This is such a busy time of year, and if you’re like me, there just isn’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. I’ve always aspired to make personalised Christmas gifts but I find that each year I’m a little busier and I just run out of time.

So it got me to thinking, what’s the next best thing? Buying handmade {and local}! It’s still a gift made with love and you’re supporting local small businesses and artists. It’s win/win.

There are many independent makers and artists out there ready with the perfect gift for your loved one. You can find a huge range of different handmade wares if you know where to look. Things like photographs, paintings, clothing, quilts, soaps and beauty products, jewellery, toys, handbags, books, toys, just to name a few.

In Bendigo and surrounds we’re lucky, we have some great opportunities to hunt for those perfect handmade gifts.

Local Shops

Pop up shops

  • Bendigo Makers Crib featuring 19 local designers – Monday 14 Dec – Sunday 20 Dec – 9am – 6.30pm – The Schaller Studio (Bendigo Hospital grounds)

Local handmade markets

There are regular markets that host makers as well …

Galleries that sell local & handmade works

Local online shopping

We know it can sometimes be difficult to get out to the shops (especially if you have a baby or toddler!) – online shopping can be another great option.

Retail outlets

Bob Boutique // Uniquely Bendigo // Bendigo Pottery

Individual makers & artists

There are many individual makers and artists offering online shops. These are the ones we know about… (if you know of any more, email the business name and link to events@atchristmas.com.au)

JLee Homewares & Accessories // Talking red (kids clothes) // Saff & Sassi (jewellery) // The bear and the whale (kids clothes) // Mills Road (candles) // Hattie loves Lil (kids clothes) // Hey Buster Clothing // Autumn Melody (jewellery)

Online groups

Made in Castlemaine

Online Marketplaces

There are a couple of other big online handmade marketplaces Etsy and Madeit.com.au.

Madeit.com.au

Madeit is an Australian only handmade marketplace, there are a huge range of handmade items all made here in our wonderful country.

Check out the site for a massive range of handmade goodies, and some clever gift buying guides.

Visit madeit.com.au

Etsy

Etsy is an international online marketplace for handmade, vintage and other goodies. One of the great features is that you can filter your search and focus on local makers. Check out Etsy for some amazing handmade gifts. I’ve heard that Esty is resellers as well as makers, you can still find some beautiful things.

Visit Etsy

Local makers to check out

I’ll keep adding to this list

Portable projects – clothings + jewellery // The Bonster Inc – jewellery // Jax Fancy – fabric + wooden toys // Mainely mosaics – mosaic artwork + jewellery // Tootypegs – clothing + accessories for babies and children // Hole in the bucket – fabric dolls + accessories for children // Drummond Bodycare – natural body care // Fiso & Lottie – timber serving boards (Ballarat) // Vereker Stone – marble decor // Her Handmade (food & beverages) // Henry of Harcourt (cider) // s.cate designs (jewellery)

If you don’t have time to make something yourself, buy handmade and support our local small businesses and artists.

From the traditional to the quirky, there is a handmade gift just right for everyone.

Are you shopping handmade this year? Where’s your favourite place to buy?

If you know of a shop in Bendigo or surrounds that stocks handmade items, drop me an email to events@atbendigo.com.au.

Note: Details are accurate at time of publishing. This is not an endorsement of included shops, markets, online shops/markets. This article is for information purposes only. If there are any errors included please contact us and include the error and a link to this article.

About The Author

A former Bon Jovi fan and lover of all things internet, Ky is interested in healthy eating, photography, writing and crafts she doesn't have time to do. When she's not creating and curating content for LUPO you can find her on instagram, pinterest, on her website (www.kyhanson.com.au), or writing non-LUPO thoughts over at www.indiecreative.com.au.

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