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by Dayna Chu (subscribe)
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Published December 6th 2015
Designed, curated, or made in Melbourne
From the edible to the unforgettable, you won't be disappointed shopping with these curated, designed, or made in Melbourne goodies.

otters stone teething necklace

Otter's Stone: Otter's Stone is a home-run, online business with a passion for beautiful stationery, colourful geometric jewellery, and an organised home. I am loving my geometric necklace (pictured above); a perfect gift, and prices from just $5.95. They make life easier with gorgeous, fun, and practical products from geometric teething necklaces to stylish stationary; practical doesn't have to be boring! I fell in love with the name of the business: "Otter's Stone", named because sea otters have a special pocket for storage – they store their favourite stone in their pocket, carry it with them at all times throughout their lives and use it to crack open the shell of their prey. No way! This mompreneur, Ruth, loves that otters have inbuilt storage, and the idea of having a favourite stone (and keeping clean!). Otter's Stone products are clean, fresh, unique ... and gorgeous, just like a sea otter and their stone. Phone: 0421 886 552 Email: Facebook Page

Yellow Octopus: The Yellow Octopus team works out of Cheltenham, and curates the coolest gift ideas you'll find this side of the North Pole! Spoiler alert, you'll love the squishy yellow octopus that peers out of the top of your parcel when you open your boxes! I can't wait to put up our scratch map and start scratching the places we have traveled to! Also loving this manly mug for the male tea-drinker: The TEA-REX, and it truly is huge! From sun-print paper to caffeine molecule t-shirts, you're sure to find the perfect gifts for teachers, Kris Kringle exchanges, and besties alike. Phone 39 0171 686; Email:; Facebook Page.

planet eco

Planet Eco: One in four children in Australia is overweight (source); the best health advice being given includes involving the whole family in healthy eating and activity, and limiting sedentary activities such as screen time. Well what better way to move (or keep) your family headed in the right direction, than gardening? These terrific little garden sets and accessories will keep you and your kids engaged in gardening as well as interested in eating the veggies and herbs they have grown themselves! What an incredible gift for your children, your inlaws, or your child(ren)'s teacher(s). I'm also loving the selection of accessories, from kids' fair trade aprons, hand made by a Fair Trade Accedited producer in Cambodia, to garden tools and watering cans. Order now for delivery for Christmas: Website: Phone: Erica in Melbourne on 0433 443 114; Email:; Facebook Page.

made by marnie, shop local melbourne, elf on the shelf
Your Elf-on-the-Shelf alternative?
Made By Marnie: Marnie has an adorable collection of soft dolls, soft toys, bag tags and other whimsical ideas that she started creating as a hobby, or "craft therapy" as she likes to call it. "Nothing like a huggable, snuggly soft toy to brighten your day..." or somebody else's day for that matter. I reckon these adorable elves would make a nice alternative to the popular but a bit creepy Elf on the Shelf®; Marnie even has an adorable reindeer that would make a great mate for your new elf! Email:; Facebook Page.

Dishy Delights: I love working with Juanita at Dishy Delights; she's crazy and creative and her attention to detail is bar none. Dishy Delights' cakes have been featured four times in the last six months on the Australian Cake Decorating Network Facebook Page. Contact her to discuss your guest of honour, and she'll help you come up with bespoke custom cakes, cupcakes, dessert table and other gifts or party favours for your loved ones and cherished friends; or even simple cookies for your kids' class year-end parties, at hard-to-beat price points. Phone: 0415 901 888; Email:; Facebook Page.

Happy shopping!
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Why? Buy local to help a family invest in their own this Christmas
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Where: Melbourne and area
Cost: From just $5.95
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Thankyou Dayna for showcasing Aussie on-line businesses. All too often they are overshadowed by the big internationals.
by betty (score: 2|508) 1403 days ago
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