“Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition”

We received an email recently, which encouraged supporting local business this Christmas. It also talked about gifting concern this year..

“… There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Australian hands. Yes there is! It’s time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box…?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small owned detail shops & car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

For the Gardeners on your list – how about some lovely healthy pot plants or plants for the garden or even a gift certificate from the local lawn mowing man.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Panasonic .. flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local cafe.

Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the Australian working guy?

What about a gift certificate from a local home handyman for some chores to be done around the home?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mum? Mum would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. Someone’s computer could use a tune-up, & I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up & running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool & knit them into scarves. They make jewellery, & pottery & beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. How about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.”

We agree! Why not gift a holiday or part of a holiday experience…If you a still stuck for ideas – call us…holiday vouchers, dinner vouchers, learn to surf/paraglide/skydive, kayak with dolphins, ferry cruises, massages, facials, Fraser Island Tours, breaky at one of our cafes, jewellery, homewares and bags from local crafters, because…

“When we care about other Australians, we care about our communities, & the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new Australian Christmas tradition. This is a revolution of caring about each other, & isn’t that what Christmas is about?”

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