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Gift ideas for May birthdays

If you’re a May baby, your birthstone is the regally mesmerising Emerald. And while we would all love to shower our May-born loved ones in Emeralds each year, chances are your gift giving budget doesn’t stretch quite that far!

The good news is, emerald green is firmly back on the fashion radar, and there’s a gem-load of Emerald coloured gift options out there to surprise and delight the birthday girl. Here’s our top picks, available in CBD stores right now:

Emerald green ugg boots in Wollongong

The Homeboot - Peter Alexander

Nothing says comfort like a soft cloud of snuggly wool, and Peter Alexander’s Homeboots are the real deal. They’re 100% real suede outer, with sheepskin wool lining, so they last much longer and feel more comfortable than any synthetic imposter.

This year they’re available in a limited edition vibrant shade of green for some seriously stylish lounging.

Find Peter Alexander in Wollongong Central, upstairs near David Jones.

Bellebird clay necklace

Bellebird necklace - King + Ayre

King + Ayre is a treasure trove of hand-made jewellery, art and homewares. You’ll struggle to choose just one thing! Our tip? Keep it simple with this gorgeous handmade beaded clay necklace from Bellebird in Tasmania.

Find King + Ayres homewares at 3a Victoria Street, Wollongong (across from Bull + Bear).

Anine Bing leather clutch - Frolic Girls

Nothing says 'I love you' quite like a soft, beautifully made leather handbag. This divine deep green vintage-inspired bag was designed in collaboration with supermodel Helena Christensen. It’s a sophisticated classic that will have everyone else green with envy.

Find Frolic boutique outdoors on lower Crown Street Mall, just east of the stage.

Model wears dark green Willow blazer from Portmans

Willow blazer - Portmans

That colour… oh my! The Willow 2 Button blazer is a supremely flattering cut in just the right shade of opulent Emerald. Be quick, it’s almost gone!

Find Portmans inside Wollongong Central, on the ground floor near City Beach.

Evergreen spruce green glass candle

Exotic homewares - The 3Rs

Newly opened homewares store The 3Rs have an eclectic collection of beautiful pieces that are packed with personality.
Pretty gift ideas include the hand-poured Evergreen Spruce candle, with a fresh rich scent of cypress and fir balsam; plus a range of emerald green glassware and vases instore.

Find The 3Rs outdoors on Crown Street Mall, next door to Tramps.

Runner Duck coffee blend Wollongong

Home brew coffee supplies - Runner Duck

For coffee lovers (and frankly, who isn't) - up the ante on coffee at home with locally roasted coffee supplies and brew gear from CBD favourites Runner Duck.

Find Runner Duck down colourful Pig Alley - just off the bottom of Crown Street Mall.

Gorgeous gemstones - Shangrila Collections

Shangrila Collections will bring out your inner child as your delightedly pore over crystals and gems in every colour of the rainbow. These green beauties are Malachite - thought to act like a guardian angel, and protect against negative energies.

Find Shangrila Collections just off Crown Street Mall, at 81 Church Street (near the old giant chess boards).

Handmade unique emerald ring, made in Wollongong

Custom jewels - Globe Lane Handmade Jewellery

If you're keen to splurge on the real thing, visit the clever jewellers in Globe Lane. Donna and Megan will take your ideas and turn them into reality. They specialise in sourcing unique gemstones and diamonds, and crafting one-of-a-kind pieces.

Find Globe Lane Handmade Jewellery at 1 Globe Lane, just off Crown Street Mall.