Shopping and the beach, I couldn't think of two better things to enjoy. Well, I lie, there's Christmas (I love it) and music. The good thing is the Best Gift Market has it all, and then some.
This annual event at Coogee has sustainability as a theme and mindfulness of the environment is becoming more and more an important topic for people as evident in the news of late. The products on sale at this Christmas market are a showcase of local talent with handmade, organic, eco-friendly and ethical items.
You won't find any mass-produced items here and that's great for those looking for something unique and special. You also won't find items wrapped in plastic nor unnecessary packaging, and that's a win-win for Planet Earth.
Gifts and stocking fillers from over 200 stallholders will surely present plenty of finds in this wonderful location. Artisans and designers will be showcasing some interesting ceramics, glass gifts, homewares, original fashion, jewellery, knitted and wooden toys, fresh native Christmas trees and plants, plus a whole lot more.
Parafina sunglasses, Eco Shop Co, Created by Culture and Sheree Creagh Handbags are just a few of the brands at this market. Be sure to talk to these and other stallholders as you'll be surprised at what they've used to make their products.
The suitcase rummage is not to be missed either. You never know what you'll find. Instead of just being a buyer, you can be a seller too. Bring your homemade treats from the kitchen and recycle your books, artwork, music and clothing to earn some money for Christmas. Alternatively, haggle and swap items with others. You can register for a stall here.
In between shopping and rummaging, you can try free craft and sustainability workshops. For adults, there's Yoga by the Sea, Japanese Pastel Art and DIY Beeswax Wrap. Children are sorted into age groups and can make the likes of up-cycled 3D ornaments and nature crowns. All the times can be found here and, to register, click on the picture or the name of the workshop.
Throughout the day, from 9am-3pm, take some time to relax and listen to the live music and entertainment that includes the Michigan Water band, Pet Power (Patou) and Allan Chapple. If the weather is warm, take a swim to relax, and when hunger calls satisfy your needs at the multicultural food stalls.
Green Santa will be available as well, so come along to Goldstein Reserve for a novel snap and think about the amounts of food prepared and wasted over Christmas and how you can reduce your carbon footprint.