper from artist Jeff McCann and use hashtag #sydxmas.