Hello all! Hope you've been enjoying the snow - or at least, coping well with the difficult weather. When the wind blows cold and the rain falls, venturing outside for Christmas shopping can seem like a real chore, especially in the big cities where the streets can get insanely busy with shoppers.
So, this year I decided to take the big Christmas present hunt online. I've saved myself from shopping stress, and also supported some great independent businesses - it's a double win!
Read on to find out where I've been spending my cash this festive season...
Wonderful collection of sewing supplies and crafty goodies. I was especially impressed with their selection of patterns and crafting kits! Great if you have a mate who loves a bit of gingham granny-chic.
Great selection of laser-cut jewellery, at very reasonable prices. These three little piggies are so cute!
This talented illustrator and animator hardly needs any introduction on this blog. Her etsy shop sells only bookmarks - but what a selection of beautiful bookmarks! Practically everyone reads, and there is bound to be a bookmark here for just about anyone.
This seller has the most amazing collection of vintage jewellery! Brooches, bangles, pendants... they have it all. The brooches in particular are gorgeous, with heaps of choice. The best part is that their pieces start from as little as $3.21 - not that you can tell by looking at them!
I'm sure that the work of the illustrious Gemma Correll is already familiar to many of you! Nevertheless, her shop deserves a mention because it's such a fab place to find gifts. It's full of great finds for fashion conscious pet-lovers everywhere. I have to admit that the above pocket-mirror was a little gift to myself this year!
Another illustrator/maker, Susie Ghahremani is already well-known throughout the creative community. Owls are a speciality of hers, so I was pretty much bound to like her work! Her shop has a really extensive collection of different items, including notepads, stickers, badges and this cute t-shirt above. Great shop for main presents, or for little stocking fillers!
Some really cute pieces of jewellery, and at reasonable prices. They have a great selection of little studs - these snowflake ones are a real festive find!