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Are you one of those super organised folk that has their Christmas presents wrapped up and tucked away before the frenzy hits....or are you leaving it to the last minute? Fremantle (and surrounding mini strips) is full of inspiration for gifts you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else, if you know where to look...and we do. We’ve written a special blog to help you (re) discover the joy (seriously) of a shopping adventure that is unashamedly Freo centric–the inside goss on where to find that special something whether it be for Great Aunt Mabel or your best beloved. At the same time you’re supporting local shop owners that have curated and sourced gift ideas to entice and inspire. It’s all right here in this gorgeous town. North Fremantle Antique stores, surf wear and SUP shops, homewares & collectibles; it’s an eclectic mix along Queen Victoria Street and up Stirling Highway. Try Blu Peter, Electability, The Black Truffle and Plata Bonita just a bit further past the Dingo Flour Mill (word on the grapevine is some of the Dockers have picked up a few pressies here).   Knutsford Street Precinct In the warehouse district bounded by Stack, Wood, Knutsford and Amherst Streets; where treasures from world sojourns ready to be discovered. Look for Ottoman Empire and Shedwallah or find locally grown and made wares for your home or garden at the new Stackwood studio. Hilton and O’Connor There’s a couple of Freo’s best kept secrets just out of the CBD. Plan a visit to Anna Chandler Design on Zeta Crescent–the warehouse is full of her signature ranges of homewares, a riotous celebration of colour and texture. Pickers and Collectors Bazaar has just opened on Blamey Place and Hobby Tech Toys on South Street has the best range of remote controlled cars, planes and drones for little and big kids. Wray Avenue Precinct After ordering your Christmas turkey at Frank’s have a little mosey around this precinct at the intersection of South Terrace and Wray Avenue. Between Pekho wear + wares, Luce Del Sol (for stunning swimwear), Indi + Em, South of the Border and Mercer Cycles you can expect to cross off a gift for most on your list and you might pick up a nice Chrissie frock at the same time. South Fremantle Corner Store (and Flower Hound) reside in the space known as The Coop on the corner of South Terrace and Price Street–it’s a Christmas shopping destination in itself. Venture further for Source Gallery, Vanilla Gifts and Homewares, Banjarra Tribal and Ginger Morris. At the end of the terrace pop into South Beach Cycles for the classic sparkling new bicycle with all the trimmings and a final pit stop coffee at Third Wheel right next door. East End FAC’s Christmas Bazaar on the first weekend in December is the event to catch in this end of town where WA’s local designers, makers and artisan’s present their wares in the gorgeous grounds of Fremantle Arts Centre. Don’t stress if you happen to miss this shopping event as there’s a great range of gifts and books available every day at Found. Central city There is plenty to uncover in the heart of Freo. We’ve put together some favs from some of the shopping categories...a mini directory if you like but there’s plenty more here. Books–New Editions, Bill Campbell Second Hand Books, Chart & Map Shop & Paper BirdFashion and shoes–Hype DC, Bob’s, Hunter Store (MANY6160), Eros, Morrison, Three Stories Gifts–Remedy, Oxfam, Blue Bhudda, Pigeonhole, Compendium & Pickled Fairy Homewares and furniture–Il Cibo, Home Provedore, Empire & Amaize Homewares Jewellery & accessories–Kartique, Kailis Pearls, Creations Jewellery & Fremantle Opals Markets–Fremantle Markets, Kings Market & Bazaar Menswear–Warrens, Terrace Men, Bousfields & Europa Sport & City Beach Music–Record Finder, Mill’s Records, Junction Records & Music Centre of Fremantle Popups & collectives–MANY6160, Common Ground & Artisan Vintage & retro–Bibi Vintage, Broken Doll Vintage & Retro, Get Lucky And best yet...between them all you can sit and enjoy a restorative cup of something served up with a scrumptious treat at one of Freo’s quirky cafés–just to keep you going that is. **We hear that free parking Santa will be in town again in December–if you see him he’ll pay for your parking**  

Christmas Present Making Workshops

At this workshop, kids will get arty and have fun making contemporary presents that their family and friends will treasure.   They will make four very arty gifts as well as wrapping paper, gift cards and Christmas decorations. Each gift will be created using different art techniques including stencilling, painting, drawing, bead making, beading, stamping and collaging, but we can’t tell you exactly what the gifts will be ‘cause then it won’t be a surprise! Participants will leave with wrapped presents ready to put under the Christmas tree. But be warned, they may be so impressed they will gift them to themselves.   Best of all, we will keep them entertained while you take the opportunity to finish your own Christmas preparations, and because it’s Christmas, we will provide a Christmas inspired morning tea.   Please wear clothes that don’t mind a bit of paint Each child will need to bring lunch, a water bottle and afternoon tea.   Choose from either Monday 19th or Tuesday 20th December 2016, Sessions from 10-3, cost $90 Bookings Essential: email

Christmas Windows in Freo 2016

Wander the Christmas Windows in Freo trail to see over 40 businesses windows come alive with lights. We've collected the top 20 and published a self guided walking trail here. Vote for your favourite to be in the chance to win $100 Oxfam hamper. Competition closes 16 December. Your Christmas Windows in Freo trail and voting form is attached. Drop into Santa's Grotto in Fremantle Mall and see Santa - he'd love to see you and hear your Christmas wishes, for dates and times click here.  While you’re in Freo take the opportunity to shop for some unique Christmas gifts from Fremantle’s great variety of specialty stores.

Santa at the Fremantle City Library

Join storyteller Glenn Swift for some Christmas stories. A short time after the stories, a visitor will  appear, ringing his bell! There will be a small gift package for children to take home. No bookings required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Santa Claus is Coming to Freo

Santa’s grotto is popping up in the centre of Fremantle just in time for your beautiful family photos. Bring the kids into Fremantle to see Santa this year and you can take your own free photos. Visit Valentines Camera House (or other participating stores) to print your photos at a reasonable cost. While you’re in Freo take the opportunity to shop for some unique Christmas gifts from Fremantle’s great variety of specialty stores. Santa will be in town from Friday 2, Saturday 3 abd Sunday 4 December every 10.30 am-3 pm and then every Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am-3pm until Christmas.  

Santas Enchanted Wardrobe

Be a part of the story in our immersive Christmas experience. As we journey to the North Pole let the family explore snowy forests and help Santa in his workshop! But that's not all - you will meet many interactive characters along the way including the faun, fairies and magical elves. Check website for session times