With a national expectation for an online shopping spike, we’ve compiled a gift guide of Aussie small businesses to buy from online this Christmas. (Image Source: Pro Stock Studio via Deakin University)
By Helen Karakulak | @Helen_Karakulak
At the time of writing, it’s just five weeks until Christmas and, like many South Australians I’m sure, working from home has involved alternating between zoom meetings and browsing online shopping tabs.
A 2019 study by Finder found that consumers on average spend $386 on Christmas gifts for family and friends.
However, Christmas is expected to look different this year considering the COVID-19 pandemic, so how will this affect our shopping habits?
The Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) lead by Monash University released its data regarding Australian financial experiences in 2020, specifically looking at local economies and anticipated spending patterns.
The latest results released on November 18 reported that approximately 20 per cent of survey respondents spent more in the past six months to support their local economy.
The survey also revealed that over a third of respondents expect the number of products and services they purchase online will increase slightly or largely in the next six months.
Whether your shopping list spans pages, you’re looking for one special item for a Kris Kringle or simple stocking stuffers, check out our top picks of local businesses to support this silly season.
Please note: When ordering online, account for possible delays with shipping. For this reason, some of the following businesses may have cut off times for their orders to ensure they arrive in time for Christmas. Some, but not all, are listed below, so make sure you have a good look on their website or social media to make sure you don’t miss out!
A nudie nirvana
Sustainable superstar Ellie Everett is the mastermind behind Nudie beauty. She independently creates a variety of soaps, bath bombs, bubble bars and skincare products.
Whether you’re after a stocking stuffer or a cart full of goodies, Nudie beauty has you covered! Available online or via a variety of stockistsscattered throughout South Australia.
With love and lasers
The Laser Shack is an Adelaide based company specialising in geometric wall art while stocking a wide variety of laser cut and engraved products.
Ranging from engraved bamboo chopping boards, lighting and jewellery there’s something for everyone. Their great vegan range is perfect for the people in your life that are powered by plants. Shop online here.
The breast club in town
Handcrafted by Sarah in the Adelaide Hills, the Tit Club is a unique and inclusive brand endorsed by a community of body-positive, open-minded art lovers.
Her various collections of tit pots include witchy essentials and the beautifully personal Breast Cancer Awareness pots, pictured below, that are worth spending a little bit more for. She also stocks fun prints, greeting cardsand deliciously scented jar, glassware and sculpted candles.
Jackets with a voice
Rooted in culture, positivity, respect and love, Ginny’s Girl Gang has beautifully created clothing and accessories that make a statement. From Brisbane and currently residing in Georgia, USA, Ginny is a proud Gomaroi / Gamilaraay woman whose brand expresses her love of being an aunty.
Her custom jackets are sure to stand out, creating a visual dialogue to be proud of. Ginny’s Girl Gang makes jackets for deadly people, with unisex and kids sizes available. Shop online here.
Please note: Some messages printed on Ginny’s Girl Gang products make important statements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and aren’t appropriate for non-indigenous customers. Their site makes it easy to recognise what is appropriate by marking products with “Ally/Supporter Appropriate” in the product description.
Fit for a babe
Talented Adelaide artist Bella Whittaker specialises in all things funky, with a portfolio boasting international exhibitions, merchandise and collaborations with various magazines, tattoo artists and more.
The purr-fect present
Merging their vintage love with contemporary design, Kitty came home is a South Australian business with all products designed and handmade by Katrina and Farley.
Established in 2004, Kitty came home has built a reputation as thoughtful and unique, directed and inspired by the positive feedback and requests from the customers they meet along the way. They stock handmade jewellery, purses, journals and of course, the latest 2020 essential – face masks.
Wiradjuri woman, Kristy Dickinson is the creator behind the Haus of Dizzy, established in 2015. Rooted in inclusivity, her statement earrings are “a way to wear our voices on the body part that listens.” Beyond her statement earrings, the Haus of Dizzy stocks a variety of fabulous accessories and décor. Shop online here and be sure to get in before the Christmas cut off on December 11.
Glitz & glam
Your Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only thing wearing tinsel this year! With Calamity Tash’s extravagant tinsel products, everyone has the right to sparkle and shine. Actively creating for most her life, Tash has a flair for the fabulous, and her work is sure to brighten anyone’s Christmas. Basing her business on accessibility and spreading craft cheer, Tash’s creations span a variety of budgets, from her dangly festive earrings to her unique potheads.
Make your home more inviting with Little Home Creative this Christmas! Little Home Creative is an emerging small business that offers personalised gifts such as baby onesies, baubles and hand-painted doormats.
Their doormats would make a great gift for anyone that’s just moved into their own home, or as an entrance piece for a business. They also offer pre-designed Christmas mats, but get in quick, as their Christmas orders cut-off on December 10.
Check out their Etsy shop here.
Looking for more variety in one place?
Home to a variety of South Australian, interstate and international artists, the Tangerine Fox stock a unique range of gifts from jewellery and accessories to fun activities for the whole family.
Shop online here or visit the foxes at shop 122 Westfield, West Lakes.
I can’t believe you haven’t met
Launched in 2014 as a Renew Adelaide project, Have You Met Charlie is a gift shop that offers a platform for independent artists to stock their products.
Their retail goodies range from homewares, décor, accessories, stationery and more. With something for all ages, their babies & kiddies collection is especially adorable!
Shop online here or visit Shop 2/51 Jetty Road, Brighton or Shop 25, Regent Arcade Adelaide.
Find your jam
Spanning almost 50 years of operation, JamFactory is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the professional development of artists, spreading the value of craft and design in day-to-day life. They offer exhibition and retail spaces to highlight the work of emerging artists.
For gift ideas, browse their shop or consider gifting one of their training courses to the budding creative in your life. Shop online here or visit 19 Morphett Street, Adelaide or 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield.