It’s that time of year. The parties ramp up and Christmas is looming. If you’re a small business shopper, now’s the time to buy so you’re not rushing to the last minute.
At Emily K Creative, we love Christmas, and we love keeping it simple and thoughtful. Here’s a few of our favourite gifts for this year. All of them are ungendered and created or sold by small business!
For the coffee and candle lovers…
This is an ingenious design and is perfect for those who love coffee and candles (and who doesn’t love those two things?)
Corrigan & Dale have these beautiful, Australian made candles that smell like Japanese honeysuckle (seriously devine!) but the most amazing thing about them is that once your candle has burned down, you can wash out the vessel, fit it with the supplied silicone lid and convert it to a beautiful keep cup!
For the Skincare Lovers…
Herbs & Heart are the skincare for everyone. Made with simple, natural ingredients, their products aren’t gendered… honestly, they’re wonderful on everyone’s skin!
Herbs & Heart support many causes, so you can make your purchase knowing that some of the profits go towards people in need.
There’s some gorgeous Christmas gift sets in store if you can’t possibly choose, but my personal favourite is the Elixir.
For the Organisation Lovers…
If you you have a special someone who wants to make 2020 their year, you can’t go past The Time Creator planner by Tash Guthrie. It includes anything you could want in a planner, from goal setting sessions to in depth daily organisation for your home and business and even daily reminders to keep up your water intake.
For the Garden Lovers…
If you have a budding gardener in your midst, they might appreciate this beautiful collection of seeds from Settler. Packaged beautifully in boxes designed for the seasons, these are something the whole family can enjoy to grow and learn about plants and feeding the bees.
For your littles…
For the children section, we’ll follow the principles of ‘Something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read’. This premise helps parents remain mindful of gift giving for their children so Christmas doesn’t go overboard.
Something they want…
This year, our children are sharing many of their gifts as they’ll be able to interact together through open ended play.
I’ve bought some of their ‘want’ gifts from Play Dreamers, such as the Waytoplay rubber road. This flexible track is the perfect ‘play anywhere’ toy. You can take it to the beach, in the pool, play in the dirt and wash it clean afterwards.
Play Dreamers stocks many of the popular open ended play brands as well as books for your littles to enjoy. You’re sure to find something in store.
Something they need…
This is a good time to stock up on things your child might need for the year ahead, whether it be lunch boxes, a new bag or some swimmers for summer.
My recommendation for swimwear is Kicky Swim. These suits or separates are a simple, sun safe design with many beautiful colours to choose from.
Our younger child wears the suits, whereas our eldest gets around in the rashie, board short combo.
Something to wear…
Each Christmas we buy our kids a new outfit. They get to wear it to the Christmas activities and then on into the new year.
Some tips when picking clothes… try to source outfits from ethical, small businesses. The clothes are generally better made and last longer . Try to avoid glaringly obvious Christmas prints and opt for subtler colours that can be worn all year round.
One of my favourite stores for basic, but still dressy clothing is Jamie Kay where you can choose from soft, neutral colours. Perfect for twinning your kids.
Something to read…
There’s such an abundance of books out there for your littles, but one we’ve been enjoying lately is Ruby Red Shoes. This book is about a little Hare who lives with her grandmother. Together they garden, have tea parties, grow chickens and daydream. The author/illustrator is Australian too!
And there it is. We hope you’ve been inspired to seek out something a little more thoughtful for your loved ones this Christmas x