There are two types of people in this world, when it comes to Christmas anyway.
There are those who are well underway with their Christmas shopping list (they may have even bought every single thing, and wrapped them too complete with ribbon and gift tags, and placed them neatly under the Christmas tree). And then there are those who prefer to shop on Christmas Eve. At midnight even.
Which one are you?
If you are still on the lookout for inspiration, some great ideas and some super bargains, why not think local? Mt Martha local that is.
Mt Martha Village has a host of cafes and restaurants, a supermarket, post office, bottle shop and design businesses too, as well as some very special boutiques and gift stores that give Mt Martha such an individual flavour and offer locals so much to choose from.
We had a chat to a few of our favourite local retailers about what Christmas means to them, what fabulous items they have in store and what bargains you can expect to find.
With a presence on the Peninsula for 20 years (their Mornington fashion boutique is celebrating its 20th Christmas in Main Street), Main Exposure always ensures they stock the labels and designs that their loyal customers love as well as offering tourists a beautiful range to choose from.
The Mt Martha store also offers a really gorgeous selection of gifts and homewares in coastal colours with loads of greenery.
Their beachwear is always on point with brands like Ruby Yaya and Holiday - the hot weather calls for light, loose fitting clothing in bright patterns and shades. They consistently offer a more classic look too with fitted shorts, t-shirts and shirts from brands like Brave & True and Ping Pong. They have a birthday special on at the moment with 30% off a lot of their stock - this week only so make sure you pop in!
The White Vase:
The White Vase is all about flowers, table settings, beautiful body products, stylish clothing, Christmas decorations, candles, diffusers and gift sets.
Having been operating for 12 years, they understand what their local clientele is looking for, and they always delight and surprise them with new and special items. They offer a wide range of luxurious items with a feminine touch. You'll love their collection of special Christmas items too.
Jillia By The Bay:
Another local success story, Jillia By The Bay has a long history in Mt Martha Village, having been around for over 20 years. This boutique has built up a loyal following of local clientele who trust them and rely on them for sound fashion advice and great quality clothing.
Personalised service is the key, helping their more mature customers select their outfits for the season.
Jillia's key brands include Yarra Trail, Goodawindi and Andiamo, these classic brands are always a favourite.
Open for five years now, Tingo is a delight for all the senses.
An Aladdin's cave of gorgeousness, Tingo's philosophy is to offer a complete solution for their stylish customers, from children's toys and books to women's clothing and gifts for men. Their wide selection offers something for all age groups, making it a one stop pure style shop.
They have such a fascinating array of gift books sitting alongside stunning bags, beautiful homewares and specialised gifts too.
Mt Martha Newsagency:
As well as being a central hub for all stationery, newspapers and magazines, the Mt Martha Newsagency has a huge selection of Christmas cards, wrapping paper, crackers and decorations. You can also stock up on puzzles, games and toys for the kids, magazine subscriptions, Darrell Lea chocolates and loads of well priced trinkets and gifts for all the family.
Mt Martha Village is also home to:
Danckert Real Estate
Milk Bar & Co
The Rasoi Indian Restaurant
Wok On Bay
Mt Martha Fine Foods
Beach Box Fish & Chips
Chatterbox Hair & Beauty
IGA Supermarket & Liquor
Bell's Quality Meats
Terry Bateman Amcal Pharmacy
Mead's Antiques & Collectibles
South Coast Foot Clinic
Pace Exercise Physiology
Surf Coast Foot Clinic
Mt Martha Optical
Simon Clement Osteopath
Coastal Music School