Desert lime, quandong & wattleseed soap

Local, ethical, artisan. Are you buying for someone who likes to know where their things were made? Seek out these purveyors of conscious gifts around Sydney and cross some names off your Christmas list.

Workshop lovers

Fermented drinks workshop, hosted by Cornersmith.
Cornersmith host fun hands-on workshops to teach you the skills to create your own wholefoods. Photo courtesy Cornersmith.
  1. Cornersmith – DIY foodies are covered in classes on making haloumi cheese, vegan butter, sourdough bread and more.
  2. Work-shop – from the popular (DIY terrariums) to the quirky (introduction to taxidermy), there’s a workshop for all personalities.
  3. Harvesting with Diego Bonetto – a rare opportunity to learn from wild food experts about sourcing food from the land and the sea.
  4. Smoking meats workshop, Rozelle – learn the art of smoking meat, poultry and fish and reap the rewards at barbecues to come.

Secret Santa / when you don’t know them well

Oxfam sar pencil case
Beautiful, soft saris have been upcycled to make pencil cases for sale at the Oxfam shop. Photo courtesy Oxfam Australia.
  1. Oxfam Shop, various locations – a treasure trove of small gifts from fair trade chocolate to non-profit handicrafts.
  2. Indigiearth – saltbush dukkah and Kakadu plum soap are among the native ingredient products sourced ethically from Aboriginal communities across the country.
  3. Kings Cross market– thank your dinner party host with a jar of something lovingly made by NSW producers.
  4. Reverse Garbage, Marrickville – pick up something quirky from this environmental co-operative reclaiming unwanted art and supply materials, stage props, furniture and knick-knacks.

Lifestyle and around the home

Handmade ceramics
Handmade ceramics by The DEA are at once timeless and unique. Photo courtesy of The DEA
  1. The DEA, Redfern – short for ‘Delicate Eye Area’, the DEA is a carefully curated store proudly supporting local artisans.
  2. Koskela, Rosebery – find furniture made from recycled materials plus homewares created in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
  3. Studio Enti, Darlinghurst – handcrafted ceramics in shades of the Indian Ocean, designed with longevity and versatility in mind.
  4. Lekker Bikes, Surry Hills – put one less car on the road and splash out on a stylishly sustainable set of wheels.
  5. The Tribe, Darlinghurst – shop artist prints and objects for every room and mood.
  6. Object Shop, Darlinghurst – Take your pick from Venetian glass jugs, knitted jewellery made from ethical yarns and timber platters that double as art. Exhibiting artists create everything for sale inside the Australian Design Centre’s store.

Clothing and accessories

YEVU - a socially responsible label, made in Ghana.
It’s always sunny at YEVU with prints this vibrant and the social impact so great. Photo courtesy of YEVU.
  1. Spunky Bruiser, Darlinghurst – discarded tapestries and other materials are turned into one-of-a-kind streetwear by this dynamic designer duo.
  2. The Social Outfit, Newtown – these guys employ and train people from refugee and new migrant communities to create weekend-ready clothing in sunny prints.
  3. YEVU – discover modern apparel in traditional Ghanaian prints and created ethically by micro producers in Ghana.
  4. Fine Fellow, Darlinghurst – this destination for discerning tastes stocks Australian designed goods and supports emerging makers and designers.
  5. Bermuda Black, Darlinghurst – handmade shoes and garments for the minimalist-lovers among us.

Makers markets across Sydney

Live Softly laptop case
Live Softly work with marginalised & disabled crafts people in Nepal to create beautiful laptop cases. You can find them at the 107 Objects market on Saturday 16 December. Photo courtesy of Live Softly.
  1. Surry Hills Market, Surry Hills – First Saturday of each month
  2. Brewery Yard Markets, Chippendale – First and third Sunday of each month
  3. Christmas Fare, CBD – Thursday 14 December
  4. Object Shop Christmas Shopping Night by Australian Design Centre, Darlinghust – Wednesday 6 December
  5. Bondi Markets, Bondi – Sundays, year round
  6. Glebe Artisans Christmas Market, Glebe – Saturday 16 December
  7. 107 Objects, Redfern – Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December
  8. Paddington Market, Paddington – Saturdays, year round

Low on cash and feeling creative? Why not try a DIY gift? You can transform an old jar, teapot or fishbowl into a terrarium. It only takes six steps to create this eco-friendly gift.

Lost in the woods? Try our step-by-step instructions: how to make a terrarium

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