Courtesy of Rooftop Honey

These locally made gifts will make sure you never forget your trip to Oz.

Carrie Hutchinson
November 14, 2015

Melbourne is a town of artists and dreamers, writers and thinkers, and while it’s still possible to grab a plush toy koala or a t-shirt splashed with a slogan in the city, there are plenty of far more creative options when it comes to slipping a few souvenirs and gifts into your luggage. Here are a few of our favorites.

Vintage Posters

From 1910 until the 1960s designer James Northfield created a huge series of graphic advertisements depicting all aspects of Australian living, from the scenery to the wildlife. This 1936 creation, Melbourne: The Garden Capital of Australia, was part of Victoria Railway’s tourism campaign. Since 2012, Northfield’s designs have become available again from Australian Vintage Posters in three sizes, from $113.

Rooftop Honey

The health of the environment is largely dependent on the health of the bee population, so, in 2011, beekeepers Mat Lumalasi and Vanessa Kwiatkowski set up Rooftop Honey. Their plan was to bring bees back to the city by placing hives on roofs and in gardens. Jars of the sweet stuff, collected from the Central Business District and surrounding suburbs, are available from Rooftop Honey’s website and locations around the city; $11.

Printed Bandanas

Anyone who has been in Melbourne for more than a few hours will probably have jumped on one of the trams that ferry folks around the city. The heritage W-class trams used on the City Circle route have been captured on Hanky Fever’s gorgeous unisex handkerchiefs, so anyone can keep a piece of Melbourne in their pocket; $11.

Local Beauty Products

Rennie Ellis captured the dark, often unseen side of Melbourne in his photographs. The late artist worked mainly in the 1970s and 1980s, and his work can still be seen in a number of major galleries. In 2014, local company Kleins Perfumery released a number of products—body wash and hand cream included—inspired by Ellis’s art and featuring his work. The No Standing Only Dancing soap with Australian Wild Mint is an easy one to fit in the suitcase­; $7.

City Pride Pennant

Hang a slice of the city in the living room, with Penelope Durston’s Melbourne pennant. The collection also includes a number of suburbs, including Fitzroy and Brunswick; $32.

Carrie Hutchinson lives in Melbourne and covers the city for Travel + Leisure.

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