Oh God! Surely it’s not Christmas-shopping-time already?
Christmas in Melbourne seems to officially start after Cup Day, which is…. Tuesday. So I guess that’s yes. It’s time to start the Christmas shopping.
The one thing I love better than getting presents myself is giving them to other people. It’s such a buzz when you find that perfect something-special, and nothing makes me happier than seeing people open a gift that I know they’re going to love.
Present-giving is a very important part of my family’s Christmas routine: We open them one at a time, with great pomp and circumstance, in front of the whole family. I love this, because there’s nothing worse than spending days hunting for that amazing one-off gift for someone, only to miss the big unveiling.
Of course, I get that the only reason we can do this extended (there’s always at least seven of us, so it always takes hours) present-opening ritual, is because the youngest sibling is twenty-four. Even I don’t expect the average six-year-old to patiently sit quietly while there’s brightly wrapped boxes of goodies with their names on it going to waste!
But I digress. I love giving presents, but I find shopping for them agony. Which is weird, right? I mean; I love presents and I love shopping, ergo I should love shopping for presents. But the pressure of trying to find that amazing, perfect, once-off, didn’t-even-realise-you-wanted-it-until-you-opened-it gift is stressful to the point of giving me a breakdown.
With the Aussie dollar barely clawing back ground after its dramatic nose-dive earlier this year my usual go-to place for special presents – etsy
) – is probably more or less off the list.
However I still like to support craftspeople, and those amazingly creative local designers whose handmade wonders really do make the best presents of all.
So here’s a couple of Australian alternatives to etsy:
has over 130 independent Australian designers and sell everything from toys and clothing to jewellery, craft supplies and home wares.
The quality of the product can be a bit iffy, and it’s a bit of a marathon to navigate, but if you have the patience to wade through the dross there’s a few treasures to be found:
“Felt Storage Box” – 049design
“Mix & Match Brooch Set” – Shelbyville
“Babushka Cushion Cover” – Sketch
Has slightly more maneuverable search options, and there’s a couple of items that caught my eye, including:
“Purple Robot” – MyLittleOogabooga
“Pink Noodle Salad Flies a Kit Brooch” – The Likkle Girl Who Wuves Pwetty Things
(I should add the totally irrelevant disclaimer here that I find the seller’s name almost annoying enough to discount how cute the brooch is. Almost. Not quite, but almost.)
I think the pick of the bunch though, is the delightful GeorgieLove www.georgielove.com.au
which was the first online store specialising in Australian handmade gifts. Sally (or maybe her gorgeous dog
, George) handpicks the product that the store stocks, so the quality of the range seems to be heads and shoulders above the others.
“Blue Crane Bangles” – Madz Has Runway
“Boy and Balloon Brooch” – Allira Tee
Of course, this is meant to be a fashion blog, so as a nod to the Frocks and the Frou Frou – what are you planning to wear on Christmas day this year?
Personally, I’m thinking I might have to splurge on this fantastically red sheath dress from Sportscraft www.sportscraft.com.au
Dress: Sportscraft www.sportscraft.com.au
I’ll keep you posted!