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Published November 6th 2013
Unique Gifts you can't buy elsewhere, Great Secret Savings,
We love Christmas and if we can find the perfect gift it just makes it even better, especially with huge savings, but it is not always easy to do this. Let me take you on an insiders secret guide to some of the best eBay stores.
Perhaps you may even get all your Christmas shopping done right from your armchair and some even with free delivery. Here's the real secret though, many of the items they sell cannot be found anywhere else in Australia, so you are sure to delight your loved ones.
Keep the kids amused: Craft items are always very popular at Christmas. Kids love to be able to get a bit messy and create something of their very own, while parents enjoy the few quiet minutes that a busy child brings. It's also nice to have something on hand when the school holidays well worn catch cry "I'm bored" settles in.
The sand art kits are great inexpensive stocking fillers too, available in an underwater fish design, a friendly parrot or colourful lion and the ever popular textas, crayons and paints are always a sure-fire smile bringer.
If you prefer to indulge your lovely what about some of Ms Fru Fru Cleavage Candy bronze shimmer dust body powder bronzer, perfect for summer.
Adorn yourself or a loved one: Jewellery is always a favourite for gifts, especially at Christmas time (or even New Year!). My little girl has allergies to metal and I only buy her earrings from Simply Jewelry. For gift giving they cover all members of the family with their ever growing range of bangles and bracelets, charms, earrings, necklace chains (huge range!), pendants, rings and toe rings. Most being sterling silver; the real deal, but some 14 carat gold items too.
Their range includes a lovely selection of Hawaiian jewellery (a lot of frangipani items!).
For the littlest family member: How gorgeous are designer Cloud Pod Baby bean bags.
Created in conjunction with Cloud Nine Store's interior designer these upmarket baby bean bags in beautiful chevron print are the latest must have Christmas item for babies and toddlers and they are made to all Australian Standards. You can even get a kit which includes: 1 x baby bean bag 2 covers, (one infant and one toddler), 1 x insert bag to house beans, and instructions. They come in white or orange topper and would make a lovely gift for a little one, a new mum or mum to be. Beans are not included, but are easily purchased from your local variety store.
It just wouldn't be Christmas without toys: Toy Crazy for all the latest in kid's toys. They love everything Disney and have a large range of Disney character toys - and here's the best part - be a superstar as many are not available in Australian stores. Including: Toy Story, Disney Cars, Disney Princess, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Disney Planes, Monsters Inc/University, Mickey Mouse, the talking minions from Despicable Me, Disney's Doc McStuffins and Nickelodeon's Bubble Guppies. In fact, Toy Crazy is currently the only Australian seller who stocks the Bubble Guppies plush dolls and toys.
Learn Heaps: If you're looking for presents for kids that will get them away from screens, having fun and learning something new along the way, then Learn Heaps is a great store to visit. There's a wide range of thinking toys, from games with a specific educational purpose, like "Learning to Read - Sight Words", through to more general learning aides like the "Number Frieze". They also have art & craft materials and kits, suitable for both littlies and the older ones.
I seem to always find something cute at Emporium Downunder with toys and homewares. I think their beautiful old fashioned Dolls Bed is what little girls dreams are made of and something they will treasure for years. Or for those children that can't wait to be just like mummy or daddy, perhaps a Kids ironing board, or Golf Set.
For the Goth or a little out there fashionistas:
We love those that love the bizarre, but what do you get that special someone with a taste for the unusual? Random Rosie's carries a range of clothing, cosmetics and jewellery aimed at the Goth, Steampunk and Retro markets along with all kinds of alternate fashion gear (leaning towards goth and retro 1950s gear). Their Alchemy Gothic range of jewellery offers beautiful hand wrought pieces made from fine English Pewter and Swarovski Crystal ranging in price from $30 to $160."
Take a trip to Paris in your own home:
For those that love their home wares, Couch Potato Imports has a wide range including outdoors furniture, funky clocks and great photo frames; everything for inside and outside the home. They even have wine barrels, funky wine racks and Parisian Art Deco items.
Strangely enough, Couch Potato's best selling items are their wine barrels. People buy them for planters or outdoor furniture. I especially like their French Provincial furniture (white or with a two tone look) as well as timber consoles and metal decorative items including bakers stands and garden benches.
Petals and Paint stock craft supplies for scrapbooking, card making, beading supplies & folk art, specialising in French Provincial homewares & gorgeous clocks. I love their range of fairies, witches, soft toys and teddies too.
Card Biz carries a lovely range of stationery and gift items, including address books, travel diaries, birthday books, perfume bottles, key rings and jewellery boxes.
Fun and unique homewares from Couch Potato
Give a gift that lasts by treating your loved ones to some beautiful new bedding for Christmas at The Linen Gallery.
They have a lovely range of quality bed linen for all the family. You can make bedtime fun for the little ones with the glow in the dark quilt cover sets or sets for the crazy One Direction fans. For the boys perhaps Rock Guitar quilt cover sets or maybe Pac-Man and his ghostly adventures. Still haven't nailed it?.Try Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe or Jimi Hendrix or perhaps just something beautifully classic.
For the animal lovers: Jenvin Emporium will have everything you could need, from dog, cat and horse breed calico bags, brooches, and lapel pins to mobile phone charms.
Men, start your engines:
Forget whether it's cool to give appliances as Christmas gifts or not, I tend to think it's OK for things that make your life easier, so mainly for the blokes, if you love you power tools, DMC Mowers Australia stock garden machinery ranging from mowers to blowers.
Looking for something unique:
Personalise and protect your favourite device with a printed vinyl skin kit or hard case from NevSkins. Their vinyl skin kits and hard cases are printed with licensed artwork by artists and brand names from around the world including Valentina Ramos, Futurama, Mossy Oak Camo and Assassin's Creed. Your geeks will love you assisting them to make their device truly 'You-Nique'.
NevSkins has a vinyl skin kit to fit most devices, including mobile phones, iPods, tablets & eReaders, laptops and gaming consoles, GoPro cameras and Dr Dre headphones! But if you are really wanting to create something special you can custom print - just send them a high quality photo or original artwork.
Covers and Cases Australia has an extensive range of mobile phone and iPad cases. Whether you are looking for a super strong protective tradesman style case or a pretty feminine case, iPod touch cases for kids or iPads too. These are great stocking fillers.
Great cases from Covers and cases and unique skins from Nevskins
With Christmas comes summer: Sunglasses Warehouse will set you up for summer with authentic designer sunglasses; including: Oakley, Prada, Maui Jim, Ray Ban, Dragon, Spy and Von Zipper. All their sunglasses are brand new items in an original factory sealed box making for perfect Christmas presents. If you're reading this a little late, they also offer express courier service and all purchases include a lens cleaning kit valued at $30.
Dress yourself up to the nines:
Not only for gift giving, this time of year is famous for formals, weddings and all sorts of pre-Christmas events and outings. Wedding and Fashion is the eBay store for wedding fashion with a knack for matching neck ties and men's accessories with almost any colour dress. They stock a huge range of neck ties, including their own great quality GASSANI brand. You'll get personal service, fast shipping and great communication, along with your accessories for any formal and informal occasion.
Have you got a favourite eBay store you love to shop at?
Add in your thoughts and suggestions in the comments box at the top of this article to share with us.
Remember to tell these eBay store owners you read about them on Weekend Notes, they have promised to look after you well and assist your Christmas to be just a little easier.