Stella’s 12 Days of Christmas: The Female-Led Businesses to Buy From this Festive Season

15th Nov, 2021

We know women have been hardest hit by the impacts of the pandemic, and finding the time to sort out Christmas gifting is another job you don’t need on your plate. Plus, online shopping is set to be an even more popular choice to Australians in 2021.


The latest stats from Roy Morgan reveal that 58% of Australians are expecting to purchase significantly more Christmas presents online than they did last year.


Even Australia Post is encouraging shoppers to get in early in anticipation of another busy online shopping season. 


So, we’re taking the guesswork out of your Christmas shopping with our festive gift guide, featuring 12 of our female-led businesses from across Australia. 


Ready to get shopping? Let’s dive in. 


Christmas Gift Idea 1: Mettle


Looking for a gift that will make a positive impact? Look no further than Mettle, a gifting company employing women who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic and family violence. 


With a range of curated gift boxes (packed with everything from soothing bath salts and chocolate to candles and organic wine), Mettle is on a mission to give survivors of domestic and family violence the skills, confidence and financial security they need to find stable housing and employment. 


Not only are Mettle’s gifts handmade and lovingly designed, but every box helps courageous and deserving women unlock their potential and help them step into their next chapter with confidence. 


Browse Mettle’s gift boxes and gift cards (ranging from $25 to $100) online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 2: Ultra Violette


With summer on the horizon, all of us could use an extra dose of sun protection. And while sunscreen might sound like an odd Christmas gift idea, Ultra Violette is far from a stock standard SPF brand. 


Co-founded by Ava Matthews and Bec Jefferd, Ultra Violette offer a range of next gen sunscreens (known as ‘skinscreens’) which are designed to look good, feel nice to wear on the daily and are packed with skin-friendly ingredients. 


Each stylish bottle helps to protect your gift recipient’s skin against the biggest cause of premature ageing: UV rays. Plus, you’ll find everything from facial sunscreens to hydrating tinted lip balms ready to shop and gift. 


Browse Ultra Violette’s range of next gen sunscreens and SPF products online.


Christmas Gift Idea 3: Upper Cup


As cafes reopen post-lockdown, there’s never been a better time to have a stylish reusable coffee cup in-hand. And no matter who you’re buying from, designer reusable cups and containers are always a winner. 


That’s exactly what Upper Cup delivers: a range of Australian and ethically made reusable products.  Not only is this brand B Corp certified (meeting the highest standards of social and environmental impact) but Upper Cup is female-led and offers practical, stylish products that don’t cost the earth. 


Browse Upper Cup’s range of reusable cups and products online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 4: Kester Black


Shopping for someone with a love of all things beauty? Make sure to add Kester Black to your list. Founded by Anna Ross, this ethical beauty brand is all about leaving the world better than they found it. 


Not only is every Kester Black product (from nail polish to lipstick) cruelty free, Carbon Neutral and vegan friendly, but 2% of the businesses’ revenue goes towards social causes too.

And if you can’t pick the perfect nail polish shade, you can always grab an e-Gift Card instead. 


Browse Kester Black’s range of products online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 5: Hunter Candles


Handmade in the Inner West of Sydney is our female-founded candle brand, Hunter Candles. With a range of incredible scents inspired by Australia, Hunter Candles are crafted from hand-poured soy wax that’s biodegradable and pesticide free. 


And with scents to suit every taste, you can’t go wrong with a pick from their premium range. Best of all, once the final burn is complete, the empty candle can be taken back to Hunter Candle’s Sydney HQ to be recycled or refilled. 


Browse Hunter Candle’s range online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 6: CARMEN GET IT! Store


Are you shopping for someone who loves bright, bold accessories? Don’t miss CARMEN GET IT!, the online boutique filled with fun, fabulous and feminist products designed by talented women makers.


From eye-catching earrings to bold vegan polish and even colourful notepads and calendars, this is the ultimate Christmas gift destination for the women in your life that love to stand out.  


Browse the CARMEN GET IT! Store online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 7: Bed Threads


Want to treat someone in your life to luxe 100% French Flax Linen sheets? What about curated homewares and elevated tableware?


Make sure to take a peek at Bed Threads, the go-to online store for conscious home gifting. Founded in 2017 by Genevive and Alan, Bed Threads offers a wide range of gifts perfect for the festive season. 


Don’t miss their ‘Build Your Own Bundle’ option (which allows you to curate a range of bedding pieces in a bunch of colours) plus their picnicware range (filled with everything your loved ones need for the ultimate summer picnic experience). 


Browse Bed Threads range online.


Christmas Gift Idea 8: Wine Journey


Travel might be off the cards for a little longer, but you can give the gift of a wine adventure-in-a-box thanks to Wine Journey. This female-founded wine gifting company offers a stack of expertly curated “wine journeys” that allow your loved ones to explore the world’s great wine regions from the comfort of home.


Each of their signature “wine journeys” features six wines from the regions of Tuscany, Burgundy and beyond, complete with maker notes and local knowledge about the wines. 


Plus, you can also shop these wines individually or by the case on Wine Journeys online store, too. 


Shop Wine Journey’s range of packs, mixed cases and wine journeys online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 9: Bohemi


Are you shopping for a friend or family member with a pup? Meet Bohemi, the sustainable pet accessories brand crafted with dog health and the environment in mind. 


Founded by Mandy, this Australian-made brand has just released an adorable Christmas Collection, featuring everything you need to spoil a four legged loved one this festive season. 


From hemp dog toys to festive bandanas, there’s stacks of handmade goodies to explore. 


Browse Bohemi’s range of sustainable gifts for dogs online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 10: In2TheWild


Shopping for someone with a taste for adventure? Check out In2TheWild, a female-founded accommodation company boasting a growing collection of tiny houses across Australia.


Each tiny home is within a three-hour drive from each capital city, with sites located in NSW, QLD, SA and Victoria. From coastal spots to farm stays, this is the perfect Christmas gift idea for a loved one who needs to get back to nature. 


Browse In2TheWild’s range of tiny homes online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 11: Seed & Sprout


If you’re on the hunt for eco-friendly gifts that are practical and stylish, head straight to Seed & Sprout’s online store. 


Founded by Sophie Kovic, Seed & Sprout offers stacks of ethical and sustainable products perfect for festive gift giving. From zero waste shower supplies to eco bread storage bundles, there’s something for everyone from this conscious online gift store. 


Browse Seed & Sprout’s range of gift ideas online. 


Christmas Gift Idea 12: An Organised Life


Set your loved ones up for their most product year yet with a beautiful piece of stationary from An Organised Life. Founded by Beck Wadworth, An Organised Life offers minimalist stationary, journals and notebooks made right here in Australia. 


From vegan notebooks to signature 2022 diaries, these stunning pieces of stationary will inspire your loved ones to get organised for the year ahead. 


Browse An Organised Life’s range online. 


When it comes to Christmas gift giving, getting in early is what will help you have a stress-free festive season. With this ultimate gift guide to female-founded businesses to buy from, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone this year. 


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