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A handmade & secondhand Christmas

Scrap the consumer frenzy and embrace a season of handmade, locally made and secondhand gifts.

Secondhand Christmas Gifts

Great secondhand and handmade gift ideas for the eco-minded woman.

Credit: Louise Lister

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Great secondhand and handmade gift ideas for the eco-minded woman.

Credit: Louise Lister

Secondhand Christmas Gifts3

Great secondhand and handmade gift ideas for the eco-minded man.

Credit: Louise Lister

Secondhand Christmas Gifts4

Great secondhand and handmade gift ideas for the eco-minded man.

Credit: Louise Lister

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Great secondhand and handmade gift ideas to encourage eco-minded children.

Credit: Louise Lister

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Great secondhand and handmade gift ideas to encourage eco-minded children.

Credit: Louise Lister

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Our top tip if you want to be eco-savvy this festive season is to suggest to your family and friends that this Christmas you have a rule of only buying or gifting gifts that are handmade, locally made or secondhand. If you want to expand the rules a little you could also include experiences (such as massages, or digital magazine subscriptions, such as here), which are often more memorable anyway.

Click through the images along with the info below for a few suggestions to get you started, and to get you inspired to browse through the secondhand shops:

Viewing image 1 of 6, clockwise from top left: A versatile handmade pouch from secondhand fabric, Red Tree Designs bag & clutch, $65, www.etsy.com/shop/redtreedesigns. Sweet vintage markers for the garden lover, Emerald + Ella vintage cutlery garden markers, $42.95, www.emeraldandella.com.au. Handcrafted water drippers for the forgetful gardeners, Terracotta bird water dripper, $3.95, www.oxfamshop.org.au. Handcrafted sustainable ply timber accessories, Ply Candy circle and octagon bangles, $50 (pair), www.plycandy.com.au. Handfinished from recycled Australian silver, Victoria Mason red sharpening necklace from Follow, $242, www.follow-store.com.au. A handmade ring from recycled silver, Kylie Gartside little piece ring from Biome, $198, www.biome.com.au. Handmade natural ceramic dishes, Kanimbla Clay salt & pepper dishes from Follow, $25 (pair), www.follow-store.com.au.

Viewing image 2 of 6, clockwise from top left: A recycled paper decoration for the home lover, Emerald + Ella vintage music garland, $6.25, www.emeraldandella.com.au. Secondhand crockery for a breakfast in bed, Set of four Japanese egg cups, $20, and Striped cup and saucer both from Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre, $20, mitchellroad.wordpress.com. Brighten up the kitchen with handprinted tea towels, Full Drop Co zine tea towels, $30 (pair), www.harvesttextiles.com.au. Delicate vessels made from recycled plastic, Supercyclers plastic vessels from I Ran The Wrong Way, $32-52, www.iranthewrongway.com. A clever cork for a festive drop, Biome cork branch wine bottle stopper, $9.95, www.biome.com.au.

Viewing image 3 of 6, clockwise from top left: A handmade body surfing handplane from sustainable timber, Lupo Di Mare handplane, $80, www.lupodimare.com.au. Handmade from a motorcycle jacket beyond repair, I Ran The Wrong Way upcycled wallet, $60, www.iranthewrongway.com. A classic vintage corkscrew and bottle opener, Wooden bar set from Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre, $10, mitchellroad.wordpress.com. A quirky handmade nail brush, I Ran The Wrong Way nail brush, $36, www.iranthewrongway.com. Find some fun in classic vintage games, Carpet bowls set from secondhand store, $25, try www.ebay.com.au or vintage stores.

Viewing image 4 of 6, clockwise from top left: Handprinted notebooks for inspired thoughts, Full Drop Co sketchbooks, $14 each, www.harvesttextiles.com.au. Personalised recycled silver cufflinks for the man who loves to get smart, Kylie Gartside cufflinks from Biome, $242, www.biome.com.au. Bring out the inner child with a classic handmade Guatemalan hacky sack, Oxfam Shop hacky sacks, $6.95 each, www.oxfamshop.org.au. Plonk your drink on sustainable timber coasters handmade in Indonesia, Oxfam Shop teak coasters, $5.95 each, www.oxfamshop.org.au. For the picnic or home bar lover some bright vintage cups, Vintage anodised tumblers from Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre, $60, mitchellroad.wordpress.com.

Viewing image 5 of 6, clockwise from top left: For car lovers young and old, Vintage Japan toy Jaguar car from Mitchell Rd Antique & Design Centre, $50, mitchellroad.wordpress.com. Kit out your kids in these handprinted fun organic cotton/spandex tights, Harvest Textile spots kid’s leggings, $30, www.harvesttextiles.com.au. Fair trade and hand-knitted in Peru for the little puppet masters, Finger Puppets (set of 5) from I Ran the Wrong Way, $24.25, www.iranthewrongway.com. A sweet pocket money keeper made from recycled plastic bottles, Blue Q coin purse from Biome, $6.95, www.biome.com.au. A fair trade handmade little fella to tag along behind your tots, Tuttu Turtle from Biome, $32.95, www.biome.com.au.

Viewing image 6 of 6, clockwise from top left: A handmade personalised garland to decorate the kiddie cave, Kylie Johnson name garland from Biome, $12.95 (each letter), www.biome.com.au. Hunt around for some classic books for the young bookworm, Secondhand books from garage sale, $3 each, try www.ebay.com.au. A handwoven lavender pillow is the perfect night pal, Froggie pillow from Oxfam Shop, $15.95, www.oxfamshop.org.au. A handcrafted farm set for the imaginative ones includes farmhouse, fences and animals, 22-piece wooden farm playset from Oxfam Shop, $44.95, www.oxfamshop.org.au. For the creative child, a vintage wooden artist’s figurine, Wooden figurine from Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre, $15, mitchellroad.wordpress.com.