Christmas by the beach is a bit of an Aussie ideal, so get this year’s salty festivities going by shopping for Xmas gifts on the sand. The Best Gift Market is bringing a host of sustainable and ethical prizes to Coogee Beach on November 17, so you can kick-start your present shopping early. There’ll be everything from fashion and homewares to textiles, kids gifts and even Christmas trees.
You can gift someone new shades from Parafina, who make their sunglasses from 100 per cent recycled and eco-friendly materials, or check out Created by Culture’s Ghanaian jewellery, which is wearable art made out of broken bottles and glasses. The Eco Shop Co have all your practical gifts sorted, from reusable water bottles to straws and toothbrushes, and Sheree Creagh Handbags will provide guilt-free recycled leather handbags. They’re keeping things super local and also setting up a car boot sale, so you can nab bargain secondhand finds from your neighbours.
Once you’ve filled your sleigh, hit up the food stalls or check out the craft and sustainability workshops. The kids can even grab a snap with Santa, who’s making an appearance on the sand.