The Shop Small Christmas Gift Guide 2016
Posted on 13 November 2016
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Yay! The silly season is almost here and my favourite thing has started... Yep, that's right, I love love LOVE Christmas shopping. This year I'm doing my best to support our local business community and so that's why I'm shopping small this Christmas. When you shop small, you're putting food on the table for a family, paying a student's rent and, most importantly, supporting someone to fulfil their dreams.
We have so many amazing makers in Australia it was hard to pick my favourites, but I honestly had so much fun perusing through such brilliant local talent. If you truly want to spoil your friends and family this year, there's nothing more special than a handmade present. I hope you'll join my lead and discover some fantastic local businesses in the process.
So, without further ado, here's my selection of the best in handmade and small biz for Christmas.
Ps. Each header is a link so you can shop straight from the list!
Valor Bracelet - $19
The Valor bracelet (left) with silver is the perfect simple accessory for your man. It’s great for any age and style in the slim matte black beads. It looks sleek and classic, and sits neatly next to his watch, too.
Nomad Bracelet - $19 (or 20% off when purchased with another bracelet)
Paired with the Valor bracelet, they make a hip set for your guy who stacks his wristwear.
Locks by Lucy Papa gift set - $70 (currently on sale for $60)
A great gift for your bearded bloke, featuring a moisture mask, “Chill Out Dad” tea and a stylin’ wooden beard comb.
In luxuriously soft fabric made to stay dry and fight odour, it’s just made for your athletic man. Plus $10 goes to beyondblue, so it’s a gift with a message and a cause.
Is he caught up in that "bacon love" craze going around? This is the perfect pun-ny mug for him! There are lots of funny designs to choose from, with many dad jokes available.
Beautiful and unique, the Grace earrings are made with pendants featuring handpainted wooden beads and set on sterling silver. The dainty Grace earrings feature hypoallergenic settings on sterling silver earwires and the wooden beads are so light they don’t weight down your ears. On an extra fine sterling silver chain, the matching Grace necklace is effortlessly elegant. Sitting high near the collarbone, it’s a wear-with-anything style.
Mount Vic and Me “Emu” Tea Towel - $27.50
Quirky and original, the illustrations from Mount Vic & Me are sure to put a smile on mum’s face. And if your mum is like mine, she can never have too many tea towels!
A Little Bite of Love print - from $25
Get nostalgic with a hand drawn illustration from the uber-talented Grace. Her chic fashion artwork is also a great choice for your stylish mama.
What could be more indulgent for mum than delicious body products? Paudha Healing's 100% natural products are handmade in the Blue Mountains and scented with beautiful essential oils.
Ink'd Stationery "Moody Blues" Journal - from $26.60
For the mum who writes everything down this beautiful handmade journal with floral fabric design is always a well received gift. You can never have too many notebooks!
This is my favourite buy for summer! With Honeybell's sun protection clothing, mum can be sun smart and still look stylish by the pool. The shirt dress gets my vote for mum this Christmas.
For your Bestie
Boho Wrap Choker - $19
Get on trend with this tan suede tie-up choker. She’ll love this easy to wear and versatile style, you can bet she’ll be wearing it all summer long.
How awesomely funky are these for her car? No more dreaded soap scents and tacky cardboard, just deliciousness and style with these diffusers!
Genius is the only word I can use to describe the Bon Maxie earring boards! She’ll love organising her earring collection on this stylish board. Plus the mini boards are the ideal size to fit on your dresser. Add a pair of Kayelle earrings for the perfect gift for a jewellery maven.
Personalised Bracelet - $20 (or 20% off when you buy more than one)
Make a unique bracelet stack for your bestie or design a matching pair for you and her in that good ole “BFF” tradition. Add a hand stamped charm in on-trend rose gold with her initial for $10.
With countless ways to tie them, it’s another versatile piece that she can wear again and again. I love my TopKnot Girl headbands to keep my hair back during yoga or to stay stylish at brunch on a “didn’t-have-time-to-wash-my-hair” Sunday.
Sal Remedia Rest Bath Soak - $18.95
If your besties is in need of some serious relaxation, this soothing blend of chamomile and lavender is for her. The ideal gift for a new mum to encourage her to take that extra bit of "me" time.
For the Littles
Little Wuppy - from $30.95
Is your little person starting school in the new year or going through another big change? Little Wuppy is the perfect gift to ease their worries. A brilliant idea by ex-teacher Linda, these adorable little sausage dogs have a special little heart that your child can send their worries to, so they don't have to worry any more. Each Wuppy comes with an adoption certificate, instructions and carry pouch - so adorable!
This adorable handmade ring set features 3 peg people and comes with 6 rings. They not only look beautiful for your little one’s room but are a great tool for developing motor skills.
My Little Love Heart Teething Ring - $14.95
For the tiniest family member, these beautiful teethers are a little whimsical and fun, and super stylish. With unique designs available in the most stunning choices of fabric, you can make it a set with matching bibs and burp cloths available too.
Fun and funky and available in so many other colours and shapes, these hanging chalkboards are perfect for creative kids. With the added bonus they make a stylish colourful addition to their room or play area.
Sure to enchant your little person, the Tiny Tribe peg dolls are designed to engage their imagination while also looking gorgeous on the shelf. My pick is the Scandi design with geometric prints and beautiful floral headpiece.
Funny Little Things Name Crayons - from $7
Perfect for little fingers, these name crayons are made by hand with natural, non-toxic ingredients. Not only are these fun letters available in a variety of colours, they also come imprinted with something beginning with the same letter. I do love a gift that's both engaging and educational.
Practical and adorable, these bunny placies are great for mealtimes and play. Available in bunny and bear shapes, they're sure to capture their imagination while helping you manage the mess. And I'm all about practical solutions that still look good in the home, too!
Make your trendy teen's room insta-worthy with the Starry knot cushion in mint. A great accent piece for their little sanctuary.
Wildberry Art Christmas Cards - 4 for $24
If you're a traditionalist like me, Christmas still comes with sending cards to everyone. And what could be better for a traditionalist than some nostalgic art from a talented local artist like Jen from Wildberry Art? These are truly special cards printed on textural advocate linen stock and limited edition this holiday season.
Shartruese Christmas Gift Tags - $8 each
Have yourself a merry Christmas with this stylish addition to your packaging. Why use a sticker when you can add a keepsake that can be hung on the tree for years to come.
And here's a Santa Sack for the littler members of the family. I love the bold red option in these sacks, though it's also available in calico. Every child should have their very own Santa Sack - and one with their name on it is even better!
Doesn't every kid want to hear from Santa? I love the "Nice List" certificate you get with this Santa bundle and it's totally personalised for your child.
And that's my shopping list for 2016 wrapped up (ha ha, get it?). Hope you enjoyed having a browse and found some things to add to your list. I'm sure you've been extra nice this year, so make sure you pop something in the cart for you too.