Shopping Small This Christmas

I know, I know, no one wants to admit it or think about it but that doesn’t change the fact that Christmas is four and a half weeks away. Four and a half weeks! That’s only just over a month, ladies and gents, which means we need to get a-crackin’ and start organising some Christmas presents!

I’ve managed to be super organised this year and have already bought the majority of my Christmas presents for my friends and family. I love getting in there early because you don’t have to worry about going to Chadstone and almost dying from either a) trying to get a car park or b) suffocating/getting trampled in the shopping centre itself, if you actually are successful in getting a park.

One thing I especially love about buying presents is buying them online and supporting small businesses! With the big shopping chains springing up everywhere holding massive sales in the lead up to Christmas, small businesses can really struggle and I think there’s nothing better than showing them your support. I also make a point of buying the majority of my presents from Australian small businesses – I find Etsy is the best way to do this (you can specify your search so it targets Australian shops only). It’s amazing what beautiful, unique handmade goodies you can find.

In the spirit of giving and sharing, I’ve compiled a list of some of my most loved Etsy shops! They’re all Australian, too! Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for something handmade, original, vintage, or unique to give someone this Christmas.

  • Substellar Studio – adorably illustrated Christmas cards from Sydney.
  • June Design Co. – really adorable wooden earrings and brooches from Devonport.
  • In The Daylight – beautifully illustrated prints from Brisbane.
  • Sybella Boutique – lovely clutches in unique, vintage-style fabric from Brisbane.
  • Scissors Paper Mouse – a wonderful selection of prints to feast your eyes on from Sydney.
  • Cirkus Charm – eye-catching geometric wooden earrings from Perth.
  • RoEnArt – unique hand-printed tops and prints from Melbourne.
  • That Vintage – wooden brooches and pendants from Launceston.
  • flossy-p Art – gorgeous detailed illustrations on cushions from Coffs Harbour.
  • Meina Farala Home – bright and colourful concrete planters from Melbourne.
  • agnes & you – beautiful cushions and other home decor items.
  • One Happy Leaf – laser cut bamboo earrings and hair pins from Perth.
  • Sealhouette – silhouette illustrations of classic and modern characters from Sydney.
  • Amelia Herbertson – simple and classy Christmas cards from Orange.

And, of course, if you feel like dropping past my little old Etsy shop too that would be grand! You can find it here.

So there you have it! If you feel like supporting some small Australian-owned businesses, hopefully that list can give you a good idea of where to begin. Have you started getting ready for Christmas yet, dare I ask?? Do you have lots of presents to buy or do you prefer to not give gifts?



Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Vivian Chan

    Love this!!! Going to get cracking on my Christmas shopping too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing. x


  2. Pia

    What a useful post, thank you. Off to check out some of these local lovelies – great idea for unique pressies


  3. Ing Reils

    What a great list ! I am all for supporting the little guys and buying Australian so thank you for sharing these links. I am particularly taken by the clutch bags by Sybella Boutique and those gorgeous wombat pillow cases by flossy-p art.


  4. birdandfox

    Yes, do! It's much nicer when you can relax and shop at your own pace rather than rushing around at the last minute, isn't it? And no worries Vivian, I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  5. birdandfox

    Oh yes, I highly recommend them ๐Ÿ™‚ I love giving something unique and locally made – nothing quite like it! Thanks for the comment, Pia x


  6. birdandfox

    Awww that's great to hear, Ing! I don't know what it is but I just get such a rush of happiness when I buy something I know is Aussie made by a small business ๐Ÿ™‚ Tell me about it – I'm dying to find a reason to buy myself a clutch and one of the wombat illustration cushions as a treat! Thanks for the comment, Ing ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  7. Joy Adan

    What a cute list of Etsy stores! I love finding local businesses to support and it's great to see some really beautiful gifts coming out of local creative hubs. Great idea for shopping this Christmas… man I need to get started!


  8. birdandfox

    Exactly! I love seeing what gorgeous things people are creating all over the place. And giving something that's handmade just makes it all the more precious and lovable, I think! I'm glad you liked the list and good luck with your shopping! Thanks for the comment, Joy ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


  9. Clare Davis Etheridge

    Shopping small and local is so cool. This is a great list! It is small business Saturday here on Nov 29th, so I will be checking out some local stores.


  10. birdandfox

    Having a day dedicated to promoting small business shopping is a great day! I think Australia has a Support Small Business Day in early October but I wanted to wait until it was a little closer to when people might be thinking about Christmas presents before I wrote this post. I really, really enjoy shopping locally and small too – it's so much fun! I'm glad you liked the list and I hope you have an awesome time this Saturday! Thanks for the comment, Clare ๐Ÿ™‚ x


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