This year’s Christmas gift giving takes on a special significance - we are no longer restricted to online shopping and experience the joy of gift giving in person! We can wander the aisles, talk to the shop assistant about the suitability, get advice on colours, sizes and options. In fact, the buying of the gift will provide some of our own retail therapy.

The bonus is that we can also shop local. And in shopping local we support local. Take the chance to explore shops not seen over the past 18 months and reacquaint ourselves with their range. Connect with salespeople that know their stuff and can help us find the right gift for each person.

Whether you need gifts for family and friends, work colleagues, neighbours, teachers or frontline workers, there’s something for everyone.

Need inspiration and ideas? Let’s go shopping (locally).

Experiences galore

For something they just can’t get anywhere else what about a voucher for swimming with dolphins in Port Phillip with Polperro Dolphin Swims or Moonraker Dolphin Tours. Now that’s a world class local experience!

Not exactly sure what they like? Gift vouchers from a local tour operator will mean they can choose their own adventure. Amour of the Grape Tours offer small group winery tours while operators like MP Experience grew up on the peninsula and know the best places to go. RAW travel can give you the local walking tour, and Cycling Vine Tours offer tours of local wineries and attractions by bike.

There are also a number of great classes and workshops for all ages. For kids, try something like Little Woodworkers in Mount Martha, and for grownups what about a photography tour with Tom Putt Gallery? Got a golfer? Then check out X Golf in Mornington. This is a place where golfers of all talent levels can test their talents against the worlds best courses – virtually - alongside a pool table, games room and licensed bar. A great place for a work breakup party!  For a challenge of a different kind try Locked In Escape Rooms with ever changing scenarios and challenges to really test the brain and encourage teamwork.

Retail therapy

There are a huge number of local retailers with all sorts of wonderful ideas – clothes, jewellery, homewares,  but for a bit of artistic inspiration check out Gordon Studio Glass in Red Hill. Handmade, hot blown, one-off glass pieces that will definitely bring a bit of colour into your recipients’ day.

Find a local gallery and pick out a piece of local art for a never-to-be-duplicated, artistic and truly unique gift. For smaller scale but still oh-so-beautiful gifts, check out handmade local jewellery at Siren Design in Sorrento. Pick up a fossil, crystal, or a butterfly at Dove and Lyre in Mornington, or grab a scented candle from Luxe by Nature.

Buy a recycled gift or antique, and maybe pick up a little treasure for yourself as you explore local vintage outlets.  There are even special gifts for the four legged friend in your life at The Bow Wow Store. Woof!

Fabulous foodie ideas

Grab a basket of local gourmet goodies from Hamper Yourself in Dromana. Individual locally made jams, pickles, relishes, chutneys (and more) are perfect for teachers, neighbours and work colleagues. Let the team help you put together a bountiful hamper of local deliciousness – and they can organise for delivery Australia-wide!

Don’t forget sourcing local food locally for the big day itself! Local food retailers have all the ingredients you need, and the Christmas cheer too. Crafty Cake Decorating Supplies can help you inject a bit of pizazz into your Christmas cake and Peninsula Fresh Seafood take orders – so will not miss out on your local seafood! Plonk and Stink make cheese and wine sourcing a dream, while Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie in Flinders can help you discover favourite stocking fillers, cute Kris Kringle ideas, delectable gifts for all ages - and edible decorations you won’t want to miss from their limited-edition Christmas Collection.

Get a load of Christmas spirits at local distilleries like Bass and Flinders Distillery in Dromana – they also have great Master Classes that you can gift as a voucher. Create your own mulled cider with local cider from Mock Orchards in Red Hill made from apples and pears grown on their 5th generation certified bio-dynamic apple orchard. They also make the most delicious chocolate coated freeze dried fruit – in milk, white and dark chocolate.

There’s something for everyone when you shop local!

As our local businesses continue to reinvent local experiences, we can all make a difference. Stay, play and explore local to support local– you might be surprised what you rediscover in your own backyard.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Support Local campaign urges community to support local. Connect with local businesses on our Support Local Business Directory

Find lots of great local things to see and do by contacting one of our Visitor Information Centres by stopping by or calling to chat with one of our friendly local experts.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Support Local campaign urges community to support local. Connect with local businesses with our Support Local Business Directory

Find other ways to support local businesses at mpbusiness.com.au/supportlocal

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