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BONNIE ELVIN hit the city
street to find out where
people are going to do
their Christmas shopping.
Photos Rohan Thomson
I’m just on my lunch break meeting a friend so I can
give her advice on a dress she wants to buy. I have
started my Christmas shopping, I just keep an eye out
for little odds and ends. David Jones and Myer are
great because of the variety all in one spot. Little-
hidden away shops are good for unusual things. On
the whole, there is a lot more variety in the city for
I’m a technical writer from Sydney here in Canberra
house sitting for one month. I’m just about to go and
have a coffee at the Londsdale Street Roasters just
down the road, which is the best coffee in Canberra.
There’s a lovely store just along the road called Hive
and another one across the street called Unit Concepts.
They’re full of interesting nick-nacks which make great
Christmas gifts. I’ll probably end up coming back to
Canberra to do my Christmas shopping!
I’m just passing through the city on my way to Floriade
with a friend! I’ve done a little bit of Christmas
shopping but I still have a lot to buy. My family is
going to Hawaii for Christmas, which is exciting! My
favourite things to buy for Christmas are clothes. I
like going to stores in Canberra Centre like Seduce,
Forever New and Valley Girl. My mum likes cookware
and that sort of thing, so when I shop for her, I go to
places like David Jones and Myer.
I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet but
doing it couple of days before Christmas seems to be
the usual protocol. If I’m buying for the kids I go to
the National Geographic store. I like it because it’s
educational and fun. As for everyone else, JB Hi Fi is
great for gift vouchers and things like that. Christmas
shopping in the city has definitely become better
because of all the new stores and variety.
I’m just heading out to grab some lunch on my break.
I haven’t started Christmas shopping yet because
there are a couple of birthday presents I need to catch
up on first. Depending on who I buy for, I like putting
a lot of thought into gifts. I usually buy clothes for my
sisters, and for dad I’ll go to a hardware store. I like
shopping at David Jones and Roger David.
LISA DUBE (40)
ROHAN CUTLER (41)
PETER CARRODUS (22)
SHARON NTLOKO (19)
I have a friend who’s obsessed with a TV series, so I’ve
just been to Landspeed Records to buy it. I have a lot of
different people in my life so I go shopping for Christmas
gifts all over the place. I have all my alternative friends as
well as grandma, who loves homewares. I love Landspeed,
Globalize and Parliament because I have a passion for
fashion, so I generally buy presents I know I’m good at
buying. I definitely think shopping in the city has become
better with more stores opening up and more variety.
I’m just strolling through the city on my lunch break.
I’ll probably end up doing all my Christmas shopping
a week before Christmas. I like to give people little
quirky things that are practical and fun. I don’t like
to give things that create unnecessary rubbish or
junk, so things that are sustainable and good for the
environment. The little boutiques in Braddon like
Bourgeois Pig and Unit Concepts are great to find
these kinds of things.
MONICA OLYSLAGERS, (29)
KELSEY THUILLIER (19) Property manager
DUNCAN DRIVER (32) Theatre company owner
I have my own theatre called “Every Man Theatre” and
I’m on my way to Canberra Theatre now. I like shopping in
the city and have already started my Christmas shopping.
I’ve bought a crate of wine and I find JB Hi Fi is always
very popular for gifts, although I always tend to buy more
for myself when I go there. Dymocks and Electric Shadows
bookshops are also nice for gifts. If you’re not sure what
to buy somebody, Peter Alexander sleepwear and KoKo
Black chocolate are always great if you don’t want to buy
something so specific.”
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