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BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP: MAKE A UNIQUE BEAR!
Want a unique gift to take home for your Grand-daughter or Grandson, or for a child that is looking forward to receiving a gift from you?
I think I have the answer.
Build-a-Bear workshop is located in
Shop 161, Cnr Gympie & Hamilton Rds Chermside, QLD - 4032
Phone: 07 3350 5324
Shop 2245, 1151 Creek Road Carindale, QLD - 4152
Phone: 07 3843 5530
And at Robina & Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.
Why this is special, is because you choose a Bear, and then buy the pieces you wish to decorate it with. This makes the Bear, your unique creation! Bears range in price and size, so you can make it as cheap or as expensive as you wish.
If you want to make it Australian, then go to a souvenir shop and buy some small things to put on the Bear. Eg. Ear-rings, aussie purse, hat, hatpin etc.
It is not only Bears but .........
Dogs, Cats, Bunnies, Dolls, Hullo Kitty and many other animals.
The best idea is to check out the website which has all this information and prices.
The Bear that my grand-daughter made, had sound, smell [ bubble-gum [her choice], pretty frock and high heel shoes added to the plain Bear to make an cute, adorable Bear - which it is!
She loves it, and so do I!
They don't take long to make either!
Since I wrote this tip, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge have visited Brisbane on 19/4/2014. One of the gifts they received for Prince George, was a "Tambo" [name of town where they are made] Teddy. He was dressed as an Australian, complete with an Akubra Hat and many more Australian accessories!
- Women's Travel
- School Holidays
- Family Travel
Indooroopily Shopping Centre: Big Brand Names Galore
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre in the western suburbs of Brisbane. I remember visiting the place once when I was a student in the 90s. Why once you might ask. The shopping entre was indeed a great place to shop. It's just that my place of residence was way too far away from Indooroopily.
What to buy: There are lots of shop to choose from - From flagship stores such as Kmart, Myer and Target, to other interesting shops such as Australian Geographic, a bevy of fast food chains and takeaways, and even a cinema.
Woolsworth: Late Shopping!
My famil and I have just finished dinner and were planning to head back home. Everywhere else were closed but only to spot a store with green stripes, red words and lots of lights. Woolsworth! We had actually driven past the store and had to make an about turn to get back to the store.
Humans! Shopping! Something that is quite hard to come by in the CBD area at 8.30pm!
What to buy: All kinds of food stuff and fresh fruits.
General: SUBURBAN SHOPPING CENTRES
Located around Brisbane are the suburbs, of which many have huge Shopping Centres.
These centres have everything, if more than what you find in Brisbane itself.
This keeps a lot of traffic out of Brisbane, which is good, plus, all the parking at these shopping centres is FREE much better than paying a fortune for parking in Brisbane.
Usually you will find a Cinema centre, sometimes a big outdoor screen, plenty of eateries including Restaurants, and the shops.
I find Sizzler good value at the Logan Hyperdome, and you don't have to book.
Buses run to and from these Centres, so they are quite easy to reach.
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
- Women's Travel
KINGSTON BUTTER FACTORY ARTS & CRAFTS: GREAT GIFT IDEAS!
The Kingston Butter factory is located in the southside suburb of Kingston.
The Arts & Crafts shop is located on the 1st floor of this historic factory. The choice is huge, and the prices range from cheap 75 cents for a unique lolly, upwards.
There are plenty of great gift ideas for Adult men & women, children and that special occassion, like a wedding or birth of a baby.
Take a ride on the train from Brisbane to Kingston Station. It is only a very short walk to the Butter Factory.
There is a shop that sells food & drinks, and table and chairs inside. Outside, toilets are located.
One of the extra good craft shops to keep in mind for that special Birthday or Christmas gift!
DFO - Brisbane Airport: Over 120 big name brands at up to 70% off
DFO (direct Factory Outlet) in the brisbane airport precinct is a great place to shop at discount rates for clothes, but it also has, homewares, kitchen wares, footwear, sporting goods, furniture, luggage and more.
Great coffee bars and a food court as also there.
Also in the same area is a woolworths (supermarket), chemist, a pub and a Dan Murphy (booze shop)
A loop bus is provided running between both terminals and the shopping area that is FREE and runs every 20 mins.
There is plenty of parking as well
Hours 10am - 6pm OPEN 7 days
What to pay: Less than usual.
Walkabout Tourist Shop: Tourist shopping
I found the prices here reasonable, the variety of souvenirs pretty cool and you can get locally made koala toys here. Oh yeah, if you're looking for Made in China stuff, there's plenty here too. Sigh. T-shirts are nice here.
What to buy: Get your koala souvenirs, kangaroo fur, t-shirts, caps and of course, don't forget the boomerang.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
DFO: Bargain Shoping at DFO Outlet
DFO is a mens, womens and homewares discount outlet on Airport Rd near the Brisbane domestic and international airport.
A nice variety of label fashion and sportwear stores have outlets here at 30-40 percent cheaper than department stores.
If you're hungry, there is also a decent food court in the center of the complex, although don't expect anything super cheap here. ($9 for a box of chicken satay noodles, maybe that's normal in Brisbane these days)
What to buy: Clothes
What to pay: 30-50% cheaper than department stores
- Budget Travel
General: Queen St. Mall has it all, well almost ;-)
Meyer Centre is the biggest department store in Queen St. Mall and offers everything from clothes, cosmetics and shoes to electronic goods. In the basement you'll find a food court which also houses some more shops and travel agencies etc. The other department store, located in Queens Plaza, is called Daniel Jones. Furthermore there are all kind of smaller shops, also tourist shops, like e.g. City Beach, Valley Girl (they also have an outlet in Queen St. Mall where nothing costs more than 10 dollars if I remember properly *ggg*), Jay Jays, Body Shop, Colorado, Just Jeans etc. etc. etc.
I was a bit disappointed though that there didn't seem to be a Billabong shop :-( Maybe I missed it??
What to buy: Australian brands as they're much cheaper here than in Germany.
What to pay: Depends, some brands/shops are cheaper than in Germany, others are about the same.
- Study Abroad
- Family Travel
Craft Markets: Here's a list of some of the markets
~ Brisbane Arts 'Bizarre' This market, with its purely arts focus, is truly bizarre! Held every second Sunday of the month, 1-5pm, at St Johns Hall, Oxford Street, Bulimba, the market comprises local artists displaying and selling their work. Christine McConnell Convenor Ph 3395 5760 / 0417 627 544
~ Brunswick Street Markets: Every Saturday and Sunday 8.00am to 4.00pm at Brunswick Street Mall, Fortitude Valley. Ph 3854 0860
~ Chinatown and Brunswick Street Markets: Every Saturday 7.00am to 4.00pm at Chinatown and Brunswick Street Malls, Fortitude Valley
~ Cleveland Bayside Markets: Every Sunday 8.00am to 3.00pm at Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Ph 3821 4333
~ Cleveland Harbourside Community Craft Market Cnr Middle Street & Wynard Street, Cleveland Australia Every Sunday 9am - 2pm
~ Eagle Street Pier Art and Craft Markets: Every Sunday 8.00am to 4.00pm at Eagle Street Pier, City
~ Eumundi Markets: Saturdays 6.30am to 1.30pm, Wednesdays 8am to 1pm. Ph 0428 135 456
What to buy: From necklaces to the finest piece of art you've layed eyes on... It's all there
What to pay: I'm not sure but it's a market so "Haggel Haggel Haggel"
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