Where to shop for inspired and original gifts

Find some unexpected treasures if you’re in the market for gifts that go beyond the usual shopping centre offerings this year...
29 Nov 2023
Wendy Hughes, Writer and social media smith

Ipswich is home to some of Queensland’s most unique and charming independent retailers meaning it’s a great place to visit for a shopping trip any time of the year but especially in the lead-up to special occasions.

The colourful array of boutiques and specialty stores in the historic precinct known as Top of Town has some genuinely unexpected treasures if you’re in the market for gifts that go beyond the usual shopping centre offerings this year.

Did you know this stretch is home to the longest-running hobby shop in Australia, and one of the state’s oldest businesses? CJ Vogler & Son was established in 1877 and has been owned and run by the Vogler family ever since. It stocks a range of model trains, planes and automobiles as well as more modern hobby gear – including drones! Wonder what they’d have made of those back in the 1800s!

Here are a few more places to get on your list around the heritage city.

Arttime Supplies

Arttime Supplies

Arttime Supplies is an art supplies shop that also features a permanent gallery space at the front of the shop which is packed with items covering all price points.

Arttime Supplies

Embers and Twine

Head to Embers and Twine for more gifting inspiration including handmade items, scented candles and succulents in cute pots. 

The Soul Cauldron

The Soul Cauldron

Head to The Soul Cauldron in the Old Flour Mill for all things spiritual from Tarot packs to sage smudge sticks and crystals, and an array of books covering all aspects of the spiritual world.

Country House Gifts and Fashion

Country House Gifts and Homewares in the Boulevard Arcade is an overflowing Aladdin’s Cave of treasure with gift ideas, decorations, and homewares throughout the sprawling emporium. This is the place to come for items sourced from around the globe that are particularly hard to find.

Cute To Boot

Cute to Boot

Cute To Boot is your go-to if you’re shopping for little folk. Owner Toni sources shoes, accessories, toys, and nursery items for babies and toddlers, from around the globe.

Cute to Boot

Oh! JoJo Boutique and Obsession Shoes

Oh! JoJo Boutique and Obsession Shoes are neighbours. At Oh! JoJo you’ll also find a new skin care treatment room The Beauty Within, gift vouchers are available.

The Vintage Advantage and Ipswich Antique Centre

The Vintage Advantage

For the antiques and collectibles lover in your family, be sure to check out The Vintage Advantage in the Top of Town and Ipswich Antique Centre in one of the city’s historic landmarks.  

A Lot of Books

A Lot of Books Marvel

A Lot of Books in the Brassall Shopping Centre has a title for everyone in your family – from Marvel Comics special editions to gardening and bee keeping guides and a large selection of novels. 

A Lot of Books

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre is a leafy wonderland where you can get your hands on rare plants, seeds and gardening items as well as a range of homewares and gift items. Also a pleasant spot for a wander during busier seasons.

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

Ipswich Visitor Information Centre

The Alchemist products at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre

If you’re looking for products made by local producers then the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre is one place you should check out.  They stock locally made Chilli Willies sauces, The Jam Tart jams, Watercress Creek Olives and Limes olives and olive oil, Tranquil Tea teas, lavender products, jewellery, soaps and Summer Land Camels skincare.  As well as BBQ meat rubs, native animal toys, bags, books, chocolate, art and locally roasted coffee beans.


Wendy Hughes Writer and social media smith
Wendy Hughes has meandered through a long career as a journalist, often with a fork in one hand.. or a glass. She spent several years as a food writer at the Sunday Mail and reviewed for various magazines. These days Wendy produces content and runs social media within the tourism, hospitality and travel sectors. Email [email protected]

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