If you think Garden City is a nightmare, this list is for you. Why endure frenzied crowds in the isles of Kmart and buy plastic-ky items that don’t last the test of time, when you can simply shop elsewhere? Here are 10 stores to shop at that not only provide a pleasant and uncrowded shopping experience, but have their ethics in the right place too:
The Raw Kitchen Zero Stores
Giant, pink and white crystal lamps decorate the store, along with charming French market baskets, candles and beautiful ceramic. The Raw Kitchen is the top of our list for Christmas shopping. Their store is the only 100% plastic free shop in WA, and beats most gift stores around town in terms of selection too. Find everything from cookbooks, beautiful jewellery and personal care. The only trouble here, is trying not to spend money on yourself.
Fremantle and Leederville
Virtually everything in Remedy’s store, is made with natural materials. From soft leather bags and wallets, wooden designer items for the home and a whole wall dedicated to selling nearly the entire skincare range from Aesop. They take great care to source products for sustainable living and sell a large range that also includes linen sheets, handmade jewellery, toys for the kids. Their shop is full of both design, and eco conscious gifts.
CBD and Fremantle
This not for profit organization is working to eradicate poverty, with volunteers running each Oxfam shop. They sell unique wares that are handmade using traditional techniques from cultures all over the world. Unlike many exploitative fast-fashion companies, their products are all ethically sourced too. You’ll find everything from wall hangings, candles, homewares, clothing, jewellery and toys for the little ones.
If you’re down south, Ecoo is the place to go to fill the kids Christmas stockings. They do a huge range of handmade toys and games with all your classics like jenga, naughts and crosses and domino’s. There’s also plenty of gifts for the big kids too, from homewares, clothing, and even bamboo underwear.
State Buildings and Wembley
Who doesn’t want an excuse to visit the stunning, architecturally lush State buildings? Well, now you have a very good reason to go, in the form of Ginger B. They put together luxurious, no-brainer hampers for him and for her, as well as baby and children. Except, these aren’t anything like Chrisco hampers, no, these are actually tasteful gifts, filled with excellent eco-friendly brands which you can browse here.
Fella’s, if you’re reading this — this is where to go to shower your significant other in non-toxic skincare, vegan soy candles, organic herbal tea and botanical perfume. Trust us, she won’t be disappointed. Generics collect green beauty brands for makeup too, and you won’t get overwhelmed in here as their staff will have you covered from the get go.
Limon Day Spa
If you’ve run out of inspiration; a massage or a day spa is a failsafe option that nearly anyone would be thrilled with. Limon Day Spa offer everything from facials, massage and three hour treatments, that include things like body wraps and aromatherapy showers. Using only certified organic and all natural products at their spa, you can’t go wrong here.
Fremantle and Mt Lawley
Featuring one off handcrafted jewellery, antique furniture and vintage textiles, Kartique is a place of worldly wanderlust. Sourcing their wares from exotic locations around the world, they’re store is sustainable by default.
Stand Up Surf Shop
Ever get paddle board envy when you’re out at the beach? We do too. So why not be a little ingenious and buy a gift that — after the appropriate amount of time has passed — you know you’ll borrow for yourself too? The Stand Up Surf Shop has got you covered with huge variety in price range and board style. If you’re not feeling like splashing out on a whole board though, they do gift vouchers for paddle boarding sessions too.
The Little Shop of Plenty
From stunning macramé rope jewellery and pot plant hangings, to the Pure Home Body and Black Chicken skincare range — The Little Shop of Plenty is a great spot to look for a unique gift that’s kind to the environment. Also selling the minimalistic Fressko flasks for tea, coffee and smoothies, there’s handmade jewellery and uplifting workshops that you can gift your loved one’s too.
Blog lovingly provided by Ella Liascos
Image: The Raw Kitchen
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