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Christmas gift guide & festive flavours

Here at Dandenong Market we take gift-giving very seriously. By giving a thoughtful, unique present to someone you care about, you’re letting them know that they matter, and that they are important enough for you to put time and effort into finding them something perfect. That’s what we love most – the sentiment and meaning behind a gift that’s been chosen with thought and care, a gift that speaks to the recipient’s personality, or their favourite hobby or interest. It doesn’t need to be expensive (we have thousands of gift ideas at the Market for less than $5!) but a gift that says “I really get you” is the best present of all.

Genuinely different gift ideas are our speciality. With thousands of presents to choose from in our curated gift collections, we’ve made finding the perfect gift as easy as Vegemite on toast in the morning! Yes siree, those days of present-buying anguish are over, people, thanks to the glorious gift smorgasbord within these virtual pages.

We’ve scoured the Market to bring you the very best, the hard to find gifts, the imported or the home made by a dedicated bunch of small business owners who, let’s face it, have done it pretty hard lately. It’s more important than ever to shop local and support these mum and dad traders this Christmas.

These gifts have all been hand selected by our dedicated office team, who make it our mission to find “Where did you get that?” gifts for all occasions, made or sourced by talented humans who love what they do and are very proud of the small businesses they run.

So let’s get started, shall we?

For really fun and funny gifts, pop on over to the quirky gifts collection at Dad and Dave’s Collectibles where you’ll discover randomly wonderful things like collector dolls, character figurines and memorabilia for that person is who is always so hard to buy for. There’s also an incredible collection of rare pop vinyl figurines with new releases for just $17 each or 2 for $30! The expert team there will guide you with your purchase.

Are you a sweet tooth? We bet you’ll love this traditional Bosnian Christmas dessert! With cherry season just starting, we can’t stress how important it is that you try the delicious fresh cherry burek this Christmas! This yummy dessert is a must in the Dandy Burek household during their festive season and this year the team is inviting you to enjoy a cherry burek like you’re part of the extended family. This limited edition sweet delight is available at Dandenong Market on Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December and can even be pre-ordered. Run don’t walk!

Betty Crocker’s mission is simple: to teach people how to cook. From the early days of answering letters to selling millions of cookbooks around the world, she continues to inspire home cooks with quality products, delicious recipes and reliable advice. So it’s no surprise that every time Bob’s Kitchen gets in a supply of Betty Crocker baking utensils, they sell out almost immediately. Know someone who loves to cook? Be inspired by the 1920 American cultural icon by picking up some wonderful Christmas Red cooking utensils. And, here’s a tip: her Apple Cider Doughnut Cake is delicious! Click here for the recipe.

‘Tis the season for nativity scenes, manger scenes, and baby Jesuses everywhere too. You know the drill: pick a room in the house, clear a surface, set up the figures, throw in some hay, and BOOM you’re Christmas’d up. Bob also has imported nativity sets of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary with some wise men and a few animals thrown in. May they inspire your sacrilegious side this holiday season! 

There’s still time to visit one of our plant sellers to collect some seedlings to make a unique gift. We’ve been inspired by many who plant a few different lettuce varieties in a pot for an instant salad. A herb garden is another inexpensive idea and, with quite a few plants in each punnet, you could make four or five different herb garden pots for family and friends. Maybe even keep one for yourself!

After all, you can never have too many plants. How about a live Christmas tree in a pot which you can bring inside every year? And you can dress your Christmas table with some stunning Poinsettia, a perennial favourite. Swing by Quality Plants to fill your shopping buggy.

Looking sharp! Prickly Lil Succas have the cutest succulents from as low as $3. Another day, another cactus purchase. We know – we can’t help ourselves, either!

Even though teens might not be writing letters to Santa anymore, you can bet they’ll still be hoping for a fully stuffed stocking on 25 December. Need some Christmas ideas for teens? You won’t find Bluetooth headphones, holographic backpacks or a Silent Theory shirt at the elves’ workshop in the North Pole but you will find them – along with loads of other Christmas gifts for teens – at The Bazaar. With fun prints, cool tees, quirky gadgets and tech accessories, you’ll find something for whatever age and whatever interests.

And for some really cool Australiana gift ideas, head on over to Dandy Australiana Gifts and Souvenirs. At the Market for more than 15 years, Taskin has an extensive range of Australian souvenirs and kangaroo and sheepskin products. Plenty of cuddly soft toys, Aboriginal-designed products and novelty items. He’s also got some great Aussie shirts to wear to the cricket this summer. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! And, better than slippers any day, Taskin has a great range of Australian moccasins for the person who asks for jocks, socks and slippers every year.

When it comes to gifts for pets, a slice of turkey and a tummy scratch might be the pinnacle, but that doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate a more lasting present. Sleep, eat, play (and don’t get lost). Those, aside from a tummy or behind the ear scratch are about the best things in your pet’s life. That’s why Louise’s Pet Supplies’ Christmas presents collection includes pet stockings, plush dog beds, stylish cat and dog collars and leads plus cat and dog toys that will keep life interesting, challenging and chewy.

Yes of course you can get your obligatory stocking – or should we say sock – fillers at AAA Socks but TWO quality hooded blankets for just $80 is a great deal. There are also fashion scarves from big brands from as low as $5.

The cheeky elves at NZ Street Food have the biggest NZ inspired Christmas hamper we’ve ever seen! All you need to do is spend $50 instore to enter the raffle. We’re loving the Kiwi vibe down there so if you have any family or friends from across the ditch, pay them a visit, spend up and enter the draw. Good luck!

To dress the part, Basic Wear has Islander hoodies and singlets at great prices. There are some huge discounts on long sleeve ladies dresses, too.

It’s looking very festive down there at Black Market Signs & Stickers – everything you could possibly want for Christmas – jewellery, trims, hats, plates and gifts such as Paint by Numbers, Diamond Art and puzzles.

Belt up! Bharistan belts is selling Australian studded leather belts from as low as $15 and can customise your order too. You cannot ask for better service than that!

Victor has some incredible deals on new season t-shirts including brands such as St. Goliath and Silent Theory. He’s got a great range and happy to work up some summer combos for the fashion lover.

For something a little different, RB Suppliers has a range of shisha gift sets available. Vic’s Vapes has a Khalil Mahmoon Golden Safari Mini Shisha for just $50, down from RRP $80. Jokes aside, hookah is a rather important device in the smoking and vaping culture. We did tell you that you’d find everything you need, right?

Manic Music has some fun gifts including a ring light with FREE ear buds and a karaoke mixer which will keep you entertained for hours. Well, not everyone is into backyard cricket!

We’d also recommend some cute neon lights from Not Only Covers to complete your disco vibe.

We all know what the year that’s gone has been like, but what lies ahead? Christalignment is offering destiny readings to those looking for something very different this silly season.

Of course, Dandenong Market is well known for fresh quality food at affordable prices. We suggest making up a fruit and veggie hamper, taking along a cherry box to your next Christmas gathering, or pre-ordering your seafood, meat and poultry so you don’t arrive empty-handed. Ross Pecora has a fabulous cheese hamper for just $55 too.

Sam’s Spices can set you up with a delicious panettone and has some wonderful chocolate nut gift packs to take all the guesswork out of gift giving.

What would a trip to the Market be without a trip to the chocolate shop? M&CO Sweet Treats is just bursting with all things sweet including chocolate letters, personalised gift packs and baubles. Anna has been looking after us all year and we’d love you to show her some love this Christmas too. She really is as sweet as candy!

If you’re still really stumped, Jason from the newsagent will give you a Tattslotto Megadraw ticket, a gift envelope and will let you rub Buddha’s belly for good luck. We’d all love another 1st division winner at the Market!

If you’re looking for an experience or memory to gift, you can’t go past the Market’s Street Food Tours. On this 90 minute tour, you will visit select traders for sumptuous tastings and insider secrets from the experts. Street Food Tours are $25 per person and includes a free Dandenong Market shopping bag and delicious samples and tastings from many of our favourite lunch spots. Arrive hungry!

And if after all that you get really, really stuck, there’s always a Dandenong Market gift voucher which can be used with any of our traders. Simply pop into the Management office to purchase $5, $10 or $20 vouchers – which go a long way when you shop at the Market!

Christmas MEAT ORDERS

Your favourite butcher is ready to help you with your Christmas needs. Beat the queues and pre-order now.

Dandy Free Range Meat & Poultry

Dandy Fresh Poultry

Jinfa168 Butchers

Premier Poultry

TC Quality Meats

Christmas SEAFOOD ORDERS

Seafood is at its cheapest this year and selling fast. Place your order with your favourite fishmonger to avoid disappointment.

Marmara Halal Seafood

MC Quality Seafood

Schwarze Seafood

 

FESTIVE FRUIT & VEG HAMPERS

This year select all your favourite seasonal produce and create colourful hampers to share with those who you’d love to spoil.

Visit the Fruit & Veg hall for this season’s freshest produce.

5kg cherry boxes

Nothing says Christmas more than the ‘oohs and aahs’ of fresh, juicy cherries. Visit Qandi Fresh for their best Market fresh prices.

Qandi Fresh

Christmas condiment hampers

$15 each (3 pack)

$16 (2 pack)

Sam’s Spice & Grocery

 

 

panettone

750gm $13.99 each

80gm $4.99

Sam’s Spice & Grocery

 

CHEESE hampers & gift boxes

From $55 each

Ross Pecora Cheeses has handpicked this year’s most popular cheeses and accompaniments and the team has packed them into hamper boxes to make the perfect gift.   

Ross Pecora Cheeses

Chocolate hampers & gifts

Personalised gift boxes $18 each 

Teacher gift pack $18

Personalised Christmas baubles $9.95

M&Co Sweet Treats

POINSETTIAS

Various sizes to dress the Christmas table or display at the front door.

From $10 each

Quality Plants

SUCCULENTS

Prickly Lil Succas has these gorgeous succulents to create a unique gift for the plant lover and decorator in your life.

Prickly Lil Succas

DOG CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS & GIFT BAGS

If you’re looking for a paw-some treat to spoil your favourite four-legged fur-child this Christmas, these have every box ticked. Louise from Louise’s Pet Supplies assures us these are guaranteed to be at the top of your fur-child’s wish list this Christmas.

Pet Christmas packs (200gm) pictured $10

Pet Christmas value packs $13.95

Louise’s Pet Supplies

MELAMINE CHRISTMAS TABLEWARE

Take your celebrations to the next level with Black Market Sign’s range of melamine tableware that is perfect for outdoor events and indoor entertaining. 

From only $2

Black Market Signs & Stickers

CUSTOM print CHRISTMAS t-shirts

BYO t-shirt. Then you supply the design (or choose one of ours) for you own custom print.

From $14 

Last day for guranteed Christmas delivery 17/12/21

Black Market Signs & Stickers

CHRISTMAS CARDS & BAGS

When searching for the perfect card to send Christmas greetings this year, you’re certain to find it here. 

And, they have gift wrap and bags, too! A one-stop-shop for all your wrap and gifting needs. 

Black Market Signs & Stickers

Diamond art

Diamond pictures are a phenomenal new way to craft, that are guaranteed to make your artwork sparkle.

Various sizes and designs available for the crafty person on your list that will certainly bedazzle them.

Full diamond pictures start from $12

Black Market Signs & Stickers

JIGSAW PUZZLES

Jigsaws are most sought after item of 2020! Black Market Signs & Stickers has just received a brand new range of the lastest puzzles. Be quick, these won’t last.

From $12 each.

Black Market Signs & Stickers

PAINT BY NUMBERS

There will no excuses for lack of creativity with these beautifully curated paint by numbers gift sets. The kit contains everything you need to a wall-ready masterpiece. 

From $20 each.

Black Market Signs & Stickers

SILENT THEORy t-shirts

NEW SEASON

now $39.95 RRP $59.95

now $35 RRP $49.95

Victor’s Shop

ST. GOLIATH PULL ON SHORTS

NEW SEASON pull on Illusion shorts

2 pack – choose from 7 colours

now 2 for $40 RRP $79.95

Victor’s Shop

ST. GOLIATH PULL ON SHORTS

NEW SEASON pull on fleece shorts

now $40 RRP $59.95

Victor’s Shop

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