Gift Ideas

Wearable Planter

Posted by Penny on April 19, 2012
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Top to Bottom: Cobalt Blue, Sunshine Yellow and Red Bike Planters

So I’m going to put it out there that this might be the perfect gift for the outdoorsy eco-lover in your life. Bike Planters. Seriously. Amazing. These little planters by Wearable Planter are made with an emerging technology, 3D printing. And yet they’re for your bike, a seriously old-school (and eco-friendly) mode of transportation. I like it. And it’ll make bike-riding in the rain totally worth it too… yes?

Miniature Icosahedron in Aqua: A Wearable Planter

If you don’t have a bike, you can grab some Wearable Planter jewellery instead. Plant lavender, and the world will always smell delightful!


Purchase your wearable planters here, and visit creator Colleen Jordan’s website here.

Northern Light Candles

Posted by Penny on March 02, 2012
Australian Design, Gift Ideas, Homewares / No Comments

Authentic Muse – Northern Light

It’s officially getting cold. The weather in Melbourne went abruptly from days of sunshine and 35C temperature to rain and coldness. It’s not all bad – in cold weather there is soup, snuggling under doonas and people selling roasted chestnuts. There are also candles – great for pretending you’ve got an open fireplace, burning beeswax candles are also good at removing odours from the air (especially helpful when it’s too cold to have open windows!)

Lightbox – Northern Light

I love Northern Light because, apart from being so gosh-darn simple & stylish, they’ve got some eco-cred. Their beeswax is all organic, their tea light candles come with reusable metal tins, and they offer reusable packaging.

If anyone wants to send me a gift, please see the Lightbox package! I think this would make a fabulous housewarming gift too!

Eatable Christmas Gifts

Posted by Penny on December 21, 2011
Food, Gift Ideas / 3 Comments

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

If you’re still on the hunt for some last minute gifts for Christmas – good luck. This year online shopping has been my plan, and my Australia Post staff have been like angels (and even more so if they deliver one last parcel!)

I always feel that, this close to Christmas, the only thing for me to do is bake last minute gifts. My usual go-to edible gifts are vegan gingerbreads, and sometimes chocolate truffles. Gingerbread is how I win friends and influence people. It also goes really well in the post. Plus it’s really easy to make (just remember to keep the cookie dough refridgerated at all times!)

Salted Caramel and Whisky Truffle

While gingerbread is great because it keeps for at least a month, chocolate truffles are great because they’re made of chocolate. And if you’re feeling fancy, also made of alcohol.

Also check out a vegan version of salted caramel truffles here.

Peanut Butter Caramel Apples

Goodness knows kids are already excited enough about Christmas without needing an extra sugar buzz. But if you do want something to keep them quiet for a few minutes that they can eat outside, candy apples are perfect. These ones use a vegan caramel made of rice syrup so it won’t give quite the same sugar rush, and they look absolutely delicious! And they’re a pretty perfect party food too.


So much deliciousness! Then, of course, back to the daily jogging routine after we’ve eaten them all.

Take a peek at this delicious roundup on Creature Comforts Blog for more!