Looking for practical gift ideas that are useful and a little bit different? Something that doesn’t add to the junk and the clutter that we already have.
Today’s post is a gift idea guide compiled from some the wonderful sponsors that keep Frugal and Thriving running. I’ve had a lot of fun making this guide, especially scouring Etsy for some amazing Australians making and selling gorgeous handmade wares. A gift is all about bringing a little joy to the people we love, but if we can also support local small businesses in the process and keep the waste and the clutter down at the same time, even better.
Practical Kitchen Gift Ideas with a Difference
- Glowing Apple Box Apron from Biome. An apron is essential for keeping your clothes grease free so that the last longer. And these aprons are beautiful.
- Favourite Recipe Chopping Board from Foote and Flame at Etsy. Customise your board with your favourite family recipe! This would make a lovely gift for a friend or an adult child or parent with their favourite recipe.
- Kombucha Kit from Bulk Wholefoods. Kombucha is a delicious drink full of good probiotics.
- Coconut Yoghurt Kit from Biome. Coconut Yoghurt is all the rage at the moment (because it’s delicious!!). For a gift that’s a little bit different, here’s a kit to make your own.
- Casserole Carrier by Modern Homewares on Etsy. I’ve wanted to make one of these for 8 years now! Sometimes it’s better to concede that there’s not enough time to do everything we want to and buy handmade from someone else!
- Educational Tea Towel from Good Life Permaculture on Etsy. I can’t tell you how much I love these tea towels! I want to hang them on the wall, which would look lovely in a country style kitchen. The one pictured is information about composting, but there were others, including one on how to make your own sauerkraut. Informational and useful!
- Bacon Making Kit from Brew Smith on Etsy. Everything is better with bacon. Especially delicious bacon you make yourself.
- Kitchen Compost Bin from Kitchen Warehouse. Scrap bin for the kitchen that stops your scraps getting smelly. Can hold 3.3 litres before emptying into your outside compost bin.
Zero Waste Gift Ideas
- Keep Cup from Biome. A great alternative to takeaway coffee cups.
- Water bottle with Infusion Accessories from Kitchen Warehouse. This is great for people who don’t enjoy plain water.
- Tea flask from Biome. For those who prefer tea.
- Food Wraps from Biome. Keep food fresh and avoid plastic wrap with these food wraps.
- Printable Menu Plan from The Printable Cafe on Etsy. Menu planning is essential for reducing food waste. This would make a lovely gift – frame it and give it with a whiteboard marker so it can be hung in the kitchen and used again and again for menu planning and shopping lists.
- Straws from Biome. Avoid plastic straws with these funky reusable silicone straws. A great alternative if you don’t want your kids running around with stainless steel ones.
- Stainless Steel Lunchbox from Biome. I would use this for adults (I’ve watched plenty of kids throw their bags around at the playground). It would be a funky lunch box for work lunches.
- Insulated Food Jar from Kitchen Warehouse. For hot food, lunches, this insulated jar does the trick.
Practical Personal Gifts
- Recycled Fused-Plastic Coin Purse by ArrowDREAMER on Etsy. Paying with cash is a great way to save money, but rifling around in the bottom of your bag looking for coins (or is that just me) is a pain. These super cute coin purses are made from recycled plastic! Practical and environmental.
- Silk Pillowcase from Nourished Life. This is an unusual one, but everyone who has tried sleeping on a silk pillowcase swears by it! A good night’s sleep is so important, and here’s a way to enjoy a little bit of luxury along with a good night’s sleep.
- Badger Balm from Nourished Life. Hand balm for hardworking hands.
- Clay Sponge from Biome. Natural Vegetable sponge infused with green clay.
- Essential Oil Blends from Aromatherapy for Australia. Get started in essential oils with this collection of 6 blends for calming, mental clarity, stress relief, intimacy, meditation and sleep.
- Deluxe Gardener’s Apron by Overelle on Esty. How nice is this apron?! Practical and full of pockets. Not just for gardeners, but for cooks and crafters.
- DIY Aussie Food Hamper. Homemade hampers are a great way to bring together lots of little bits and pieces into a complete gift. For food ideas that support Aussie farmers and local businesses, check out your local farmer’s market or Aussie Farmer’s Direct.
- Collapsible Carry Basket from Kitchen Warehouse. These are super useful and popular. Collapsible so store away in your car for easy, bag-free shopping.
Gift Ideas for the Reader
- The Permaculture Home Garden by Linda Woodrow. A classic for anyone interested in permaculture or eco-living.
- The Good Life by Hugh Mackay. A look at what it means to live the good life. A fascinating read by an Australian sociologist and author.
- The Everyday Fermentation Handbook by Branden Byers. Good bacteria is all the rage, but you don’t need to spend a fortune on probiotics, you can make your own at home.
- The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs. Ways to live more simply.
- Little House Living by Merissa Alink. This is a popular American blog (lots of good tips) now in book form.
- The Simple Home by Rhonda Hetzel. Rhonda writes the popular Australian blog Down to Earth. This is her second book on simple, natural living.
- The Bush Tukka Guide by Samantha Martin. Something I want to learn more about. Why eat goji berries and the like for health when we have amazing native food right in our own backyard.
- Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. Another classic but a great handbook if you’re wanting to reduce waste in the home (or know someone who does).
It can be hard finding the perfect gift, especially if you’re trying to avoid mass-produced stuff that isn’t going to be appreciated. But these ideas are both practical and a little unusual and help encourage the good life.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.