The festive season is well and truly upon us and if you’ve left your gift shopping to the last minute, there’s no need to worry. We have the perfect 24-hour shopping guide so you can get your Christmas list ticked off on your next getaway to the Gold Coast. Sun, sand and easy gift shopping awaits! For local fashion, homewares and accessories
If you’re staying on the Gold Coast then its Art & Crafts Markets are a must. There’s a market in Broadbeach on 18 December this year and in Coolangatta on 11 December. The market is the perfect spot to grab local souvenirs, homewares, art, craft, gifts, clothing, jewellery and accessories for all your loved ones, plus it offers live music in a spectacular beachside setting.
For surfy fashion and jewellery
If you’re shopping for someone who loves surfy and summery vibes then head to Cavill Lane, about halfway between our two apartment towers. You’ll find leading surf brands, fashion and jewellery to choose from for all ages. While you’re here, make sure you head to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Surfers Paradise Odditorium to dodge laser beams, see shrunken heads and more until 10:30pm in the summer months (and maybe pick up a few gifts as you leave).
For something Australian and unique
Australia is home to some of the world’s most stunning natural opals, including those from Lightning Ridge and Cooper Pedy. If you know someone who might appreciate one of their own, make your way to the Gold Coast Opal & Gem Centre for the state’s largest collection of opals and gemstones including sapphires from Central Queensland. You might pick up a pair of gorgeous stud earrings in 18 carat gold, or choose from trays full of mesmerising loose opals for an unforgettable Christmas gift.
For food, fashion and fun
Carrara Markets offer the country’s biggest permanent marketplace, and they really do have a diverse offering. Wander throughout over 400 stalls of homewares, clothing, perfumes, candles, collectables and more every Saturday or Sunday. While you’re busy shopping the kids can also have a ball with pony rides, face painting, a jumping castle and even get up close and personal with snakes and other reptiles at Luke’s Reptile Kingdom.
For a little of everything
If you have multiple names on your Christmas list then we recommend going to Pacific Fair shopping centre in Broadbeach. Here you’ll find everything from department stores to camping stores, with well-known brands including Calvin Klein, Carla Zampatti, Hugo Boss, Chanel and Christian Louboutin. You’re sure to find something for every taste in one central location here.
The best news of all? All of the spots on this list are just a stone’s throw away from our Meriton Serviced Apartments in Broadbeach and Southport. Get in before the holiday rush and reserve your luxury accommodation today with modern, spacious living spaces and stunning ocean views.