-- Creative Gift Shopping
the lovely perks of shopping solo anywhere
in the world is that you can browse uninterrupted
for as long as your little heart desires.
It's also a wonderful time for people watching,
especially in markets as you observe shoppers
going about their daily business. Each excursion
is a lesson, a time to learn something new
about the culture. Feeling a little blue or
lonely? On those days get into the shops and
make small purchases for those people you
miss the most. Gift buying, especially when
you find something wonderful, is a guaranteed
in Sydney is extremely easy and great fun.
Think budget. Think made-in-Oz. Think packable.
Understand that gift shops are not always
the answer to creative, inexpensive goodies
to bring home to the people you love.
and honey for Mom, Granny and Auntie...
found two wonderful gift ideas -- both under
$A3.00 and both readily available on the shelves
of Cole's, one of Sydney's major supermarkets.
We chose the King and George Street Branch.
There's many more around the city.
Ruth B., an Israeli-born, Sidneysider who
alerted us to the wicked pleasures of Arnott's
TimTam, a most irresistible made-in-Australia
chocolate biscuit treat. If you buy only a
few packages of these you will probably berate
yourself when you get back home. Instead,
make sure to purchase enough for all the chocoholics
on your list. They'll love these tasty cookies
and adore you for thinking of them (under$A3.00).
you probably can find fancy gift bottles of
honey at three times the price in posh shops
but why bother? Instead turn once more to
Sydney's supermarket shelves. Capilano,
Yellow Box, pure honey is readily
available, inexpensive and 100% Australian.
It's pleasantly flavoured and one of the most
popular varieties you'll find in Oz. Tie a
bright ribbon 'round the neck of this 250
g. jar ($A2.95) and presto, you've got a yummy
present with great Aussie personality.
kangaroos and koalas for kiddies...
you're a JourneyMom, JAuntie or JGrandma who's
always on the lookout for the perfect gift
to buy for the kiddies in your life, worry
no more. Here are two suggestions for splendid
items created by Aussie women. They're guaranteed
(named after Australia's brightly coloured
fruit dove) are available in whimsical fleece
designs for both girls and boys. Picture a
pink cap with little stemmed daisies growing
from the top of the cap, or (for tiny guys),
bold orange hats with floppy mini-martian
antennae in lime green and aqua. Most adorable!
Journeywoman discovered these creations at
the YWCA Design Shop in Melbourne (489 Elizabeth
Street, Tel: 03 9329 5188) however, they're
also readily available at such outlets as
Bay Swiss near Fox Studios in Sydney. For
further info on shops around the country that
carry her product, e-mail designer Anna Byrnes
She'll be happy to help. ($A22.00)
child loves new storybooks. Why not add to
their education by seeking out tales by two
of Australia's most popular female authors?
For five-six year olds, Journeywoman suggests
"The Kangaroos Who Wanted to be People," by
May L. O'Brian. For seven-ten year olds, there's
"Okay Koala" and "Dirty Shorts." All guaranteed
to please, so easy to pack and available at
Dymocks Book Sellers
(424 George Street, Sydney). We bet this gift
will make you the most popular adult on the
block. (Each book under $A15.00)
more great Aussie shopping secrets, please click