In need of a gift for someone you love or perhaps a gift for yourself?
Why not avoid the busy shopping centres and instead, spread some love to the local businesses of the Gold Coast by supporting brands that will give off you something unique, convenient and of course - Aussie made.
There are so many trendy new businesses on the Coast that deserve a bit more local love, especially around the time for gift-giving. We've put together a list of some of our favourite local brands so you can beat the crowds:
These charming two-handed creations are from a local ceramics designer who uses natural patterns and unique mandala prints to fashion the perfect serving platters, dipping bowls and crafty vases. No two designs are the same, so you're guaranteed your present will be one of a kind.
It's the season of surf, sunshine and now more than ever - skate. These cruisers are custom made timber skateboards manufactured right here on the Gold Coast, perfect for both cruising and shredding. What started out as a skate brand has turned into so much more - selling clothes, accessories and even art. Kippy Skateboards identifies more as a lifestyle than a brand, and judging by their Instagram, it's a lifestyle we wouldn't say no to!
Whisky & Stone
These trendy new specs have only just hit the market, and while it ticks off all the boxes for design, the real eye-opener is what these glasses will actually do for your eyesight. If you know someone who spends most of their workday staring at a screen, these blue light filtering glasses can improve productivity by up to 20% and filter out up to 50% of bad blue light. Not to mention, it gives you an excuse to wear glasses even if your vision is 20-20.
Simple, clever, and often hilarious, Shuturp originated from a local artist whose designs are relatable, topical and often imbued with social commentary. T-shirts, hoodies and socks, to tote bags, greeting cards and prints, these affordable and quirky sketches will turn so many heads, you'll wish you bought one for yourself.
This is the gift of all gifts. Let Brewquets deliver an assortment of products, served hamper style, straight to your door. While your standard brewquet consists of Australian craft beers, you can also get packages that include chocolate, bath salts, facial cream, jerky, or even Moscato.
These luxury and local cosmetics are totally cruelty free and vegan friendly, with profits donated to WWF. They specialise in dental care, body butter, handmade bamboo washcloths, body sponges and more. One of their gift box bundles will fit quite perfectly under the Christmas tree, and includes a bit of everything.
Think outside the box next time you shop. Support fellow Gold Coasters and give your loved ones something they can't buy with a gift voucher.