10 Gift Ideas this Christmas

23 November, 2018


It’s almost the holiday season and, as always in December, the Markets are open on both Saturdays and Sundays before Christmas. That’s double the opportunity to find memorable Christmas presents for all friends and loved ones. Given that we’re expecting over 200 stalls each Saturday and Sunday, there’s a plethora of items to choose from. 

Keep in mind that our Christmas Weekends are guided by a theme that you can read about in our events list. For example, Christmas Kids would not only have a host of attractions such a petting zoo and jumping castle, but the event will also highlight a number of kids-centric items. Super Christmas Weekend on the 8th and 9th December will be open to stallholders of all categories so you can never tell what exactly you might find until you get there. Still, we thought we’d present you with a few of the many items that could sit beneath your Christmas tree this holiday season.

Bella Wrens Cards

What’s a Christmas present without a card? After all, your loved ones need to know where their presents came from if not from Santa. These thoughtfully-designed Christmas cards from Bella Wrens Cards and they’re all handmade, and you can get them in packs of five. They also sell a number of Australian birds and other animals that are handmade and come in various sizes. They include magnets, pencils, wind chimes, and seasonal designs with Christmas hats.


Just in time for the season, Wood’N’Design sells very uniquely styled one-of-a kind advent calendars. They specialise in a range of wooden handcrafted items for modern and classic stylings. Their range of products include wooden scrapbooks, albums, doll houses, and toy boxes. Their advent calendars certainly standout and it’s easy to imagine they would make great conversation starters.

Wyx and Wax

Wyx and wax has some deliciously designed candles. They come in various forms including themes by the season, and ones that look like whipped cream. They’re locally made in Canberra using soy wax and the finest ingredients. Most of their glassware is refillable at a discounted rate.

Arikai Reverse Art

How about a piece of artwork? Arikai Reverse Art takes inspiration from subjects found anywhere in nature such as trees, rocks, and rusty metals. What you get is an artistic take, and one that can be a more inspired vision than the world as we see it. The inspiration came from the artists’ grandchildren, Ari and Kai, who were only 3 years of age when they started exploring the joys of painting on slabs of timber.


We realise not everyone in the family might be bipedal. For which, Doggality has you covered for the trendiest styles for your favourite pooches. They have products from bow ties to infinity scarves with sizes from x-small to x-large. These accessories are sure to turn your pooch’s wardrobe from dab to fab.

Love My Beads

Love My Beads sports vibrant colourful jewellery made from resin and occasionally incorporating materials from glass and gemstones. The results are expertly handcrafted and beautifully designed collections that highlight an array of spectacular colours. Items include bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. They’re sure to have an original piece that’s perfect for you or a loved one.

Daisy Cakes and Bakes

For all things sweet and delicious, look no further than Daisy Cakes and Bakes. They make cakes, cookies, and gingerbread houses that’s right for the season. We’re hard-pressed to find a more delectable and timely pastry to take home with us. Not to mention they would also look quite appetising around the house.

My Jungle Place

Do you love the jungle? Do love the succulent sight of lush greenery? Do you also happen to live nowhere near an actual jungle? Well you’re in luck! My Jungle Place lets bring home your own slice of the jungle. Consider it the gift that only grows with time. First-timers need not worry. The folks at My Jungle Place are keen to give advice to make sure your green buddy sticks around for years to come.

Territory Bush Creations

With the holiday season undoubtedly comes wonderful Christmas memories and of course, photos. While you pose for a selfie and have a nice family photo taken, you’re going to need something fitting to encase them and hang at home. Try these one-of-a-kind timeless picture frames from Territory Bush Creations made from recycled and natural timber.

Malgorzata Design Studios

What’s Christmas without a tree? And what’s a Christmas tree with our baubles? Enter Malgorzata Design Studios. The owner draws from her Polish heritage to craft these decorative handmade and hand-painted baubles. What’s even better is that all baubles can be personalised on the spot and ready within 40 minutes with personalised messages that can bring back lasting memories for family and friends.



Remember, this is only a quick glimpse of the plethora of items and potential presents that you’ll find at our Christmas Weekend Markets. We encourage you to give us a visit to see everything in store. You can see our events list to serve as a guide, and follow us on Facebook @OldBusDepotMarkets to keep up with the latest at the Markets.

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Sat 15

Christmas & Designer Weekend

December 15 @ 10:00 am UNTIL December 16 @ 4:00 pm
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