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For a unique and beautiful souvenir to bring home from Melbourne, consider purchasing a piece of Aboriginal art. In the city, you’ll find artistic styles from all over Australia, both contemporary and traditional. Travel home with a canvas covered in thousands of colorful dots, swirling motifs, serpents, lizards and kangaroos. Look for galleries and shops like Art Yarramunua, City Gallery, Craft Victoria, Dacou Gallery, Flinders Lane Gallery and the Koorie Connections Altair at the Queen Victoria Market, all certified by local government to sell these works in an ethical manner.
If you’re not in the market for an original piece, consider posters, tea towels, tablecloths or art books. Well-crafted options are available for sale at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Melbourne Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria. These, too, are certified as ethical vendors.
Another good souvenir to pick is a bottle of wine. Australia has been building a reputation around its shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Check out wine shops in Melbourne or tour the nearby Yarra Valley wine country and buy some bottles after your tastings.