Normally this would a gift guide detailing specific gift recommendations from a range of brands all over the world. We’re going to do things a little differently this year. 2020 has been… a year. It has seen small business hit hard, particular in Melbourne after an extensive lockdown. I’ve made it a priority to shop small and/or Australian this Christmas to support the incredible brands in this country that have pushed through (multiple) lockdowns and in some cases bushfires early this year. So! This is a directory of small and Australian businesses that are worth your coins and offer beautiful gift options. A selection of them have also offered discount codes especially for my followers! The brands are spilt into categories with beauty being the most hefty but there’s something here for everyone. Thank you for supporting small and Australian this year!
Luna Bronze | @luna_bronze | website – 15% OFF STOREWIDE – CENTAINE15
Cipher Skincare | @cipherskincare | website – 20% OFF STOREWIDE (EXCLUDING STACKED PACKS) until Dec 31 – SLEIGHWHAT2020
GunkOff | @gunkoffskincare | website – 10% off – CENTAINE10
Recreation Beauty | @recreationbeauty | website – 20% off when you spend over $50 (excludes sets) – GLOSS20
Glow Candy | @glow_candy | website – 20% off storewide until Dec 31 – CENTAINE20
Francesca Jewellery | @francesca.com.au | website – 15% off your first order until Nov 30 – CENTAINEMCLEAN15
Luna Bronze | @luna_bronze | website
15% OFF STOREWIDE – CENTAINE15
Luna Bronze are a Melbourne made tanning range with skincare at the heart of their products. They’re all full of nourishing, naturally derived and largely organic ingredients. All their products are also vegan, cruelty free and accredited by PETA. Top recs- their Glow Gradual Tanning Moisturiser is an all time fave for me!
Cipher Skincare | @cipherskincare | website
20% OFF STOREWIDE (EXCLUDING STACKED PACKS) until Dec 31 – SLEIGHWHAT2020
Cipher refers to their skincare as ‘intelligent alchemy’- a focus on actives, clean ingredients, pH balanced and transparency and trust. Their formulas are built to support their active ingredients to make an impact. They breakdown their formulas in a way that makes it easy to understand what you’re putting on your face. Top recs- Night Shift and Beam Me Up.
GunkOff | @gunkoffskincare | website
10% off – CENTAINE10
GunkOff is the ultimate make-up removing cleansing balm with no harsh or drying ingredients. The cleansing balm removes even the heaviest of makeup to give you a clean slate for your skincare. They’re cruelty free, fragrance free and perfect for all skin types.
Recreation Beauty | @recreationbeauty | website
20% off when you spend over $50 (excludes sets) – GLOSS20
Recreation is an all-natural perfume house based out of Bondi Beach, Sydney. All ingredients are ethically sourced and as many as possible are organic. All their products are cruelty free and their plastic bottles are made from 50% recycled plastic. They create unique, fresh and playful fragrances that will uplift the soul. Top recs- Vibrant Skin Face Oil, This Love Of Mine perfume and Luxury Body + Hair Serum Oils.
Lanolips is based in Sydney and source all their lanolin by supporting local farmers here in Australia and in New Zealand. All Lanolips products are made with lanolin, a renewable and sustainable resource. They are cruelty free and leaping bunny certified. Top recs- Coconutter Hand Cream, Golden Dry Skin Miracle Salve and 101 Ointment.
Ere Perez | @ereperezcosmetics | website
Simple products made from powerful and nourishing botanical ingredients. They showcase natural Australian ingredients in their skincare and makeup ranges. Ere Perez is based out of Bondi Beach, are cruelty free, certified carbon neutral and predominately vegan. Top recs- Moringa All Beauty Creme and Oat Milk Foundation.
Ultra Violette | @ultravioletteau | website
Ultra Violette is the new generation of SPF or ‘skinscreens’. Their formulas make you want to wear sunscreen, are loaded with skin loving ingredients and work a treat with makeup. They have formulas for every skin type as well as body and lip formulas. The two female founders are industry veterans and the brand is based out of Melbourne. Top recs- Supreme Screen and Lean Screen.
The Jojoba Company | @thejojobaco | website
The Jojoba Company range centres around the purest jojoba oil grown and farmed on their family owned farm, Beresford, in Yenda in the Riverina District NSW. The jojoba plant is carbon negative and the whole range is cruelty free and vegan. Top recs- Australian Jojoba, Ultimate Youth Potion + L22 and Jojoba Water Toning Mist.
Sensori+ | @sensoriplus | website
Sensori+ provides effective skincare solutions with a sensorial experience as well as care for the environment. They focus on pure ingredients and scientific efficacy and believe the two can go hand in hand. Top recs- Clarifying & Strengthening Serum-In-Oil and Detoxifying & Rejuvenating Cleansing Oil.
Kester Black | @kesterblack | website
Kester Black are not your average nail polish brand. Social justice and sustainability are at the heart of everything they do. They’re carbon neutral, they donate 2% of all revenue to social causes and make vegan and sustainable products. Their products are free of all the things you don’t want in your nail polish and their shades are always unique and chic.
Frank Body | @frank_bod | website
Frank is an Australian made, coffee based face and body range known for their iconic coffee scrub. All their products are made in Melbourne from natural or naturally derived ingredients. Top recs- Original Coffee Scrub, Brightening Vitamin C Mask and Butt First, Coffee Kit.
Peggy Sue Soaps | @peggysuesoaps | website
Peggy Sue is an ethical, female owed business based on the South Coast of NSW. Their aim is to help you create meaningful moments of self care with their organic face and body products. Their products are packaged in glass bottles with refills available to reduce waste.
Humbl Skincare | @humblskincare | website
Humbl Skincare is based in NSW and all products are made in Australia from Australian ingredients. All products are cruelty free and vegan. Their packaging is fun and playful and they have kits for all skin types to make picking your skincare simple.
Miss Frankie | @lovemissfrankie | website
Miss Frankie is an Australian made, 10 free nail polish line created by professional manicurist Kara Jeffers. They don’t contain the common toxic ingredients found in nail polishes, that results in healthier and happier nails. They are fast drying, long lasting and chip resistant.
Go To Skincare | @gotoskincare | website
Go To Skincare was founded by Australian beauty editor, Zoe Foster Blake with the mission to create simple, fun and effective skincare with the best in botanical ingredients. The range is small and meticulously curated so only the absolute best formulas make it to market. They are cruelty free and ideal for even sensitive skin. Plus they have super cute gift packs this holiday season.
Glow Candy | @glow_candy | website
20% off storewide until Dec 31 – CENTAINE20
Glow Candy create beautiful candles from 100% soy wax, hand poured in small batches in Melbourne. They also use locally sourced natural fragrance oils and 100% cotton wicks. Glow Candy also has a social enterprise model in partnership with One Tree Planted that sees them plant one tree for every candle sold. Top recs- Vanilla Caramel Bliss Candle.
Ashley Maree Candle Co. | @ashleymareecandleco
Ashley Maree makes divine hand poured soy wax melts and candles. She’s based in Melbourne and creates lush gourmand scents like Salted Caramylk, Fairy Floss and Vanilla Caramel Truffle. DM via instagram to order.
Valley Candle Co. | @valley_candleco
Soy candles hand poured in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. Valley Candle Co specialise in stunning crystal candles. DM or email via Instagram to order.
SK Collection | @skcollection | website
SK Collection are a female owned and run business from south east Melbourne offering personalised candles, crystal infused candles and a range of other personalised gifts. They have a gorgeous range of personalised Christmas decorations and Christmas themed candles.
3 Candle Co | @3candleco
3 Candle Co hand pour beautiful soy candles in Melbourne. They create female body sculpture candles as well as traditional jar candles, both in a range of delicious scents. DM via instagram to order.
Ember + Wick | @emberandwick
Ember + Wick create hand poured candles and melts in Melbourne. They do personalised labels, seasonal scents and citronella candles. DM via instagram to order.
Manara Home | @manarahome | website
Manara Home create decorate scented candles in super unique shapes. They wanted to create a zero waste candle that would also look beautiful in your home. Manara Home use a sustainable soy wax blend, quality fragrances and dyes and organic wicks. All their packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.
Francesca Jewellery | @francesca.com.au | website
15% off your first order until Nov 30 – CENTAINEMCLEAN15
Francesca is a Tasmanian jewellery label created by two sisters, Hannah & Rachel Vasicek. Francesca was founded with the purpose of creating beautiful pieces and giving back. They’ve gone from market stall to an international website and two retail stores, their flagship in Hobart and a store in Melbourne
Central, Melbourne. Francesca also gives you the ability to create your own pieces with meaning.
Evie Sol Earrings | @evie.sol.earrings | website
Evie Sol Earrings is a hand made polymer clay jewellery label based out of Melbourne. Female owned and created, Evie Sol create fun polymer clay designs.
One+Two Designs | @oneplustwodesigns | website
One+Two Designs is a one woman show based in NSW. Ashley makes beautiful polymer clay earrings in fun designs and textures including unique holographic finishes.
Sans Beast | @sans.beast | website
Sans Beast is a Melbourne based bag and accessories brand established by Cathryn Wills who has been in the Australian fashion industry for nearly 30 years. After much research and development, Sans Beast was launched using Eco PU materials as an animal and environmentally kind alternative to leather. Their designs are unique and incredibly detail oriented. They prove high quality fashion doesn’t have to come at the cost of animal welfare.
Vestirsi | @shopvestirsi | website
All Vestirsi bags are beautiful, chic and made from the finest Italian leather but without the over inflated price tag. Their range is ‘designed with the goal of making the smart, modern woman look and feel her most polished’. Vestirsi bags come in a range of versatile neutrals to compliment any outfit- black, taupe, beige and tan. Vestirsi also support women’s mental health issues by donating 10% of net proceeds to Liptember to support essential women’s mental health charities. Top recs- Vanessa, Simone and Cleo.
Tara Whalley | @tarawhalley | website
Tara Whalley is a Melbourne based textile and clothing designer. All her prints are hand painted originally by Tara and all clothing is made in Melbourne. She creates sizes XS-4XLovely as well as accessories and original artworks. Tara has been featured at LA, San Francisco and New York Fashion Week.
The Self Styler | @theselfstyler | website
The Self Styler is an online boutique that offers practical, effortless chic styles that are both on trend and affordable. Everyday wear that is versatile enough to fit out your wardrobe day to night. Great options for Christmas Day dresses.
Girls Of Ipanema | @girlsofipanema | website
Girls Of Ipanema stock a curated edit of slow fashion pieces and brands as well as their own range of coastal inspired pieces. They have a shop front on Sunshine Coast, Queensland as well as an online store. They stock designers like Lullaby Club, BAE, Ochre Lane and Love St just to name a few.
The Elsewhere Co | @theelsewhereco.accessories | website
The Elsewhere Co is a Melbourne based accessories label that create a beautifulrange of travel wallets, passport covers, face masks and jewellery wallets. They work with local Australian photographers, stylists, graphic designers, artists, printers and stockists. They’re committed to contributing to a sustainable future and donate $1 from every order to Greening Australia. They source natural and sustainable materials wherever possible, use upcycled leather, utilise a carbon neutral courier service and don’t use any single use plastics.
Poppy Lane Designs | @poppy.lane.designs | website
Poppy Lane Designs hails from Toowoomba, Queensland and create hand painted clutches, earrings and accessories. Two sisters started this fun and vibrant brand three years ago and now contract 9 local women as they’ve grown to be stocked in over 80 stores nationwide and internationally in London, Italy, America and New Zealand.
Finer Rings | @finerrings | website
Finer Rings is a handmade minimal and tarnish free jewellery label that started as a side hustle while founder, Taiba, studied nursing. They now have a beautiful boutique on Chapel Street in Melbourne, employ a team of 6 and are stocked in stores around Australia. All pieces are still handmade in Melbourne.
Miann & Co | @miannandco_woman | website
Miann & Co is a family owned, husband and wife business that make high quality clothing and homewares from natural, non-synthetic fibres. They are passionate about minimising their impact on the world, employ ethical production and their pieces are all produced in small batches. They make both children’s and women’s clothing as well as toys, decor, bedding and eco home products.
Nestling & Nook stocks a curated selection of toys that combine nature and play and inspire children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder. They prioritise sustainable and natural products that will last generations and encourage a holistic approach to play based learning. Also, their toys are beyond beautiful to look at.
Baby Presents | @baby_presents_au | website
Baby Presents is a baby boutique that has a retail store in Point Cook, Victoria and an online store. They stock only the best brands like Jellycat, Olli Ella, Make Me Iconic and Miniland just to name a few. They are a one stop shop for baby and toddler gifting and are dedicated to creating a beautiful gifting experience.
By Sampson & Delilah | @bysampsonanddelilah | website
By Sampson & Delilah is a female founded and run baby gifting online boutique based in Geelong, Victoria. Founder, Ellie, is a passionate midwife who started the business to combine her loves of babies, mothers and gifting. She curates beautiful gift boxes of high quality baby and mumma products.
The Memo | @fromthememo | website
The Memo stocks a tightly curated edit of products you actually need when you have a baby. They stock must have items that will last the distance and are as functional as possible. All the stuff you need, nothing you don’t. Their website also has great resources for mums to be and anyone gifting a mum to be.
Little Dottie | @little.dottie | website
Little Dottie is an online baby and children’s boutique. They stock a large range of products, predominately from other small Australian businesses. They are based in Mount Gambier, South Australia where they also have a store front.
Name It Custom Decor | @nameitcustomdecor | website
Name It create custom keepsakes and decor pieces from their home studio in Adelaide. They offer beautiful memory boxes, mother’s and father’s day gifts, name plaques and Christmas gifts just to name a few. They also offer custom Christmas tree decorations and Christmas decor.
Bespoke Letterpress | @bespokeletterpress | website
Bespoke Letterpress design and print hot letterpress and hot foil stationary. Founded in 2007, they’ve since grown into an internationally recognised brand and are based in Bowral, The Southern Highlands where they have their flagship store, studio and cafe, The Press Shop. They create beautiful cards, stationary such as notebooks and writing sets, gift wrap and planners just to name a few.
Indelible Designs | @indelibledesigns | website
Indelible Designs are based in Melbourne and create functional ceramic pieces bursting with vibrant colour combinations. They use both wheel thrown and hand building techniques and pieces are hand painted with underglaze. Each piece is truly unique.
Miimi & Jiinda |@miimiandjiinda | website
Miimi & Jiinda is a mother and daughter art business, creating contemporary Indigenous artworks. They aim to create beautiful artworks that reflect their personal stories, uplift and inspire and bring to light important conversations. Both mother and daughter hail from the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, and Bundjalung tribes on the east coast of Australia, often referred to as “Saltwater Country”.
Little Peach + Pip | @littlepeachandpip | website
Little Peach + Pip are the home of gorgeous kids cushions and art prints. All their designs are unique and are designed and made in Australia.
Paxxy & Flora | @paxxyandflora | website
Paxxy & Flora are a Brisbane based ceramics brand creating hand moulded and glazed ceramics. Creator, Cas Thompson, creates beautiful vases, trinket plates, pots and kitchenwares.
Yarli Creative | @yarli_creative | website
Yarli Creative is an Aboriginal owned art business, founded and created by Madison Connors, a proud Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Gamilaroi woman. She works out of the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, creating beautiful canvas prints, digital prints, face masks, stickers and clothing.
Cosy Collective | @cosy.collective | website
Cosy Collective are a small batch ceramic homeware brand, handmade in Melbourne. Jenna’s ceramics and candles are designed to bring a sense of ‘hygge’ to your home and space.
Stay Tray | @staytray_ | website
Stay Tray are 100% Australian made reusable coffee cup trays. Stay Trays are made of polypropylene 100% recycled plastic, are dishwasher safe and are weather resistant and UV stable. They will help to reduce the 5 million tonne of paper waste that we generate every year. They’re also 100% owned, designed and manufactured in Australia, by Australians, using ethical methods.
Sage x Clare | @sageandclare | website
Sage x Clare was started by a husband and wife duo out of a love of colour and texture and the aim to give you a place to find global treasures with real heart. You will find an array of homewares that are unique and afforable and take you on a journey.
FOOD & DRINK
Batch & Co | @batch_and_co | website
Batch & Co was created from the need to have a delicious tasting drink minus the prep time. Founder, Thomas Kiltorp, is an award winning bartender who wanted to give consumers a take home drink that tastes just as good as straight from the bar. They do both an alcoholic spritz range and a collection of delicious Virgin Soda.
Hey Tiger | @heytigerco | website
Hey Tiger create DELICIOUS and handmade chocolate in Melbourne. Their flavours are unique and use only the best, ethically sourced cocoa. At the heart of Hey Tiger is social impact. They have an ongoing partnership with The Hunger Project and donate 50c from every full size bar and 25c from every mini bar to positively impacting cocoa farming communities in Ghana. They believe in disrupting the chocolate industry and abolishing child labour being a part of it.
The Farmer’s Wife Distillery | @farmerswifedistillery | website
The Farmer’s Wife create hand crafted gin on their farm in Allworth, NSW. Their gin pays homage to the traditional processes of gin making and the native flavours of Australia such as native sage, pepperberry and myrtles.
Taylor & Smith Distilling Co | @taylorandsmithdistillingco | website
Taylor & Smith is an independent, artisan distillery in Hobart. All their spirits are handmade in small batches. As well as creating spirits using native botanicals, Taylor & Smith make premade cocktails so you can have bar quality cocktails at home.