Support owner-operated stores, buy locally made things, and avoid giving needless clutter this Christmas with CityMag's 2019 considerate gift guide (featuring Haigh's chocolate in bulk).
Considerate gifts from $5-$500 for the lazy local shopper
North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8207 •7000
Did you miss the Tarnanthi Art Fair this year? Well, fear not! The Art Gallery of South Australia’s store has plenty of contemporary Aboriginal textile and decorative artists on the shelves of their shop. Featuring work as diverse as these acrylic Sturt Desert Pea earrings by Julia Lennon – Dunjiba Design Oodnadatta ($70.00), this 100 per cent silk scarf – ‘Dancing at Christmas Time’ by Grace Robinya, Tangentyere Artist Alice Springs ($160.00) and the Koskela Pendant light, ‘My Island Home’ by Flora Warria – Thursday Island ($955.00). We’re big fans of the burgeoning contemporary aesthetic at the AGSA Store and will gladly accept gits forthwith.
247 Rundle Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Just back from her annual trip to Italy to check up on production for her new season of hand-made shoes, Rosemarie Farrugia’s particularly excited about this latest range. The Emily Pascucci Pitone Cuoio slides – with heel and without (from $179.00) are the perfect summer beachside vibe, while the Sofia Pascucci Platino Slingback ($250.00) gives us good cause to kick on later in the balmy summer night. Any of these shoes would go just swell with a Campari, y’know?
118 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8223 •1321
Buying Haigh’s Chocolates buys a friend for life. From stocking stuffers like Santa up there ($5.50) through to the hand-made truffle selection in leadlight box ($75.00) and you’re ‘big boy,’ Large Milk & Dark Chocolate Selection Hamper ($112.00) our nation’s premiere chocolatier has you sorted for Christmas. Of course you can buy online and avoid the line this Christmas, but we actually love the rush and pressure of grabbing our last-minute chocolates. It’s the true definition of Christmas in Adelaide.
When you get the chance to buy eco-conscious things, that don’t look like a potato sack, you buy them. Kin Stories specialise in elegant, natural homewares made with sustainability in mind. We love the Aburi Ceramics nesting cups ($35.00), Kin Stories’ own pure linen range of tea towels (3 for $45.00) and napkins (2 for $30.00) and oak chopping board ($72.00). And why not pick up a tiny Kin House while you’re at the checkout (from $16.00).
LEIGH STREET LUGGAGE
22A Leigh St, Adelaide SA 5000
Good luggage is one of those items one might aspire to as an individual, but never quite invest in for themselves. Julie Barnes at Leigh Street Luggage is one of the best retailers in the city and – if you describe the type of person you’re buying for – she’ll be able to find the perfect thing, just for them. Our suggestions here include this bewt laptop bag by Bellroy made out of recycle drink bottles ($249.00), the smart key holder by Orbit ($45.00), and the oh-so-svelte A6 Memo water bottle ($39.00) and leather sleeve ($69.00).
LUCIA’S FINE FOODS
Western Mall, Adelaide Central Market,
Adelaide SA 5000 (08) 8231•2303
What would summer be without the flavour of Lucia’s pasta sauce punctuating those late evening meals served outside in the gently fading light with a sprig of fresh basil plucked from the garden? Make it a full-blown Italian Christmas this year with sauce in bulk ($20.00 per box), and all the Panettone (from $49.00) you could ever care to sample. We are in love with Lucia’s new deli paper and thought their good idea to place the artwork (by Billie Justice-Thomson) on a teatowell deserved its own special square ($18.00).
52 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000
We recently reported on the re-design of Marino Meat and Food Store, the heritage business in the Adelaide Central Market. As well as the stunning new interior, Marino added a couple of new things to their already excellent suite of products with a fresh pasta bar and dry ageing meat fridge. “Customers can buy a large steak and store it with us in the fridge,” says Riccardo Marino. The idea is to come back and have one of the butchers slice off a steak at different points in the ageing process, so you can decide what’s most delicious. This side of beef (approx. $300.00) is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
My Kingdom for a Horse
191 Wright Street, Adelaide SA 5000
We’ve got a new philosophy in the CityMag office – if it’s not attractive enough to be seen, then don’t buy it. We love this Hario coffee brew set from My Kingdom for a Horse. Set up your special someone with the V60 ceramic dripper ($29.00), the Hario Buono Kettle ($90.00), the very accurate Hario Dripper scale ($95.00) for precision coffee and of course good coffee beans – not pictured here because they’re best bought fresh – from My Kingdom for a Horse (from $15 for 250g).
41 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000
No one needs the RAA until you need the RAA. Give the gift of foresight and peace-of-mind this Christmas with a very affordable RAA Membership including Road Service (from $103.00). Regardless of your relationship with this person, an RAA Road Service membership will give you a friend with benefits.