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Why Shop Local?

by Ella Smith on December 13, 2023
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With Christmas just around the corner, the pressure of finding that perfect gift is on! This year, why not try having a “shop local Christmas”?  Find one-of-a-kind gifts, support your community and reduce your ecological footprint - changing where you shop can have a positive impact on your community and your own festive season. At Pottery For The Planet we're proud of our designs and how they contribute to both the planet and the people who live on it. We've seen first hand what a difference it makes when people support businesses in their locality. Read on to find out why you should shop local, how to make your Christmas shopping experience stress-free doing so and get some sustainable gift ideas while you’re at it! 

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Support The Local Economy + Artisan Crafts:

By supporting local businesses, you are not only helping to keep the local economy alive, but also supporting the hard-working individuals who put their heart into their craft. We’re lucky enough to have three showrooms located in Noosa Heads (QLD), Eumundi (QLD) and Dunsborough (WA), each characterised by a unique community where local business has thrived. Make your gift list and head to one near you to see our wares in person and be inspired by the other local stores. Not a Sunshine Coast or Western Australian local? Find a Pottery For The Planet stockist near you! There are over 500 so you can shop our wares, often alongside other local Australian businesses, in-store. 

 

Find Unique Christmas Gifts: 

Support a local business by skipping the big box stores to find one-of-a-kind items! Want something extra special? Keep your eye out for local artisan crafts for truly unique, usually handmade Christmas gifts. We love ceramics because each of our pieces are individually glazed so no two are alike! Check out the range of colours and patterns on some of our most popular sustainable gift ideas:

 

 

Locally Made Reusable Coffee Cups And Travel Bowls

 

 

Travel Cups and Bowls:

These Resuables are great gift ideas for the health-conscious, eco-minded or always on the go! Made without any harmful microplastics, built to last and practically crafted (microwave and dishwasher safe!).

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Locally Handcrafted Ceramic Vases With Blue Glaze

 

 

Vases:

Beauty and craftsmanship shine on our vases, with their simple bodies providing the perfect canvas for their gorgeous glazes. Art lovers, home decor enthusiasts and anyone with an eye for the elegant will love unwrapping these part pottery, part art work pieces.

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Locally Made Ceramic Tableware Condiment Bowls Tied Up With Christmas Ribbon

 

 

Condiment Bowls:

Looking for sustainable stocking stuffers? These Bowls were designed with versatility and the planet in mind. From serving up salad dressing to adding a delicate decor detail as a tealight holder!

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Locally Made Ceramic Tableware Plates On Table

 

Tableware:

Need present ideas for inlaws, a gift for the mate who always hosts or are you looking for a sustainable Christmas table setting for your own holiday do?

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Have A Stress-Free Christmas Shopping Experience: 

We know how tedious Christmas gifting can be and while shopping in-store can feel like it might only add to the hassle, shopping locally can change your entire experience! Slowing down, and connecting with local businesses and the people who have made the gifts you’re browsing can provide you with the positive boost and sense of connection that most online shopping experiences lack. Here are our tips for having not only a stress-free shopping experience but a good one!

 

  • Shop on weekdays: to avoid the Christmas chaos (if possible!). Our showrooms offer extended trading hours so you can shop before and after work for instance.

  • Keep it simple with a one-stop-shop: Pick a store or pocket of your community with a few shopping spots that offer some variety so you can check off multiple items on your Christmas shopping list.

 

  • Make a list: save yourself some time and give yourself a rough idea of what you're after before your shop. We’ve made our ceramics with every budget and every person on your shopping list in mind (just read the Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide to see just how variety-packed the collection is!).

As an added bonus, we offer free gift wrapping in-store so you can head home, pop your piece under the tree, and indulge in a seasonally inspired beverage of your choice - knowing that your Christmas shopping is already done!


Shopping local and supporting small businesses this holiday season can help make a positive difference in your community and your own Christmas experience. You can reduce the emissions associated with the shipping of individual items, support the local economy, and find meaningful gifts for your loved ones all while enjoying the connection to community that shopping local inspires. We’re biased of course because we love operating out of our Noosa, Eumundi and Dunsborough showrooms, but we think if you give a local Christmas shop a go you’ll agree! Want to visit one of them? Find your nearest showroom or a stockist using the store locator.

Can't get to a store? You can shop online and know you're still supporting a business with heart.

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