It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas …
My Christmas preparations got off to an early start this year after I was invited to attend the grand opening of the 2015 Myer Melbourne Giftorium store in Bourke Street last Friday.
I was rather excited as I absolutely love Christmas and in some way Myer has always been a part of my family’s celebrations.
Each year we make a special trip into the city to check out the Myer Christmas windows (which open on 10 November this year by the way) then let the girls select a new ornament for the tree from the Christmas shop and take a ride on the Santaland train.
This time round it was just me and Baby (who celebrates her first Christmas this year!) taking the lift up to the sixth floor to explore all that the Myer Melbourne Giftorium has to offer. Let’s just say that Miss 6 and Miss 10 were not happy they had to go to school that day!
As I exited the lift I immediately spotted the Nutella stand from across the other side of the floor … hello!! Topped off with a delicious Nutella donut from the pop up Brunetti’s cafe, this Nutella addict was thoroughly satisfied.
Taking a further look around, it was clear that personalised gifts are definitely ‘in’ this year. The Giftorium has several great options including Nutella jars with your own name on the label, Peanuts and Mr Men/Little Miss cartoon prints as well as embroidered stockings and Santa sacks.
Star Wars fans will love the extensive display of merchandise available, with the next film due to hit the big screen in December. Other pop-up shops include Disney, Marvin’s Magic, arts and crafts, and games and puzzles.
Myer Melbourne’s Giftorium even has its very own Build-a-Bear shop, which Miss 10 and Miss 6 will just adore when we visit again in December.
I even tried my hand at creating a flower moss ball hanger (not the correct terminology I’m sure!) with the help of the ever patient florists from My Flowerhouse. With their assistance, they showed me how to wrap moss around the base of a pot of pansies then use stretchy twine to hold it all in place and hang your creation. It’s a very cute, easy activity you could do with the kids and even give as a gift … actually it would make a great end-of-year teacher gift! You can also book to attend one of My Flowerhouse’s Christmas floral workshops to be held throughout November and December at the Myer Melbourne store.
Giftorium stores will be available in all Myer stores offering a selection of gifts based on seven different themes including: For Her, For Him, Tech Guru, Kids Cubby (gifts for children), Paws Corner (gifts for pets), Stocking Fillers and Food Fanatic.
Some of my favourite finds on the day included a quirky Star Wars crochet set and these cute clay and terracotta gnomes, bird feeders and flower pots that you paint up yourself.
I couldn’t resist taking a look through the gorgeous Christmas decoration shop, stocked full with ornaments. While I was there, I picked out a cute stocking for Baby to add to our mantelpiece this Christmas … so very exciting to be having another first Christmas again!
Now that I have had a sneak peak of what’s on offer, I can’t wait to head back to explore the Giftorium – and all that Melbourne city has to offer this Christmas – with the whole family in December. It can’t come quickly enough!
* This is not a sponsored post, however I was invited by Kids Business and Myer and given a gift bag, a $50 Giftorium voucher and $10 Build-a-Bear voucher for attending the grand opening. All opinions expressed are my own.