Backstreet Christmas Day 12: Recommendations from Brisbaners


If you’ve followed along with Backstreet Christmas – thank you! Supporting local means a lot to me and it’s great to see so many others with the same enthusiasm. Special thanks to everyone who reached out and told me about their favourite Brisbane businesses (quoted below)! I’ve listed them below for the twelfth and final day of Backstreet Brisbane’s 12 Days of Christmas, along with a few extra recommendations of my own. Happy holidays (and happy shopping/gifting!) 

Thousand Island Dressing
One of my personal go-tos for gifts, Thousand Island Dressing have several locations and a huge selection of funky accessories, homewares, and cards. Check out their huge range on their website, or drop into one of their stores at Paddington, New Farm, and Bulimba.

Ella Bache Paddington
Given Terrace, Paddington
I’ve been going to Ella Bache Paddington for years now and I’ve never trusted anyone more with my skincare, eyebrows, and lashes. Consistently good results and friendly service is what I really have to commend about this salon (and I cannot speak highly enough of Jenna’s brow work!) You can buy gift, or check out the range / make an appointment online.

eLKa Creative
Big, bold, and funky earrings from local ladies Kate and Lee-Anne, who work with locally sourced leather, food grade silicone, wooden beads, and acrylic laser cuts. They’ve also got $5 flat rate postage! Check out their range on the website.

KOR Hairdressing
“Best hair salon in Brissy!”
Founded in 2010 by Kelly Williams, the KOR team is made up of talented stylists specialising in the perfect blonde hair. The salon also prides itself on being environmentally conscious and endorsing cruelty free products, such as R+Co, Eleven, Pravana, and Unite. Read more about KOR on their website.

Fita U Performance Centre
157 Given Terrace, Paddington
“The best team to get inspired and fit.”
A personal training transformation centre, Fita U specialises in small group team training and offer individual and semi-private personal training programs with a focus on proven training methods and nutrition protocols to establish long-lasting habits. Read more on the website or drop in for a chat.

The Gentleman’s Apartment
Shop 1, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
“Gorgeous homewares and interiors.”
Wayne Baker Smith is a 6th generation furniture maker and antique restorer conservator with extensive knowledge of traditional materials and techniques as well as 40 years of industry experience in the antique trade and design field. Find The Gentleman’s Apartment in Paddington, or contact via phone or email (details on the website).

Arc and Family Pots
85 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Husband and wife team Ben and Ash started Arc + Family in 2014 and service the ‘pot heads’ of Brisbane with the designer pots and stands they hand paint in their home studio in Morningside. Check them out on their website or drop in store to see their work.