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Do you have certain times of the year that are particularly busy when it comes to gift giving?  March for our family is always a super busy month.  There is my birthday, my husbands birthday, our anniversary, my nieces birthday, her anniversary and then in early April it is our eldest sons birthday. 

This year has made it a little harder to shop.  We are being told to stay home, and many businesses and shops are closing until this passes.  Being one of those people who should not be out as getting COVID-19 may not end well for me, my family is being pretty strict about not wanting me out.  So, I've had to become very creative when gift shopping.  Online shopping is great!  Don't get me wrong, I am very well versed in online shopping, you could say it has long been a favourite hobby!  Wanting to find new and unique gifts though has become a challenge for me and I thought there may be many of you in the same situation.  So, I've compiled some ideas that might make your gift shopping easier.  Think birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day (remember these happen at different times around the world and we have Mother's Day coming up in May in Australia), celebrations, or just to let someone know you care.  Remember shipping and postage may be delayed at the moment so planning ahead is key!

Seed & Sprout

Seed & Sprout has quickly become one of my favourite online shops.  If you are looking for amazing eco friendly gifts for all ages, then you can't go past Seed & Sprout.  Based in Byron Bay on the NSW (Australia) North Coast, you will find personal care, kitchen, laundry, kids items and much more.  If you are looking for products to reduce your environmental impact, but still want luxury, then this online shop is for you.  Great products that are great for the environment too.  My personal favourites so far?  The Metal Drinking Straws, Organic Farmers Market Set, the Dish Bar (smells amazing!), the Body Bar and the Shampoo Bar.  I have just placed an order for their new hair Conditioning Bar and the Shave Bar for Glenn, and I still have a number of items on my wishlist.  I'm sure you will too!

Seed & Sprout

 

Whisky Loot 

This is amazing, for the whisky lover in your family!  A subscription based gift, where you pay a monthly fee and have whisky samples delivered to your door (free shipping in Australia).  As a member you also get special prices on products.  You can skip or stop subscription at any time so you don't get locked in to a time contract.  It is the perfect gift for someone who has everything and is hard to buy for.  I purchased this for my husbands birthday and when it arrived he was super impressed.  The packaging was beautiful, very impressive.  Can't wait for Glenn to open his bottles and have a sample!

Whisky Loot

Whisky Loot
The Gin Society 

Perfect for the gin lover in your life, a Gin Society subscription is a passport to the incredible world of craft gins.  A gift subscription includes a unique craft gin delivered every 2 months, along with a Gin journal and an invitation to exclusive member events.  Our first delivery arrived today (another gift for my husband), and I have to say, the packaging and beautiful bottles were a pleasant surprise.   I'm hoping he will share some of his new supplies with me tonight!

Gin Society

Naked Wines Australia 

If you would like to support local businesses and winemakers, and enjoy a drop or two of wine, then this might be a gift idea for you.  For $40 a month you can become a Naked Angel (catchy name hey!).  Naked Angels support independent winemakers by investing $40 a month into their Naked Wines account, to spend whenever they want - in return for discounts, freebies, exclusive wines and more.  We became Naked Angels after we received a voucher, giving us $100 worth of free wine.  We continued being a Naked Angel, as the price and quality of the wines far exceeded our (high) expectations.  Great wines, supporting local winemakers, what more could you want when finding a gift for the wine lover in your life.

Coffee and Tales 

If you have a coffee lover in your life, then Coffee and Tales is certainly the site for you to shop.  Last year I gifted a subscription to both my eldest son and my husband, along with some beautiful coffee making accessories including beautiful glass coffee servers and dripper sets.  Each month they receive a box of coffee beans, carefully selected by Coffee and Tales from Coffee Roasters all over the world.  The coffee comes in two sealed pouches in a beautiful box complete with an information card about the coffee origins and the roasters who carefully produced the beans.  It is a unique way to try coffee flavours that aren't accessible close to home.   The guys have loved each box and are keen to explore the new coffee beans as soon as they arrive!  Based in Hong Kong, we have found their service and the quality of the products to be of the highest standard.

Coffee and Tales

Australian Cake Decorating Baking Box

If you know someone who loves baking, then this is a great gift idea.  Each month a box of baking related goodies (think tools, ingredients, cutters, stencils, sprinkles, edible glitters and much more) are delivered to your door, beautifully packaged.  Think all things cake and baking related and you have a great gift for the baking lover in your family.  It might also be a great gift for a young baker in your life, and could be a great gift you could share together.  Sometimes they close their subscriptions, but keep checking back for when they reopen as the subscription is well worth it!

Australian Cake Decorating Network Baking Box

Hard to Find 

Hard To Find is the home of personalised gifts, whether you’re buying for friends or family or treating yourself to something special.  From homewares and jewellery to fashion and prints, there are unique gifts for every person and every age – even those notoriously hard-to-buy-for peeps.

Gifts Less Ordinary 

Gifts Less ordinary is similar to Hard to Find.  If you're trying to find unusual and unique gifts under one roof Gifts Less Ordinary came up with a one-stop marketplace displaying beautiful and memorable gifts to treasure.  Many gifts can be personalised and come gift wrapped, the perfect gift ideas for any special occasion, including Father's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas and much more.

 

Book Depository

As some of you may know, I absolutely books!  Cook books has to be my main weakness, but travel, photography, art, crafts, gardening, yoga, meditation, essential oil and aromatherapy books come very close.  And that before I even mention novels!  I do love going in to a great bookshop, but when that's not possible, The Book Depository is my number one go to for all things books.  They have so many books available (over 19 million), they offer free worldwide delivery (who doesn't love free delivery!) and excellent service.  Give them a try, click on the link below and start building your gift ideas.  You can even create wishlists; what better way to select books for those loved ones in your life and have them ready to add to your cart when the occasion arises.  Great gift ideas for people of all ages.  Remember to bookmark the link below and you will always be able to get back to this great site

Bowerbird Ceramics

Bowerbird ceramics is based in Singapore, but many of their items can be found in beautiful home ware shops in Australia also.  If you follow them on Instagram you will find out where.  Lisa, the owner of Bowerbird Ceramics, works closely on all of the designs.  Together with her team they create samples, look at drawings and really do build each piece from scratch.  Her team in Vietnam, where the pieces, a mix between modern, vintage and aged pieces are created, are perfectionists.  Every piece is a hand made work of art. I have a few pieces myself, but I also use to buy pieces while I lived in Singapore as gifts, and even though I am back in Australia, I can still order online and have items delivered to friends still in Singapore.  The craftsmanship and their great customer service means I never have to worry about the gift arriving on time and in perfect condition.

Bowerbird Ceramics

Red Brush Art

If you are looking for unique art, mosiacs and homeware products for the person who has everything, then Red Brush Art is for you.  Art, pet portraits, garden mosiac art, homewares including tea towels, gift cards, prints, children's picture ebooks, pouches and much more, as well as personalised commissions can be found here.  Contact Glenn to discuss your personal needs for artwork to suit any space in your home, or to create a beautiful garden or poolside mosaic on sandstone; you will certainly find unique gifts to suit any style and budget.  With Easter fast approaching, if you are looking for a gift that is not chocolate, why not try one of their gorgeous Easter Egg Coasters or Tea Towels.  Red Brush Art can ship most items worldwide.  They also love to create commissions at very affordable prices.

Red Brush Art Painting Turtles

Red Brush Art Mosaic Sailfish Red Brush Art Easter Coaster  Red Brush Art Pet Portraits
Buy From The Bush  

Buy From The Bush was created on 16th October, 2019 and began as an Instagram account showcasing the beautiful things available to buy from rural communities facing drought.  The account called on city friends to look to the bush for their Christmas shopping and by so doing, invest in keeping rural communities alive through the drought.  Seven weeks later it had over 130,000 followers and had increased rural postage figures by 40%.  It seemed the city heard the call for help and as Slim Dusty (a famous iconic Australian Country Singer) would say provided a ‘flood of human kindness’ directed at small bush businesses.  There are some many creative and talented craftsmen and producers in the bush, and you are certainly going to find some amazing gift ideas.  If you want to help our rural communities, while finding unique gifts, then this certainly is the site to look.  With gifts available for all ages and interests, you are sure to find a perfect gift here, and at the same time know you are giving back to the community.  Many of the items can also be shipped worldwide on request. 

Brettschneider's Baking and Cooking School

For the baking lover in your life, a gift certificate for a class at the Baking and Cooking school in Singapore I can assure you will be appreciated.  Whether you live in Singapore, or when we are able to travel again will be passing through, joining one of these fully hands-on classes is highly recommended.  It is more than a cooking class; the knowledge you come away with, great recipes and a whole cooking and eating experience make it a perfect gift for the food and cooking lover in your life.  Can't get to a class, then why not order one of Dean's great cookbooks instead.

Baker and Cook Gift Voucher

Commune Kitchen

Joining Chef Payal in Singapore, learning to cook true Asian and Middle Eastern dishes (and more!) is another great experience whether you live in Singapore or are passing through.  A gift certificate will be greatly appreciated.  All classes are fully hands-on, where you are shown and guided though every step of the recipe, then get to sit down and enjoy your meal accompanied by a beautiful refreshing drink made by Payal.  I can highly recommend these classes.  If you can't make a class, why not get Payal cookbook with her amazing recipes.

Commune Kitchen Gift Voucher and Cookbook

Indian Spice Box

Another unique gift for the foodie in your life, this gift would surely take pride of place on your kitchen bench.  A gorgeous tin box filled with nine beautiful spice tins and wooden holders for the spices, makes using spices in your kitchen simple.  The ingredients come packed in sealed foil pouches, ensuring the spices remain fresh till opened. A great addition to any kitchen.  I have to say ours is used all the time, I absolutely love it.  Based in Singapore, these Spice Boxes can be shipped worldwide.  Make sure you search all the products available for great gift ideas.

Indian Spice Box

Savour Online Classes

Kirsten Tibballs (the Chocolate Queen) online baking and chocolate classes are nothing but amazing. Kirsten shares her recipes and tips in full video classes, allowing you access to all classes, old and new, while your membership is current.  If you have a home or professional cook in your family that loves trying new recipes, then this is the perfect gift for them.  Online class members also have access to the online class Facebook group, where you can ask Kirsten questions directly.  That in itself is a great asset.  This has to be THE perfect gift for anyone that wants to learn, or extend their skills in all things chocolate, pastry and baking.

Zoe Clark Cakes

Known for their unique and elegant style, Zoë’s cakes frequently feature in international sugarcraft and bridal titles. Her main inspiration comes from fashion and beautiful fabrics with different textures and finishes. In  2011 she designed a range of wedding and celebration cakes for Fortnum and Mason, which also commissioned her to make a cake for Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.  You can join Zoe in workshops at her studio on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, or join one of her online classes.  I can recommend these classes and I'm sure a gifted class would go down very well with the baker and cake decorator in your family.

Temple and Webster

Temple and Webster is a favourite of Anne-Marie's for home things. She likes the fact it is an Aussie site and has some really good items. They also have outdoor, baby and kids and a gift shop. Well worth a look.

Digidirect

Another of Anne-marie's favourites, this one for all things cameras and photography (including drones!).  Take a look at their vast range, perfect for the photographer in your life.

Travel Bake Create

If you are looking for small gifts, then why not order one of our Lava Bead Diffusers or Chinese Cord Bracelets, with or without lava beads.

Travel Bake Create Lava Bead Diffuser Travel Bake Create Lava Bead Bracelet Travel Bake Create Chinese Knotted Bracelet
Whimsy + Wellness

Whimsy + Wellness, based in the USA and ships worldwide, has delightful essential oil bottles, crystals, and gemstones.  I ordered their Limited Edition Fairytale Collection and a Surprise Set.  When it arrived I was so impressed by the gorgeous packaging (I really need to post a video of the opening of the package to show you!), and the products didn't let me down. They are simply beautiful.  They have gifts for men, women and kids, and I'm sure you can find something here for just about anyone. See Young Living below to find out how to get your oils to go with these gorgeous bottles and crystals.

Young Living Oils

Many of you will know that the only essential oil I recommend is Young Living. Their commitment to producing the most beneficial essential oils and products, backed by their Seed To Seal promise guarantees that you are receiving the best quality essential oils for your body.  Essential oils can be used in so many ways; diffusing, topically applied, and some are safe for ingestion and are great used in cooking and baking.  If you would like more information on how to get THE best quality and safest essential oils, as well as non toxic cleaning and beauty products and diffusers, then please contact me.  You can go to the Young Living website to order, and place my member number in your order (19593932).  If you would like information on how to receive these great products at a reduced price (24% off) and also receive great offers and products by joining me, again contact me for more information.  If you are in Australia and would like 10% off your item purchase (shipping excluded), please contact me to order.

Amazon

Of course, when all else fails, there is always Amazon. you can buy almost anything you could imagine on Amazon and have it delivered. If you join their Prime membership, most items have free shipping. Click here to go to Amazon

 

I hope this has given you some new ideas for your gift shopping.  Simply click on the image or shop title to go to their website.  If you have any other online shops you love, no matter where you are in the world, please share them at the bottom of the blog and let's see if we can support and showcase some great businesses out there that are certainly doing it tough all around the world at the moment.

Stay Safe | Stay Healthy | Stay At Home!

Comments (1 Response)

03 April, 2020

Lyn

I have just come across another great online shop. If you are in Australia and love cheese, check this out!

https://www.cheesetherapy.com.au/

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