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Handmade gift ideas for festive season giving

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If this year has taught us anything, it is the importance of our communities and supporting local businesses. And, if like us, you’ve left your festive shopping to the last minute, you can still surprise your loved ones with beautiful handmade gifts from these local makers:

Tantri Mustika Ceramics: Tantri Mustika is a Collingwood based ceramicist who makes a range of light-hearted and colourful hand-built ceramics. Her current collection of work incorporates a modern spin on traditional terrazzo tiling, applying it to bespoke functional forms making terrazzo adaptable to everyday life. Each and every piece finishes with no pair identical and is unique in patterning and colour due to the techniques and processes used. Shop online or visit Tantri in her Collingwood-Yards based store!

Blazed Wax: Blazed Wax is the lovechild of two friends who handcraft sculptural candles which bring warmth and colour to the home. Each candle is individually hand made with love in their Brunswick studio. Shop their collection online.

Emily Green: Emily Green is a Melbourne based jewellery and accessories designer whose bright and vibrant work explores bold patterning and clever colour combinations. All Emily Green pieces are designed and individually handmade by Emily and her team in her Preston studio. You can also see the full Emily Green range at the store Emily co-owns with Stylist Becky Littler, Pinky's

Bonnie and Neil: One of Australia’s most popular independent textile brands, Bonnie and Neil is the creation of design duo Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie in their Reservoir based studio. Bringing together their backgrounds in floristry, fine art, textiles, furniture making and set design, Bonnie and Neil are known for their vibrant collections of handmade products for the home. Creatively influenced by their surroundings and travels around the world, Bonnie and Neil’s extensive product range is functional, modern and timeless. Shop online.

Fazeek: Fazeek is a contemporary fragrance, beauty and homewares brand from Melbourne. Founded in 2017, Fazeek creates hand-crafted, stylish products that are ethical and cruelty-free. Their candles, soaps and liquid products are all vegan, ethically-sourced and hand-crafted, so you can feel good about your gifting! Shop online.

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