How do you recognise the start of the holiday season?  Is it when you pull out the Christmas Tree and gather the ornaments and decorations?  Or perhaps it’s like us when my husband drags the boxes of fairy lights out of storage and begins to cover the house and yard with all things flickering, merry and bright! Griswald’s watch out!!

The exchange of KK Lists, beginning of advent calendar countdowns, preparing the Christmas pudding or making a Gingerbread House are just some of the markers we can recognise. 

It’s the traditions and memories we cultivate over time that makes us wonderfully aware that Christmas is here!

The surprise and delight of gift shopping for those we love can be part of that tradition.  Walking through your favourite store, where every item you see is something you love or a gift that’s perfect for someone you love.  These kinds of finds make Christmas shopping joyful and worth sharing.

Whether browsing online or in person, our Little Cactus team has gathered some of our favourite finds to help point you towards the joy of discovering something unique this season.  We want to help turn your buying experience into a tradition that’s bright and merry, from gifts on a budget to the sky’s the limit, our Christmas Gift Guide covers it all.

Show others how you’ve been listening to them, paying attention to what makes them feel special and choose gifts that make them smile.

For her it could be beauty products that you know will help restore and rejuvenate her after a tiring winter lockdown.  Or maybe it’s a beautiful ceramic dish for her to serve up a favourite salad dish you enjoy together. 

For him, you can’t go wrong with gifts that tap into his ways of relaxing.  Maybe the bicycle repair kits because you know he’s been clocking up the k’s to de-stress.  Or a new set of whisky glasses and stones because Friday night drinks are how you hang out together and chill!

For the kids, after months on screens, it could all be about sparking their imaginations again. 

Some new buckets/spades or trucks/diggers to get them out in the garden, sandpit and yes yay beach again!  Or games and puzzles to encourage them to play with others, family and friends.

Gifts should be a reminder they are known and loved … you can even include a note that says why …why they matter, why you thought of them and why you hope your gift will add to the magic of the holiday season.

Christmas Gift Ideas for him, for her, and for the kids. With unique Christmas ideas and presents for the whole family, we’ve got all you’ll need to do your Christmas shopping in one place. From fabulous Christmas hampers and stocking stuffers for kids right through to the most hilarious Secret Santa and Kris Kringle gifts. Start shopping for Christmas 2021 and make every Christmas gift memorable! 


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The greatest gift we all hope to give this Christmas is the gift of gathering.  A girl’s night out, BBQ with friends, play dates and real dates, weekends away, parties and so much more.

Although many local Christmas Carols have been cancelled this year again, we have done the research for you and found some wonderful local Christmas activities for you to gather with friends and family.

For those craft minded …. 


Christmas Décor with Chalk Paint & Transfers at Wyreena Community Art Centre in Croydon is running Saturday 6th November 9:30-12:30pm

Learn the basics of chalk painting and how to apply a gorgeous Christmas transfer to a serving tray or hanging board


DIY Christmas Wreath classes are running in Hawthorn Tues Dec 7th 7-8:30 pm with florist Kelli Brown from the Petal Provedore, 32 Henry St Hawthorn.  Kelli will demonstrate how to design and create your own beautiful wreath.

Our favourite ladies from Calla Collective in Warrandyte have a range of Christmas workshops to check out this November -December including Christmas Dried Flower Wreath and Door Hangings Nov 30th & Dec 5th and Glass Christmas Bauble Painting Dec 2nd where you create two unique beautiful glass Christmas bauble using acrylic paint and metallic leaf. 


If wandering a market is more your idea….

Heathmont Farmers Market on Sunday 28th November 8 am-1 pm at Great Ryrie Primary School will offer a great range of produce and gift ideas from local suppliers and artists.
Nunawading Christmas Twilight Market, Dec 12th may be your last market fix before the big day.  A make it, bake it, grow it market filled with quality produce, gourmet foods, art and crafts
Cherries are synonymous with Christmas in Australia so why not enjoy a day on the Cherry trail through the Goulburn Valley, Yarra Valley or Sunraysia regions exploring beautiful regional communities and picking your own to enjoy Christmas Day.  The season begins Nov 15th through to Jan 16th.


Within our very own backyard is the gorgeous Kellybrook Winery.  Cellar Door is made even more inviting on Saturday, Nov 27th with live music.  Pull up a rug under their heritage oak trees and take in Ghost Towns of the Midwest tunes.  Take away wine and ciders, seated tastings, drinks, cheese and local produce grazing boards.

If you want to venture a little further then Christmas all sorts is being hosted in Melbourne CBD Friday, Dec 10th 5-10 pm in Hardware Lane.  You’ll find lots of fun activities, entertainment, karaoke, comedians and trivia all themed around Christmas.  Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Black Dog Institute for those in need.

November 09, 2021 — Sharee Potter