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contents Stocking Fillers Under $10 Page 4 Do it Yourself Inspiration Page 6 Stocking Fillers Under $25 Page 8 Recipe Inspiration Page 10 Gifts for Girls Page 15 Gifts for Boys Page 16 Giveaway Page 18 Baby’s First Christmas Page 19

Personalised Gifts Page 22 Gifts for Ladies Page 24 Handmade Directory Page 27 Christmas Decorations Page 28 Stocking Fillers Under $50 Page 31 Gifts for Men Page 33 Christmas Markets Page 34

Cover image courtesy of Tied With A Ribbon

Welcome to the Mums Who Make 2011 handmade gift guide! Hi, I’m Alison, the “creative mastermind” behind Mums Who Make and this all-Australian Handmade Gift Guide. Being a mother of 3 & knowing just how busy modern mums are, this guide is a perfect way to take the hassle out of Christmas Shopping! Not only are you supporting small Australian businesses, you are also supporting the Handmade community which is mostly made up of mothers, just like yourself. This Gift Guide is also available on our website so feel free to

share it with your family and friends and dont forget to enter our massive giveaway with over $1200 of prizes to be won! A big thank you to all the businesses that have chosen to showcase their products in our gift guide, and a special mention to Bras in Paradise for being a major sponsor of our publication. Although their products are not handmade, a perfect fitting and comfortable bra is a must-have in any lady’s wardrobe, so they come highly recommended by myself. Above all have a safe and Merry Christmas with your family!

Alison Bolakis







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7/ Bombonbody® Personalised Bombonbody® lip balm $5.95

1/ KelliOne Crayon Rolls $8

4/ A little bit Craftsie? Sunflower clip $5

2/ Petit Bebe Handmade Christmas glass tile necklace ‘Peppermint’ $7

5/ Sonni Lou Designs Merry Christmas Greeting Cards $ 2.50 each or 10 for $ 20

3/ Plushka Christmas Tree Decoration $8.50

6/ Giggles Cupcake Toppers Cupcake toppers 12 for $10

9/ Fairy Godmother of Letters Santa Letters $6.95 (postage included)


8/ Alisons Soy Candles & Melts Soy Clamshell Melts $6

do it

yourself inspiration



wrapping paper


transform a

lampshade for a christmas centrepiece!

you will need: lampshade, hot glue gun & assorted buttons.


easy diy

tree cards

you will need: butchers paper, xmas cookie cutters in assorted designs, red & green paint, paintbrushes.

you will need: blank card that you can cut and fold, cutter or scissors, coloured paper, punch, glue tape, embellishments.

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Lots more crafty ideas at

Card design by Amy at Aimless Designs


For kids art and craft lessons & workshops in Victoria please visit



pop up christmas card



easy for the kids to make!

$20 available at

you will need: green paper, blank card or cardboard, glue, scissors, cutouts from magazines.

men felt kit

Great idea as decorations or as a gift topper!

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In the kit is the pattern and instructions to make 3 Gingerbread Men, a large piece of Wool mix Felt, 3 pieces of Ribbon, 6 red brads, 6 black brads and 9 assorted coloured buttons.

Cut an A4 piece of green paper into 3 pieces : 1 small, 1 med & 1 full length.


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stockingfillers 1/ Snow Pea Nappies Fabric Headband $15

2/ MirCat Hair Accessories Christmas Headband $10

3/ EP Designs Name Puzzles & Photobooks from $16.50

7/ Daisy Quilts

4/ Rascals & Ragamuffins

Hoot the owl paper pattern $13.20

Physchedelic Bag $20

8/ Natural Babycare

5/ Little Polly Designs

Sleepy Bubbles $12

Slip Dress Sizes 0-6 $25

6/ EllaBella BOO!

9/ Alisons Soy Candles & Melts

Set of 5 23mm magnets in tin box $19.95


French Vanilla Metro Jar Soy Candle $22


recipe inspiration

roast pork sage & pistachio cous cous stuffing

Serves 6 Prep: 20 min Cooking time: 1.5 hr

Ingredients 1.5kg boneless leg or shoulder pork 2 tsps crushed garlic ¾ cup cous cous 1 cup boiling chicken stock 1 tbsp ground sage ½ cup shelled pistachios, chopped juice & rind of 1 lemon 1 tbsp butter 1 red onion, diced ½ cup parsley, chopped Sea salt, for crackling 1. Pre-heat oven to 200ºC. Lay pork flat on a baking tray and rub garlic into flesh. 2. Place cous cous, chicken Stock, sage, pistachios, lemon rind and juice, butter, onion and parsley in a bowl and mix well. Leave to stand for 5 minutes. 3. Place half of the stuffing in the centre of the pork and roll up to enclose. Tie with string to secure. Wrap the remaining stuffing in foil and set aside. 4. Rub crackling with Sea Salt and place in oven. Cook for 40 minutes then reduce heat to 170ºC. Add reserved stuffing to tray and cook a further 40-50 minutes or until

pork is cooked through. 5. Serve pork with roast vegetables.

mini christmas

puddings Makes 6 Prep: 15 min Cooking time: 30 min

Ingredients 100g butter, softened ½ cup brown sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped 1 1/2 cups SR flour 2 tsps ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1/3 cup milk 1 1/2 cups mixed fruit sauce ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup water 2 tbsps golden syrup 1 tbsp brandy 1. Pre-heat oven to 165ºC. Lightly grease 6 x ½ cup pudding dishes or ovenproof teacups. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla seeds. 2. Mix together flour and spices then fold in alternately with the milk. Stir through fruit and place in prepared dishes. 3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked. 4. Sauce: Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until thickened.


Serve puddings with sauce and cream.



Prep: 20 min Cooking time: 5 min Makes approx: 40 Ingredients 395g condensed milk 250g plain sweet biscuits, crushed 200g dark chocolate, in pieces 2 tsp cinnamon 2-3 tbsp vanillia sugar 1. Place condensed milk and chocolate in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until chocolate is melted and mixture thickens. 2. Add biscuits and cinnamon and mix well. 3. Roll tablespoons of the warm mixture into balls and roll in Vanillin sugar. Store in the refrigerator. Makes approximately 40 N.b.The truffles can be placed into an airftight container and placed in the freezer to store for up to 1 month.

Recipes by Meals by Mel, a healthy meal planning and recipe membership website.


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short bread

Ingredients 500g butter, softened 200g caster sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 500g plain flour 2 teaspoons of your favorite YIAH sugar. (we love vanilla) 1. Preheat oven to 180 C 2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla; add flour and mix well. 3. Roll out to 1cm thickness and cut out desired shapes with biscuit cutters. 4. Sprinkle the top with your favorite YIAH sugar. 6. Bake for 10 to 12 min.

Shortbread recipe by YIAH (Your Inspiration At Home). Begin your culinary adventure at or

cake pops Ingredients 350g un-iced sponge cake 1/3 tub bought frosting White chocolate melts Powder food colouring Lollipop sticks

1. Blend the cake until ‘crumbs’ then add the frosting. The mixture should not be too wet but moist enough to hold together. 2. Roll into balls and refrigerate overnight on a tray. 3. Melt chocolate and dip the sticks in chocolate then into the ball and allow to set for 5 minutes 4. Dip them in first colour to coat and allow some excess

to drip off. 5. Spoon random blobs of the second colour onto the ball and swirl to allow colours to ‘marble’. Work quick so chocolate doesn’t set. 6. Stick the stick in a block of florist foam to dry. Wrap with little cello bags and ribbon!

christmas trees Ingredients Mini ice cream cones Candy canes Chocolate melts Decorations

1. Break ‘hook’ from candy cane. Pour chocolate into the tip of the cone 2. (using a glass to stand the cone in) and push candy cane in and allow to set. 3. Turn cone upside down (sticking the candy cane into the mouth of a bottle helps) and coat in chocolate and decorate. Recipes by Sweet Little Birdy Party styling & dessert bar in Hunter Valley, Newcastle & Central Coast.





1/ Cramster Creations (left) Dress (Sz nb-3) $25, (Sz 4-6) $30 (right) Skirt & Top $30

2/ Deluli Assortment of soft toys & dolls $15 - $30


girls! 4/ Butterfly Kisses Designs Tshirt, removable brooch, matching headband $25.95

3/ Baby Chilli Night Owl Cloth Nappy $33

5/ Pumpkin Snitch Style Me accessory wallets $19.95





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2/ Little Sew and Sews 3 Piece Softie Tool set & matching Softie Handsaw Package $30

3 3/ Boo Boo Designs Peek a Boo Toy Bags $15, Reversible Bibs 3 Layers $12-$18

4/ Crambster Creations Sz 00-2 $25 Sz 3-6 $30

5/ KelliOne Super Hero Capes $25





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$100 voucher from Big Girls Don’t Cry

$30 voucher from Alisons Soy Candles & Melts

Small Owl Canvas valued at $25.00 from Aimless Designs

GRAND PRIZE $100 voucher from Big Girls Don’t Cry

2 x 226g Metro Jars scented soy candles valued at $30 from Ambience Candles

$70 voucher from Alisons Soy Candles & Melts

Breast feeding cover valued at $34.95 from BabyButton

Small Pele-Mele Pegs valued at $25 from La Maison d’Isabelle

24 Christmas themed greeting cards from Sonni Lou Designs valued at $60

2 x baby tag toys valued at $20 from Squiggle and Stitch

Scrap Bin DIY Starter Card Making Kit valued at $30

Boys shorts & singlet valued at $32 from All about the Boy & TJ’s tshirts

b.smooth nourishing body butter & $10 voucher with a combined value of $24.95

1 x pair stockings, pair of socks & mixed candles valued at $25 from Belle Beautiful Botique

Hair Accessories valued at $50 from The Hair Princess

Dress-me-up Mae doll with clothing package valued at $50 from Hello Doillies

Ribbon Pack valued at $25 from Ribbon & Bow Studio

$30 voucher from Smiley Tots Clothing

4TH PRIZE $100 voucher from Big Girls Don’t Cry

$25 voucher from Alisons Soy Candles & Melts

5TH PRIZE $100 voucher from Big Girls Don’t Cry


6 month subscription to Handmade Magazine valued at $54.00 from Mums Who Make



2 x Mums Who Make designed lip balm pots from BombonBODY valued at $11.90

$50 gift voucher for a cake of any occasion (Sydney Region) from Letts Cake n Decorate

2ND PRIZE $100 voucher from Big Girls Don’t Cry

$50 voucher from Alisons Soy Candles & Melts

$20 voucher from Squiggle and Stitch



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1/ SPATZ Mini Peeps 100% Organic Cotton Personalised Bodysuit $19.95 & blanket $22.95 2/ SmocknBird Personalised Heirloom Christmas Stocking $95 3/ Dummy Tied Boy’s Prince Dummy Clip $6


4/ Butterfly Kisses Designs Romper with removable brooch, matching headband & bib $34.95 ButterflyKissesDesigns 5/ Mama Goose Bandana Bib available in nine colours & styles $13.95







5 1/ SmocknBird Personalised traditional heirloom christmas stockings $95

2/ Kristy Gray Designs Christmas greeting print yourself $15

3/ ABCreation Uniquely crafted decorative lettering $10 - $15

4/ Madison Grace Designs Girls flower headband $15

5/ Romantic Flair Original Personalised name plates $35






gifts for



1/ Mimis Beading Chain maille choker with aluminium roses in gold & silver plated or nickel $40 4/ Looby & Lulu Glass tile pendants $15 2/ Olive Bay Designs Love nest $29 5/ The Karma Soap Company 3/ Grandkids Cards Coconut Lime fresh goats Personalised Frames $20 milk soap $6


handmadedirectory For our full listings of Australian handmade retailers visit make and sell their high quality handmade items.

Baby Headbands Australia

Frillys Designs

We sell a wide range of baby headbands and accessories for baby including baby blankets, baby wings, gift packs and much more. We also have a great range of hair accessories for girls of all ages, as well as wonderful gift packs that can be ordered online and sent directly, with a beautiful card attached. Why not make all your shopping easy!

Little Polly Designs

Little Polly Designs is all about creating handmade chic gorgeousness! Specialising in sizes 0-6 custom orders welcome. Shop from our Madeit store or visit us on Facebook.

Simplistic Cakes & Bombonieres

Creating unique bombonieres, we create completed gift for your special day with a free special message! Specialising in wedding and baby shower gifts.

Playtime for kids

Soft, snuggly and warm hand knitted garments for babies and toddlers using 100% Australian pure wools including merino/cashmere and silk blends, in beautiful bright colours at affordable prices, with the added bonus of being machine washable! All Christmas orders come with a free hand knitted toy.

Made by Me, personalised by you! Frillys Designs is your one stop shop for personalised embroidery and bunting flags for the big little people in your life!

Sonni Lou Designs

Bling for Bubz

Chic and stylish hair accessories from newborn babies to adults and inbetween. Couture hair pieces and photo props. Gift packs and Christmas items available.

Baby Chilli Modern Cloth Nappies

Bring softness and colour into nappy time with Baby Chilli’s range of gorgeous modern cloth nappies. Forget cloth of the past and check out the easy way to help protect our environment and save you money! Bring back comfort to your babies behind with a soft fluffy nappy that’s also easy to clean!

Oz Handmade

Oz Handmade your virtual market place, where Aussies make with love 24 hours a day. Oz Handmade is simply a collection of creative people who have followed their passion to


Sonni Lou Designs stocks an affordable range of products including greeting cards, hair accessories, quirky stationery and unusual gift items. We design and create most products in our Adelaide studio, with selected items sourced from boutique local and international suppliers

Johare All products are Australian made, using Australian products where possible. All jewellery is hand made (yes, the chains too) unless otherwise specified. All beads are glass, Swarovski, precious stones etc. Jewellery can be made to order. We can ship worldwide, orders over $100 within Australia ship for free.

Alice Loves

Comfortable, practical and stylish clothes handmade by me for your little girl. Ready made and custom made items available in many different fabric and style choices. Everything I make is easy-wear and easy-care, and I’m always available to answer questions!




xmasdecorations 1/ Muzz Set of up to 5 decorations inc. storage gift box & postage $40.00

4/ Romantic Flair Original Personalized Custom Made Photo Bauble from $23.00

2/ Plushka Mini Christmas Bunting $28.00

3/ Long and the Short Custom Santa Sacks $40




5/ Giggles Cupcake Toppers Christmas Toppers 12 pack for $10








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7/ Mulberry Road Vintage Chenille Cushion $45

1/ Snow Pea Nappies Xmas Nappy Cover $20

4/ gemibaby Reversible Bucket Hat $30

2/ Long and the Short Summer doll $39.00

5/ Too Cute By Tash Various toys all under $50

3/ Monkey & Me Rosie the Sock Monkey $35

6/ Or Elsie iPad sleeve & carrybag set $50, sleeve $35

9/ La Maison d’Isabelle Les Petits Ecoliers Slate Boards in 12 colours $40


8/ EllaBella BOO! Retro Floral waterproof bag in pink $24.95





1/ Grandkids Cards Personalised Frames $20

2/ The Karma Soap Co. Shaving Soap in a travel tin 110g $15.00

3/ Muzz Veneer & Acrylic Cricketer Clock $49.95



4/ Ulli Handstamped Jewellery Solid Sterling Silver Dog Tag Necklace $65

5/ Ulli Handstamped Jewellery Solid Sterling Silver Cuff Links $95





Christmas Market Extravaganza Playford Civic Centre, Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth SA. Sunday 27th November 2011, 10am-3pm. 40 stalls, jumping castle, face painter, petting zoo, charity gift wrapping stall, live music and more. Central Coast Christmas Fair Terrigal High School, Terrigal NSW Sunday 11th December 10am-3pm. Over 120 stalls, lots of shopping, live bands all day, santa and more. Xmas Shopping Market Freeling Recreation Park, Cherry Street, Freeling SA. Sunday 11th December 11am-3pm. Free entry with over 30 stalls inside and out, for a fabulous shopping experience. Handmade Craft Market Erina High School Erina NSW. Sunday 20th November 10am-2pm. Shop at over 60 designer & artist stalls. Enjoy

delicious treats & handmade originals. Made with love Market Christmas Special Pacific Bay Resort, Pacific Hwy Coffs Harbour. Sunday 4th December, 9am-1pm. The first and ONLY dedicated handmade market for the Coffs Harbour region. Hawkesbury Kids Market Christmas Market Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, Stewart Street South Windsor NSW. Saturday 3rd December, 9:30am-1pm. Over 50 stalls, free parking, facepainting & activities for the kids. North East Kids Market Greenwith Community Centre Adelaide SA. Sunday 23rd October, 10am-2pm. Come celebrate our 1st Birthday market Entry $3, kids free. Over 70 stalls of unique, handmade, designer & preloved. The Olive Tree Market The Junction Public School, Union St, The Junction NSW. 3rd and 17th December, 9am-3pm.


The olive tree market is Newcastle’s handmade art & design market- the launching pad for over 100 creative minds! Mallala Community Markets IGA carpark in the centre of town SA. December 17th, 9am-12:30pm. Plants, produce, sausage sizzle, books, clothing, bric a brac, kids items, art & crafts, face painting, entertainment, jewellery, candles, cupcakes, coffee, lollies, bags, shoes and much more. Treasure Hunt Market Place Christmas Market Craigie Leisure Centre, Craigie W.A. Sunday 6th November, 9am to 1pm. Quality handmade and imported items. Huckleberry Christmas Market Chelsea Town Hall VIC. Sunday 6th November, 9am-2pm. Lots of hand made stalls with a select few boutique stalls. Entry with gold coin donation.

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