Wracking your brains over the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-guy on your Christmas list?
Forget the obligatory pressies and dive into these bespoke and unique picks, all from regional Australian artisans and creators.
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For the contemplative ocean-lover...
Aloha Zen’s Byron Bay Pillow, $107.00
Byron Bay is one of Australia’s iconic beach communities, but you’re more likely to spot a flat white than a great white in this trendy coastal spot. Aloha Zen encapsulates this slow-burning, salty-hair lifestyle to a tee (mind the pun).
The Byron Bay pillow is hand-stitched with a cotton needlepoint, creating a gorgeously soft finish that brings a little Byron to any home or van.
Aloha Zen have since amassed a loyal following on Instagram, which they say has proven to be “the best method to connect directly with our customers”.
“The best thing about Instagram for our business is that it is an instantaneous and direct connection to our ‘family’,” says Damion.
Russell Ord Photography’s Berlin Acrylic Block, $115.00
From rugby league player and fireman to award-winning ocean and lifestyle photographer, Russell Ord has certainly had a colourful life.
Ord’s photography has been published in magazines and books throughout the world. He was honoured with the 2016 IPA International Sports Photographer Of the Year award at the prestigious Lucie Awards and he also exhibited in Germany at Photokina 2016 and Tokyo Japan 2017 for FujiFilm.
You can gift a three-dimensional slice of his action with an acrylic block, available in thick 30-millimetre acrylic. The shape of the block means it’s ideal as a standalone decoration – no fuss necessary.
Zacatak Lures’ Medium 10-inch Thunderstruck Lure in Burgundy, $79.90
Whether it’s a long ponder or a pursuit of the catch of the day for dinner, fishing is a unique thalassic pleasure. Zacatak Lures’s newest lure profile is brightly coloured and strategically-designed to capture the eye of marlin and tuna game. Zacatak’s expert team designed the lure to be extremely erratic in action, travelling from side to side with a double splash motion caused by the collar.
Zacatak Lures are handcrafted by the team who have over 20 years experience and a lifetime of passion for game fishing and manufacturing. But the team say Facebook and Instagram have been ‘pivotal to the growth of Zacatak Lures’.
“Although we’ve enjoyed growth locally, the most significant impact for our business has been the opportunity to penetrate the overseas market,” says owner Karen Horne.
For the stylish, well-groomed man...
Eco Warehouse’s Apricity Australia Complete Razor / Shaver Gift Pack, $150.00
The skin irritation of a cheap shave is no way for any guy to live. Eco Warehouse is taking the shaving game up a level with their Complete Razor / Shaver Gift Pack, ideal for those who like a good groom.
This goodie bag includes an S/Steel Parker Lifetime Safety Razor/Shaver, five high-quality Feather Safety Razor Blades, Apricity Australia Organic Shea Butter & Oats Shaving Soap Bar and, the icing on the face, Apricity Australia Real Aloe Vera (99 percent) Moisturising Aftershave Gel.
Eco Warehouse actually sell a huge variety of reusable alternatives, chemical free products and make it yourself kits (MIY) for all manner of eco-needs, including Axilla Deoderant Paste, stainless steel straws and Ever Eco Nut Milk Bags.
A loyal following on social media has helped the business establish itself as a one-stop-shop for all manner of earth-loving people.
Odd Pears’ RB Socks, $19.00
Pattern socks are experiencing somewhat of a resurgence in recent times, particularly in the festive season where trim suits are abundant and ankles are on show.
Odd Pears was created by Brock Sykes, who quit his white collar gig and went travelling only to find himself exposed to design and pattern beyond his wildest dreams.
Odd Pears sell socks in sets of three – two that match and one that is inversely odd (the ‘pear’). Brock now has loyal customers right across the world; from Taiwan to the Netherlands.
Peggy and Finn’s Bow Ties, $59.95
There’s something so quintessentially Australian about Peggy and Finn’s bow ties. The designs encapsulate bouquets of wild flowers – rich olive greens, pops of gold and pastel pink are combined in dreamy illustrations that are reminiscent of the Australian outback.
Based out of Torquay on the glorious Great Ocean Road in Victoria, the brand began after the duo noticed a sizeable hole in the men’s accessories market. Founders Oliver Parsons and Jarrod Craven say social media helped create a large community without a large associated cost.
For the adventurer in your life…
Evolve Skateboards’ Evolve Bamboo GTX Street Electric Skateboard, $1,779.00
Evolve Skateboards are leaders in electric skateboard innovation, and the first company to bring premium boards to the market. The passionate team meticulously refine their technology (and are very happy to give it a thorough testing) to create skateboards that are more than just transport – they’re a sleek machine that will make you genuinely love commuting.
The team have taken up social media with gusto – recently they used Facebook Live to broadcast the final series races of the Evolve World Cup held in San Diego in September.
The boards can reach maximum speeds of 50 kilometres an hour, thanks in part to the large powerful lithium-ion batteries. All parts of an Evolve skateboard are custom-made which means you won’t find the parts or components on any other electric skateboard. It’s the ideal gift for the adrenaline junkie in your life.
Survival Emergency Solutions’ Survival Travel First Aid Kit, $129.95
Give the gift of safety this festive season with Survival Emergency Solutions. Ideal for the travel junkie in your life, the Survival Travel First Aid Kit includes an instant ice pack, smart bandages, tick removal spoon, a multi-tool, saline and a sewing kit.
In recent years, the team have taken to social media to spread their message of safety, which has allowed an expansive reach to potential customers worldwide.
“Because of the instructional videos we have created on Facebook, we receive many phone calls each week from locals in the area wanting to pop in and pick up some of our life saving first aid products,” says Mike Tyrrell, part owner of Survival Emergency Solutions.
Flow Hive’s Flow Hive 2 – Western Red Cedar, from $989
This elegant hive is ideal for practical beginner bee-keepers who love the planet – or who just really love organic, fresh honey. The cheerful team at Flow Hive love to welcome new beekeepers into the Flow family and have a swarm of resources to assist in the journey.
Founded by father and son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson, the patented Flow Frame technology is perhaps the most significant advancement in beekeeping since 1852. Created from premium Western Red Cedar, the Flow Hive 2 also includes two observation windows to watch the little team of bees at work.
Flow Hive initially began as a crowd-funding initiative – the team created a launch video about their invention which was viewed over 2.4 million times on Facebook.
“Our Facebook and Instagram community continues to grow,” says Stuart Anderson.
“We love the way we can engage directly with our communities. For example; once a week we broadcast live to hundreds of people around the world via Facebook Live. Cedar is online and ready to answer questions from curious beekeepers.”
Browse all of these items and more in Facebook’s first Annual Gift Guide, which is bursting with more great ideas this Christmas.
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