Christmas. Sorted. A (last minute) independent gift guide 2016

I’m going to cut right to it this year  – Christmas on a Sunday is incredibly deceptive. I keep telling people – “oh but Christmas is on the weekend, you’ve got heaps of time”. Until you realise this means there.are.no.more.weekends until Christmas. So in true Small Talk tradition, I scoured our interview archives and found ventures new and old brimming with last minute gift ideas. Last dash generic gift cards be-gone! There is a goldmine of awesome independant makers,  sellers and workshop hosts who are much more prepared for Christmas than I, with discounts, express post and gift wrapping offers flying left right and centre. Let’s walk…

A pad subscription for your lady-friends Tsuno – Ros

Ok, so maybe pads arent the first thing you think to gift to a lady friend, but Tsuno lady friends are extra special cos they get pads – and – give pads to ladies in need. Tsuno also runs a subscription service for the gift that keeps on giving.

 

A delightful spot dish for boxing day sushi feasts Three Lives – Eloise

Eloise Rapp is one classy lady-entrepreneur, extending her own textiles label RAPP to launch Three Lives in 2015. Born from a love of global bathing culture, the Three Lives ethos celebrates global connectivity, low-impact living and an affinity with the elements. The Hagiyaki spot dish is a delightful way to say you care.

 

A blingin’ purse Mumma Goose – Caitlyn & Jenni

A Gippsland favourite, Mumma Goose has you covered this Christmas – try this blingin’ purse from Make Me Iconic

 

A cute indoor plant Nature Boy Nrth – Ruth

How about this sweet ceramic planter and indoor plant set from Melbourne’s own Nature Boy Nrth?

A stunning pendant for your home WOWOWA – Monique & Scott

Ok, ok so maybe you a beautiful new home or renovation is a bit extravangant a gift just for Christmas, but you can snap up one (or two, or a whole flock) of WOWOWA’s stunning Rosella pendants from Rakumba

 

A ballsy pendant for your neck NannaB.x – Barbara

These stunning gold peppery speckles match your champagne darllllling. A must have piece of festive season cheer

 

A pair of rad foot tubes that express who you really are Unempire – Zoe

From Zoe: “WHAT’S THIS THEN? LOOKS LIKE A HEAPS GOOD GIFT TO US. PEEPS LIKE GETTING GIFTS. WHY NOT GIVE A COOL PERSON YOU LIKE THIS ONE.” Unempire are also express post and giftwrapping, meaning you really only have to lift one finger, and thats the one that hits the ‘add to cart’ button.

A calligraphy workshop Floralovely – Louise

Louise is a frequent flyer - hosting calligraphy workshops in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne & Adelaide. Click through to find out what's coming next.

Louise is a frequent flyer – hosting calligraphy workshops in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne & Adelaide. Click through to find out what’s coming next.

 

A foraging adventure with Autumn Harvest – Christopher

Share in Chris' enthusiasm for mushrooms with a foraging tour. Tours depart Melbourne area March-June so book in early and you might have even recovered from that Christmas food coma by the time it comes around

Share in Chris’ enthusiasm for mushrooms with a foraging tour. Tours depart Melbourne area March-June so book in early and you might have even recovered from that Christmas food coma by the time it comes around

Ryan Murtagh makes the invisible visible (and so can you!)  

This post is brought to you by Telstra

As regular readers of Small Talk & Co. would know, I cannot curb my enthusiasm for the stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from across Australia (and apologies for any past abuses of hyperbole!). However there are some great local businesses I support avidly, but cannot profile on Small Talk. I call you my invisibles – they who cannot be named – who boast brilliant founder stories, and bright and innovative products and services – but whose businesses have no online presence or sales platform. I have to thank Telstra Business for this opportunity to add-on to the usual ST&Co. interview format and weave a little visibility magic in the lead up to this Christmas period.

Ryan Murtagh is an entrepreneur – Image courtesy of Neto

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Small Talk & Co. 2014 Reader Survey

Small Talk & Co. wants you!

The ST&Co. first annual reader survey is now live and requires people power to make it hummmmmmmmmmmm. I would love love love your feedback on what you’ve loved (or hated) about ST&Co. this year, as well as some help deciding where to go next.

As a little extra enticement for your time, I have 3 stunning Inspirationary notebooks to give away to 3 lucky readers! Thats 52 pages each of lined and bound papery goodness. To enter, let me know your email at the end of the survey.

The survey will be open until the 31st of December, and prizes will be in the mail by the Friday 9th of Jan. *Prizes can only be sent within Australian

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Inspirationery is an eco-friendly stationery label that donates 50% of profits to education and leadership programs that empower women and girls. I bought some notebooks for myself  in Inspirationary’s Pozible campaign earlier this year, and now I want to share their awesomeness with you.

The Perfect Storm

Wow, just wow. There is just too much awesome on in Melbourne this weekend, with no less than 4 (!) top class design showcases catering to every taste and budget.

Did you hear that thunder? This perfect storm of indie Christmas preparation rolled into town yesterday with the opening of The Design Files Open House, (@ 12 Smith St Collingwood, 10.00am – 5pm, Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th Nov)

The Design Files Open House "represents ‘the ultimate Australian home’ -– a bustling, colourful space furnished with our favourite locally designed furniture, homewares and lighting, with artwork by talented Australian artists, books by local authors and much more. As always, each and every item can be purchased on the spot!"

The Design Files Open House “represents ‘the ultimate Australian home’ -– a bustling, colourful space furnished with our favourite locally designed furniture, homewares and lighting, with artwork by talented Australian artists, books by local authors and much more. As always, each and every item can be purchased on the spot!”

 

When TDFOH closes at 5pm, have no fear, The Big Design Market is here! Open until 9pm tonight and all weekend in the always stunning (and huge) Royal Exhibition Building, the Big Design Market never fails to deliver goodness (@ Carlton Gardens, 10.00am – 9.00pm Friday, 10am – 7.00pm Saturday and 10.00am – 5.00 pm Sunday)

“The Big Design Market is the biggest market of its kind in Australia, bringing together the best of independent Australian and international design for 3 huge days of shopping! The iconic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne provides a stunning backdrop for fashion and accessories, homewares and textiles, lifestyle and kids’ products, stationery and books. “

 

 

 

I should note at this point, it’s important to pace yourself this weekend, as the earlier risers and south side brunch aficionados will romp home the rewards of a good nights sleep by hitting the Dumbo Feather Christmas Fete early on Saturday morning. Kicking off at 8am and running til 1, this extraordinary magazine is hosting a plethora of great Australian designers, artisans and makers across food, books, clothing and accessories. ( @ 11  Princes St St Kilda, 8.00am – 1.00pm Saturday only)

"The Dumbo Feather Christmas Fête is about engaging with our community and getting to know our neighbours. We have got together a great bunch of people, who we love, to sell you their wares and to generally have a really great celebration of the festive season. Entry to the fête is by gold coin donation and all proceeds will be going to charity."

“The Dumbo Feather Christmas Fête is about engaging with our community and getting to know our neighbours. We have got together a great bunch of people, who we love, to sell you their wares and to generally have a really great celebration of the festive season. Entry to the fête is by gold coin donation and all proceeds will be going to charity.”

 

 

Whatever you do, make your Allpress coffee at DFCF a double and head north to the home of Allpress in Collingwood, where you can indulge the XY chromosones on your gift list with something luxe from the Menske design showcase ( @ 84 Rupert St Collingwood, 11.00am – 6.00pm Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th).

 

"Menske is a series of curated events designed to showcase australian designers of men's luxury items. Menske provides a beautifully considered space for men to shop and engage with high end, locally designed products."

“Menske is a series of curated events designed to showcase australian designers of men’s luxury items. Menske provides a beautifully considered space for men to shop and engage with high end, locally designed products.”

And Sunday night? Sunday night is for sleeping (and sneaky gift wrapping)! zzz zzz

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