By Jess from Dressed in Copper
I’m passionate about what’s in my backyard. Not literally (my backyard’s full of weeds and swooping birds), but I am passionate about the Fleurieu Peninsula. This part of SA is just beautiful and still takes my breath away.
Another thing that I’m super passionate about is supporting local businesses, so to be able to buy something that’s made in this whimscal region and sold by a small business, ticks all my boxes.
So, I’ve put together a list of 7 of my favourite things on the Fleurieu that would make the perfect gifts for christmas this year.
Filled with incredible terrariums, wild growing succulents, simplistic Christmas wreaths made with twigs and twine, adorned with lush greenery, it’s the perfect spot to find a Xmas present for someone special. Hanging moss balls, children’s planter sets and even seasonal gifts are all up for grabs! And all at very reasonable prices too. Available via their website.
Image credit: fleurieugifts.com.au
2. candles from Chloe Jane Candle Co
Made in McLaren Vale by the delightful Chloe, these candles are made from all natural soy wax and come in an array of gorgeous scents! Think flavours like coconut and lime, fruit tingle, vanilla and caramel. You’ll find her range at a variety of shops around Adelaide including My Girl Lollipop Boutique, Maxwells Grocery at Aldinga, or online on her website!
3. liquid gold from the McLaren Vale
Some of my favourite labels at the moment are Battle of Bodsworth, Hither & Yon,Fox Creek Wines, Down The Rabbit Hole and Alpha Box & Dice. If you’d rather make friends with beer than snap up a slab of the best from The Smiling Samoyed, Goodiesons Brewery and the Vale.
4. The gift of good health — salt and fleurieu yoga
From beginners to the experienced yogi, they will cater to your every flexy need. Classes at Fleurieu Yoga start from $15 for a casual visit and packs of 5 classes start from $60. There are expiry dates on them, but trust me once you get started you’ll use your 5 pack rather quickly. Claire from Salt yoga and Kristin from Fleurieu Yoga are lovely souls who will get you grounded and a converted yogi in no time.
5. A willunga farmers market membership
Giving you 10% off your every shop means it’s the gift that just keeps giving. A membership costs $40 and lasts for 12 months, which means if you’ll easily get your money back after just a few shops. My personal fave farmers market on the Fleurieu can be found every Saturday from 8am until 12.30 at the bottom of High Street in Willunga. Boasting several stalls stocking everything from fresh produce, dairy and baked goods, to some of the best coffee known to (wo)man.
Image credit: Willunga farmers market
6. massages from Eleaner Native Day Spa
Located in McLaren Vale, this day spa will cater to every one of your relaxation needs. You start off with a calming cup of tea and then get to choose your scents and types of oils you want to be lathered in for your massage. You can also indulge in salt scrubs, facials, foot treatments and anything else you set your mind on.
7. Foodie hampers from the Fleurieu
My perfect Christmas present? A calico bag filled to the brim with some incredible regional produce and foodie gifts from the Fleurieu. My ultimate picks are crackers and dried fruit from Port Willunga Fine Foods, relishes and chutneys from Spice Girlz, dips and pasta from Willunga Pasta, cheese from Kangarilla Creamery, Alexandrina Cheese Company and Paris Creek B.D Farms, healthy sweets from Smaller Apples, coffee beans from Dawn Patrol Coffee Roasters and a range of fruit and veg fresh from the Willunga Farmers Market.