Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is almost here and I know there are quite a few people who are still looking for the perfect gift for a friend, family member or work colleague. During the year I got to work with an amazing and diverse group of business and know a lot of them have great products and services to give as gifts, ones that you won't necessarily find in a large department store.
All these businesses are Australian and the products are designed in Australia.


Healthy Fit
Give the gift of health and fitness this Christmas and help someone you love to Live Fit – Live Life!

Our exclusive Fit Life program combines the benefits of fitness and nutrition to enable you to enjoy living and experiencing a fitter and healthier you.

You don’t have to be fit to start; you just have to start, to be fit!

We guarantee you full support for your success

Book Lovers

Happy Hermits - Mt Evelyn History Group
Christmas 1911. A group of young men camp at Evelyn and photograph their surroundings. Meanwhile two girls arrive to stay at Holly Lodge and write a diary of their holiday. Now, more than 100 years later, photos and diary provide a unique insight into our town in its early days.

Happy Hermits is available for $12 at Mt Evelyn Station House, Wray Crescent (open weekday afternoons) or email

Life Sucks but you can turn it around - Maree Hamilton
The book “Life Sucks but YOU CAN turn it around” is a book written for everyone in mind. We all face a traumatic life event at some point or we are affected by someone that has.
The stories from inspiring Australians cover autism, alzheimers, cancer, depression, domestic violence, IVF, miscarriage, road trauma & suicide just to name a few!  The book features real stories from real people, facing real challenges!If you have been through an event such as these, or you know someone that has, then this book is definitely for you!
You can order the paperback and PDF version of this book at:

Young Family

Cozitot baby bedding
Baby Bedding - Cozitots 
The Cozitot is a leading innovative design in infant bedding that solves the problem of loose bedding at nap and sleep times. It is a fully fitted, adjustable baby bedding set. It's unique design allows for the secure addition of a quilt and extra blankets, ensuring your baby stays cosy and warm with bedding that remains in place through the night. It is simple to use and makes bedtimes easy and non fuss. The cozitot is an INPAA approved product and is fitted in accordance with SIDS recommendations
It adjusts with your baby's growth and development during the use of your cot and toddler bed.
 You can find out more about Cozitot and order online at:


Maternity Clothing - Beautiful Bellies
Beautiful Bellies Maternity Wear offers a superb online collection of fashionable, affordable maternity and breastfeeding clothes from an international portfolio of designers. With their online maternity and nursing wear they aim to help busy ‘mums to be’ to change with style no matter their lifestyle, size or budget.
You can see the whole range of maternity clothing at:

Eco-Friendly Gifts

Shampoo and Conditioner - EarthQuest
Nature's Symphony Shampoo and Conditioner is free from toxic ingredients and has been especially formulated with your health in mind.  Bach Flower Remedy of Crab Apple helps maintain a healthy scalp by detoxifying the scalp thus encouraging the repair of hair follicles allowing for new hair growth.
Ingredient benefits;
Chamomile, soothing to the scalp.
Calendula, an anti-inflammatory herb.
French Lavender, an antiseptic restorative blend soothing to the scalp.
Ylang Ylang, adds shine and lustre to the hair, protects colour treated hair preventing fading.
Bergamot, can be beneficial for oily hair and leaves hair beautifully scented.
You can find out more about Nature's Symphony and order their shampoo and conditioner online at:

DIY Gifts

Sewing Lessons - Carrickters
Do you know someone who always has ideas for clothes but can't find what they want in the shops?
Or someone who can't find clothes that fit them perfectly?
Sewing lessons from Christine at Carrickters Sewing Studio will allow them to design and create an amazing outfits or alter clothes to flatter their shape.
Christine can teach people who have never sewn before as well as help experienced sewers. Sewing lessons are taught at your own pace and you work on projects that suit you, there is no set curriculum you have to follow. You can bring your own sewing machine to class or use one at the studio.
Gift vouchers are available just ring 9736 3807 or check out


Live in The Bat Cave digital CD
The Bat Cave is a radio show on Yarra Valley FM (99.1FM) on Monday nights, and they've bought out a digital CD 'Live in The Bat Cave' through bandcamp, which showcases some great Australian (and 90% local) bands. You can send as a gift from the website and all proceeds go towards Yarra Valley FM.
You can purchase or send the digital CD via
and for more information on Yarra Valley FM visit