Buy from the bush gift guide: The gifts that keep on giving!
Now, more than ever, the Australian community is coming together to support local businesses!
By Practical Parenting Team
October 28 2020
Now, more than ever, the Australian community is coming together to support local businesses and communities in the wake of COVID-19 and the economic downturn.
So much so that the 'Buy from the Bush (BFTB)' initiative founded by Grace Brennan just last year which used social media to showcase businesses doing it tough due to drought and bushfires has now expand, launching a new online marketplace to connect Aussies with rural businesses in time for Christmas.
With 450,000 followers on social media, BFTB has created real, sustained change that has rippled across the country as more of us seek out local, sustainable shopping options.
The brand-new online emporium, covering everything from fashion (including gorgeous children’s clothing) and homewares to jewellery and art, has more than 250 businesses signed up – the majority of which are female-owned!
We chat with Grace Brennan and get her top suggestions for gifts from the Buy From The Bush Marketplace, which is a safe and secure online hub to discover beautiful and unique products while supporting rural and regional small businesses.
Buy from the bush gift guide: The gifts that keep on giving!
Cape Chill Reversible Bikini, RRP: $69.95
Cape Chill Reversible Bikini by Arch N Ollie (Casino, NSW)
A long sleeve high-waisted bikini featuring two bold, fun and unique designs. This is the perfect two-in-one gift for kids coming into summer and the holiday season.
Ladies’ Reversable Sun Hat, RRP: $84.95
Ladies’ Reversable Sun Hat by Love thy Farmer (Wee Waa, NSW)
The Reversable Sun Hat by Love thy Farmer is the perfect accessory for any parent this summer especially on those really hot days playing with the kids in the backyard. Plus, it’s 100% designed and made in Australia.
Jellystone Designs Rainbow Stacker and Teether Toy, RRP: $24.99
Jellystone Designs Rainbow Stacker and Teether Toy by Wrapped Cootamundra (Cootamundra, NSW)
The ultimate multi-purpose toy, as your child will quickly discover how the stacking rings make the best soothing teethers! This fun and educational stacker is the ideal toy to give as a gift for little ones to practice their hand-eye coordination and soothe them while teething.
Wooden Stacking Pegs and Peg Board, RRP: $23
Wooden Stacking Pegs and Peg Board by Wild Woodland Toys (Kapunda, SA)
This versatile toy is the perfect gift that combines education with fun. It is wonderfully simple for the fingers and imagination and can be used in a number of ways!
Sherbet Reindeer Blossom Headband, RRP: $26.95
Sherbet Reindeer Blossom Headband by Arch N Ollie (Casino, NSW)
Part of the Arch N Ollie Christmas Collection, this headband is the perfect addition for any outfit to add a fun and festive touch coming into the holiday season.
Mumma and Me Premium Newborn Gift Box, RRP: $88
Mumma and Me Premium Newborn Gift Box by Helly B Designs (Armidale, NSW)
Containing a pair of signature Oatmeal Pure Australian Merino Wool booties, and a crocheted bunny teamed with a pack of Ceremony Organic Cacao drinking chocolate – the perfect combination for any new mum. So, if someone you know is expecting, this may be the perfect gift!
Rio Palms Boys Reversible Rashie, RRP: $49.95
Rio Palms Boys Reversible Rashie by Arch N Ollie (Casino, NSW)
A long sleeve rash shirt featuring two unique tropical designs – the perfect two-in-one gift to give this Christmas.
Florence Dress, RRP: $59.95
Florence Dress by Kennedy the Label (Nyngan, NSW)
Kennedy the Label features bespoke prints and timeless sustainable designs for kids of all ages. With a sweet and simple design, the Florence Dress is the ideal gift for your little one.
Jellystone Designs – 2 Pack Sensory Ball and Fidget Ball, RRP: $29.99
Jellystone Designs – 2 Pack Sensory Ball and Fidget Ball by Wrapped Cootamundra (Cootamundra, NSW)
The perfect combo to keep busy little minds entertained for hours while also teaching them to focus and self-regulate their emotions. The perfect gift for your little fidgeter!
Coolum Sandal, RRP: $54.95
Coolum Sandal by Sole Kids (Patho, VIC)
Description: The Coolum Sandal comes in a variety of colours and is a practical and trendy gift to give this holiday, especially coming into summer.
Five minutes with Grace Brennan from 'Buy from the Bush'
Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind BFTB and how you got started.
I grew up in Sydney, however fell in love with a farmer, so moved to live on a sheep and cropping farm in western NSW when I was about 26.
During my time on the land, I have been able to absorb all the wonderful things that the bush has to offer and am inspired to share that with Australians all over the country. My background prior is in community development and as I watched my husband work through this drought I was feeling very helpless. No words or consoling cuddles can detract from the relentless stress and fatigue caused by drought.
I desperately wanted to take action and create a solution to this enormous problem of drought. After a friend told me that her family was 'buying from the bush' for their Kris Kringle, the seed was planted. I created the Buy From The Bush Instagram page at my kitchen bench after being frustrated with an interview on the radio covering drought and though it was, in some ways, a spur of the moment decision which led to a project that I have largely run on the fly, I would say I have been developing key skills and laying the groundwork for this for most of my working life.
Some of the ideas of the businesses are so creative, are there any that stand out to you that blew you away?
There is an incredible offering of creativity, productivity and innovation in Australian bushbusinesses. From beautiful boutiques with curated collections of fashion and homewares to farmers diversifying in to creative trades and many talented women running side hustles to generate alternative income streams. In terms of who stands out, they are all special in their unique way. For example, as a mum, I am obsessed with the Cape Chill swimsuits – they have the most bold and fun prints for my little ones.
What is some of the feedback you've had from the both the businesses and the buyers that inspires you to keep going?
City shoppers have embraced the campaign with open arms and rural businesses are flourishing with many reporting a significant increase in their sales. One in five (19%) of thebusinesses featuring on Buy from the Bush are now selling to international customers and two in five (39%) have started shipping interstate.
To quote one business – Barb Poulson fromFrank and Enid: “Buy From The Bush saved my business. Saved it. Well it wouldn’t be here. Just excited that the business might be able to grow again.”
It feels really momentous, one year on, that Buy from the Bush still seems to have meaning both among the community of small businesses in the bush, but also customers in the city and across Australia. And with thelaunch of the Buy From The Bush marketplace, we can continue this momentum by connecting these small rural businesses with broader audiences and with PayPal Australia’s help, it’ll be a hugely beneficial movement for rural Australia.
Christmas is fast approaching, what advice do you have for Christmas shoppers this year?
With the pandemic driving so much Christmas shopping online, Aussies will want to get in early to make sure everything arrives on time. My advice is to shop with purpose. Every dollar spent with small rural and regional businesses can help rural communities by protecting jobs, helping businesses stay afloat and keeping the bush economy moving.
People know that when they shop through Buy from the Bush and when they support these bush businesses, money is flowing back into communities at a time that the community really needs support from outside. Through the Buy From The Bush Marketplace, Australians now have an opportunity to support the Australian bush in time for Christmas by discovering and buying from small businesses from all corners of the country and investing in their future. We hope Aussies in the cities and suburbs look to the bush for Christmas shopping this year and by so doing, invest in helping rural communities recover and thrive, and shopping at the Buy FromThe Bush Marketplace via www.buyfromthebush.com.au.