One of the lovely
perks of shopping solo anywhere in the world is that
you can browse uninterrupted for as long as your little
heart desires. It's also a wonderful time for people
watching, especially in markets as you observe shoppers
going about their daily business. Each excursion is
a lesson, a time to learn something new about the culture.
Feeling a little blue or lonely? On those days get into
the shops and make small purchases for those people
you miss the most. Gift buying, especially when you
find something wonderful, is a guaranteed mood changer.
Shopping in Sydney
is extremely easy and great fun. Think budget. Think
made-in-Oz. Think packable. Understand that gift shops
are not always the answer to creative, inexpensive goodies
to bring home to the people you love.
and honey for Mom, Granny and Auntie...
found two wonderful gift ideas -- both under $A3.00
and both readily available on the shelves of Cole's,
one of Sydney's major supermarkets. We chose the King
and George Street Branch. There's many more around the
It was Ruth B.,
an Israeli-born, Sidneysider who alerted us to the wicked
pleasures of Arnott's TimTam,
a most irresistible made-in-Australia chocolate biscuit
treat. If you buy only a few packages of these you will
probably berate yourself when you get back home. Instead,
make sure to purchase enough for all the chocoholics
on your list. They'll love these tasty cookies and adore
you for thinking of them (under$A3.00).
Yes, you probably
can find fancy gift bottles of honey at three times
the price in posh shops but why bother? Instead turn
once more to Sydney's supermarket shelves. Capilano,
Yellow Box, pure honey is readily available,
inexpensive and 100% Australian. It's pleasantly flavoured
and one of the most popular varieties you'll find in
Oz. Tie a bright ribbon 'round the neck of this 250
g. jar ($A2.95) and presto, you've got a yummy present
with great Aussie personality.
kangaroos and koalas for kiddies...
you're a JourneyMom, JAuntie or JGrandma who's always
on the lookout for the perfect gift to buy for the kiddies
in your life, worry no more. Here are two suggestions
for splendid items created by Aussie women. They're
guaranteed to please.
Wompoo hats (named
after Australia's brightly coloured fruit dove) are
available in whimsical fleece designs for both girls
and boys. Picture a pink cap with little stemmed daisies
growing from the top of the cap, or (for tiny guys),
bold orange hats with floppy mini-martian antennae in
lime green and aqua. Most adorable! Journeywoman discovered
these creations at the YWCA Design Shop in Melbourne
(489 Elizabeth Street, Tel: 03 9329 5188) however, they're
also readily available at such outlets as Bay Swiss
near Fox Studios in Sydney. For further info on shops
around the country that carry her product, e-mail designer
Anna Byrnes at: email@example.com
She'll be happy to help. ($A22.00)
Every child loves
new storybooks. Why not add to their education by seeking
out tales by two of Australia's most popular female
authors? For five-six year olds, Journeywoman suggests
"The Kangaroos Who Wanted to be People," by May L. O'Brian.
For seven-ten year olds, there's "Okay Koala" and "Dirty
Shorts." All guaranteed to please, so easy to pack and
available at Dymocks Book Sellers
(424 George Street, Sydney). We bet this gift will make
you the most popular adult on the block. (Each book
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