where to shop during the silly season

As much as I love Christmas day itself, I have to admit that by December I am generally pretty exhausted and ready for a break which often results in me becoming a bit more irritable than I would normally be.  The last thing that I want to do around this time is visit an over-crowded shopping centre full of people who are probably just as irritable as I am.

Luckily, there are many places to shop in Perth that don’t involve  a Myer, food hall, pushy people or screaming kids.  Why would you fight the crowds at a shopping centre when you can wander the gorgeous boutiques on Oxford Street or Beaufort Street, coffee in hand!

If you are looking for somewhere to pick up some last minute gifts for your loved ones but don’t relish the idea of spending 5 hours looking for a parking space only to then have to fights the crowds, try some of my favourite Perth stores.


  • Oxford Street Books – Who doesn’t love a good book??  Oxford Street Books has plenty of them, from fiction to travel, to cooking, to beautiful books on art, photography and architecture – there really is something for everyone here.  Their late night hours make it the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping away from the crowds.
  • Urban Records – Ok so record stores have a bit of a tough time these days, what with all the downloading that goes on, but if you are a bit of a traditionalist like me and you still like your CDs (or, God forbid, your vinyls!!) then Urban Records is the place for you.  They also stock various music accessories including head phones and  turntables.
  • Urban Depot – Occupying the back half of the Urban Records store is Urban Depot, a clothing/giftware/homewares store.  Warning – it can get crowded on weekends and there isn’t much room to move, but there are lots of cute things to choose from including crockery, wallets, watches, jewellery and pens.  Some nice selections for men too.
  • Remedy – Beautiful homewares, jewellery including Angus & Celeste, clothing, old-fashioned toys, and the full range of Aesop products.  They also have an online shop.
  • Black Plastic – Full of perfect gifts for someone with a bit of a warped sense of humour or a love of geeky things. They also have a great selection of funny cards, many of them made locally.
  • Harry Next Door – You will find all things girly in this store – tea sets, candles, underwear and baby wear.
  • Wild Lily Empire – A mix of homewares, handmade jewellery and gifts, and all very affordably priced.
  • Luna Cinema – If you are shopping for a movie buff a VIP card or book of vouchers from the Luna could be the perfect gift.
  • Sayers Cafe – Sayers Cafe is known for their amazing breakfast and their coffee.  You can pick up a bag of their own blend of coffee beans for the coffee connoisseur in your life.


  • Chapels on Whatley – If you are after a tea set, whether Asian influenced or traditional English, this is a good place to start!  They also offer a wide variety of teas as well as homewares, many of which are sourced from Asia.
  • Mrs S – This friendly and charming cafe also offers a small selection of homewares, focused on cooking/baking.
  • Smoult’s Continental Deli – For the foodie in your life.

Mount Lawley/Highgate

  • Behind the Monkey – They describe themselves on their site as a “holder of beautiful things” and indeed they are.  Eclectic jewellery, bags, clothing, skin care – and an online store too.
  • The Beaufort Street Merchant – For the foodie or wine expert in your life.
  • Mimco – What girl doesn’t love a wallet, bag, hair accessory or some fun jewellery from Mimco?  At the moment the shop is bursting with lots of bright colours. 
  • Witchery – Yes, it’s a bit commercial, but Witchery has some really cute basics which are always a useful gift to receive.  They also have lots of fashion jewellery, lotions and candles, handbags and beautiful Christmas ornaments.
  • Astor Theatre – Why not treat your loved one to a show at the Astor?  The Astor is a great venue and always has loads of  gigs on including music and comedy.  Some shows coming up include Mutemath and Danny Bhoy.
  • Museo – I am a loyal Museo client – whether it’s hair, makeup or a relaxing spa treatment they are the best I’ve experienced in Perth.  They offer gift vouchers, special spa packages, and also stock lots of top quality haircare and makeup products as well as some other cute little bits and pieces.
  • Planet Books – Cosy with a great collection of books and I am always amazed by their beautiful chandelier!


  • Corner Store – The prettiest little shop filled with floral decor, vintage jars and bottles, journals and paper goods, candles and lotions, and super cute clothes.  They stock the popular Cath Kidston range of homewares and accessories.
  • Love in Tokyo – Clothing is not all that is on offer in this store – you will also find jewellery, bags and knick knacks .
  • Remedy – Stocks the same great range as their Leederville store (see above).
  • B & M Store – They describe themselves as a “nice, designery way-of-life items store”.  You can find a whole variety of items in this shop, from twine in every colour imaginable, to designer wallets, to unique books, to the most gorgeous letterpress cards.


  • Studio Bomba – For the design geek, event planner or paper lover in your life, Studio Bomba is located at the Mt Hawthorn end of Oxford Street, behind a beautiful bright yellow door.  Pretty paper goods, quirky design pieces, prints, jewellery and much more.
  • Sidney Loves Audrey – This store is a little out of the way, nestled in next to the Gull petrol station at the corner of Vincent and Fitzgerald Streets in Perth, but well worth the detour.  Filled with vintage finds as well as handmade gifts and homewares, they also offer comfy couches, coffee and homemade sweet treats!
  • Mr Sparrow – Mr Sparrow in Subiaco has it all – an amazing collection of homewares, things for your garden, fashion accessories and even gorgeous vintage style bicycles.  And, to top it all off, they also have an online shop – hooray!
  • The Tenth State – This Crawley coffee bar/concept store is packed full of lots of quirky and unique pieces, from shoes to bags to paper goods.  And if you get tired of shopping you can stop for a delish coffee and cupcake without even having to leave the store!
  • William Topp – This shop in Northbridge is one of those shops I could just spend hours in!  Every piece they stock is beautiful and/or interesting.  A good place to go when you have absolutely no idea what to buy for someone – you will be sure to find that perfect thing that you never knew you were looking for.
  • Panache Living – Located in historic Guildford, this shop stock a huge range of homewares, decorations, fashion accessories and a great range of Elk accessories.


How I feel when I visit a shopping centre…


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