Gift-giving around the Christmas season is always a struggle: thinking of unique gift ideas for the special people in your life can be tough and it can be tempting to grab everyone a gift card for a major retailer and call it a day.
But with 2020 being the bleak hell hole that it has been, supporting local businesses is more important than ever before with small business owners taking the brunt of financial hardships this year. Besides, these local businesses create the highest quality, most creative, unique items that make the ideal gifts for this festive season. So grab your debit card, get comfortable and get ready to get your Christmas shopping sorted in 10 minutes flat whilst also making some small business owners do a little happy dance when they see that order come through.
If dainty, long-lasting and personal jewellery is your thing, you’re going to be obsessed with this brand. Finerrings is a Melbourne-based brand that create delicate hand-made jewellery, ceramics and even hair accessories. Pieces include personalised items, freshwater pearl jewellery as well as unisex pieces, with simple chains and signet rings for the men in your life. If you’re Christmas shopping here, just be prepared to end up shopping for yourself too.
Reducing plastic waste whilst looking like a boos? Ermm, YES PLEASE! Good Citizens have changed the game with their stylish sunnies that are made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles: that’s it, no metal, no nothing. Super versatile with the ability to click and change the colour of certain parts at will, these guys are revolutionising the sunnies game.
This beautiful Aussie clothing brand is to die for with eye-catching swimwear amongst a whole host of other pieces. Their bold prints are made from a recycled product called ECONYL, a fibre made from recycled fishing nets and carpet fibres.
Western Australia-based candle company, Ryan & Co embodies everything an Aussie brand should be: Sustainable and inspired by nature. Ryan & Co candles are made from natural soy wax and housed in hand-cut containers made from recycled glass wine bottles. The gorgeous scents are inspired by places in Western Australia.
Skincare designed for dramatic and sensitive skin. Founder, Ash, has dealt with a lifetime if intolerances and allergic reactions which made her unable to find beauty products that were safe for her to use. She created Yours Only so that others like her wouldn’t face the same problem and could enjoy pampering themselves without the stress of a potential break out or reaction. If you’ve got a mate or family member with temperamental skin, this is the perfect gift for them this Christmas.
Sustainable, affordable, comfortable. Those are the values that Love Luna bases their products around and they a sound great to us! Love Luna created sustainable period undies to keep you leak-free and to save more sanitary products from ending up in landfill. It might not seem like the most obvious Christmas gift, but trust us, your fellow menstruating babes will thank you for this one!
When it comes to gift-giving, you literally cannot go wrong with chocolate, especially if it’s premium, handmade, Australian chocolate made by a social enterprise. 'Hey Tiger' are on a mission to make change in the cocoa industry and have already donated over $250,000 to The Hunger Project, supporting cocoa farming communities in Ghana. With these guys, you can give a sweet gift whilst making a positive change in the world.
The perfect alternative girl to flowers, succulents bring the same amount of joy as a bouquet of blooms and have the added bonus of lasting forever! (as long as you care for them). A gift that will add something to any room and perfect for those ‘I have no idea what to buy them’ names on your gift-giving list!
Aboriginal Artist Emma Hollingsworth is the founder of Mulganai This gorgeous art business is based in Brisbane and creates beautiful original pieces, prints, cards and more using traditional Aboriginal painting techniques. Think bright colours, stunning patterns and the perfect feature piece or any room.
Made for children and the young at heart, House of indie creates stunning felt room decorations featuring whimsical shapes and dainty lights. Hand-made by local artist, Georgina with so much love and heart.
Words by Ellen Walker