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
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!
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
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?
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
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.)
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