Don’t know what to get your friends and loved ones this Christmas? Check out our favourite shopping spots in Melbourne. You’ll enjoy your options here, and you don’t need a big budget. Plus, you get to support local businesses. Shop your heart out at these shops and enjoy big savings.

1. Melbourne Cookie Company

3 Lilian St., Bulleen, VIC

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Who doesn’t want a box of yummy cookies this Christmas? Order a box from the Melbourne Cookie Company, and you have sweet treats that are perfect for sharing. Expect only the finest flavours since the company uses the best ingredients. You even have several dough options: gingerbread, gluten-free, and butter. Add a more personal touch with customised cookie designs, and give it to someone with a sweet tooth. Your friend will appreciate the yummy treats inside a beautifully decorated box.

2. Essendon Market
3 Russell St., Essendon, VIC 

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Your artsy friends will love gifts from Essendon Market. Take your time browsing through the goods; this market is a well-curated shopping spot. Get your hands on crafted homeware, gifts, and toys for all ages. Munch on free samples of gourmet brownies and homemade popcorn treats while shopping. Five times a year, the Essendon Market features the creations of up-and-coming artists, designers, and artisan bakers.

3. Makers Market Abbotsford
Community & Linen Rooms, Abbotsford Convent, 1-16 St. Heliers St., Abbotsford, VIC 3067

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Plan a shopping date with your friends at the Makers Market Abbotsford. Choose from an array of jewellery, clothing, sculptures, glassware, paper and wood art, textiles, and ceramics. Drop by this market on December 20 if you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts. Bring the kids along and let them enjoy the face painting event starting from 10am until 12pm at no cost.

4. Phillips Shirt factory sale
274 Little Lonsdale St., Level 1, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Head to the Phillips Shirts Factory, and look at their vintage and modern fashion items. From classic Hawaiian shirts, 1990s prints to Eight X pieces; the market has plenty to offer. Check out the factory’s beautiful textile goods if you need fabrics. The factory sells items at “silly season” rates, so you’ll save a lot. You don’t need to pay an entry fee, and the sale is from December 7 to 24, 12nn to 6pm.

5. Blender Lane Artists Market
110 Franklin St., Melbourne, VIC 3000

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It’s quirky gifts galore at the Blender Lane Artists Market. This event features products made by local artists. Choose from various illustration, craft, textile, and jewellery pieces. Sample the yummy homemade treats and enjoy the live music. Make time for a trip to the Dark Horse Experiment Gallery. Look at some of the masterpieces created by local designers and artists.

6. Cruelty Free Shop
385 Brunswick St., Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Include this shop in your list if you’re a vegan or have vegan friends. Browse through their aisles and be amazed at the variety of their products. Fill your basket with Tofurkey, vegan-friendly pantry staples, and organic beauty products. Grab some vegan chocolate, leather-free bags, and coconut lip balms as gifts. Shop at this store and bring out the vegan in you.

Check these markets’ websites or Facebook pages for schedules because some of them are open only on certain days and hours. Bring your own ride or hire a car in Melbourne from Alpha since using public transport while carrying shopping bags can be a hassle.