Whether you’re a local wanting to show your Melbourne pride or a visitor hoping to take home a slice of the city, then these 11 unique souvenirs are for you. From timeless opals to cozy Uggs, a Sherrin footy and iconic Melbourne prints, there’s something for everyone on our list.
Established in 1877 as the Victorian Football League, the game expanded nationally to become the AFL in 1990. From the very beginning, the Sherrin football has been the official ball of the game, and you can take a home the red leather nut which available online and at all major sporting stores.
Designed by Harper and Charlie, this locally made print of Little Audrey aka the Skipping Girl will add a touch of Melbourne to any room. Other images available include The Forum Theatre, Luna Park, Palais Theatre, Nylex Plastics sign, NGV and Arts Centre Spire among other iconic Melbourne landmarks. All prints are available in two sizes.
Vegemite is a school lunch staple and one of Australia’s most popular food spreads with 22 million jars sold annually and since 1923 every jar has been made in Melbourne. Packed full of vitamin B the spread should be used sparingly and is available from every major supermarket chain.
Boomerangs have been used by Aboriginals for ten thousand years and are an iconic Australian symbol, making this traditionally painted gift the perfect souvenir. Each authentic boomerang differs in design as they are hand-painted by Aboriginal families and all profits support Aboriginal people. The boomerang is also flat enough to slip into your suitcase without taking up any extra room.
Wear your love for Melbourne on your sleeve with these stylish tram cuff links. The black and white design features the word MELBS and an image of a tram with a shiny plated finish. The unique accessories come in a black presentation box.
Steal the spotlight in these flamboyant glasses made famous by Australia’s favourite housewife Dame Edna Everage. Created by Melbourne born Barry Humphries, the character was first introduced in 1955 and has since become an icon of Australia, hosting her own talk shows and productions on Broadway and the West End.
Before making your way to the viewing area to watch the Little Penguins wobble up Summerland Beach at the Penguin Parade rug the kids up with this adorable penguin beanie. Featuring a pom-pom and tassels this beanie will keep your kids warm at Phillip Island’s premier attraction. An adult version is also available.
Roll the dice past Queen Victoria Market, Shrine of Remembrance, Etihad Stadium, St Kilda beach and in the Melbourne Edition of Monopoly. In this version, the MCG has been given the coveted Mayfair position and you’ll be set back three places when “A Fitzroy hipster takes too long ordering a half strength, decaf, soy-mocha Frappuccino.” The game’s tokens have also been customised and include a racehorse, coffee cup and a tram.
Australia’s national gemstone makes for a timeless souvenir and accounting for 95% of the world’s opal supply there’s no better place to pick up this treasure than while you’re down under. Melbourne’s most reputable sellers include Lighting Ridge Opal Mines on Elizabeth Street and Johnston Opals on Exhibition Street.
Appearing on Oprah’s ‘Favourite Things’ list in 2015, UGG Boots are the perfect gift to bring home from your Australian holiday. Founded in 1978 by a young Aussie surfer, the brand specialises in cosy sheepskin boots and have a wide range of women’s, men’s and children’s styles.
Melbourne is the sports capital of Australia and with your very own AFL Guernsey you’ll fit right in. There are 18 teams to choose from, and each has their own unique design and colour scheme. There are also children’s sizes available for young footy fans.