Support the "Little Guy" this Xmas - some awesome online stores in Australia! ~ the little lioness

Support the “Little Guy” this Xmas – some awesome online stores in Australia!

Support small local stores

I’ve seen to above image going around again – calling for us to support our local artisans this Xmas. So I thought I’d put together a list of some awesome Aussie online stores to buy handmade wares from for your friends, family and for that Secret Santa giftee!

Soaps and lip balms, from Veronica Foale Essentials

Soap and lip balms from Veronica Foale essentials

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll have seen some of my purchases from Veronica’s online store. Veronica lives in rural Tasmania, and has launched a range of handmade soaps, lipbalms and, now, bath salts!

Veronica uses a range of natural oils in her products, which leave your skin and lips oh so happy! I love the lip balms (who wouldn’t!!) and you will too. It’s all balm oil free, and some products use Tasmanian beeswax. She’s adding new products all the time, so follow the store’s Facebook page to be tempted!

Yay! Sample packs and lip balms from  :)

Being me, I LOVE anything citrussy, but she has a huge range of scents including coffee, There are also some lovely unscented soaps on offer for those with sensitive skin or noses, and vegan soaps. To me, they would be lovely, practical and thoughtful gifts for anyone, but in particular I think teachers would LOVE these over the usual mug and chocolates!

Candles and melts from Lily and Ginger Candles

Hand poured soy candle tins

Lily and Ginger Candles is a Hunter based family company run by Tiff and the other Treganzas. Have a delicious scent all through your house with these hand poured soy candles and melts. There’s delicious scents like Vanilla Cheesecake, Ginger Kisses and Lolly Shoppe, and they come in various sized tins and jars. Or, fill your house with the scents of Christmas?

Follow on facebook, or, if you’re in Newcastle, check out some of their range at Floral and Spot’s pop up stall at the Emporium on the old David Jones Building in the Hunter Street Mall.

Sweary and Ranty Tea Towels and Wall Hangings from PrettyFknEmbroidery


With such wisdom as “Don’t be a Dick” and Fuck the Dishes, Cate Bolt’s wall hangings and tea towels are perfect for your not so domestic housewives ;) Because, who doesn’t just think “I hate you the least” some days about their loved ones?

Home is whereever Im with you

Cate is traipsing around the NT at the moment, and also has some more gentle embroidered products at Cabo Pickles, with those sales supporting her Foundation 18 charity, which supports families in Indonesia to stay together as well as running an orphanage for those whose families couldn’t make it. I know, warm fuzzies when buying gifts? Perfect!

Hand mixed Glitter nail polish from Fox & Owl Polish

MMM cupcakes nail polsih

Fox and Owl mix their gorgeous polishes in Victoria, and has a gorgeous range of space and star polishes, and pretty pastels. Or, if you fancy yourself a bit of a mermaid, there’s some gorgeous colours for you! (Stalk the FB page here.)

Mermaids exist polish

On top of these, I’d suggest braving your local crafty and artisan markets, buying some local jams and honeys, browsing the shelves of

Have you got any favourite Aussie stores I should add to this list?

Check out my other Xmas gift guides:
Awesome “Virtual” Charity Gifts



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10 comments for “Support the “Little Guy” this Xmas – some awesome online stores in Australia!

  1. November 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I love this, supporting small business. We all work so hard to make beautiful things. I love the Kahula lip Balm!
    You can also see my prints and cushions in my shop maybe you could add them to the list?

    • November 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Oooh love them Sarah!

      There will certainly be another list in a couple of week!

  2. November 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    It’s such a great idea to buy handmade goods from small independents. I’m a big fan of this and will definitely be doing it this Christmas!

    • November 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Good on you! any suggestions for me?

  3. November 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Awesome idea to support small businesses! I will be one soon – not quite operational yet (photography) so yes – support small businesses!! I will check out all the places you have listed above. I have SO many Xmas gifts to get !

    • November 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      ooh cool, what sort of photography are you doing?

  4. November 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

    A great list! How good are those wall hangings and tea towels! They have been placed on my wish list :)

    • November 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Excellent! I bought one for a friend :)

  5. November 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Great idea on promoting small businesses especially with Christmas coming up. Need to get me some Ginger and Lily candles. My MIL would love them!

  6. November 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I love this idea. I try to do it as much as possible generally. Good work you :)

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