I’m passionate about what’s in my backyard.
(not literally, my backyard’s full of weeds and swooping birds).
but I am passionate about the Fleurieu Peninsula.
as most of you would’ve picked up, the largest portion of this blog has a strong focus on the Fleurieu- because let’s face it, this area is truly beautiful + still takes my breath away. one other thing that I am super passionate about is supporting local businesses, so to be able to buy something that’s made in this whimscal region and sold by a small business ticks all my boxes.
that’s why I’ve put together a list of 10 of my favourite things on the Fleurieu that would make the perfect gifts for christmas this year. Got something I should add to the list? I’d love to know- flick it in the comments.
living gifts from Fleurieu Gifts
the name says it all- gifts from the Fleurieu Peninsula. A online world, based from where you’d rather be, filled with incredible terrariums, wild growing succulents, simplistic Christmas wreaths made with twigs and twine adorned with lush greenery and even botanical jewelry. Hanging moss balls, children’s planter sets and even seasonal gifts are all up for grabs, all at very reasonable prices. Available via the website or in Westfield Marion at a pop up store for a limited time.
candles from Chloe Jane Candle Co
made in Mclaren Vale by the delightful Chloe, these candles are made from all natural soy wax and come in an array of gorgeous scents- think flavours like coconut and lime, fruit tingle and my favourite- vanilla and caramel. They come in three sizes: a 30 and 60 hour burn glass and ‘fragrance of the now’ 5-15 hour travel tin, perfect for those who are taking the silly season on the road. Chloe’s also done a recent collaboration with of dreamers and dancers and stocks two dreamy candles in stunning black + white tumblers with copper lids- so very luxe! You’ll find her range at a variety of shops around Adelaide including My Girl Lollipop Boutique, Artel Gallery and Maxwells Grocery at Aldinga, or online at www.chloejanecandleco.com
concrete planters from repurposed wares:
if your after a gift that’s practical and stylish, then look no further than a concrete planter from Repurposed Wares. Rob makes these plants by hand in Carrickalinga sourcing succulents to fill these beauties from local nurseries and backyards on the Fleurieu. even better, they start from only $20. If your after something other than concrete planters Rob makes beautiful bespoke furniture, aerosol animal wall art on plywood and cracking herb planters and pallet wood and turf stools- perfect for the summer in the backyard. His products look a million bucks and make you feel it to- since you’re recycling + saving the environment at the same time.
liquid gold from the McLaren Vale Wine Region
when it comes to wine in Mclaren Vale the options are endless. whether your after a bottle to take to Christmas dinner or wanting to give a vino as a gift then you really are spoilt for choice. some of my favourite labels at the moment are Battle of Bodsworth, Hither & Yon, Fox Creek Wines, Down The Rabbit Hole and Alpha Box & Dice. If you’d rather make friends with beer than snap up a slab of the best from The Smiling Samoyed, Goodiesons Brewery and the Vale. to find your nearest local check out the attached websites, independent bottle shops or their
cellar doors on the Fleurieu. because who wouldn’t love a bottle of wine or beer? note: if they don’t send it my way!
giving the gift of good health- salt yoga and fleurieu yoga
if your after a yoga haven in the south then look no further than these two yoga studios- Fleurieu yoga in Aldinga and salt yoga in Christies Beach. from beginners to the experienced yogi they will cater to your every flexy need. classes at Fleurieu Yoga start from $15 for a casual visit and packs of 5 classes start from $60- there are expiry dates on them, but trust me once you get started you’ll use your 5 pack rather quickly. same goes at Salt Yoga, however you can buy a gift voucher for however much you’d like to spend, making it the perfect gift for every budget. Claire from salt yoga and Kristin from fleurieu yoga are lovely souls who will get you grounded and a converted yogi in no time.
membership to the willunga farmers market
giving you 10% off your every shop means it’s the gift that just keeps giving. a membership costs $40 and lasts for 12 months, which means if you’ll easily get your money back (or make someone else’s wallett very happy) after just a few shops. my favourite farmers market on the Fleurieu can be found every Saturday from 8am until 12.30 every Saturday at the bottom of high street in Willunga, boasting several stalls stocking everything from fresh produce, dairy and baked goods, sweets, hot and cold food and some of the best coffee known to man. a perfect gift for the foodie who loves to buy straight from the farmer and save money at the same time.
tea from wildfire organic tea
whether your a black tea fan or in love of the iced variety than wildfire organic tea needs to be on your Christmas list. this beautiful tea company blends their products in mount compass with locally based produce. their teas come in tins, medium sized packets and even little cubes for those who are new to the tea scene. if your buying for a avid tea lover then why not invest in a “tea blending” course where you get to make your own blends with some to take home- perfect. you can find Wildfire Organic Tea at a range of stockists in SA- have a look here for outlets.
massages from Eleaner Native Day Spa
located in the town of Mclaren Vale this day spa will cater to every one of your relaxation needs. I had the joy of getting a massage from these guys a year ago and absolutely loved it. you start the session off with a calming cup of tea and then get to choose your scents and types of oils you want to be lathered in for your massage. you can also indulge in salt scrubs, facials, foot treatments and anything else you set your mind on. whether your after a short massage or the ultimate day spa experience then this should be your new go-to. they have vouchers on offer for christmas or check out their ‘time out package’. for $145 it consists of 90 minutes of a back, neck & shoulder relaxation massage, facial and a mini foot treatment. lock me in for one ASAP!
Foodie hampers from the Fleurieu
my perfect Christmas present? a calico bag filled to the brim with some incredible regional produce and foodie gifts from the Fleurieu. My ultimate picks are crackers and dried fruit from Port Willunga Fine Foods, relishes and chutneys from Spice Girlz, dips and pasta from Willunga Pasta, cheese from Kangarilla Creamery, Alexandrina Cheese Company and B.D Farm Paris Creek, healthy sweets from Smaller Apples, coffee beans from Dawn Patrol Coffee Roasters and a range of fruit and veg fresh from the Willunga Farmers Market. look the brands up online or make your way to the Willunga Farmers Market or Maxwells Grocery and stock up. there also the perfect addition for the christmas table.
chocolate bon bons from four winds chocolate
who doesn’t love chocolate, honestly? if your after boutique and handcrafted choccies made with love then you need to get your bum down to Four Winds Chocolate in Willunga. these delectable sweets are made by the ever so lovely Wendy who has chocolate making down to a fine art. she has special packs in store for Christmas including super sweet bon bons. You can also get her usual tasty treats like brioche and slabs of chocolate (honeycomb and dried fruit) as well as those packs at her little hideaway.
have you got a favourite small business or something beautiful from the Fleurieu that you’d love to share? are you a small business on the Fleurieu and would love to work with me? I’d love to hear from you! x