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by Gen Wilson (subscribe)
A love of the weird and wonderful keeps me writing!
Published October 28th 2012
Rage against mass made giftware
laughing Bird
Quality handcrafted products @ Laughing Bird. Image :

[ADVERT]It's coming up to the time of year where, if you've got family and friends overseas, you start to think about Christmas gifts. You want something light, easy to post and original. Before you start rushing around from shop to shop, relax, make yourself a coffee and read on. There are a number of gifts you can purchase online or at markets which are handmade here in Australia. Here is a list of 5 of the businesses which specialise in high quality, Australian products.

Mattt's lightweight, durable bags are designed and handmade in Melbourne. There are a variety of shapes and sizes to suit every need. The vibrant designs are both creative and eye-catching.

Laughing Bird
Textile designer and maker Freedom captures the beautiful, unique Australian environment in her prints which are created at her studio in the Blue Mountains. Her range includes teatowels, aprons, placemats, bags, napkins, table runners and lavender pillows.

Laughing Bird
Willie Wagtails in Nest Teatowel. Image :

otto and spike
Knitters Otto and Spike are located in Brunswick, Melbourne. They ethically knit all things wool including clothing, homewares, hats, scarves, gloves and cycling accessories. With 40 years knitting experience it's worth visiting the website just to read their story.

Insync design
Insync design is located in Melbourne. They create stunning minimalist jewellery using industrial materials and processes and traditional handcraft techniques.

insync design
Line Earrings. Image : Insync Design

Mrs Peterson Pottery
The array of elegant porcelain jewellery on the Mrs Peterson Pottery website is stunning. They are just as beautiful in real life. All pieces are created by hand in the Blue Mountains studio of Brianna Peterson.

Mrs Peterson Pottery
Gettoblaster Brooch. Image: Mrs Peterson Pottery

If you want more ideas there is a website, Madeit, which has a huge range of Australian handmade, items from a range of artists.
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Why? To rage against the mass made giftware machine and support Australian business
When: Anytime
Where: At markets in Australia, or online for the rest of the world
Cost: Dependent on your purchases
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