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A few ideas for supporting small Australian makers with your Christmas shopping

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WORDS BY JASMINE WALLIS

Support local. 

This year has been a lot. We don’t need to get into all of it right now but the holiday season is (thankfully) fast approaching which means summer, family, food and gifts.

Many small businesses have gone through tough times this year which is why, if you’re wanting to purchase a unique gift for the special people in your life, you should see if any independent or local businesses can help you out.

From statement earrings to fun homewares, here are just a handful of independent picks for gift giving this year. 

Buddi Bags 

The brainchild of a Brisbane-based graphic designer and high school maths teacher, Buddi Bags makes fun, reusable bags. Made from recycled plastics, they range from on-trend cow print to a purple and yellow cheese-themed bag titled ‘My Favourite’s Gouda’ (Amanda Bynes fans rise up). These cute and affordable bags aren’t just made for the markets but for use everywhere. A perfect gift for housemates who keep pinching your reusable basket, or they could make a useful yet funky Secret Santa gift.

 

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Soli Studio

Tbh, earrings are my favourite gift to give because they can say so much about a person. Soli Studio knows this as well and has the sweetest range of earrings to gift a close friend or family member. From petite clamshells to dainty flowers, the Melbourne-based brand makes unique and sweet jewellery basics that work all year ’round. 

 

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Archie & Larry 

Remember those personalised friendship bracelets everyone had in primary school? Well, Archie & Larry are bringing them back in a more grown-up and stylish way. These customised bracelets would make for a perfect declaration of friendship for a sister or best friend as you can personalise them with your own choice of letters, shells and pearls. A unique bracelet made just for you, all while supporting a small business.  

 

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Bread Beauty Supply 

Created by Maeva Heim, Bread sells natural hair essentials for curly and afro-textured hair. Featuring hair masks, oils, cute scrunchies and gift packs, this award-winning Australian brand makes for a thoughtful gift for any beauty buff or to share the love with a bit of self-care pampering. 

Juno Araya

Launching earlier this year, Juno Araya makes hand-made turtlenecks. These aren’t your grandma’s turtlenecks though. Featuring bright, fun colours and prints, the Melbourne-based brand is crafting eye-catching pieces you can wear in a multitude of ways. With sizes ranging from a six to a 24, these carefully made turtlenecks would make a fun gift for your eccentric aunt, little sister or print-loving pal. 

 

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Sar.ra 

Does every mum say they don’t need anything for Christmas, or just mine? Although they tend to be notoriously hard to buy for, a nice piece of art is something most mums appreciate. Brisbane-based artist Rachel Sarra uses her art as a storytelling tool to share her Aboriginal culture. With bright and playful colours, framing an art print could make a thoughtful gift for parents and friends alike. You better get in quickly because Rachel’s work tends to sell out in the blink of an eye.

 

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Bispha 

Handmade in Brunswick, Melbourne, Bispha Studios makes unique candles celebrating the beauty and nuances of the human body. They’re vegan, non-toxic and perfect for your homebody friend to make their space cosy and warm. With two styles available, the Comfy Bod and Mama Candle, Bispha Studio candles are art as much as they are homewares. 

 

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Toko!

The go-to place for sustainable living, Toko! has a huge range of eco-friendly gifts for the environment-conscious person in your life. With an eco starter pack of reusable bags and makeup wipes, these make a very useful gift and will help someone you love to get set for a sustainable new year. 

Char Studio

A multi-disciplinary art and design studio, Char Studio makes beautiful bespoke and sustainable pieces such as sun hats, cushion covers and day bags. Each design is one-of-a-kind, making it a special and personal gift for a friend, parent or grandparent. Designed and made in Melbourne from organic cotton, you can choose which colour and style of embroidery you’d like by reaching out to founder, Charlene Caday. 

 

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The Daily Rabbit 

Perfect for the home-obsessed family member or friend, The Daily Rabbit is a homewares brand that uses 3D printing as its go-to material. Designer Lyn Wallis makes unique and brightly-coloured flower vases, that are a beautiful statement piece for any windowsill or dining table. Some favourites include the lavender Ribbon Vase and the translucent yellow Waffle Vase. 

Cush Coma 

Cush Coma pillows are art and homewares combined and make for a unique gift for your sibling, friend or partner. Described as “bizarro goods”, the cushions are made from recycled materials and you can choose from martians, flowers and chain designs for a Christmas gift that’s as unique as your favourite person. 

 

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