On Day 13, we’re going to stray away from food, glorious food! Did you know that Gumtree in 2015 found that 71% of Australians would receive unwanted gifts for Christmas – this equates to 20.6 million gifts! At that time, the total sales of gifts over Christmas were valued at $630 million Australian dollars. Rather than hitting up the old combination of socks, jocks and chocolates, why not consider making a shift towards exploring the wonderful world of handcrafted presents this Christmas?

In 2019, there are so many talented artists and creatives in the Brisbane community that have been able to promote their craft and have the ability to connect with the public to showcase their wares. Instead of browsing through online platforms, you can gather your crew or family and head on out to events that also have some fresh produce, activities for the kids and a great line-up of food trucks for a feed. There actually have already been quite a few Christmas themed markets occurring across Brisbane, even as early as October…

However, there’s still a couple of events left before December 25th so that you can find something created locally.  Today we’re going to highlight some locations featuring handcrafted presents at events occurring over the next few weeks, from pottery to vintage clothing, accessories and cosmetics. There’s something for everyone at all of these places! If you’re interested in crafting your own handmade cosmetics, we will be doing a feature next week on locations to source ingredients locally and some recipes that we’ve made in the past for family and friends.

Pottery and Ceramics

1. Wandering Cooks – Clayschool Summer

Clayschool’s out for Summer! Wandering Cooks will be featuring pottery crafts with 60 different people contributing to the exhibition, this Saturday from 1.00pm to 7.00pm. The bar will be open and there will be food-trucks to source some delicious cuisine from to keep you fuelled as you hunt for a handcrafted present for a special someone or even consider treating yourself!

Clayschool sample of wares at Wandering Cooks, photography taken by Jen Hillhouse featured by Wandering Cooks Facebook page.

2. The Ceramic House Christmas Markets

Mas & Miek Ceramic House will be featuring ceramic products from their creative community, with a Christmas Market from 8.00am – 2.00pm on December 21st at their location on 11 Byres St, Newstead. They will be putting on a BBQ with all proceeds supporting the Fred Hollows Foundation. Register your interest on their Facebook event for more details and features of artists that will be contributing to this market!

Ceramic work from Facebook event cover photo by artist Miriam Simard

A little bit of everything!

In addition to all of the farmer’s markets that we discussed in yesterday’s post that had a mixture of produce, foodie gifts and local artisan pieces, these are locations and specialised markets which are dedicated to sourcing Christmas gifts.

1. Reverse Emporium

Reverse Garbage in Woolloongabba facilitates an artist’s showcase space as the Reverse Emporium gift shop featuring of upcycled artisan pieces of clothing, jewellery, furniture and more!  Check out their Facebook page gallery to see the latest creations that are in store!

Reverse Emporium, a one stop shop for sustainable handmade art and design. Original photo by Ilya Postnikov, featured on Facebook.

2. Festive Flavours, Rocklea Markets

We talked about The Brisbane Market Place in yesterday’s post about sourcing food locally. However, they also have an additional event on this Christmas, with a Friday Night Market called Festive Flavours (6th, 13th 20th December 2019, from 4pm to 10pm)! There is a dedicated Christmas Lane which features market stalls that you can purchase handcrafted gifts for your loved ones!

There are also some activities running for the kids and food trucks to sate your hunger and dinner plans while you’re looking at crafts for the evening. For more information about each Friday night market, be sure to check out the recurring event on their Facebook page.  

3. GasWorks Market

There are five days of market fun this week at GasWorks with boutique market stalls, artisan workshops, pre-loved rack sales, along with some great food and live music! You can find goodies for your loved ones with items ranging from Fashion, Art, Homewares, Plants, Ceramics, Accessories and more! Check out their Facebook event for more details for each of the different days. If you’re interested in learning what workshops are available and how to sign up, check out The Market Folk’s website:

4. The Collective Markets @ Southbank

The Collective Markets are featuring a special Christmas Market that will be held at Southbank Parklands over the 13th  – 23rd of December from 10.00am until 9.00pm, with extended trading hours from the 20th of December until 10.00pm into the lead up to Christmas! Explore a wide variety of artisan stalls featuring original art, photography, unique gifts, trending fashion and vintage clothing, as well as foodie stalls and live music. For more details, take a look at their Facebook event for this period.

5. The Village Christmas Market, Stones Corner

The Village Christmas Market at Stones Corner is a quarterly market that features boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art and lifestyle wares, and a side of delicious street food. This year the Christmas Market will be on Sunday the 22nd December from 9.00am – 2.00pm. See the Facebook event for the full schedule of activities on the day including kids face-painting, and live music. To see more of these stall holders, they host regular market trading on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School!

Pocket Guide Calendar:

For your reference, we’ve collated key dates from the above events into a calendar as a pocket-guide!

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Today’s feature image are beautiful jewellery pieces made by Poppy & Me, featured on the Davies Park Market Facebook page. Poppy & Me are based in Coorparoo creating a range of earrings, scrunchies, headbands and handmade purses.

Know of any Christmas craft markets that we have missed? Be sure to comment below so everyone can add them to their calendars for last minute gifts!

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