Where to find unique gifts from local makers
Avoid the crowds and head online to find handmade unique gifts from local makers located all over Australia. When buying from online marketplaces that specialise in connecting makers and producers with buyers, you’re not only supporting small business (win) but also giving a unique gift that the lucky recipient probably couldn’t get anywhere else (double win).
Here are some online marketplaces packed with gift ideas perfect for everyone from your bestie to your brother. When you buy handmade and local, your gifts are guaranteed to impress!
Best for: Accessory Lovers
While cult creative marketplace Etsy stocks everything from screen prints to hand-stitched clothing, quirky one-of-a-kind hats and beyond, Etsy has a very strong accessories game thanks to the thousands of talented jewellery makers that use the site to sell their work. From cute handmade cat brooches to on-trend Nordic-style silicon necklaces, you can even get earrings with George Costanza’s face on them (strictly one for the Seinfeld fans). If you have a friend who loves a certain animal, flower or colour, simply use the nifty search button to drill down to all the accessories of that shape, colour or type. Genius!
Best for: Socially responsible types
After four years, the Good Spender site has closed. During this period, Good Spender has successfully raised the visibility and awareness of social enterprise to Australian consumers. We encourage you to continue to support social enterprise through your online purchases.
Best for: Foodies
Know a special someone who has a taste for the finer things in life? Stocking an impressive collection of artisanal food items, this online larder features some of Australia’s most passionate producers. From handcrafted organic fig jam from Gurra Downs in South Australia to 100% Australian-grown coffee beans from Eureka Coffee, simply buy products individually and have them shipped to your address to make your own gift hamper. Alternatively, the time poor (or people hopeless at gift wrapping) can buy a ready-made gift pack or gift certificate to make life easier.
Best for: Art lovers
Connecting Indigenous artists living in remote communities with the rest of the world, the Art Ark digital platform partners with not-for-profit and community-governed organisations to ensure all the works of art on the site are sourced in an ethical way. Featuring everything from intricately woven baskets created by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers to striking paintings from artists living in the renowned Central Desert area, Art Ark supports both established and emerging Indigenous artists at all different stages of their career.
Think that all original works of art are out of your price range? While some pieces might go beyond your budget, you’ll be surprised to see you can pick up beautiful pieces for affordable (but fair) prices. You never know, the emerging artist of today could end up being a superstar of the art scene tomorrow. Regardless, when you buy a piece of ethically-sourced Indigenous art, you’re not only buying a beautiful piece of work, you’re supporting a way of life and a connection to culture.
Best for: Design fans
Showcasing a wide range of uniquely Australian gifts that last, Country Culture has a well-curated collection of must-have home décor items, perfect for Grand Designs fans or anyone interested in beautifying their world. Think hand-glazed ceramic mugs in earthy hues, bright tea towels emblazoned with Australian native birds and reproductions of vintage maps of Australia. With a focus on quality items made in Australia from Australian materials, buying items from here is a good way to support local artisans and creators.