Thursday 15 December 2011

Christmas shopping Daze style

Today I was supposed to go Christmas shopping. The last chance I'll get to do some without any kids. Then the baby got sick and spluttered half the night. Not wanting to infect the babysitter, I'm home with the poor little poppet. Thankfully, I already had an easy-peasy shopping plan to buy some lovely gifts, I'm going to share it with you.

Shopping with kids is a nightmare, as I'm sure many of you are well aware. To make the experience painless here are the shops and online shops I'm using this year to stock up for the festive season. If you're part of my family please stop reading now if you want a surprise on Chrissy morning. Disclaimer: While I know the people behind some of these shops, I've not been asked to do this and am not receiving anything for it. I just wanted to share these lovelies with you.

Artis & Grove

Artis & Grove descibes itself as "an online destination for hand-made, inspirational and functional pieces by artists and designers from around the globe." I call it a gorgeous little online store filled with unique gifts. If your looking for a gift for someone who loves to fill their home with unique and stylish objects this is the place to go. I know the lovely lady behind this Sydney-run business, so support local! 

Tiny Trappings


Do something original and buy your loved one a piece of art. You can bet they won't be lining up in the sales to return it! Tiny Trappings is run by Michele Morcos, a talented Sydney-based artist (she also happens to be wonderful friend). Her tiny site has very affordable pieces that will brighten up any Christmas stocking.


Sienda is a divine gift and homeware shop tucked away in a little arcade in Gladesville (in Sydney). It's run by two gorgeous ladies, Michelle and Lisa, who just happen to be my cousins. They've always had exquisite taste, the kind of people that get told 'you should open a shop' so they did and it's gorgeous. I love going in and I always wish I could buy out their stock (most of which is quality product made locally in Australia).  Best of all, for me, is they entertain the kids and offer to make me a coffee (which I can't guarantee they'll do for you). Sienda is located at  Shop 4, 225–227 Victoria Road, Gladesville (in the arcade between Victoria Road and Coles). They also have a website.

Kmart online
Now for something completely different. The kids will want a bit of fantastic plastic under the tree, so Kmart made it super-dooper easy. During their Toy Sale in July you could go online pick out your loot, pay it off and they'd hold on to it up until Christmas Eve. So we got toys cheap, didn't have to wander aisles looking at which My Little Pony was which, we didn't have to store it and we could pay it off, so  the wallet was wounded all at one time. Utter, utter brilliance, methinks. The easiest Santa shopping ever, in fact Santa did the shopping one Sunday night while sipping a wine and listening to the wife snore on the couch. You won't be able to do it this year obviously, but keep it in mind for next. 

What are your go to favourites for Chrissy shopping? 


  1. Didn't spoil any surprises but made me quite excited about christmas!

  2. ohhhh ta for the shout out lovely lady!!! The images looked great! xxx

  3. Oh you're clever Corinne. Online shopping is heaven sent for Mama's... because as you say, shopping with the littlies isn't fun, it's downright stressful at times :o/ I tend to find ALOT of my pressies in Target, MYER, Big W and the occasional specialty shops... this year I'm loving Kikki K and Typo :o)
    These all look like lovely stores, so it might be time for me to get a bit more homegrown and unique, rather than my big chain store/fantastic plastic choices.
    Glad you found a plan B, to your failed shopping attempt xo


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