At Red Fox, we love keeping our dollars in the ‘hood and supporting locals and their small businesses.

When you shop & support local, you keep food on local families, and their employees, tables, and our neighbourhoods stay vibrant and active – win-win!

Supporting local doesn’t mean spending more money, it’s about spending your money differently.

It can be as easy as substituting that ubiquitous $50 Coles Myer Voucher for a $50 one from a local cafe, retail outlet, or restaurant. Simple!

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So here are our top 10 ideas for shopping locally this Christmas:

  1. Breakfast/lunch/dinner on you!
    We love spoiling our buyers and sellers with a voucher to a local cafe, restaurant, or small bar in the suburb they’ve just moved into. Just pop into your fave to get one. Or, buy one online. A much better option, than the bland, Target hamper you might have been contemplating.

  2. Buy your meat from a local butcher.
    Seriously, we have at least four of the best butchers in Perth in the inner north, so there’s no reason to be standing in front of the meat section at Woolies contemplating overseas hams. Whether it’s a traditional Christmas roast, Boxing Day barbie, or an impromptu get-together with friends, check out places like Mondo di Carne, Paddock + Farm, M.Princi or Torre’s for some of the best-tasting meats you’re likely to find.

    And seafood? Try Catalano’s in Bassendean (my go-to) or a local fishmonger instead (find them at Dianella Plaza or Coventry Markets).

  3. Give the gift of reading. 
    What better way to relax on your break or entertain the kids when they’re off screens than a book. Whether it’s the real thing or a voucher so your loved ones can choose their own, you can’t go past Planet or Beaufort Street Books in Mount Lawley for their great advice and well-curated selections, and Rabble Books & Games (games – there’s a thing for the holidays!) in Maylands.

  4. Go gourmet.
    Whether it’s to serve at your own table or give as gifts to the fam, there’s some amazing and tasty gourmet goodies at Smoults in Maylands and Pimlott & Strand in Dianella. And don’t forget our local markets such as Kyilla, Perth City Farm or the Baysie Growers Market.

  5. Breads and desserts.
    You’ve got Mary Street Bakery, the Woodfired Baker, Miller & Baker, Glory Box Cakes, Chu, DolcettoSugar Rush Bakery – the list goes on! And Messina Gelato does a wicked line in the ice cream variety. It’s once a year. Spoil yourself with something hand-made with love rather than something churned from a commercial factory.

  6. Shout yourself some new clothes and/or accessories (or hit the op-shops!).
    Invest in a gift voucher for your loved one and wait for the Boxing day sales! Check out Department or Estrela (the latter for special jewellery pieces) in Mount Lawley, Harlow North on Angove Street in North Perth or Lula & Sasha (also in North Perth) and Look Feel Be in Maylands. And if you’re averse to adding to land fill, or just after a bargain, check out our blog on 5 to try local Op Shops.

  7. Something personal or for the home.
    Where to start?! Faves include Future Shelter and Angove Street Collective in North Perth, Daisy and Rowe, Firefly Gifts or  in Maylands, Ware in Mount Lawley and La Luna in Inglewood. For gifts with a vintage twist, check out Vintage Emporium, So Last Century, The Vintage Curator  or Stop Being Boring, and for plants try Mia Flora (also great for gifts) or Bar Botanik. And if you like the idea of supporting a charity, try the Oxfam Group Fair Trade shop WA in Baysie.

  8. Pamper a loved one.
    Nothing says I love you (or you look like crap and in need of a pick me up!) like a pamper session. Give a gift voucher for make-up or treatment at your favourite local beauty salon, like Cult Cosmetica in Inglewood, or a 90 minute specialist massage (as in not frequented by suspect looking types) from Clear Mind Studio in Inglewood, Wellness on Beaufort in Mount Lawley or Physical Focus at the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre.

  9. Wellness.
    Is there someone in your life that keeps mentioning that they want to try something, like PT classes, boxing classes, the gym, yoga, pilates or even meditation? There are soooo many options out there. Again, vouchers are the way to go here and we’ve got so many local gyms and studios with heaps of different offers at all price points to choose from – there’s literally something everywhere to suit everyone.

  10. A bottle (or two) of booze. 
    My family knows that the present I love most is a good bottle of bubbles. Or white. Or red. Or gin. And it’s even better when it’s bought from one of our great independent liquor retailers like deVine Cellars, or Sexton Cellars in Inglewood, Commune Wine Store in Maylands, Grand Cru Wineshop & Cellar in Mount Lawley, or La Vigna in Menora. These are the places I go when I want to give a bottle of something as a gift but not something you’ll find in Dan Murphy’s. They all have some great boutique and lesser-known labels that are no more expensive than what you’ll find in the chains and barns. Again, winner-winner!

So please, think twice before you give away your hard-earned cashola to the mega corporates and switch over to supporting local instead. Even if it’s just a few items. Every little bit helps.

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