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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us ~ J.R.Tolken
We all have those friends who stay on top of their 'to-do-lists' and deploy their productivity strategies from the workplace in to their personal lives.
The things we fear most about Christmas shopping are: Christmas music, parking, queuing, and if we have to admit it, wishing we'd been a bit more organised.
But there are ways to avoid at least three of our four fears...
If you are visiting Byron Bay before Christmas, we should let you in on a sometimes overlooked part of Byron Bay, that in fact, could make your Christmas Shopping experience an absolute delight.
The Byron Bay Industrial Estate.
🙌 Parking is free.
🙌 It's just 5 minutes off the M1.
🙌 It's located in paradise, so you don't get that Nightmare Before Christmas feel.
🙌 And some of the best brands in Byron have retail spaces right here!
Here's our Byron Bay Industrial Estate Christmas Shopping low-down.
Use the map and key above to navigate to happiness.
In at #1 - Love Mae (afterall self-love is the best love 😉 )
We create Bamboo dinnerware for the young and young at heart. A stylish, practical and sustainable gift for kids, or parents. The Australiana 5 pc bamboo dinner set is THE best seller at this time of year for people gifting Australian family, or friends now living overseas. We have adorable dinnerware, that's neatly boxed, and relatively light, which makes it ideal for posting too!
# 2 - 100 Mile Table
For fuss free goodness served between 7am until 2pm, this is our go to spot for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. The philosophy here is local, seasonal and sustainable. The team at 100 Mile are guaranteed to deliver the magic that you need to fuel, or re-fuel you after a few hours of shopping! It's food that makes sense.
# 3 - Stone & Wood
Some partners love shopping, others just hate it. Feel like you need a little more browsing time? Then send the love of your life over to Stone & Wood for an hour long brewery tour, and some well earned time in the tasting room. If they love what they taste, there's a cellar door too so they can bring the magic home for you!
# 4 - The Candle Library
A scented candle is an incredible gift, as it's a luxury that you don't necessarily splurge on yourself, and guarantees to create a beautiful ambience in the home. The Candle Library specialises in quality products created by artisans, hand-selected to ensure that most sublime curation of styles and scents.
# 5 - Babe Australia
Think luxurious, plant-based, natural, organic ingredients lovingly combined to create cult-status beauty products: what's not to like? It's the kind of one for me, one for you philosophy when you're shopping at Babe - we highly recommend the dry coffee body scrub for silky smooth skin, and a decadent aroma.
# 6 - Organic Beauty by Kamon
O.K. so what if you're one of those women whose partner LOVES shopping, but you hate it. Don't fancy the tasting room at Stone & Wood? No worries, you will simply adore the divine relaxation space that Kamon has created. Using only the best organic beauty treatments, treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure, or an incredible marine facial.
# 7 - McTavish
You'd be correct in thinking that McTavish is best known for their surfboards, and hey, what a great gift! However, they've also created a range of men's clothing that would make a perfect gift for Christmas. Subtly branded, and crafted from high quality fabric, the range of tees, boardies, shirts, pants and caps, have that cult-status edge, but at a good price. Oh and the other thing we need to mention is that it's a seriously good spot for coffee too!
# 8 - Byron Art Supplies
Even if you don't have an artist to buy for in your life, this is a top spot for picking up stocking fillers. This store has everything you could possibly imagine to encourage creativity in kids. They have cool markers, pencils, paints, watercolour crayons, sketchbooks, cool & creative kits, postcard books, charcoals... and many other amazing, dazzling things that are cost effective, and thoughtful too.
# 9 - Yoli & Otis
If you are looking for a gift that oozes a minimalist, luxe, bohemian aesthetic, Yoli & Otis create childrens and womens wear, plus a sublime range of baby-carriers, swaddles and bassinets. Crafted from natural fibres, in an organic earthy palette, you will find a gift here that encapsulates the beauty of Byron.
# 10 - St Agni
You have to really love someone to gift them St Agni - and not because it's super expensive, just because it's hard to part with their pieces! Known predominantly for their handmade leather goods, St Agni offer a beautiful range of slides and mules, and some seriously stylish bags, totes and clutches. They have a whole heap of other goodies too, and the greatest thing, is that they deliver beauty in simplicity extremely well.
# 11 - Pop & Scott
We're talking artisan homewares, combining quality craftsmanship with a story of authenticity, for those seeking a new definition of luxury. This is a good spot for those gifting to the uber-cool homewares obsessed.
# 12 - Mayde Tea
This is a no-brainer: organic loose leaf tea. Go here, even if you're not going to gift the product. Created by Kate Dalton, who studied naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine, Mayde Tea offers a prescription of teas to suit, or enhance your mood, accompanied by all of the tea-making essentials. They have some neat little bundles that make perfect gifting options. The packaging is elegant, and the tea tastes incredible too.
# 13 - Pampa
Totally not an unlucky number - Pampa create THE finest quality woven textiles and goods. This could be one of those moments where you purchase a cushion for your sister, a hand-woven throw for your mum, but accidently walk out with with of those hand-loomed sheeps wool rugs that you've been lusting over all year - oops - kinda why we popped it in at number 13!
SO - THAT'S WHY WE THINK THAT THE BYRON BAY INDUSTRIAL ESTATE IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH A VISIT FOR A HASSLE FREE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TRIP THIS YEAR!
XX see you soon XX