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Your guide to shopping local this festive season – The Station/Hunter Street edition

Jingle bells are ringing through the streets and Mariah Carey is being belted out of every speaker, which can only mean one thing… the festive season is well and truly getting a little crazy up in here.

Here at Newcastle Live, we’re all about shopping local this Christmas, and with this in mind, here is our list dedicated to the recently revitalised Newcastle Station as well as the tried and tested Hunter Street Mall.

Are you still looking for Christmas gift ideas? Why not show these local humans some love this year? 

1. The Green Altar

Everybody loves plants. Plants are the new hip thing really.

Once it was fur babies but with the way the rental market is going, we all needed to find a substitute to pour our hearts, souls, and problems.

Enter plants.

Where to go to get said plants you ask? The Green Alter of course. The Green Alter is all about making plants hip again, and filling your life and home with delicious leafy green things.

Why not give a plant a new forever home this Christmas? Ya dig?

2. Alie Jane Travel Accessories and Designs

Have a crafty friend in your life? Looking to spruce up the house a bit before the fam-bam come over for Christmas?

Alie Jane has the answer, and a super-duper cute dog too. There’s a little bit of this that and the other thing too in amongst the walls and you’ll be sure to find something to keep Santa happy. 

3. Make Space

Did someone say a collection of artists and amazingly talented humans? Ahhh Make Space did!

Hanging out in their new home at the Old Newcastle Station, Makespace is an artist collective, making a whole tonne of awesome stuff, ready and waiting to come home with you this Christmas.

From artwork to filmmaking, screenprinting and ceramics, what a dream come true to wander into!

4. The Lair

Did someone say fashun daaahhhling? The Lair did, and if you know fashun you’d shop here too.

This is the perfect place to stop for your fashun minded friends and family. They are also known to have a cute dog hanging around the entrance. #winning

5. Secret Book Stuff

You get a book, you get a book, evvveerryyyybody gets a book!

Everyone knows that books are the best kind of Christmas present, so why not get one that’s already wrapped?

Whenever you buy a Secret Book, one is donated on to a local charity. Bookish gifts with heart huh. What a dream!

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Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.