4 December 2014

Shop local this Christmas

| Susan Hutchinson
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Do you want to help a local Canberran this Christmas? You have the power to support Canberran designers, craftsmen and producers by buying from small local business this festive season. If you don’t quite know how you might do that, here are three examples of places you can do some great gift shopping.


The Capital Region Farmers Market in EPIC have some great gift options. They’ve just released a cookbook to celebrate their tenth birthday. The book is beautiful. It’s filled with contributions from For Chefs, stallholders, Rotarians and a few local bloggers (including Susan’s Sumptuous Suppers and Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things). The photos are beautiful and there are some perfectly simple recipes, showcasing the great produce on offer at the market. At $20, it’s a bargain and all proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Hall.

Win's Creek

There are other offerings at the farmers market too though. Win’s Creek Honey have put together some beautiful hampers containing their honey products, dried local cherries, local olive oil, a little pot plant and other goodies. You could also buy a bottle of their delicious mead instead of the usual bottle of wine. Personally, I’d be stoked to be given a braid of locally grown organic garlic from Ingelara, do you have a cook in your life who would appreciate such a gesture? Or you could give the gift of choice, and buy someone a Capital Region Farmers Market gift card, for them to spend on produce as they please.

Eco Elves

This year, the Canberra Environment Centre is relaunching their Eco Elves Night Market, 45 stalls of local, handmade and ethical gifts for you to buy. This year it will be held from 5-9pm on Friday 5 December outside the National Museum. There will be delicious food, music and a wine bar. It is sure to be a wonderful evening. Head on over, take some friends, or the family.

I fell in love with the Handmade Canberra store the very first time I stepped through those doors. Packed with amazing treasures from independent, small and creative businesses, this shop is a place to visit year round. However, I am very glad they now have their Christmas stock in store. You’ll find a range of beautiful seasonal gifts, including craft packs and decorations. But you can also buy locally made food items, beautiful homewares, hand crafted jewellery or unique clothes and accessories. If you’re in the market mood, the Christmas iteration of the quarterly Handmade Market is happening at the National Convention Centre this weekend, 6-7 December from 10am-4pm.

Why not make the choice to buy local this Christmas, especially when the choices are so great?

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