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    Christmas is a great time to show your loved ones how much you care, but if you’re not careful your gift can do more harm than good. Christmas is a notorious time for generating excess amount of waste that ends up in landfill, never to be used again.

    It’s important to be mindful of the gifts you are giving. Some of the ways you can do this is; making sure it’s something they will want long term, purchase good quality items that will last a long time (no disposable gifts), wrap gifts in bags that can be re-used or recyclable material.

    Another way to shop smart this Christmas is to buy local. Upcycle gifts from swap meets or find gifts that are made from small scale suppliers. This way you are supporting local small business as opposed to giving your money to the retail giants, where your money means nothing.

    Here is a list of places to help you find gifts that are good for your loved ones, good for the environment and good for local vendors.

    Pop-up Christmas Markets at Cathedral Square

    Pop-up Christmas Markets at Cathedral Square

    From Sunday 18th December to Tuesday 20th December Cathedral Square will be hosting a pop-up market with handmade artisan gifts and specialised local products. Expect to snap up some new vintage gems as well as homemade candles and cakes.


    City of Joondalup Twilight Markets

    Open every Friday from the 30th November till the 21st December. Stalls will be set up over Central Walk full of handmade and home made products.


    Inglewood Night Markets

    Inglewood Night Markets

    Every Monday from December 3rd – 17th the Inglewood night markets will be doing more than just food. They will also be hosting 20 vendors that will be selling locally made gourmet products. Located in the Inglewood Town Square in front of the library.


    Stirling Square Markets, Guildford

    On the 16th December on the corner of Meadow & Swan streets you’ll find all things upcycled, retro and vintage! Everything is locally produced, there will be a kids playground, food stalls and live entertainment too.


    Perth Hills Artisan Market

    Perth Hills Artisan Market

    Mundaring is a hub for creatives so you’ll be guaranteed to find something unique. Sunday 16th December at the Mundaring Sculpture Park, right next to the Mundaring Hotel so you can reward yourself with a beer after.


    Perth Makers Market

    This place is a market with a mission! Always posting new events all the time, they are passionate about supporting local creatives. There are two coming up before Christmas; 11th December at QV1 and 16th December at Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross.


    Christmas Craft & Gift Expo

    On December 14th at Sorrento Quay Boardwalk in Hillary’s Boat Harbour. Over 30 stalls set to fill all of your gifting needs with unique home made goods created with love. There will also be live entertainment throughout the expo so you can support local musicians as well.



    Photo by Dan Grant

    If physical gifts aren’t your thing then maybe think about buying your loved ones an experience this Christmas instead. Pick up a Fringeworld voucher online and take your friends and family out for a night of comedy, cabaret, circus and music.



    About the author: 
    Michelle is a Perth based freelance writer who loves to write about all things travel and lifestyle. When she’s not running her freelance business, she spends her time patting dogs, eating burritos and planning the next travel destination. Get to know her more at https://moshthefreelancer.com/