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Weird and wonderful shops in Melbourne

Become known among your friends as the giver of unique and kooky gifts

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier
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Sure, everyone always loves receiving classic presents like a bottle of booze or a box of specialty chocolates. But if you're looking to give someone a gift that's a bit kooky and one-of-a-kind, we're here to help you acquire something mighty strange. Shop spellbooks and potion ingredients for any aspiring witches in your circle, or pick up a frog-shaped teapot or some David Shrigley 'cocaine and heroin' shakers for the dinner table. 

On the off chance that you exhaust all of those options and still come up empty-handed, try some of these less kooky gift shops that deliver. 

Weird and wonderful shops in Melbourne

Third Drawer Down
  • Shopping
  • Fitzroy

This objets d'art emporium is your one-stop awesome gift shop. Starting out more than a decade ago with a range of artist-commissioned tea towel designs (which you’d keep in the third drawer down, naturally), this Collingwood joint is now a design studio, museum and shop all in one. Shop garden gnomes giving you the middle finger, giant pineapple stools and offensive decorative plates by David Shrigley.

Delivery: Yes! You can place an order for delivery through the Third Drawer Down website.

  • Shopping
  • Melbourne

Wunderkammer is German for 'cabinet of curiosities', and this shop certainly lives up to that name. You'll find a wide array of scientific curios and antiques here that are a mix between educational and artistic. Shop antique globes and maps, taxidermied animals, timber castles and more.

Delivery: Yes! While the online shopping portion of the Wunderkammer website is still under construction, you can call up to ask about stock and orders can be shipped anywhere in the world.

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  • Shopping
  • Melbourne

Danae Thorp, a self-proclaimed witch, has been running this one-stop shop for all things magic and spell-binding since 1993. You can shop spellbooks, herbs, resins and oils for potion-making, tools for divination and other magical wares through the online shop. If you're keen to learn about what the future has in store, you can schedule an online tarot reading or reiki healing session with one of the shop's psychic readers. 

Delivery: Yes! You can place an order for delivery through the Spellbox website.

  • Shopping
  • Boutiques
  • Collingwood

The Store of Requirement is a wizarding shop perfect for anyone who still checks their letterbox for their Hogwarts letter (maybe it just got lost?). Here you'll find everything you need to live your most magical life, including a big selection of official Harry Potter merchandise. Buy your own wand, broomstick, cloak or (toy) owl and then park yourself down in the "common room" for a well-deserved glass of butterbeer. There are specific areas dedicated to each of the four Hogwarts houses, so you can rock your love for Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin with ease. 

Delivery: Yes! You can place an order for delivery through the Store of Requirement website.

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  • Shopping
  • Gifts

Fun, quirky design at accessible prices is the go at Monsterthreads – a series of gift shops that began as stalls at several Sydney markets. Regular customers love Monsterthreads for the brand’s signature animal designs, which pop up on necklaces, men’s and women’s clothing and wallets; think robot pandas, sailor cats, bears in dapper suits and toothy sharks. 

Delivery: Yes! You can place an order for delivery through the Monsterthreads website.

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