Sydney’s Best Shops for Unique Gifts
No one said finding the perfect gift was easy. Whether you are buying for your partner, a friend or a relative, many factors come into play. On the one hand, the occasion must be considered – is it for a birthday? A romantic gesture? Or just to let them know they’re the best? Also, their personality should always be a driving force. And, of course, the budget.
Apart from all that, however, finding a unique gift can be easy – all you need is a few highlights up your sleeve. And that’s where we come in.
Sydney has shops for all types of gifts. There are shops specializing in Japanese ceramics, sprawling CBD bookstores, rose-hued jewelry havens, and hubs dedicated to items made by local creatives. So the next time you need to shop for the ultimate gift, turn to these 10 best shops in Sydney for unique presses.
sorry thank you i love you
Need a gift that says it all? You can head to the downtown Sorry, Thank You, I Love You store and buy hurries for any occasion, from a forgive me gift to a great romantic gift to wow someone. The 300m² store features designer yarns and luxury accessories, as well as handcrafted jewellery, books, flowers, gourmet food and artisanal alcohol. Yes, it really has it all, although many of them come at a pretty hefty price tag. But rest assured, these thoughtful gifts will make just about anyone swoon.
Sorry Thank You I Love You is located at Westfield Sydney, Market Street, Sydney.
For those looking to buy products made by local creatives, Hypmotive Hub should be at the top of their list. The concept store defends local artists, designers and creators. So you’re sure to find a loot of unique finds here. The space functions not only as a shop, but also as an art gallery, workshop, and pottery center, making it a one-stop-shop for all things arts and crafts. But back to the gifts – here you’ll find everything from quirky jewelry and locally made yarn to handmade ceramics, puzzles and even yoga mats for your flexible friends.
Hypmotive is located at 20 Smidmore Street, Marrickville, on the ground floor of Marrickville Underground.
The DEA Shop
Do you have a friend who is interested in aesthetics? Redfern’s DEA store never disappoints, even for the pickiest people. The acronym stands for Delicate Eye Area, so everything on the shelves is guaranteed to please the eye. You’ll find Japanese ceramics, fine linens, hand-poured candles, fine jewelry, and just about everything in between. Plus, new items from local and international designers are added every week, so there’s always a fresh pile of potential presses just waiting to be purchased.
The DEA store is located at 146 Regent Street, Redfern.
Founded by a mother-daughter duo, Girl Meraki is a South Sydney gem. Walk through the teal door and you’ll find a slew of designer goods, vintage items and coastal chic, all sourced directly from local designers and small businesses around the world. His household items are as aesthetic as they are functional, and he also offers plants, candles and ideal gifts. Results!
Girl Meraki is located at 45 Wills Road, Woolooware.
PLAYA by Lucy Folk
If you want to buy some fun and unique jewelry for your mate (or yourself, we’re not judging), Lucy Folk’s concept store in Bondi, PLAYA, is well worth a stop. The Australian silversmith and designer is known for creating ‘wearable art’ – from whimsical rings and one-of-a-kind earrings to fun sunglasses and luxury beachwear. Not to mention, the pink-hued store is like a work of art in itself, so expect to be inspired the moment you walk in. Lucy Folk also has a shop on William Street in Paddington, if that’s more convenient. Want even simpler? You’ll find all the products on the impeccably designed online store and the perfect gift will be shipped right to your friend’s doorstep.
PLAYA By Lucy Folk is located at Shop 3, 11–13 Hall Street, Bondi, with entrance via Gould Street.
It’s no secret that Japanese products are among the best in the industry. And the pint-sized Provider Store sells a carefully curated collection that proves its unrivaled artistry. Led by Tara Bennett, Provider focuses on sustainable, ethical, and slowly made products. No mass-produced, over-the-top pressies here. In addition to all the plates, teacups, cutlery, textiles, magazines and artwork from Japanese and local makers, the store also sells Bennett’s own scented candles, which she pours into teacups by hand. Japanese. These make exceptional gifts, yes, but the winning factor is that once they burn you can either use the cup for your morning cup of coffee or take it to Provider and get a new candle for only $10. Lasting success.
The supplier’s store is located at 381b Riley Street, Surry Hills.
kings of culture
Do you have a sneakerhead in your life? Culture Kings has become internationally recognized as a go-to store for sneakers and streetwear – and it’s right here in Sydney. Located in Parramatta, this store has seen everyone from A$AP Ferg to Nas walk through its doors, which means it’s probably good enough for your partner or mate (or super cool parent?). And boy, the streetwear brands are good, with Carré, Dead Studios, Off White and Saint Morta all available. Still not impressed? The store even has its own basketball half-court. Yes, it’s quite a fun shopping experience.
Culture Kings is located at 197 Church Street, Parramatta. He also has a CBD store located at 420 George Street.
Imagine you’ve died and gone to book heaven – that’s what it feels like to step into this sprawling CBD bookstore. Tucked away on the top floor of the Galleries, Kinokuniya has something for every type of reader, stocking over 30,000 titles in numerous languages. Page turners, art and design hardbacks, cookbooks and a huge range of manga and more. As well as all the books, it also sells DVDs and a bunch of stationery, including cards to go with your top pocket gift.
Kinokuniya is located in the Galleries at 500 George Street, Sydney.
King Street’s go-to gift shop, Octopus, has items perfect for every budget, from $40 lava lamps to $2,000 daybeds. Whether your gift likes a reusable coffee mug, cozy slippers, candles, Swedish lawn games, trinkets, cookbooks, tableware or toys, Octopus is the place for bold and fun designs . Really, you can’t go wrong. It also has a sister store, Opus, located on Oxford Street in Paddington, where you’ll also find just about every type of gift under the sun.
Octopus Design is located at 260 King Street, Newtown.
Buy quickly? The Collector’s store makes it easy with its beautifully presented store and knowledgeable staff. The Oxford Street store is home to a curated range of items, including women’s and men’s clothing, homewares, furniture, skincare, candles and those on-trend Missoni towels. You won’t be overwhelmed with options, but you certainly won’t come out empty-handed either. Plus, they offer free gift wrapping, saving you the hassle on that front as well.
Collector Store is located at 314–316 Oxford Street, Paddington.
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Image credit: Hypmotive, Andy Braithwaite, Girl Meraki, PLAYA By Lucy Folk, The Provider Store, Kinokuniya, Octopus Design