2020 sure has been one hell of a year for everyone, including small local businesses who have been hit hard by the pandemic. So we have come up with some ways you can support your local community while Christmas shopping this year, and keep those good vibes rolling.
Give an experience
- The Craft Parlour: The Craft Parlour have you covered with a range of craft kits on offer so you can give the experience of embroidery, pottery, water colours, weaving and macramé to do from the comfort of your own home. For more information go to the Craft Parlour website thecraftparlour.com.au
- Willowvale Cooking School: For the love one who loves to cook, why not buy a 2 ½ workshop with Gold Coast Michelin-star chef Bruno Loubel? Bruno cooks and deciphers the recipes while giving loads of advice, details and ‘tricks of the trade’ making it a clear and enjoyable experience. The workshop is then followed by a 3-course lunch. You can learn about festive entertaining, French pastry, fresh pasta, impressive brunches, Bruno’s mother’s favourites, Moroccan delights, one pot wonders and heaps more Visit the Willowvale Cooking School website willowvalecookingschool.com for more information and pricing.
- Lindy Charm School Vintage Christmas Photoshoots: Gold Coast’s Lindy Charm School is offering 1950’s/60’s vintage pin-up Christmas Photoshoots that are suitable for everyone, and a gift that can be treasured for generations. There are a range of packages on offer like 50’s-60’s summer, 40’s pin up, couples summer lovin’, sibling summer days or you could choose your own theme. Visit the Lindy Charm School website lindycharmschool.com.au for more information.
Buy a children’s book by locals
- ‘Too Tight for Tilly’is the first in a series of books by Author Gloria Bretz and Illustrator Amanda Gorman, with the fun-loving Tilly as the main character. Suitable for ages 0-10, the book is available now just in time for Christmas. You can even get the book signed with a special note from the creators. Visit the Amanda Gorman Artist website amandagormanartist.com for more information and to purchase.
- ‘Jelly-Boy’ by Gold Coast author Nicole Godwin, is illustrated by Christopher Nielsen and published by Walker Books Australia. It is suitable for children ages 3+, and is an unconventional and cautionary conservation tale that follows the story of a jellyfish that falls in love with a plastic bag she mistakes for a jelly-boy. Good for inspiring little greenies.
- ‘The Less Said On Ducks The Better’ is a tale of the critters who reside behind the locked gates of a Botanical Gardens at night, and was written by Gold Coast author and illustrator Tomi Gray – aka War Of The Real – during the pregnancy of one of his good friends. ‘The Less Said On Ducks The Better’ is a silly, psychedelic fun time that certainly doesn’t take itself seriously, and is sure to delight kids and parents both. It seems we’re not the only one who think so either, with the story already being picked up by a publisher. You can search and purchase online.
Give a gift that is good for the environment
- Consciously Clean: Consciously Clean are a local Currumbin company who have created a place for people to source all their natural, eco friendly domestic cleaning and personal care products, without the terrible impact on our environment. There are a variety of eco friendly gifts on offer and customers can also refill from bulk lines of cleaning, personal care, pet and baby products to reduce the chemicals and plastic used in our everyday lives. For more information visit the Consciously Clean website consciouslyclean.com.au.
- Op Shops: Gold Coast is packed to the brim with excellent second hand stores where you can almost certainly find that perfect something for your loved ones without contributing to the footprint and landfill that comes along with first hand consumerism. Thryft, Salvos and AWLQ in Burleigh and Vinnies in Palm Beach are must-dos on the southern end, while you’re sure to find something awesome on the top end at The Living Rivers Op Shop, Coomera and Gold Coast North Anglican Op Shop in Labrador, just to name a few.
Buy a gift from a local market
- The Village Markets: The Village Markets (TVM) is a boutique lifestyle market and community of small businesses that has over 100 stalls in fashion, lifestyle, sustainability, art and vintage, and is the go to place on a Sunday morning for great coffee, street food, live music and good vibes. You can be assured you will be purchasing an original locally-made gift and having fun at the same time. When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 8am to 1pm. Where: Burleigh Heads Primary School, Burleigh Heads
- Coolangatta Beach Front Markets: Located on the Coolangatta beachfront, this market showcases the best local artisans and the great street food talents from the Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast alike. When: Every second Sunday of the month, 8am to 2.30pm Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Contribute to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s wildlife hospital
The hospital’s vital work of treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife means the hospital has grown to be one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world. 2019 saw over 12,200 animals, including 600 Koalas admitted into the hospital – a service that is provided free of charge to the community.
You can support Currumbin Wildlife hospital by purchasing one of the three below options in the name of a loved one and letting them know how they’re helping.
- Purchase a Walkways for Wildlife paver and have a message or business name and logo engraved and laid at Currumbin Wildlife hospital.
- Buy a $10 Eucalyptus tree through the ‘Tree To Me’ program and help the Wildlife Hospital continue to treat our beautiful Koalas and plant Eucalyptus trees in their plantations.
- Adopt an endangered native Australian animal and receive an animal plush, printed certificate and fact sheet and a quarterly e-newsletter about your animal.