A Handmade Gift For Mum, Made By Gifted Hands
So you want to get Mum something special, but how do you shop for the woman who has it all? (We mean, she has you, doesn’t she?) How do you top last year’s gift? Plus, she said she doesn’t want “anything expensive” this year, so what options are there?
Something handmade would be nice. She’d love that. She loved it when you were a kid! But then, you probably can’t get away with a pasta necklace these days.
Well, how about a handmade gift that’s made by hands that are actually gifted?
At The Rocks Markets this Saturday (and Sunday, if you’re running really late with Mum’s present) you’ll find the perfect gift to thank mum for everything. From gorgeous jewellery and fashion to nourishing soaps and skincare, stunning homewares and mouthwatering treats, there’s something for every mum.
Capturing a unique snapshot of a time and place in Australia, Bee Bowen’s range of handcrafted scarves (pictured) are dyed sustainably using real flora foraged from streets, parks and farmers markets to provide each piece with a unique colour and personality. Leaves, fronds, berries and flowers are placed in the folds of the fabric and mixed with rain water or pacific surf to let the colours and patterns infuse.
Providing versatile looks for any occasion, Wendy McLean designs unique garments that can be worn for comfort and style. They are beautiful kaftans available long, cropped and in plus-sizes, and perfect garment for long lunches, cocktail cruises, beachside holidays; or weekend brunches, farmers markets, and the Sunday crossword indoors next to the fire.
They’re relaxed fitting and easy care fabrics, too, so you can put them in beach totes, luggage and drawers without having to worry about a single wrinkle.
Olive Tree Soapworks
With 20 years experience, Olive Tree Soapworks specialises in handmade premium olive oil based soaps and skin treats have been developed and perfected to include virgin olive oil, unrefined West African shea butter, rice bran oil and Fijian coconut oil, along with extra nutrients such as goat’s milk and pure essential plant oils. The nourishing products made from these specially selected raw ingredients will make mum’s skin sing.
Preferring handmade Artisan production rather than mass manufacturing, Eva Cassis is loved for its wearability and simple, uncomplicated beauty. These designs are timeless and considered, with a focus on quality craftsmanship and beautiful ethically sourced materials. So you won’t just be getting mum a gift she’ll adore – you’ll be doing the world a good deed!
Your Nuts (their nuts?) use only the finest ingredients to achieve the finest quality, and are proud to use Australian grown products whenever possible. Their nuts (from Your Nuts) are based on traditional recipes using no oils, preservatives, additives or colourings and all are gluten free. All nuts are cooked and caramelised with love (it’s a major ingredient) in a large copper bowl. Your Nuts smell delicious, and taste delicious too.
A range of contemporary jewellery designs, Ant Haus’ pieces are carefully handcrafted in Australia by Melaney McCleary. Featuring clean geometric forms, you can find mum pendants, chokers, earrings, bracelets, rings and cufflinks that will suit any look. She’ll love you for bringing this little bit of sleek style into her haus.
Art on Honey
This is not your average gingerbread biscuit. Using a generous dose of quality honey instead of ginger, these traditional Hungarian gingerbreads melt in your mouth like no other, and are full of incredible flavour. But what’s more, the amazingly intricate embroidery that sets these treats apart is all done entirely by hand.
Make mum feel like a queen by adorning her withsilk and pashmere shawls and pashminas for India and Nepal. With the warmth and love of many hands infused in each piece, these pieces have a rich sense of history and a connection to the world.
No-one likes the smell of moth balls, but they sure do a good job, don’t they? Help mum protect her clothes without having to cover her nose (and without ageing 20 years every time she puts them on) with Elemental. Elemental’s handmade and completely natural essential oil products protect clothes and keep them looking and feeling refreshed with the sun-kissed, earthy aromas of the Australian landscape.
Cappadocia Dream House
Fill your home with life and the whimsical colours of Cappadocia. Hand painted and hand woven Turkish homewares embellished with traditional Turkish motifs, their collection includes ceramics, throws, bedspreads, cushion covers, carpets, glass mosaic lamps, candle holders, blue eye talismans, all made in Turkey.
The Rocks Markets
10am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays
Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place