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Bush Christmas Exhibition puts the Merry into Christmas
It's that time of year again when we all stress out trying to find that perfect gift for friends and family members. Well, here's a great way to beat the heat, escape to the country and knock over that Christmas shopping list.
The 19th annual Bush Christmas Exhibition is about to open in Toowoomba and the rooms of the Masonic Centre will be filled with unique handmade gifts and gourmet treats - and it's all in one place. This one-stop shopping opportunity will see goods from over 120 handpicked rural and remote artisans on sale. There's bound to be something perfect for each and every person on your list. Items for sale will include leather goods, jewellery, candles, soaps, garden art, toys, artwork, sculptures, Tambo Teddies and skin care products - just to name a few.
Gourmet treats like homemade cakes and biscuits, sweets, chocolates, chutneys, relishes, spreads, jams, spices, cook books, dipping sauces, oils and more are ready to fill those Christmas stockings. Beautiful homewares, handmade bags and unique tableware will also be exhibited. With 13 featured exhibitors showcasing their work, there'll be something new to see each day.
This ten day shopping extravaganza gives everyone a chance to pop in, closing at 6pm each day and staying open for late shopping on three of the nights. The exhibition's shelves are restocked with new items daily, so you may want to call in more than once.
Gather a car load of friends and take a road trip to Toowoomba where you'll find gifts that won't be found in large department stores in the city. You'll not only be making your life easier but you will also be supporting artisans and producers in rural and regional communities - it's a win win situation for everyone. Just make sure you get there before Santa arrives to fill his sleigh.