There’s a lot going on this time of year, with work drawing to a close and the holiday season upon us! To save you time and stress, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for every person and every budget from Swinburne affiliated small businesses.
Cardigang founder is Bachelor of Business alum Cat Bloxsom. The luxury knit kits give you the tools you need, including 100% Australian Chunk Merino wools to produce a knitted sweater you can be proud of. From Christmas sweaters to stylish beanies, there’s something that even beginner knitters can create in just a few days.
Little Green Panda
If you’re looking for something small with a big impact, look no further than Little Green Panda. Swinburne business management and communications design gradate Manon Beauchamp-Tardieu leads the startup that took part in Swinburne Innovation Precinct’s 2020 Accelerator Program. The sustainable straws are made from the waste products of agricultural processes, such as sugarcane and bamboo, and are 100 per cent plant-based.
Little Green Panda sells affordable sustainable straws that help the planet
Product design engineering graduate turned sessional lecturer Jesse Leeworthy is one of the minds behind iconic flat re-usable water bottle memobottle. Their environmentally conscious bottles and accessories help provide clean water and end throwaway culture while providing customers with sleek and modern designs that even the most stylish would be happy to tote around. And for the person who is impossible to buy for, there are a range of gift packs and gift cards available.
memobottle’s stylish designs help reduce plastic waste and provide clean water with every purchase
You may have seen Bachelor of Education (Secondary) student Katie Bugen’s beautiful art on Swinburne’s facemasks created last year. As a Wiradjuri/ Kamilaroi artist who grew up on Bundjalung land in Northern NSW, her art tells the stories of her ancestors and draws inspiration from the colours of the land, soil, rivers and wildlife. You can find vibrant canvas bags, stickers, bookmarks and premade or custom canvases available on her website.
On top of her personal artwork, student Katie Bugen created Swinburne’s facemasks
Communications and graphic design graduate Dominique Gauci’s business DG Designs produce irresistible prints, cards and wrapping. From athletic champions to Hollywood stars and iconic ice creams, the geometric art prints are perfect for the pop culture obsessed – no matter their niche. Better yet, personalise your portrait with whatever or whoever deserves a spot on the wall!
Interest in gardening has boomed since the pandemic. Give your green-thumbed loved ones expert knowledge on how to create their own terrarium garden with simple instructions, plants, propagations and inspiration. Miniscapes by Clea Cregan, a Swinburne multimedia and design graduate, is the ideal book to take your summer gardening to the next level.
Business and administration graduate and 2021 Alumni Impact Award winner Nicole Lamond is the co-founder of tea company Eloments. With a range of flavours from Summer Orange to Bourbon Vanilla, the organic vitamin teas create an enjoyable way to boost nutrient intake. Can’t decide which one? Gift packs are available to help the pickiest of loved ones find their perfect fit!