How To Shop Local In Toowoomba This Christmas
Online shopping has made life so much easier, but it’s also had a knock-on effect on small businesses.
This holiday season, you can support local businesses while getting some truly unique presents for friends and family. Here’s how to shop local in Toowoomba.
Bush Christmas Exhibition
For more than two decades, the Bush Christmas Exhibition has been a staple on Toowoomba residents’ calendars. It’s an annual celebration of all things rural, with dozens of exhibitors travelling from the Outback to set up shop alongside a select few local artisans.
The 10-day event runs from Wednesday 27 November to Friday 6 December and is the perfect place to pick up some unique handmade gifts, from jewellery to garden art, gourmet delights, woodwork, ceramics and much more. Visit the Masonic Centre on 58 Neil Street in the lead-up to Christmas to find something truly special for that special someone this year.
Indoor Christmas Markets
For a traditional market that has plenty of heart, the Indoor Christmas Markets at Middle Ridge Uniting Church is the place to be. It’s only on for one day, Saturday 16 November from 8am to 2pm, but you’ll be glad you made the trip.
Craftworks, toys, plants, books, household goods, cakes and coffee are at hand, with all sales from Christmas craft items going directly to the Pyjama Foundation.
The Book Tree
There’s something about walking into an independent bookstore that brings a sense of otherworldly charm. It might be the walls lined with fantastical tales, or it might be because the owners are committed to the art of sharing stories through books.
This year, forget about Kindle vouchers and buying cheap paperbacks online. If you want to find a gift for a true book lover, visit The Book Tree on Ruthven Street. In operation since 2015, you’ll find owner Ann is a fount of book knowledge and will be happy to help you find the ideal Christmas present.
Darling Downs Handmade
Want to find a special gift made locally but don’t have the time to hop around a dozen different stores in town? That’s not a problem thanks to Darling Downs Handmade, a not-for-profit cooperative that showcases arts and crafts made with love by talented Toowoomba locals.
Drop into Richmond Drive in the lead-up to Christmas and browse a variety of unique wares you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
Give the gift of a donation for farmers in need
With drought affecting much of Queensland and no end in sight, Christmas is expected to be a tough time for our farmers. So if you’re thinking about supporting those in need this holiday season, you can gift a donation to a charity for drought-stricken farmers or even Buy a Bale for drought relief.
You can also purchase Christmas presents from Drought Angels, with funds going directly to farming families most affected by the lack of rain. Alternatively, Rural Aid is asking for handmade Christmas Cards 4 Farmers to be sent to families around the country who are doing it tough. And you can follow @buyfromthebush on Instagram for other great shopping ideas that help farming communities.
Making a home in Toowoomba
Has the time to come for you to sell your home, or are you looking to buy somewhere else in Toowoomba? Contact an experienced local agent today and find the perfect home to spend your next Christmas.