Despite what feels like disconnection on a global scale with social distancing, physical separation and the emotional pressures related to a world that seems in chaos, there has been a sense of community rise in ways we so desperately need. A chance to refocus, reflect and recognise what is important. An opportunity to slow down, take a breath and realign. This year, at The Social Place, we asked the local community how and who we can buy locally from this Christmas. We want to share this list with you of local businesses where you can find the perfect Christmas gifts that also help our community members stay afloat in these challenging economic times. It feels like a chance to begin again, starting with the small things such as consciously choosing who we buy from.
This article aims to connect you locally and encourage community spirit, after all, that is the purpose of The Social Place, to be a platform for connection.
1 – For homemade beautiful candles, diffusers and other fragrance related products head to Candelier
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/ally.candelier/
2 – All Things Retro – for all things retro, including memorabilia; metal, neon and enamel signs, clocks and other products check out All Things Retro
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsretro.com.au/
3 – Replenish Refill is a waste free eco-store that offers refills of cleaning, soaps and cosmetics, reusable, plastic free & vegan options and sustainable household items. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/replenishrefill/
4 – Broken Things – sells unique and handmade jewelry made from broken china. Each piece of jewelry comes with some encouraging messages and thoughts for self-love and self-care. These are gifts that you can cherish yourself or share with a loved one, a reminder that we’ve all been a little bit BROKEN and even if the road is tough- there is still a chance for both beauty and hope to be found.
5 – Earthen De Luna – Earthen de Luna creates handmade trinkets, natural products, art pieces and more. All our items are one of a kind due to the use of natural resources. Everything they sell is handmade in Hervey Bay, Australia.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/earthendeluna/
6 – The Ratbags Room – they sell children’s clothing Bedding Towels & Accessories.
8 – Blush Collections – Resin art handmade in Hervey Bay with love.
9 – Diamond Soy Cove Candles – selling Handmade soy candles, soy wax melts & reed diffusers.
10 – Paper n Clay-Beautiful Boho and Coastal Homewares Individually handcrafted clay tags. You can access their address by directly messaging them on Facebook or shop online.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/wendykrause1522
11 – Hatch Design and Creative Store – Local creations and other gifts. Other services from: bespoke wedding collateral (STD, invites, ceremony cards, reception signage and collateral, RSVP, thank you cards), birthday invitations, company Identity, company collateral, advertising, signage and web design.
12 – Harbour Gift Gallery – A range of wonderful gifts located at Great Sandy Straits Marina.
Link below: https://www.harbourgiftgallery.com.au/
13 – The Gift Bag Collective – The Gift Bag Collective is a group of locals creating quality handcrafted items.
14 – Wood Grain Designs – Hand crafted unique timber and resin creations from reclaimed wood and locally sourced timber.
15 – Good Riddance Stockist Fraser Coast- selling 100% deet free – Australian owned and APVMA approved products.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/midgemagic/
16 – Hervey Bay Hat Co – Hat suppliers based in Hervey Bay with over 10 years’ experience finding the right fit and style for their customers.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/herveybayhatco
17 – Sewing bee with B – makes hand sewed items to request. Reach out for your sewing enquiries.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/407804507070553/
18 – Bayside CnC – selling 3D Timber Signs, Plaques, Toys, Gifts and Timber Art, Woodworking and Design.
Lind below: https://www.facebook.com/baysidecnc/
20 – Licensed Kids – official licensed kids bedding & bedroom decor items.
21 – Fraser Coast 3D Printing – is a local 3D print on demand service, they can print everything from props for cosplay to sculptures for home decoration or even custom marketing material. You provide the files and they provide the printing.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/FC3DXYZ/
22 – The Vine – Local handmade artisans/crafters selling their items
Link below – https://www.facebook.com/thevinemaryborough/
23 – Lux Laser – Laser cutting with custom Christmas baubles this Christmas
Link below – https://www.facebook.com/LuxLaserAu/
24 – Romeo Tango Designs
Link below – https://www.facebook.com/romeotangodesigns/
25 – Hand & Homemade By B – Range of handmade earrings and accessories. Unique one of a kind goods, great gifts or treating yourself
Link below – https://www.facebook.com/handandhomemadebyb/
26 – Designz
Link below – https://www.facebook.com/designzbynancystroop/
27 – Five Little Ducks – Locally sourced items in Tinana
Link Below –https://www.facebook.com/MotherDucksnest
28 – Purple Sunflower Designs – Unique Jewellery & Clay Diffusers (all handmade) make great Christmas gifts
Link Below – https://www.instagram.com/purplesunflower_designs/
29 – Wil & Pip – For all your handmade toys
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/wilandpip
30 – Emma Williams Designs – Earrings and Jewellery
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/emmawilliamsdesigns/
31 – Serafina’s Soiree
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/serafinassoiree/
32 – The Turquoise Life
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/theturquoiselife/
33 – Scarlet Bar Designs – Soaps
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/scarletbardesigns/
34 – Jakira Soap Art
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/Jakira-Soap-Art-531362990606805/
35 – Fraser Coast Soap Co.
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/frasercoastsoapco/
36 – Shannon’s Handmade Soy
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/Shannonshomemadesoycandles/
37 – Stuff ‘N’ Candles
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/stuffncandles/
38 – Paper & Me
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/Paper-Me-200902529986821/
39 – Rhonda’s Cards
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/rhondaomay/
40 – Unicorn Play – Custom and Unique Bags made especially for you.
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/unicornplay.rshaw/
41 – Artified by Gina – Acrylic pour and resin artist. Impossible for two pieces to be the same. Which makes it super exciting for Gina and a unique piece for you.
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/artifiedbygina/
42 – Clear View Creations – After using resin for many years as a finish on decoupage, Clear View have ventured into resin embedding. All embedded items have been collected either from my own garden or from a sustainable source.
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/218clearview/
43 – KMG Creative
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/KMG-Creative-2121399711453885/
44 – Burnt Edge Designs – https://www.facebook.com/burntedgedesigns/
45 – Red Blush – locally owned womens clothing and accessories boutique. Not only do they have beautiful clothing but some gift products as well – candles, earrings, soaps and body products to name a few.
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/RedBlushHB/
46 – Aussie Timbre Concepts
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/aussietimberconcepts/
47 – BoatShed Farm
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/Boatshedfarm/
48 – Bauble House – Great chemical-free soaps, skincare & gifts & much more
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/Baupleskincare/
49 – Racemes Gallery – Local & Indigenous art and many wonderful gifts
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/racemesgallery/
50 – Myatt Jewellers
Link Below – https://www.facebook.com/myattjewellers/
51 – Lolly & Lulu
Link Below – https://lolly-lulu.myshopify.com/
53 – Simply Melted – Homemade wax melts and personalised items.
Link below – https://simply-melted-by-alyssa.myshopify.com
54 – Jo’s Plants at The Mary Maketeers – A pop up shop based in Maryborough selling quality handmade items.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/TheMarymarketeers
55 – Bush Bubs Clothing & Embroidery – Clothing and embroidery business.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/BushBubsclothingandEmbroidery/
56 – Ophilia Designs – https://www.facebook.com/Ophiliadesigns/
57 – The Ratbags Room – Children’s clothing Bedding Towels & Accessories
Australia Wide Postage Available.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/The-Ratbags-Room-968650386672353/
58 – Jigsaw Garden Centre – They stock a range of giftware, water features, pots, potting mixes, mulches, composts, pesticides and other garden ware.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/Jigsaw.garden.centre
59 -Patchwork on Pallas- Wide Bay’s largest supplier of Sewing Machines.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/patchworkonpallas
60 – Auswide Signage – Auswide Signage is a dedicated family owned business based in Maryborough offering business branding, logo design and all aspects of signage.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/Auswide-Signage-104639768009719/
61 – Pet ‘n’ Produce Supplies & Saddlery- have lots of gift ideas, John Deere toys, Breyer models & sets, saddlery, clothing, pet accessories, gift packs, Random Harvest range, clipper sets, gift vouchers, Ariat Boots & clothing plus much more.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/petnproducesupplies/
62 – MissCreative Design Studios – Their mission is to develop creative and imaginative designs with meaning and purpose for every project they accept. Whether you are big or small, they will provide an excellent solution with outstanding results.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/misscreativeds/
64 – Tiaro Christmas Cottage – Exciting little Christmas shop selling Christmas decorations sourced from around the world.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/TiaroChristmasCottage
1 – Skyn Clinic – Health and Beauty store.
2 – Seaside Skin and Beauty – Home based beauty salon, quiet, cozy, professional, personal, child friendly, calming, relaxing. They are selling gift vouchers for this Christmas period.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/seasideskinandbeauty
3 – Wander and Find – Organic skincare for women, men and babies enriched with luxurious and restorative all-natural and certified organic ingredients. Handcrafted in Hervey Bay.
4 – Shell’s Nails – offering beauty, cosmetic and personal care gifts and other treasures.
5 – Cosmetic Plus- Tattoo, piercing and accessory shop.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/cosmeticsplusherveybay/
6 – The Dapper Lad – specialising in premium, hand crafted beard balms, beard oils & beard butters. They also stock a range of mens and womens apparel including tee’s, hoodies, caps, beanies and patches.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/thedapperlad/
7 – Pampered by Amy – beautiful Hervey Bay business with a gorgeous salon that take care of all your massage & beauty care needs. Vouchers available that make the best gifts to treat that someone special to an affordable but indulgent treatment or even for yourself for some pampering & relaxation. Also selling candles & skin care packages.
8 – Alison’s Therapeutic Massage
Link below – https://www.facebook.com/AlisonsTherapeuticMassage2016/
9 – MissChief Nails
Link below – https://www.facebook.com/MissChiefNails/
1 – Great Ocean Helicopters – Conducting Scenic & Joy Flights daily. Great Ocean Helicopters can taylor any flight to suit you. Check them out.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/greatoceanhelicopters/
2 – Pawfect Photography – offering pet photoshoots.
3 – Ruby Red Photography – Ruby Red Photography is passionate about capturing photos that you will love. Based in Hervey Bay.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/rubyredphotography79
4 – Patch Creations Photography – Gift voucher bags for a photo session with combinations of essential oils, tea and chocolate. Gift certificates can be used for family, newborn, maternity, children
Link below –www.facebook.com/PatchCreationsHerveyBay
5 – Terra Tribe Farm – Earth Kids – This is a nature-based connection program that allows children to use their creativity and innovation to create and build. Their programs have a focus, but every session is child led. They have a resource shed full of rope, hammers, nails, twine for building with and they use hand saws and wood burners. They also have a large water slide which they spend part of the morning at. Check it out below.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/terratribefarm
6 – Blue Sky Boat Hire – top of the line new boats and equipment for hire. Blue Sky will help to deliver the ultimate boating experience.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/blueskyboathire/
7 – Zumba Fitness Classes with Jessi Leanne Thomsen – Zumba fitness classes.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/175553559176665/user/100001813002062/
1 – MAD Providore – They are a Fraser Coasts Deli & Specialty Food Store based in the heart of Maryborough, selling puddings, tarts, cakes, chutneys, sauces, hampers, gift packs & more.
Link below: https://www.facebook.com/madprovidore/
2 – Miss Avery & Co – Three generations of love and baking based in Maryborough, Qld. They sell Macarons, cakes, traditional boiled puddings, hampers, jams and more.
3 – River Heads Café – local café offering Christmas gift vouchers.