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Products (left to right) are Red Gloves $69.00; Red Ring: $80.00; Red Flower $15.00; and Red Watch $180.00.

Hidden Gems: White Apple Boutique

Hayley O'Neill

Explore your local shops and discover some hidden gems.

There’s no better feeling than being able to pop down to your local shops and grab a cup of coffee from the barista who knows your name (and order), or meet friends for a relaxed spot of shopping without the hassles of parking.

Our local shops are a charming part of Canberra culture and our new series, Hidden Gems, will be highlighting some of the wonderful independent stores around town. They may be off the main path but they’re well worth the look.

First cab off the rank is White Apple Gifts at Yarralumla shops, nestled right next to Farmer’s Daughter.

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The boutique is a one-stop shop for all your gifting needs (or just to treat yourself): from winter fashion accessories to quirky kitchenware; from jewellery to gorgeous gifts for the kids.

Owner Lisa Parolin trawls gift fairs and websites to find unique products, many of which are sourced are made from small, independent Australian Designers.

Here’s what we love…

FASHION FIX

When it comes to fashion and accessories, winter is when we can have the most fun gifting. Receiving a pair of black leather gloves or a beautiful necklace is a sure way to cheer anyone’s day up (including your own!)

Products (left to right) are Orange/Leopard Bag $259.00; Scarf Book $29.95; Black and Gold Necklace $120.00; Black Gloves $65.00; French Brooch $115.00; and Red Ring: $80.00.

Products (left to right) are Orange/Leopard Bag $259.00; Scarf Book $29.95; Black and Gold Necklace $120.00; Black Gloves $65.00; French Brooch $115.00; and Red Ring: $80.00.

Products (left to right) are Red Gloves $69.00; Red Ring: $80.00; Red Flower $15.00; and Red Watch $180.00.

Products (left to right) are Red Gloves $79.95.00; Red Ring: $80.00; Red Flower $15.00; and Red Watch $180.00.

GORGEOUSNESS FOR GIRLS

Little girls love pretty things and these creative and colourful toys are perfect for every budget. Get your little girl’s writing skills on track by having her write letters and post them in her new purple letterbox. She’ll have hours of fun whilst practicing her skills, which is the perfect gift for both of you!

Products (left to right) are Owl Socks (pair) $19.95; Hand Bag $27.95; Owl Hand Cream $5.99; Purple Letter Box $59.00; Purple Pen $5.95; and Colourful Owl $23.95.

Products (left to right) are Owl Socks (set of six) $33.95; Hand Bag $27.95; Owl Hand Cream $9.95; Purple Letter Box $59.00; Purple Pen $6.95; and Colourful Owl $23.95.

BOYS’ TOYS

Let his imagination run wild with a present that allows him to create fantasy scenarios. These wooden toys are super cool and lots of fun to play with. Made with the best quality, these toys are affordable gifting options for little boys.

Products (left to right) are Wooden Helicopter $17.95; Robot $29.95; Wood Police Car $15.95; Red Aeroplane $45.00; and Wooden Skateboarder $17.95.

Products (left to right) are Wooden Helicopter $17.95; Robot $29.95; Wood Police Car $14.95; Red Aeroplane $45.00; and Wooden Skateboarder $17.95.

HIP HOMEWARES

Homewares are the gift you give yourself when giving your home its own personality. Modern homewares that feature copper tones and geometrical prints and structures are a fun way to update a room.

Products (left to right) are Glass Jar Bird $18.95; Glass Jar Tall $19.95; Copper Fruit Bowl $59.00; Pear Ornament $39.00; Scarf Book $29.95; and Lantern $29.95.

Products (left to right) are Glass Jar Bird $18.95; Glass Jar Tall $19.95; Copper Fruit Bowl $59.00; Pear Ornament $39.00; Scarf Book $29.95; and Lantern $29.95.

THE FINISHING TOUCH

No great gift is complete without a card, and White Apple Boutique has a large selection. Our favourites are the animal cards that deliver a sweet message inside.

Cards $12.95 each.

Cards $12.95 each.

the essentials

What: White Apple Boutique
Where: 2/29 Bentham St, Yarralumla
When: Monday to Friday – 9:30am to 6pm; Saturday – 9:30am to 4pm; Sunday – 10am to 3pm.
Phone: 02 6285 1455
Web: www.whiteapplegifts.com.au

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Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author