Handmade, Melbourne

Best Stationery Shops in Melbourne

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When travelling, I make sure to research the best stationery shops in the cities I’m visiting. As a paper lover and stationery addict I simply can’t resist walking into a HEMA store in Amsterdam, a Paperchase outlet in London or a Papyrus boutique in New York. When it comes to stationery shops in my hometown of Melbourne there are 4 major chains dominating the marketplace – Officeworks, kikki.K, Typo and Kaisercraft. These multi-million dollar brands stock all the latest pens, notepads, greeting cards, stickers, tapes, planners and more! If however you’d like to support smaller businesses and shop locally, here’s a map of my favourite stationery shops in town…

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(Click on the map for an interactive view)

  1. Zetta Florence

Stocks a large range of papers, maps, cards, portfolios, stamps and posters, all with a feeling of nostalgia and illustrations from the bygone era of travel. Just beautiful!

197B Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

www.zettaflorence.com.au

  1. Mag Nation

This is a very popular store right in the heart of Melbourne. Spread over two floors, there are lots of greeting card designs, gifts and of course magazines. You can watch the hustle and bustle of city life from the top floor windows overlooking Elizabeth Street.

88 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

www.magnation.com

  1. Paperpoint

My go-to destination for paper! It also stocks all the latest stationery designers and anything you could possibly want from the world of stamps, stickers, cards and envelopes.

259/261 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205

www.paperpoint.com.au

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  1. Avenue Bookstore

This delightful bookshop is always very busy on the weekend. They have a great range of books on all sorts of topics, spread across two floors. Located very close from the beautiful Albert Lake, this is my favourite bookshop in the city.

127 Dundas Pl, Albert Park VIC 3206

www.avenuebookstore.com.au

  1. Co.Co

If you’re after beautiful gifts and homewares, then look no further. While the stationery selection is a lot smaller, this shop is simply a joy to visit every time.

59/59 Bay St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

www.cocoxo.com.au

  1. kikki.K

This Swedish brand owned by Kristina Karlsson needs no introduction. Filled with everything one could possibly want from the world of stationery, it’s no wonder how successful they have become, even opening international stores.

The Colonnade 524-564 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141

www.kikki-k.com

  1. Paper Republic

This is a beautiful gift shop in the heart of Camberwell. Here you can find a lovely selection of cards, posters and children’s gifts.

638 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124

www.paperrepublic.com.au

  1. Coco and Chloe

Maling Road should be on any gift-lovers list when visiting Melbourne. While this shop is tiny it stocks some well-known international brands such as Rifle Paper Co.

120 Maling Rd, Canterbury VIC 3126

www.cocoandchloemelbourne.com.au

  1. Daiso

This Japanese chain is full of lovely stationery including envelopes, stickers, notebooks, letter-writing sets and everything for your household. Most things cost only $2.80.

66/17 Market St, Box Hill VIC 3128

www.daisostore.com.au

  1. The Paper Empire

They cater for the wedding market by supplying beautiful wedding invitations and stationery printed right in the store. Not only that, there’s a great range of top-notch washi tapes, stickers, papers, envelopes, paper clips and more! Highly recommended.

1234 High St, Armadale VIC 3143

www.thepaperempire.com.au

  1. Typo

This brand owned by Cotton On has just exploded in Australia recently and has also gone international. They sell all sorts of funky cards and gifts, mostly catering to the young and young-at-heart demographic. There’s always something new happening at Typo.

4/112 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182

www.cottonon.com

  1. Handworks Nouveau Paperie

This is not their only store but this one is my favourite. There’s everything you could possibly want to buy from the world of stationery and gift wares plus the shop is always decorated beautifully.

80 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186

www.handworks.com.au

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  1. Page 8

With another store in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Page 8 has always been a favourite of mine. They sell gorgeous coffee table books as well as jewellery and cards from well-known brands.

543 Hampton St, Hampton VIC 3188

www.page8shop.com.au

  1. Boxes and Bows

This small but cosy gift shop is just beautiful and packed with excellent selections of gifts and cards. There’s a lovely range of Australian souvenirs as well as clothing to buy.

15 Waltham St, Sandringham VIC 3191

  1. Card and Caboodle

What feels like Chadstone Shopping Centre’s tiniest shop, here you can buy cards for any occasion as well as invitations, stickers, gifts and more.

Shop B136A/Chadstone S/Centre 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone VIC 3148

www.cardandcaboodle.com.au

  1. The Paper Place

This shop is just lovely! They stock a great range of papers, ribbons, embellishments, cards, stickers and more. The owners are very friendly. Definitely worth a visit if you’re planning a wedding as well.

197 Blackburn Rd, Mount Waverley VIC 3149

www.paperplace.com.au

  1. Kaisercraft

Recently this brand has had a makeover and now they sell stunning gifts as well as soaps, homewares, paints, papers and everything for scrapbooking. Everything is quite affordable and Australian owned.

Shop G46/172-210 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East VIC 3151

www.kaisercraft.com.au

Entering beautifully decorated stationery shops always gives me such a thrill! I should also point out that there are some great gift shops in greater Victoria. Take a trip to the Dandenong Ranges to towns such as Olinda and Sassafras or drive down the coast to beautiful Rye and Sorrento for some great local shops. They are slightly overpriced due to the seasonally higher numbers of tourists who visit these towns but they shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Travel

Travel Souvenirs

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If I could have it my way I would never stop travelling. Being a 19-year-old student on exchange in Germany really ignited this passion I have for discovering new countries and experiencing different cultures. I cannot be more thankful for having had that opportunity in my youth. Now, eight years on I decided to capture some snapshots of the sort of travel souvenirs I brought back home with me and have created a physical photobook of these and more.

I always try to buy a magnet from the cities I visit and now the fridge is decorated in colourful little fragments of my adventures abroad. I always try to send a postcard home also as there’s something really satisfying about finding an old postcard from a beautiful city you’ve visited years ago, with your handwriting on the back describing that place and a nostalgic stamp in the corner. I love snail-mail!

For this post I’d like to share with you some of the things I have bought from various countries that I’ve visited. Please feel free to leave comments about the sort of things you like to bring back from your holidays.

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Dutch Clogs – Amsterdam

I remember the day perfectly. It was February of 2009 and it had just started to snow on the canal-lined streets of the Dutch capital. I was walking along a street that led straight to the main train station when I saw this large souvenir shop. It was every tourist’s haven! I picked up these symbols of Holland to always remember my visit by. They’re only miniature as actual clogs would never have fit in my suitcase after 8 months of life abroad!

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Mainzelmännchen from Germany

The city where I studied on exchange was Mainz and I couldn’t come home without the symbol of this charming city on the Rhein – Mainzelmännchen. They are the symbol of the ZDF broadcasting company located in Mainz. I’ve got my extra Euro coins in there now!

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Mozart Figurine – Salzburg

I was in Salzburg on a day-trip from Munich. It was winter so it was dark by around 4pm. I remember being so scared about being all alone in a foreign city as night fell but still had some time before my train departed back to Germany. I found this tiny shop to kill time at and couldn’t resist buying the symbol of Salzburg in his birthplace, just a 5-minute walk from the building he lived in. This small figurine of Mozart is one of my favourite souvenirs to date.

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Portofino, Italy

I remember being in such a hurry that day because I was confined by time to get on my booked train back to Pisa, where I’d be staying. I probably spent about 2 hours in Portofino altogether but every single second was worth it. This place was a dream come true and an adventure I’ll never forget. I entered a small gift shop in the main square, where all the buildings are colourful and the millionaire yachts dock, and bought this shell necklace to wear and think about my whirlwind trip to this beautiful part of Italy.

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Adorable Doll – Prague

My first trip out of Germany was to the beautiful Czech capital, Prague. I had always wanted to go there and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I found this beautiful doll in a gift shop just behind the castle on the hill of Old Town. Prague was magical to me.

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Venetian Mask – Italy

The memory I have about this mask is that after buying it, dad and I went on a photoshoot around Venice with me wearing the mask and posing in all sorts of silly ways. This was one of my big purchases and even though it cracked a little on the way to Melbourne, I’m so glad to own it.

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Collections from the French Riviera 

My dad, sister and I were holidaying in the south of France back in the summer of 2012. When I saw the notebook with the three roosters arguing I just knew I had to buy it. We didn’t argue with each other, mind you, but we all had different plans for our 10-day stay. The little lavender doll I bought in the perfume capital of Grasse when I visited there all by myself and the mini duck statuette was from a beautiful homewares shop in sunny Cannes. Until this day I have no idea what it actually says on it in French!

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Candy Box – Barcelona

I spent many amazing days in Barcelona and have since longed to go back pretty much on a daily basis! I bought this candy box from the Sagrada Familia gift shop after having just been inside what can only be described as one of the most awe-inspiring interiors of my life. The candies were absolutely delicious too and I wish I could have written down their name before devouring them in front of Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece.

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Guardian Angel – London

When I travelled back to Europe in 2011 to live in London for two years I never thought I’d miss home as much as I did. I found this precious angel at a Wilkinson’s in Watford, where I lived, and sent it home to Mum during Christmas time. My family hung it up on the tree. Nowadays, we always bring her out during the holidays, hang her on our tree and I get emotional every time I look at her because in this small figurine lies a story. My travel story.

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Snail Mail Collective!

Last month I participated in my first Snail Mail Collective. Organised by the lovely Lauren from Lost in Travels and Melyssa from The Nectar Collective, this monthly gift exchange is where you are partnered with someone most often from a different country, and you send each other gifts to a maximum value of $5. I absolutely love sending and receiving packages (who doesn’t?) so I signed up without hesitation.

As this was my first gift swap I was super excited to get to know my partner. The lovely Beka (check out her beautiful blog: Sunshine to the Square Inch) from America was my partner and the theme for the exchange was Gratitude. You can see what I sent Beka here and today (finally!) after almost a month in transit, I received her wonderful parcel. Patience is the key to great snail mail surprises!

Beka sent me her favourite hot cocoa mix, which I can’t wait to taste! She also sent an incredibly thoughtful journal with some handwritten quotes inside. In the card she suggested that I “write in the journal things [I am] thankful for. It helps keep a good perspective and is good to read through when [I] have a bad day.” That’s such an amazing idea Beka, thank you so much for your kindness, wisdom and thoughtfulness in sharing your favourite quotes with me. I’ll be sure to take you up on your suggestion and fill the pages with meaningful blessings. I’m so grateful to have come across you! Thank you for your parcel, it made it here on Christmas Eve! What an amazing surprise!

If you’d like to sign-up for the January exchange, you can keep an eye out for the order form on the organiser’s websites. As long as you join by the 7th of the month usually, you’re good to go! Happy Snail Mail everyone!

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