Things to do
There’s certainly been a global shift in supporting and buying local. Local businesses are the lifeblood of a thriving economy, and can often bring you products and experiences unrivalled by long-distance counter-parts.
With Christmas just around the corner and a sometimes unreliable postal system, it makes perfect sense to think about sourcing local gifts.
There’s no shortage of small businesses in the City of Marion carving out a name for themselves for bringing you the best the state (or country) has to offer. But just in case you missed the memo - here are a handful our community think you might like.
Main image: Pebble & Palm Interiors
104A Sturt Road, Warradale
If you're buying for an indoor-plant lover - then look no further than Banks and Brown. Stepping into store is like stepping into an urban oasis. Packed to the rafters with indoor plants and all things relating to indoor plants, you'll find gorgeous, unique ceramic pots, all the on-trend indoor plants as well as botanic-themed books, candles, local artworks and more.
BONUS: the store doubles as a cafe - so you can grab a delicious barista-made coffee while you're there.
687 Marion Road, Ascot Park
Give the gift of 'flexibility, strength and endurance' with a hot yoga gift voucher at your local Embody Hot Yoga. The studio promises a total mind and body experience offering custom gift vouchers for any amount which are valid for three years.
The studio also offers a product list of yogi-related goods including a series of locally designed eco yoga mats by South Plympton artist Simonne Joyce. A beautiful and unique gift for the yogi in your life.
69 Finniss St, Marion
Looking for a gift that promises to be blissful and relaxing?
Suggested benefits to floating include 'improving mental and physical well-being, stress-reduction, recovery from fatigue, creative thinking and speedy recovery from injury'.
Give a gift voucher to that busy person in your life who needs a moment to slow down and de-stress.
Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park
The Gallery M gift shop is a great place to find unique handcrafted items made by local South Australian artists. These include glass, ceramics, hand-painted silks, Australian timber products, jewellery, decorative mirrors, hand-made cards, books, prints and much more.
46 Towers Terrace, Edwardstown
Louise from 'It Takes a Village' cafe has been busy creating homemade mugs that would make the perfect gift for the tea or coffee drinkers in your life. Pop in and purchase a mug and while you’re there grab a coffee and a sweet treat.
The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre is an important site for the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. It is a traditional meeting place that is still used today. The centre offers Aboriginal education programs, events and performances and features a gift shop full of beautiful Aboriginal artworks, food items, homewares, clothing, jewellery, books and gifts suitable for children (including the gorgeous stackable puzzle pictured).
If you visit the gift shop in person, make sure you allow time to explore the stunning grounds surrounding the centre known as Warriparinga.
Do your children grow tired of their toys quickly? Or do you live in small space? Give the children in your life the gift of variety with an annual toy library subscription. The Marion Library Service has toy libraries located at two of its branches: Cove Civic Centre and Park Holme Library.
A toy subscription will give you access to a wide range of toys suitable for children up to the age of 12, including toys, games, puzzles, sporting equipment and other resources. See the full list of items available.
An annual subscription is $20 and allows recipients to borrow 2 toys every 2 weeks.
To purchase a subscription voucher, you will need to do this in person at either the Park Holme or Cove Civic Centre Library.
Oaklands Rd &, Hendrie St, Park Holme
Splash out on your water-loving sun-seekers this summer with a gift voucher for the newly upgraded Marion Outdoor Pool. Our water play park includes a 9.2 metre high x 20 metre wide centrepiece with four water slides, including one enclosed slide, tipping bucket and water cannons. The park includes a 59 square metre splash pad with non-slip surface, water jets and more.
Surrounded by lawns and shady areas are also three pools (one suitable for toddlers) and two large water slides.
HOT TIP: City of Marion residents are eligible for a 30 per cent discount on multi-passes.
Marion Outdoor Pool vouchers can be purchased as a gift by contacting the pool directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than just a café, Once and Again is a book cafe with pre-loved and new books and a retail store with local products including designer baby clothes, other pregnancy/baby related products, tea, candles, essential oils and other items created by local makers. Once and Again also frequently hosts workshops and events so there’s always the option of giving someone an experience like a clay or painting workshop. Not sure what to pick? Once and Again also have gift vouchers available.
106B Sturt Rd, Warradale SA
If your gift-recipient loves the tropical or Hampton’s home-styling vibe - then this home decorating store needs to go on your ‘must-visit’ list. The store is filled to the brim with the latest trends in coastal home furnishings. It’s enough to send ‘The Three Birds’ renovators into a spin! All products are hand-picked by the store-owners for quality as well as style, and they also offer personalised home styling advice. The store features a huge range from local Australian and South Australian designers.
WareHouse Studio is an independent artist collective housing six local Adelaide artists, designers and craftspeople who specialise in handcrafted glassware.
Every so often, they open their studio to the public for sales of their artwork. There will be a Christmas sale on 11 December 2021 where you can purchase beautifully designed gifts from the artists themselves.
Thank you to all those who submitted their recommendations to us on Facebook and Instagram. If you know another business or artist that should be included in this list, please comment on our post and let us know.