Typically, it’s this time of year that we start panicking about what to get our loved ones for Christmas. Finding the perfect gift is stressful, right? Not to mention the disappointment when said gift is tossed aside along with its outlandish packaging.

So if you’re feeling stuck for ideas and time, keep reading. These are my top five local stores for you to redeem yourself and become the popular auntie/sister/daughter/wife AND be a conscious giver along the way!

Conscious consumerism is a buzz word that has seen a swell of interest around lately. In a broad sense it means that products you buy are ethically made, have minimal packaging and where possible are vegan and locally sourced.

With this in mind, this year I’m helping you to gift consciously! This means supporting local, plus finding gifts with meaning AND that have an ethical ethos.

Here’s my top five picks:

1. Prae Store 
Prae is your go-to destination for all things on-trend in active, lifestyle, homewares, wellness and beauty. Where possible their products are either non toxic, organic and natural, eco friendly, ethical, fair trade or local.

Top Pick:
MENS One Seed Eau de Cologne RAIN $99
YCL Jewels Constellation Choker $158




570 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun

2. Conscious Kin
At conscious.kin you will find genuinely beautiful, ethical, transparent, and sustainable beauty, skincare and wellness brands. Their focus is on ensuring that you feel confident that the products you purchase are made with decency and care.

Top Pick:
Rejuice Face Oil $55
Saya Skincare Rose Quartz Facial Roller $39.95




Brickworks, T8/107 Ferry Road, Southport

3. The Craft Parlour
The Craft Parlour is a place where anyone is welcome to come and get crafty, creative and inspired. With school holidays coming up, they have fantastic workshops suitable for kids.

Top Pick:
Kids Cacti Painting Holiday Workshop $49.95




27 Lemana Lane, Miami

4. Heart Fill Artisan Store 
Heartfill is also home to a carefully curated selection of local designers, makers, movers and shakers. Inspired by living slowly and consuming mindfully, it offers endless inspiration for unique, fashion, homewares, gifts and lifestyle products.

Top Pick:
The Wandering Craftsman Eco Luxe candle $45
Comfort And Calm Handmade Ceramic Keep Cup $34.95




1/29 Lemana Lane, Burleigh Heads

5. Green Folk
Catering for both the novice and the advanced plant enthusiast. Green Folk are all things botanical; hosting a carefully curated product range of handmade pots, ceramics, garden accessories, including botany books, art and gift wares.

Top Pick:
Select a handprinted ceramic or pot in-store like this Frida planter $69.95




Shop 2A/1740 Gold Coast Highway, ‘Sunbeau Crt’, Burleigh Heads

Yasmin Matthews

Yasmin Matthews  

Yasmin Matthews is a qualified Osteopath and has owned and operated Allied Health clinics with her husband for nearly 20 years. She has three school aged kids who keep her on her toes. ​​With a love of all things pampering, she is on a mission to inspire others to prioritise their own health and wellbeing // www.pampersampler.com