Shop local for Chrissy gifts! You can find the perfect gift AND support small business. Spending money locally on Christmas gifts and food helps supports local businesses and their families. This year has been a tough one for our local community so we’ve put together a special Local Christmas Gift Guide featuring presents you can purchase from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter businesses. If you own or know a business that should be added to the list, let us know.
For Baby & Kids
Choose an Astralis Apparel Baby Box. They are the perfect, hassle-free Christmas gift for mum and bub. Simply select your Baby Box size, let Astralis know a few details about the giftee so they can personalise your gift and leave the rest to them. Their focus is on luxe baby gift boxes which feature the best in Australian and New Zealand boutique clothing and accessories. Astralis custom creates boxes with the idea that each box is different and carries a range of items from newborn through to 12 months plus, so their boxes are the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Did your family buy bikes in 2020? Personalise them with a bike bell from local company Beep Bells. They have a variety of bike and scooter bells to suit every member of the family. For kids, they have the cutest kids baskets and streamers for kids to accessorise their ride.
While there are a number of sand-free towels available across Australia, local company Fashion Fish in Warners Bay design and make a fantastic range of quality sand-free towels. These towels feature reversible designs – so it’s like having two towels in one. They are lightweight and dry super quick plus the sand doesn’t stick to them like regular beach towels. Check out the towel Colour is Confidence pictured above. It was the winning design for a recent Fashion Fish competition and was painted by 9-year-old Zoe, a student at Cardiff South Public School. Until 31 December,
you can receive 15% off with the Newy with Kids discount by using code NEWYKIDS15.
House of Fox
The House of Fox is a local online brand which creates beautiful clothes for little girls ages 1-8. All their clothes are cut and sewn by hand and are ethically, environmentally and sustainably produced in small batches. Their range of fun colourful dresses and separates are the perfect gift this Christmas and even better they are currently having a massive sale with 70% off EVERYTHING!
LollipopKids is a baby & children’s lifestyle boutique offering an exciting range of clothing, toys, gifts and accessories of your favourite brands. Carefully curated, many of their brands have a beautiful story designed by local Australian companies. The boutique is located on Beaumont Street but they also have an online shop filled with beautiful clothes and goods.
Too Cool for School
Too Cool for School is a popular boutique style shop located in The Junction. They offer the coolest selection of quality toys, books, kids clothes from Australian designers and more.
Prefer fewer toys and more experiences? Here are 50+ ideas for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter gift experiences for all budgets and interests that both kids and parents will love. Buying a voucher or gift experience from a local operator is a great way to holiday at home and support local.
Books from local authors & illustrators
Kids books are a popular choice for presents. This year, why not buy a book from a local author or illustrator? The Newcastle and Hunter region is full of talented individuals who have written or illustrated a wonderful selection of children’s books. Here’s a Local Kids Book Guide that we’ve put together featuring local talent.
Relax, unwind and recover with Fleurette Aromatherapy‘s range of natural massage oils, bath soaks, room mists and more. Fleurette Aromatherapy lovingly blends essential oils from flowers, plants and trees to create powerful combinations of aroma-therapeutic body and home care products for you. Enjoy Fleurette Aromatherapy products with a clear conscience. Their body products are all-natural, are not tested on animals, do not contain artificial fragrances or colours and won’t harm the environment. They are a local business using high-quality products supporting other local businesses in the Hunter Valley region. Fleurette Aromatherapy offers a variety of gift packs to pamper and soothe. Buy as gifts for friends and family and also for yourself.
Choose handmade earrings from FlickaHandmade. They have been creating unique earrings and gifts since 2014. Unique, custom-designed earrings make an excellent gift for the person who has everything. When you buy Flicka Handmade, you’re supporting a local craft maker who enjoys making every single piece.
Handmade by Angel
Shop for handmade unique purses and bags at Handmade by Angel. There’s a range of bags to choose from including clasp bags, wristlets and kids purses. As well as the Etsy store, you can find Handmade by Angel market stall at Homegrown Markets in Speers Point and The Station Newcastle as well as Handmade in the Hunter markets.
Forget the usual boring stuff this year. Stop by local boutique Ramjet Assortments in Darby Street. You’ll find vintage-inspired frocks, lifestyle clothes, shoes including hip, pre-loved cowboy boots, accessories and homewares. Among other beautiful things, they stock the fabulous Blue Q socks, tea towels and oven mitts perfect for stocking stuffers. There’s a range of humorous designs to suit everyone.
Secret Book Stuff
Send a Secret Book to a loved one. Tell Secret Book Stuff what your friend or family member likes to read and they will handpick a book especially for them, lovingly wrapped in recycled materials. All books are pre-loved, wrapped in 100% recycled brown paper, tied with biodegradable hemp twine, and delivered with a handwritten note. Secret Book Stuff is a social enterprise to spread a love of literature and create a little more magic in the world. Every time you buy a book, Secret Book Stuff plant a tree and donate a book to a child in a rural community in Australia.
Soapalicious is owned a nutritionist with a particular interest in nourishing the body with natural and healthful ingredients. Soapalicious makes hand-crafted ‘real’ soap, shaving, face, shampoo and dish bars with 100% natural ingredients (including oils, butters, plant botanicals, clays, essential oils and sometimes even fruit, vegetables, flowers and spices). These ingredients not only cleanse, soothe and moisturise the skin, face, hair or your home, but also provide for beautiful colours, scents and textures from plants and the earth – which are also organic and locally sourced where possible (some ingredients direct from Newcastle farmers).
Class of 84 Clothing
Based here in Newcastle, Class of 84 clothing create matching swimwear for the entire family made from recycled plastic bottles. Their goal for 2020 is to remove 100,000 plastic bottles from landfill. Their range included matching father/son or daughter boardies which make for the perfect Christmas gift. Approximately 50 plastic bottles are used to create one pair of shorts.
Steel & Anchor
Find a unique Christmas gift at Steel and Anchor on Darby Street. They stock a range of handpicked homewares, men’s gifts and accessories. Their online store is open 24/7 with orders despatched the next business day.
Find a present at Nook Store in Hunter Street Mall. What began as a Renew Newcastle project, Nook Store now is a well-established retail outlet providing quality, independent men’s streetwear labels as well as products from local artists.
HESO Men’s Skincare
Treat your partner or dad to a gift pack of HESO, locally made plant-based skincare for men. The three-step Shave System includes a shave olive gel, aftershave and moisturiser and will give your dad the best shave every time, minus the irritation. The range is all-natural, 100% vegan and 100% cruelty-free created in small batches here in Newcastle.
Buy your partner or dad a special beer glass from Suds Slinger, producers of high-quality craft beer glassware. Designed by a local Hunter Valley beer brewer, the range is perfect for dad’s favourite craft beer. Choose from a Suds Original Beer Glass, Suds Party Beer Glass or Suds Can Beer Glass.
Burbridge + Burke
Based in Nelson Bay, Burbridge and Burke stock a variety of goods. Along with their own work, they stock beautiful homeware items, art, kids and babies items and fashion accessories that have been thoughtfully designed and made by a selection of great Australian artists and designers.
David Diehm Photography
David Diehm is a local Newcastle photographer specialising in capturing local imagery. As well as selling prints of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Greater Hunter, he produces a Newcastle calendar featuring 15 iconic local images. For those who love jigsaw puzzles, he has a line of Newcastle region photo puzzles.
The Hunter’s Smallest Mobile Art Gallery
Give an art gift for Christmas. Martina, a Lake Macquarie based photo artist from Berlin creates unique pieces of composition art. She draws inspiration from nature and scenes around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. She’s also the owner of the “The Hunter’s Smallest Mobile Art Gallery”, a beautiful little trailer converted into a lovely mobile art gallery. Normally you can find her at various markets around the Hunter such as the Warners Bay Markets, Art Bazaar and Homegrown to name a few. Visit her Etsy store to see more of her designs.
Mitch Revs Gallery
With a distinctive and recognisable cartoon style, Mitch Rev’s work reflects his adoration of the ocean, surfing, skating, nature, animals, sea life and community. Each piece he creates gives you the opportunity to join him in that happy moment, feel nostalgic and understand the freedom of creativity. Shop for Mitch Revs original artwork and other artist works, sentimental gifts and gift cards this Christmas.
For Eating & Drinking
Give an unusual and different gift hampers oozing with Australian native flavours from Oz Tukka. This Redhead company specialises in authentic Australian flavours also known as bush food, bush tucker (tukka) or Australian native spices. They have a range of unique and multi award-winning products includes native bush food spices, macadamia nut oils, macadamia nut dukkah, spice mixes and gluten free muffin mixes.
Floozy Coffee Roasters
A present of coffee from Floozy Coffee Roasters is a perfect gift for your coffee-loving friend or family member and this one comes with an added benefit. Floozy began with a dual purpose: to roast delicious coffee and to give women a space to feel comfortable in the coffee roasting scene. They also have relationships with a number of female coffee producers and enjoy showcasing them as much as possible.
Caked by Beck
Choose Christmas cupcakes (full-size and minis) from Caked by Beck is an Ashtonfield based cake decorating business, owned and operated by Beck Hemmingway – a self-taught cake decorator and self-professed cake addict. She also sells DIY Christmas cookie decorating kits.
Newcastle Chilli Bros
Choose from a range of chilli sauces. Newcastle Chilli Bros first met in the playgrounds of Plattsburg Primary School in Newcastle in 1985. With a passion for everything and anything chilli, they decided to put their hearts, minds and money where mouths were and formed “The Newcastle Chilli Bros”. They manufacture a variety of sauces to suit a range of tastebuds. Choose the 6 pack Mix n Match if you’re buying a gift for source aficionados.
Hunter Valley Hampers
Gift a Hunter Valley Hamper packed full of gourmet goodies from Hunter Valley artisans. You can choose from a variety of different hampers or create your own custom hamper. With 279 gourmet goodies to select from, you can easily create the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. Choose from award winning chocolates wine & spirits, jams and pickles, chai and artisan vinegar or bush spiced ingredients for that keen cook.
Love craft beer? Purchase a Murray’s Brewery Gift Box. They come in two sizes: a Single gift box featuring a selection of Murray’s standard beers ($23) or a Drink Outside the Box which is four giftboxes in total ($92). You can also add in one of their cool T-shirts to the order as well.
Prefer gin? Buy a 500ml bottle of Achilles Gin ($79) distilled right here in Newcastle by Styx Brewery. It’s small batch gin distilled in their tiny hand-hammer copper pot using traditional juniper and locally foraged & found botanicals.
Where to Buy
Creative Village Newcastle
Creative Village Newcastle is a collective of artists and designers from Newcastle and the Hunter with a shopfront in Charlestown Square. There is a variety of artists working across different disciplines including ceramics, jewellery, homewares, photography, stationery and artworks.
Make Space is an artist-run collective founded in 2009 with a retail shopfront currently in the Newcastle Train Station. Representing makers from Newcastle and surrounding areas, the space is a treat for the senses – everywhere is the mark of the artist and everything for sale is either a one-off or a limited production line. There are lots of different items to choose from including jewellery, homewares, photography and artworks and more.
Soul Kollective is a collab store in Merewether with over 15 local businesses who all support each other under the one roof. They stock unique gifts for every member of the family at affordable prices. These items include vintage, florals, crystals, gifts, fashion & more! They are open 7 days a week.
Visitor Information Centre
Passionately supportive of all things local, the Visitor Information Centre stocks a range of products made by Newcastle makers and traders. From hand-blown glass, individually painted ceramics, Indigenous prints and locally made scented soaps, right through to local food products like sauces and honey – you will be spoilt for choice for a gift or souvenir. It’s also a cool place to visit. Housed in the former Civic Train Station, it’s worth a visit.
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