Words: Maggie Scardifeld
Hey, no one ever turned their nose up at a string of pearls. But there are lots of other thoughtful ways to give green this season, and in the process, show your support of growing (no pun intended) Australian small businesses. But where do you start? Here, using the Plant Life Balance looks – from the minimalist vibe of Desert Dreams, to the loose and lovely Jungle Vibes – we’ve selected one thoughtful gift idea for the taking.
1. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: BEACHY GREEN
CONSIDER: Basil Bangs Amazonia Beach Umbrella, $299
You’ll be the envy of the whole beach with this lush, tropical-print water-proof brolly from Basil Bangs (complete with a Toucan or two). And the best part? It’s roomy enough for the whole family.
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C A D D Y. Made with Flexi-fibreglass ribs and shaft, a generous 130cm diameter and beautiful canopy, our Caddy rain brollies are beautiful, durable and generous. Ideal for less than perfect weather and perfect to share with your mates and dates x 💦 . #botanica #caddy #basilbangs #rain #rainydaystyle
2. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: HAPPY HOUR OASIS
CONSIDER: Unico Zelo 2019 Evergreen pinot noir, $22.99
Happy Hour just got a lot happier thanks to winemakers Unico Zelo, who are behind this limited-edition pinot noir made from donated fruit. The wine was made as a way for Unico to give back to their hometown of Gumeracha, in the northern Adelaide Hills. Profits from the wine are helping locals breathe new life into the main street.
3. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: BEST BUDS
CONSIDER: The Garden Fresh Peapod, $16.95
Who says you don’t make friends with salad? Your furry friends will love playing with these plush, handmade peas in a pod; each toy has pet-friendly fillers made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. And there’s apples, carrots, pumpkins and zucchini options, too.
4. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: THE REMEDY
CONSIDER: Bush Medijina Mini Balm Pack, $48
Bush Medijina work to help preserve the traditional bush medicine practices of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory. Seven Warnindilyakwa women, of the Groote Eylandt Archipelago, are employed full-time to create these balms, and all profits go straight back into the community.
5. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: BACKYARD BATHERS
CONSIDER: Addition Studio Bath Brew, $17.95
These giant tea bags for the bath will come in handy for your next “me time” moment. We can’t decide between the Riverstone, with essential oils such as pink grapefruit, rosemary and carrot seed, and the Australian Native, which combines native ground wattle seed, Macadamia oil and pink ochre.
6. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: BIRDS & BEES
CONSIDER: Miellerie Lake Pedder’s Nectar Honey, 900gm, $28
This rich, organic and biodynamic honey is made from the nectar of more than 150 wildflowers from south western Tasmania. Honey on hot-buttered toast sounds like a holiday to us.
7. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: BLOOMIN’ GORGEOUS
CONSIDER: Grafa Truella garden trowel, $89
Nothing is more bloomin’ gorgeous than this handmade copper and bronze Grafa garden trowel from passionate gardener turned designer, Travis Blandford. Who wouldn’t want to repot their plants when they have this artisanal piece of kit? Can you dig it? Yes we can.
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If you have a plant friend in mind for a Christmas gift, here is one of our bronze scoops in action. We are gearing up for a great weekend next week @bigdesignmarket in Carlton So come check out our tools, pots and planters with sustainable, low waste packaging. We look forward to meeting you face to face! Image credits @houseofplants @erikarax #handmadeinmelbourne #gardening #indooroutdoor #thebigdesignmarket #grafagarden #gardenporn #kitchengardening #pottingscoop
8. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: CHILD’S PLAY
CONSIDER: Blockitecture by Areaware, $40
Raining outside? Kids can build their own park with these thoughtfully designed building blocks from Areaware New York. Brooklyn designer James Paulius created them. And they have a certain sophistication that says, ‘totally fine to leave me all over the floor.’
9. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: SO FRENCH SO CHIC
CONSIDER: Sage Leaf Robe by ANEAU, $120
An organic cotton robe to lounge about the house in is about as chic as it gets, we say. And this hand screen-printed robe from Sydney design studio, ANEAU, proudly puts your plant life balance on display.
10. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: DESERT DREAMS
CONSIDER: Provider Store Candle, from $39
We call the hand-poured candles at Surry Hills boutique Provider Store in Sydney “investment candles.” Not only do they smell heavenly, but afterwards, the Japanese ceramics can be reused. Either as stunning tea cups, or refilled with soy wax at Provider for just $15.
11. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: DARK MATTERS
CONSIDER: BFGF Garden at Night Blanket, $320
It’s hard not to fall in love with this covetable BFGF Garden at Night blanket. Surrounded by deep, dark forest and totally in her element, this beautiful lady is the perfect art piece for your bed, sofa or even wall.
12. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: PARADISE TRADERS
CONSIDER: Pottery Workshop via Class Bento, $110
For the plant person who has it all, a pottery workshop might be just the ticket. A two-hour small group class is enough time to make two to three pieces, including (naturally) a new planter pot.
13. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: FANTASTIC FEASTS
CONSIDER: Phillippa’s Gingerbread Build Your Own Christmas Tree Kit, $37.50
What’s better than eating gingerbread? Making (and then feasting) on a whole damn Christmas tree made out of it, that’s what. Get a kit and grab a gang. Royal icing, awaits.
14. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: SHAREHOUSE HEROES
This book has all the green inspiration a sharehouse (or any house, in fact) could wish for. For their second book, the Leaf Supply gals have recruited creative people all around the world to open their doors and share their beautiful green spaces. It’s both awe-inspiring, and wildly jealousy inducing. Be warned.
15. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: FORMAL LUXE
CONSIDER: Jean Riley Cecilia Hoops, $89
How does your garden grow? If you’re lucky, with these elegant gold-filled hoop earrings by slow-fashion brand, Jean Riley. They come complete with hand-blown glass lemon charms.
16. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: JUNGLE VIBES
CONSIDER: Margot Design silk crepe de chine Liles scarf, $210
Give off effortless jungle vibes with an artfully draped silk scarf, proudly designed and made in Sydney Australia. This one, with its heavenly Liles print, is wildly now.
17. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: HEAVEN SCENT
CONSIDER: Lovebyt all-natural toothpaste and toothbrush set, $55
Bad news: plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to decompose. That’s a pretty good reason to invest in a Lovebyt set, which contains two tubes of Australian-made botanical toothpaste, and a set of biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes.
18. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: HANGING BOTANICA
CONSIDER: Argyle Hanging Vase via DEA Store, $215
Your living room is filled with plants cascading from the ceiling. Next stop: the walls. This stunning frame-like vase, made in Japan and responsibly sourced by local Sydney business the DEA Store, shines a light on foliage the way a picture frame does an artwork.
19. IF YOUR PLB LOOK IS: BUSH TUCKER TRAIL
CONSIDER: Three Wise Jars pickle pack by Cornersmith, $45
Start at beetroot and ginger relish, turn right at fennel pickle, and head towards apple and quince jam. Follow the Three Wise Jars from waste warriors, Cornersmith, and you’ll never be lost when nibbles rolls around.
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If you're looking for a thoughtful gift this Christmas that supports local business, Australian farmers and something with minimal environmental impact, we've got you covered ! We have a great selection of hampers for Christmas that you can order online or pick up in store. Each of them feature a selection of our favourite seasonal pickles and preserves, and comes in a neat Cornersmith tote or carrybox. Everyone loves a gift you can eat! 💚✨ order yours now – www.cornersmith.com.au
Plants are great Christmas presents, and will continue to grow well after the tinsel is packed away. Check our nursery finder to find your closest Plant Life Balance-accredited nursery.