It has been a rough year for all of us, especially for Victorians. Not only have we been stuck in a seemingly-endless lockdown, but many small business owners are experiencing unimaginable hardship, their doors closed for months now. Those who haven't been forced to close for good will be relying on Christmas trading to survive into 2021.
And wouldn't you know it, Christmas is just around the corner! Shopping for gifts will be a very different experience this year and many of us will continue to buy online, as we have had to do for months. With Australia Post and other courier services experiencing their highest workload ever, the delivery delays mean we need to get cracking on our shopping to ensure that Santa can deliver all the presents in time.
To help you get started on your shopping list, I've put together this gift guide showcasing some of my favourite Victorian small businesses who really need your support right now.
Large shopping chains might have cheap gifts, but they are going to survive this pandemic relatively unscathed while many small Aussie businesses will not.
If you are looking for high-quality products that are designed right here in Victoria, check out these beautiful boutiques. When you support these stores, you keep their dreams of small business ownership alive. If you see something you like, don't forget to share it with your friends - your referrals help keep us in business!
Your child's bedroom is a magical place - it's where they spend a huge amount of time growing, dreaming and learning. Make your child's space as beautiful and unique as they are with gorgeous prints on the walls. I have custom names, cute alphabets and my favourite products are the Positive Little Minds prints which help your little one build a happier, healthier, more resilient mind.
Started nearly 4 years ago after the birth of her first baby, Blocks by Shezzie is a small Melbourne business run by mum of 2. Blocks by Shezzie specialises in personalised wooden name blocks. These beautiful handcrafted blocks are the perfect gift for the little one in your life.
Our beautiful & unique collections of fibre art make it easy for you to create special, loving and inspiring spaces in your home. Each piece is made using ethically sourced, recycled cotton and posted using reusable and compostable materials.
Bena, South Gippsland
At House of Bobbins, we are passionate about handmade and believe in making beautiful, heirloom quality homewares. We pride ourselves on the quality of our materials and our choice of designs in order to fill your home with some personality and pizzazz. Homes are for living in, not just for show! So why not make them a little more fun?!?
Langwarrin, Mornington Peninsula
JAŽE started out as a pandemic iso project for founder, Tiana, who adores all things natural and fun! JAŽE provides high quality, natural cotton woven macrame home decor for kids, big kids and adults, adding extra character and charm to any space.
We are a small family business specialising in acrylic and wooden laser cut pieces. We create all sorts of products ranging from milestone discs, name signs, magnetic planners, business signage and we will be venturing into wedding pieces next year! We love creating little pieces as well as bringing custom orders to life.
Threads for Boys is your go to-store for cool boys clothing. Don't settle for boring and daggy boys clothing and accessories. Threads for Boys has high quality, unique and cool boys clothes for your little legend. We've sourced the best Australian brands to bring you an online destination for all your shopping needs. Offering size: newborn - 12 Years.
South-Eastern suburbs, Melbourne
We're a small family business based in beautiful Bayside, Victoria. We specialise in personalised clothing and business merch with no minimum orders. We have our own signature look but also welcome custom orders - we absolutely love bringing your ideas to life! Every piece of clothing is carefully hand printed and designed with love.
Frankston, Mornington Peninsula
Exclusively Australian handmade baby and kids boutique. We handmake all of our own products including bibs, shoes, teethers, hair accessories, natural play dough, wooden toys, cake toppers and many other personalised products.
Ferntree Gully, Melbourne
Hi I’m Karen and I’m the maker at KLee Handmade! I’ve always loved sewing and little babes so it made perfect sense to me to create gorgeous outfits for them! I love classic, vintage styles that have stood the test of time. I use natural fibres like cotton and linen which make the perfect combo for you little one's wardrobe. My collection is a little eclectic, lots of one of a kinds, but all with a similar style. It’s all about keeping them little!
Finn + Nala is a small Melbourne business run by one mumma who was inspired to start something for herself after she found the early stages of motherhood really challenging. She sells beautiful BPA-free silicone suction bowls and bibs, bibs dummies, safety certified dummy chains, mushie stacking cups and the very popular Pikler range and Learning Towers.
Flip With Joy was born out of a strong love for reading and a desire to help parents raise lifelong readers. The books in our store are carefully curated with your child’s reading experience in mind. Apart from attractive illustrations and captivating storylines, our books are selected with the end goal of creating an engaging reading experience for your little ones. Read, play and learn with us.
Doncaster East, Melbourne
Big Bear and Little Birdie creates a variety of beautiful handcrafted gifts. BB&LB is forever growing and consists of gorgeous baby products, teacher lanyards, organic beeswax wraps, key rings, polymer earrings, wine charms, bibs and much more. Each product is made with lots of love. If you're looking for a special gift for someone this Christmas, BB&LB has something for everyone.
Anglesea, Surf Coast
Milk and Sticks is home to beautiful toys and resources that inspire and educate your little ones. They have been designed to provide a fun and creative educational experience with a minimalistic, natural appearance. Products include natural wood tangram sets, story blocks and Magnacrylic boards.
Isla and Zaza was created by stay at home mum, Tanya, who wanted to show her little ones that dreams can become a reality with persistence, motivation and belief in yourself. Isla and Zaza is your one-stop shop for everything baby-led weaning - suction bowls, placemats, cups, bibs, safe kids food scissors and more. Eco-friendly, silcone, BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
Eco-conscious, children’s dinnerware that doesn’t sacrifice on style. No bright colours here, our beautiful sets have been created to blend in with the styling choices of your home, even when you run out of time to put the dishes away. We’ve made sure our products aren’t full of nasty fillers and plastics like BPA so that they are 100% safe for little ones to use daily. Conveniently dishwasher safe, bloomware is made for the busy family.
poppy & fig offers a wide selection of thoughtful, unique and practical hampers and gifts for bubs and mums. All our offerings are proudly handcrafted in Australia, making them truly one of a kind and perfect as keepsakes and heirlooms.