Christmas Gift Guide

Jaccob McKay Studios & Friends


This year I’d love to encourage you to support local small businesses for Christmas, using your buying power to prop up artists and makers who put their heart and soul into their work. Below I’ve put together a small selection of people who offer amazing handmade goods and beautiful experiences. Remember to share the love and support and tell your friends about the awesome makers you know!


Experiences

Alkira Eco-Glamping Retreat

Buy someone a relaxing escape in the Dandenong Ranges, staying in this beautiful yurt which was hand built by Emily and her family. Contact Emily for purchases of gift vouchers.

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Chantelle Elise Photography

Honest, touching and beautiful photography by the kind soul Chantelle Elise in north-east Melbourne. Gift vouchers are available or organise a shoot together with family!

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jewellery

Queen & Co. Handmade

Colourful ear candy, handmade in the Dandenong Ranges by my crafty friend Ciara.

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Blacbrail Altelier

Raw silver beauty and bold statement pieces by the lovely Indigo, made in Melbourne.

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Hazel & Herb

Botanical jewellery and ring stands handmade by my good friend River in Mount Tamborine QLD, featuring delicate hand picked flora.

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Tommy’s Hut

Little boxes with big personalities, handmade in Kinglake by Brandi and available at the St Andrew’s Market.

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Homewares

Jaccob McKay Studios

Handmade creations from the forests of the Dandenong Ranges
(come on, I had to include myself)

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Upswitch

Unique lamps upcycled from vintage items. These quirky creations are made in Melbourne by my market mate Michael and you can find him around the country at various markets (Next up: Finders Keepers Sydney & Handmade Canberra).

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Waja Creations

Concrete planters and pots with amazing textures that you have to touch. Made by Wayne and Jacek from Geelong/surf coast VIC. Find these guys at markets around the country, including Finders Keepers Sydney and Handmade Canberra.

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Wah Works

Wooden goods handmade by Polly in the Dandenong Ranges. You can find Polly at markets around the place, including Emu Plains on December 15th! Come say hi to me as well if you make it there :)

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Ceramics

Amie “Frankie” Luczkowski-Gibson

Clay witch, artist and all-round inspiring woman, Amie handbuilds a whole range of one-off pieces in her signature style, including both functional and decorative pieces. Amie is based in north-east Melbourne.

Please note: Amie’s shop reopens on the 26th - perfect for late Christmas presents or gifts to yourself.

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Beneath The Treefern

Mystical and magical clay creations by Bacara from the Dandenong Ranges with plenty of forest inspiration. When I first saw her work at a market a few years ago I instantly had to buy two mugs and dishes. It’s been wonderful seeing her work grow and develop since then and I think I’ll need to order a few pieces to give as gifts myself! (or maybe to keep)

Find Bacara’s ceramics at Belgrave Emporium and occasionally at the Belgrave Big Dreams Market.

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For the kids

True Fairies

A magical online fairy portal where your kids can chat live with a real fairy! These personalised sessions offer a glimpse into the fairy world and each session is personalised to your child. True Fairies are also available for birthdays, events and school holiday programs.

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Mama Zady

“Loveable stitches for little people,” and the little people love them: just ask my nephew Eddie :) Made by Amanda and Fauve in Melbourne, and available at Belgrave Big Dreams Market on December 9th.

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