Supporting small and local businesses this Christmas not only helps the economy but we do a happy dance in our kitchen with every order!
With the continuous rise (with no hint of slowing down) of giant companies such as Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, Wish etc during this Christmas season, it's never been more important to support small businesses in your community.
Don't get me wrong, I have been guilty of using Amazon for my 'go-to' gifts in the past but I now use it as a last resort if I absolutely cannot find exactly what I am looking for. I know it's easy, fast and cheap to use those services but have those companies actually put their time, their effort and love into products you wear with confidence, use for your big garden or apartment balcony or fill your home up with amazing Christmas fragrances?
As I've gotten older and now have started Bookshelf Candles, I've certainly become more conscious of what I'm purchasing, where I'm purchasing from and knowingly how happy that small business is going to be when they see my order come through to their email. And how I know that is, is because I do that exact same happy dance, let my boyfriend know these exact words "I've got an order" and my mind and heart is at peace. Well, at least for a few moments before I get stuck into making candles and packing until 1am.
Being on this incredible journey of owning my own small business has broadened my views of the incredible, resilient, talented small business community has to offer.
So while you're here and it's almost time to start Christmas shopping, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and take a look at these beautiful small businesses that Australia has to offer.
To any small businesses reading this - let's start using the #loveozshopoz this Christmas to showcase our beautiful, handcrafted products.
Jade owns the beautiful business 'I Saw The Sign Newy' and is based in Newcastle, New South Wales. She specialises in recycling and repurposing wood and turning them into herb and plant pegs, signs for businesses, interior decoration and more! You can order directly through Jade's Instagram page.
T owns, designs and makes every single piece of this gorgeous jewellery. And when I mean it's gorgeous, it really is! You can see the love she puts into every delicate silver stud, every gold pearl hoop and rose gold earring chain. All of her materials are sourced from small Australian businesses, which is incredible! John and Luna prices start from AU$39 on her website.
The Herbal Child has been brought to life by Bridie - a Gold Coast based bath and body care small business. The Herbal Child uses herbs from her very own herb garden to create an infusion of aromas and wellness for your body. Her products include stunning Bath Fizzes, Body Oils and Body Scrubs. Prices start from AU$12.95 on The Herbal Child website.
I hope by featuring some of these incredible Australian small business owners encourages you to #loveozshopoz this Christmas.