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Handmade Christmas Gifts of the Year

Handmade Christmas gifts are the BIG must have under the tree this year.  It’s all about vintage, handmade, family friendly and local.  Why? Teaching children about sustainability and social responsibility is a big priority and while Christmas morning will still be peppered with Elsa and Minecraft, receiving something eco friendly, handmade and locally sourced opens up the conversation about responsible shopping.

What is it?  It’s buying from a sustainable source, buying locally, buying from a mum and pop shop, buying handmade or upcycled (See the importance of buying local here). It’s all about showing kids that it doesn’t need a big ticket brand to be a wonderful thing!  Here’s our pick of the top  handmade Christmas gifts already available online!

Handmade Christmas presents for women

handmade earrings

If there’s one thing the handmade industry does well, it’s original jewellery!

Uber cool steam punk inspired geek-girl earrings with a little snapshot into a favourite book or character.  Very personal, very chic and handmade right here in Brisbane.  This handmade gift retails at $20.16 and can be special ordered  at the Bookalicious Etsy Page.

Super gorgeous handmade baby gifts

InaSudjana is an Australian handmade puppet store that does the most gorgeous little gifts for babies and kids.  Whether it’s some special Christmas puppets or just something bright to stimulate very young eyes, these are lovely little creations. The thing I like most about handmade baby presents is that mums get so much stuff when their baby is new – this is something guaranteed to be unique!  Puppet sets retail for around the $30 mark depending on design and are available at the InaSudjana Etsy Store.

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Handmade teapot puppets

Handmade dolls for little ones and big!

Dolls are something that need to last a childhood and be so so special.  There are plenty of sellers out there making handmade dolls, consider picking up something this sweet instead of the same old plastic stuff!  These little ladies are handmade here in Australia by Bubs By Andie , Born To Be Felt and OOAK.

Handmade christmas gifts for girls
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Handmade tea sets for play or display!

These gorgeous cloth tea sets are perfect for a little person’s tea party or as a quirky conversation piece in your dining room or library.  So pretty, so quirky – available at Chook Shed Design.

Handmade quirky tea sets
Tea sets for display

Completely unique homewares

The handmade industry does homewares especially well.  If you’ve got to find JUST THE RIGHT piece for somewhere in your home, you’ll find it on Hand Made Australia, MadeIt or Etsy, guaranteed.  These shabby chic beachy baskets are available from Syd And Me for $44.  This very pretty Alpacca stuffed Australian throw cushion is from RubeyLiza Storybook Apacas Homewares. If the pastel mirror design looks familiar it’s because Peachy Parade, the design firm is being snapped up for style shoots all over the place right now.  If you see a pastel nursery design (and you will, so hot right now) chances are you’ll see some of her work in the shot!

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Handmade homewares
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We love a little handmade under the Christmas tree!  For so many reasons, it’s better to give something unique and made with love!  This is our pick of the very best out there so far for Christmas – watch this space for other hot handmade items for the people you love!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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