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Her Christmas Gift Guide: Female-Run Businesses To Support this Holiday Season

November 30, 2020

Words by Serena McSweeney

In a year that has been like no other, 2020 has brought its fair share of obstacles. From detrimental bushfires to two global pandemics, this year has taught us the importance of resilience, positivity and relationships.

This year has seen Melbourne enter into the longest lockdown anywhere in the world (to date), seeing shops close for over 100 days. In August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that more than a third of Australian businesses will expect to find it very difficult to meet financial commitments in the coming months.

When businesses struggle to meet their financial obligations, there are drastic repercussions that may stem from this, including reducing their workforce or even closing their businesses. There is an evident need, now more than ever, for the true Australian spirit to ring true and to band together the way we have been doing so successfully this year. 

As Christmas draws closer and we start purchasing presents for friends and family, we  challenge you to not only shop locally this year but to also support female-owned and/or operated businesses.

We have created a list of some incredible Australian, female-owned businesses. These brands range in their prices and items, meaning there will be something for anyone and any occasion. Here is Her Economy’s 2020 Christmas Gift Guide:

Nunkeri Designs – Indigenous-owned and designed, these handcrafted earrings make the perfect present for mums, sisters or girlfriends

Lu Goldie – chic and stylish sunglasses, these are a must-have for the summer (making them a great present) 

Castleton Collective – whether it’s a mug for a brother, an incense holder for an in-law or a ceramic dish for someone moving to a new house, the presents opportunities here are endless

Kirrikin Clothing – this Indigenous-owned brand have great men and women’s accessories so are great if you’re looking to purchase smaller gifts

Samantha Lentini – these limited-edition fine art prints are breathtaking and are perfect for brightening a room or workspace

Clae Studio – whether its bookends or jewellery dishes or big vessels, Clae Studio has a unique range fitting for all Christmas needs

Earth Blended – Indigenous-owned, Earth Blended provides traditional healing through oil blends, such as anxiety or oil rollers (a perfect stocking filler or work present) 

Vestirsi – high-quality leather products made affordable, Vestirsi has a diverse range of bags and wallets suitable for any occasion

The challenges 2020 has brought have made it more important than ever for women to support other women in the workforce. By purchasing from any of these brands, your contribution is guaranteed to go a long way. So, whether it’s a pair of earrings or a new leather bag, shop with a purpose this Christmas and let female empowerment lead the way into the promising new year.

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