Newtown is known for its quirky shops, and Octopus Design on King Street is no exception. The sister store of Paddington’s Opus Design has been a local favourite for last-minute gifts with a difference since 2002. The stock is always changing but you’re sure to find an impressive selection of books, games and gadgets you never knew you needed. Bold colours and cheeky slogans feature on everything from mugs and T-shirts to candles and there’s no shortage of pop culture references. If you can’t bear to shop without your four-legged friend, you don’t have to – the store is proudly pet friendly.