‘Tis the Season – your local gift guide

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Following his advice, gifts should be in season all year round.

Whether you are just getting started or “only” searching for that special something for a hard-to-buy-for loved one, here’s a selection of pressies from local makers and traders we would be excited to unwrap.

City Cave – Wellness for body and mind

Let the mind wander aimlessly as you are floating in a private plunge pool enriched with Magnesium and Epsom salts, warmed precisely to body temperature. Give the gift of ultimate relaxation with a voucher for a float or combine floating with an infrared sauna session at City Cave Kotara or Mayfield. | Citycave.com.au

Edde – Stylish and feminine

Our favourite for a bit of retail therapy is Edde in Wickham. With an eclectic range of clothing, jewellery, homewares and beauty products, it’s a treasure trove for gifting too. We love the hand weaved, Australian designed Kiwi L Bag ($185) and the SALUS Cucumber & Camomile Radiance Facial Mask ($30). Random combo? Well, both will put a smile on your face! | Edde.com.au

Hungerford Hill – Festive sparkle

Medium deep red in colour with a fine bead, Hungerford Hill’s Cardinal Sparkling Shiraz NV features aromas of savoury leather, spice and plum with hints of forest floor whilst the palate is soft, round, luscious and creamy. It’s the perfect sparkling for this summer season! hungerfordhill.com.au RRP $45

Love my Plants: Lush greenery

Need a little something for that super-busy friend? Love My Plants offer a range of luscious indoor plants in fibreglass, self-watering pots so one never has to worry about over or underwatering again. That busy friend is living in a bare apartment? A gift voucher for a Love My Plants homestyling session will have them living in an urban oasis in no time. | lovemyplants.com.au

Harper and Lulu: Hamper heaven

For a customised hamper with quality products from small local businesses, Harper and Lulu is your go-to choice. Established in 2014, they are the Hunter’s premier locally sourced specialty hamper supplier and deal directly with hand-picked suppliers to showcase the best of the region.
Whether it is for him, her or them, for corporate gifts or a baby shower, they consistently deliver the wow factor their customers love. | harperandlulu.com

Merry People: Slip-on, slip-off

Whether you’re out in the garden, running errands or meeting friends for brunch, step out in style with the Merry People Billie Clog. It’s the perfect everyday slip-on shoe. Made from hard wearing natural rubber, they’re 100% waterproof and designed for comfortable all-day wear. They’re also unisex and available in multiple colours at merrypeople.com, RRP $119.95. Find Merry People boots at Hey Jude Love Pete in Newcastle’s East End.