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Shop small, local & handmade this Christmas

When you shop from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance: shop small, local and handmade at Christmas and all year around.

I can absolutely vouch for the fact that a real actual person (that would be me!) does a happy dance when people shop from our online jewellery store - and all of the small shop owners I know do the same thing.

So I'd like to encourage you to shop small, shop local and/or shop handmade as much as you can - not just at Christmas but all year long.

It not only spreads the happy dancing around, but it keeps these sorts of boutique businesses alive and flourishing. Not just Australian jewellery designers like us, but all sorts of small, independent, local and handmade businesses that you'd truly miss if they weren't around.

Read more about what it means to truly support local designers and artisans.

As you can imagine, when you shop with big retailers, already wealthy shareholders and overpaid executives barely even notice.

But it's very different with small shops like ours where every order from a customer like you really does count and is a cause for celebration. You're making a direct difference to real people's lives.

Most importantly it helps us to continue to design and make beautiful and unique products so we'll still be around when you come back next time.

Shop small for gifts

It can be tricky for small shops to be heard above all the noise made by big retailers and other businesses with deep marketing pockets, especially at Christmas.

So do your best to go off the beaten path to hunt down small, independent shops and designers when shopping for gifts at any time of year, but especially at Christmas.

Handmade sterling silver jewellery and more available from our Australian jewellery online store: shop small, shop local and shop handmade this Christmas.

You'll almost certainly find products which are more special and created with more care. Not only will your gift recipients love that you made the effort, but you'll make some independent designers, makers, sellers (and their loved ones) very happy as well.

Visit our Christmas Shopping Guide to look at gift ideas for our Australian jewellery. You can find some other small and mostly local designers featured in our What to Wear this Festive Season article. You can also go hunting on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Google or just ask around.

To give you more of a helping hand here's a very small selection of some of my favourite small shops in Australia:

  • Inaluxe - gorgeous original artworks and prints (my own home is full of Inaluxe!)
  • Tiff Manual - one of a kind hand painted clutches and more
  • Trade the Mark - beautiful and unique handmade ceramics
  • Elm Paper - gift cards and other lovely paper goods

Shop online with small, independent Australian designers.

Shop small, shop local and shop handmade: find out why it's a great idea to support small shops in your local community and online. It makes a real difference to people's lives and it will make you happier too.

Shop small, shop local and shop handmade this Christmas - and all year around. Jewellery Australia online store.

Simone Walsh is an Australian jewellery designer and maker who has been creating handmade jewellery in sterling silver, gold and gemstones for over 25 years. She lives and works in the beautiful countryside outside Adelaide in South Australia, where she's surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. Simone is the Founder & Creative Director of Simone Walsh Jewellery.


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