Last year we ran a very popular article on seven ideas for Christmas Gift Shopping. We’re back with a brand new shiny list cos we don’t believe Christmas shopping should be boring let alone a waste of money. Buy those special people you adore something ridiculously amazing and keep that Aussie creative dollar flowing. Cos people, you’re in for another 7 creative gift ideas for Xmassiveness, YM style!
1. Something for the kids….
Robyn Ru, previously Second Time Round , is a super cute kids range with a heart of nostalgia and practicality. Each garment is composed, cut and constructed in a small studio on the mid-north coast of NSW by Jill Heggie and her small team. Vintage and reclaimed flanno, denim, retro prints, lace, cotton and plaids are all splashed around the range in reversible hooded vests, twirly skirts, toggle coats and patchwork delights thoughout. Bespoke services are available and Robyn Ru is stocked in the Spunky Bruiser / Soto Smith store and at monster threads!
If you want something rockin’ for the teenagers and young ladies then ‘ Lilowyn ‘ hand-made jewellery is just the thing. Also available at the Spunky Bruiser / Soto Smith store, this tasty range is the brain child of Spunky Bruiser’s brainy child Lili – a burgeoning young teenage creative!
2. For the teens and the young at heart (always!)
It’s no surprise that there has been a massive resurgence in skating, and not just by the young lads. But these decks are something extra spesh. They’re made from recycled wine barrels and each one is individually shaped and crafted by The Paper Rain Project. Don’t believe us? Then read the interview we did with them earlier this year. What’s more, The Paper Rain Project have revamped the wine-barrel board in the shaping bay and we got a sneak peak of the new range as pictured below. Order through: thepaperrainproject.co.nz
3. Family gifts are an awesome way to keep a bunch happy all at once.
The lovely owner from Sydney’s most culturally aware child-care supplier Leave it to Leslie has teamed up with the very talented Indigenous artist, Garry Purchase, to create unique Aboriginal designs for recycled mats. This gets a tick in every box, they’re environmental friendly, practical, stunning, creative, culturally cool and still affordable! Order online here!
Maybe your bestie has had her heart broken, maybe your sister is looking to get her sexy back, or your nephew really needs that new look before he hits Uni. The best people in the bizz that know hair, colours, cuts and faces – cos let’s face it you need the right hair to maximise all your profiles, are “A Loft Story”. Newtown’s newest booming business set in the most stunning multi-pupose space is the place for transformation. Not only will you get that new look, you’ll be inspired by the space, their gallery and delight your tastebuds at the cafe. This is only the beginning… And don’t forget to follow them on Facey!
5. For the people overseas
Our French contributor, Stefy, will be the first to tell us that it’s exy to send gifts overseas to everyone at Christmas. And she’ll also add they all love the Oz culture and it feels wrong to purchase the el cheap “made in China” gift. So we have found the perfect answer: a calendar made by Torres Strait Islander, Zachary Bennett-Brook from Saltwater Dreamtime. Some of you will remember Zac from our post on his impressive surfboard art earlier this year. But you’ll need to be quick on this gift idea as word is they’re selling faster than he can print!
Message Zac on Facebook to order the calendar for only $20!
6. Give the gift of music
We’ve been following these guys for sometime and really want to share their melodic beauty with you cos we know you’ll want to share it too. Our Man in Berlin are genius at indie/electronic maundering that’s sweet on the ears and soothing to the sassy soul. Is it Right? EP is a super dooper bargain gift at only $6.99 AUS, but don’t be surprised if you purchase their back catalogue just for yourself!
7. Wanting something even more visually inspiring?
Art Pharmacy always seek and find the best in affordable contemporary Australian Art. There is no doubt that they have something for every different taste. We stole this from their blog to give you a better idea “This Christmas, forego the throwaway gift in favour of an inspiring artwork to last a lifetime, selected from Art Pharmacy’s talented pool of local and emerging visual artists.” Delivery is free!!
You can jump on their site and check out the many talents or if you’re in a rush here are our three tips: