In the hunt for quality gifts to take overseas, I did my research and stuck to Australian, handmade and sustainable purchasing. My philosophy is, if I am going to partake in a consumer-driven society, then I will do so ethically.
I don't believe in purchasing mass-produced junk for the sake of giving. There is too much junk in this world, but there are also quality products produced by people with skill, so I endeavour to hunt them out and reward them with my support.
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Dry rub marinades – Outback spirit – Lemon Myrtle chilli & Mango Native mint (www.robins.net.au)
Outback Pride Australian Native herbs – Dried river mint, Ground Wattleseed & Desert Flakes (South Australian company)
Buderim ginger bears
Screenprinted 50% cotton 50% linen teatowel & recipe from the Hungry Girls Cookbook (local designers)
Teatowel Indigenous design – linen & cotton, eco-friendly water based inks. Made in Australia by Rodriquez, aussie company, purchased at Melbourne Museum
2nd hand Cookbook: The food of Australia – contemporary recipes from Australia’s leading chefs; Periplus Editions 1995
CDs: Tame Impala "Innerspeaker" & Sarah Blasko "As Day Follows Night"
Paw paw salve (the petroleum-free version) – from any good health food store
Local Melbourne designers:
Ecomorph Designs (ecomorph.com.au) – Brooch
(centre) Mingus – 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton and upcycled leather, hand screenprinted (www.mingusdesigns.com)
Linen, hand-printed teatowel. The image is of a kangaroo with her joey, made up of native flora. This was purchased at Wilkins & Kent, great supporters of local designers & sustainable products.
"Mythscapes" book on Indigenous Art from NGV bookshop
Native hand soaps, from Kirra Galleries at Federation Square
Art glass plate by Rose Burke, from Kirra Galleries
Tasmanian handcrafted Hoop Pine salad hands, from Wilkins & Kent
'Melbourne Breakfast' Tea from T2
(centre) Melbourne Design Guide