Once upon a time my idea of christmas gift shopping was heading to my nearest large shopping centre and dropping plenty of dollars in the large commercial chain stores on a load of stuff that every other person is getting!
Then I discovered the world of small business. Behind the shop windows that are Instagram and Etsy there are hundreds of local people creating and making, designing and baking to bring you unique and lovingly made items. Most of these small businesses have a story behind them, a reason why they do what they do. Most of them juggle a full time day job, a family, kids activities and life in general. They stay up late and work on weekends. There is no 9-5. But what you get from these people is passion. When you buy from them you will more often than not receive your items beautifully wrapped or presented. There will often be a hand written thank you note. They care about every single customer.
This is just a short list of a few of my favourites I have discovered in Perth, Western Australia. Please pop over to their Instagram pages and check out their work. And share this post with your friends and family.
PURE LUXE CANDLE CO
Candles are wonderful all year round and they make a lovely gift. I will always be happy if I am gifted a candle. Simone does a range of candles that have become a firm favourite in my house. She has some christmas editions but you need to order these fast as they are limited edition. The order book closes on December 4th but you can find them at Perth Makers Market and buy in person that same day.
A beautiful soap is no longer an old fashioned gift. Quite the opposite in fact. A hand made, all natural artisan soap is a work of art. Not all soap is created equal and Sparrow Soaps are a very superior product. Lovingly made by Erin in small batches and wrapped in such a unique way.
For a gift thats a little bit different how about buying the woman in your life a Sunbella. These beautiful parasols combine function with fashion. They help protect the skin from over 98% of harmful UV rays. Lightweight, wind resilient and simply stunning. I am loving the new 'City Luxe' which fits into a handbag and has Swarovski crystal embellishment on the handle for that extra bit of bling.
THE PURIST COLLECTION
Balms, herbal teas and skin care. Emily has created a range of products made in small batches using only natural ingredients. I have not yet found a product of hers I don't love. The balms are my favourites.
BOUNTY BOX SUPER FOODS
Do you know a foodie who likes to keep life a little healthy? Then you need to gift them a hamper from Bounty Box Superfoods. Filled with products that I would happily receive on their own, and all packaged in a really good quality white hamper, these are a stand out.
HELLO MR BADGER
Every single piece in this unique jewellery collection is different. No two pieces are the same. This is because it is all made using vintage watch parts that are lovingly taken apart and recreated into something beautiful. I gave my husband some cufflinks last year and he loves them.
You will need cards and tags to go with your gifts and Cassie is your girl. She hand makes every single item. There is something here for everyone.
HEY GIRL THREADS
Pre and post workout wear. These T-shirts are super cool. With great slogans like 'the good vibe tribe' and 'gym + juice' these threads will take you from your Jungle Body class straight to dates with your girl gang.
LITTLE POLKADOT PANTRY
Marshmallows are my new true love and the best in town are hand made by LPDP. With flavours like toasted coconut, passionfruit or raspberry these pillows of deliciousness will knock your socks off. Hurry and order a gift box or two in time for christmas to give away as gifts, or do what I am doing and order for yourself.