Online shopping is one of those guilty pleasures we can still enjoy while self-isolating. Why not make your purchase count and support local business with some of our top picks.
Shop local – from your laptop
The beautiful range created by South Australian make up artist Gemma Vendetta is not only exquisite, it’s guilt-free. There are no nasties in Gemma’s products and they’re all vegan and cruelty-free. Her bronzer/blush gives a wash of colour that magically adds a bit of life to your face. Pair it with the Blood Berry lipstick – perfect as we head into cooler months.
Are you spending a little more time than usual in bed? Rest your head on 100 per cent Mulberry silk from S&Co Luxury Silk. This rose pink pillowcase is a beautiful soft hue and the material is gentle on hair and skin.
Allow yourself the small indulgence of a lovely fragrance while you’re housebound. One Seed has made online perfume-purchasing easy with their scent selector quiz. Answer questions about your favourite olfactory notes, your favourite way to spend a day and even your fashion style. Creator Liz Cook has recommended her scents according to the big brand scents you’re usually drawn towards. If you like Jo Malone’s Orris & Sandalwood, Hope is your best bet from the One Seed range.
For the home
Now that you’re spending more time within your four walls, all those to-do lists are becoming more apparent. Spruce things up, adding a little colour and cheer. The Randaccio mirror from Transforma is a beautiful, elegant design with clean lines that has the piece straddling traditional and contemporary in the loveliest way.
Marimekko is always a good idea. This Rasymatto cushion from Living by Design in the very on-trend tones of punchy red and baby pink is an easy way to update.
Enjoy perusing the lovely online galleries of Art Images Gallery – this Sally Browne print, Mixed Banskia & Grandiflora Leaves adds a perfect touch of florals to the house. The New South Wales-based artist held an exhibition at the Norwood gallery late last year.
Give the gift
None of us will be showing up at big birthday bashes at the moment, but let them know you’re thinking of them by sending something special. This gift basket by local perfumer Cherie Em features some of their most-loved products, including the lemongrass and mint loofah soap. If you’d prefer to choose your own products for a basket, owner Cherie Foran encourages people to get in touch.
Best friend’s birthday coming up? Or maybe it’s your wedding anniversary. For the latter, James Thredgold is the perfect local jeweller to peruse. These 18ct mint tourmaline and diamond drop earrings are particularly charming.
Maine Beach’s hand and body cream is a cult favourite among the SALIFE team, but branch out to some of their other products and give the Italian Blood Orange and Ligurian Honey candle to let someone know you’re thinking of them. There’s something a little bit luxurious about a double wick candle, isn’t there?
What could be better than a gift directly from the kitchen of a chocolatier? Handmade in Adelaide, Adixions create wonderful luxuries such as their Raspberry Blush Bonbons and the decadent Mocha Bean Bonbons. Get festive and send someone a box of 12 Luxe Mini Easter eggs, which benefits women’s charity Catherine House.
Send a bottle of Amadio’s Ruby Rosé to a friend and get one for yourself. The Merlot-dominant wine is modelled on the Bordeaux version and spends a greater time with skin contact, developing a darker ruby flavour. Enjoy a glass over video chat. Why not get a little dressed up and sit out in the garden like you do when you catch up in person?
For the little ones
Keep those little toes warm with Living by Design’s delightful Nature Baby Lambskin booties. They’re handmade in New Zealand and perfect for little pitter-pattering feet.
Help your children grasp the concept of gratefulness with Word Finders Club’s Happiful Journal. The daily gratitude journal is a great place to get creative and connect with emotions and mindfulness, including more than 20 activity pages. The journal also comes in an ebook.
In the garden
There’s no better time to get on top of all those gardening chores you’ve been avoiding. Newman’s Nursery at Tea Tree Gully have just opened a brilliant online shop full of inspiration for your next project. Available through their Rose Cart is Persian Eyes, a deep pink semi double rose with a dark chocolate centre and bright yellow stamens. All roses will be available for delivery in winter. The nursery uses a courier service, which goes to every suburb, every day. And your new purchase comes tied in a pretty bow. “We help our customers on the telephone with gift lines – generally we photograph and send it so they can see what they are purchasing,” director Dianne Hall says.