Stroll down the historic blue-stone-paved Piper Street of Kyneton and fill a basket with locally poured candles, hand-sewn leather goods, sigh-worthy Belgian linen and gourmet goodies made with regional produce.

Explore laneways, casements and courtyards in  Castlemaine, Clunes or Creswick to uncover antiques that whisper tales of gold. 

For those who care as much about the ethos of the local business that made the gift as much as the gift itself, then head to the shopfronts in Lancefield, Talbot and Romsey. 

If rare plants make your heart bloom then look no further than Blackwood, Macedon, Woodend and Trentham for your blossoming treasures. 

The high streets of Daylesford and Hepburn are overflowing with country styled homewares, handmade chocolate and locally designed clothing. 

Finally, everyone needs a good book. Browse the spines of rare editions, coffee table art and popular reads at one of the bookstores in Woodend, Kyneton or Trentham. 

All this and more awaits you in the villages throughout this area. Don’t forget a little something for yourself.