Mid November, panic time! Although generally I get the sense that Christmas has a different tone this year. Let’s face it, it’s very difficult to expect anything to arrive on time if you’re buying online. Stuff is hanging about in warehouses waiting to be delivered. Here in Australia there are huge delays in the postal service and we’re starting to feel it. Personally I rely far too much on deliveries for vital stuff. In particular dog food and toilet roll! So Christmas is going to be a challenge, but there is a solution.

Local Artists

I’ve used Etsy for Christmas presents for a long time. Artists are easy to find if you know their name, but there’s also a handy filter system that allows you to narrow down the location. I have people in Devon, UK to buy for so knowing that the work is created there is ideal.

Get creative with Gifts

I have teens with a variety of interests and when I went searching for local artists I noticed that many of them run classes and offer vouchers. Personally I’m yet to do this, but for a person interested in learning a new skill like pottery or sewing this could be perfect!

My local delivery!

What I am able to offer is free local delivery for any of my shop items, in particular my cute little sewing kits. So if you’re in the Mornington Peninsula area and in need of cards or gifts message me or order from the shop. I’ll be delighted to deliver to your door!

Posted by:Karen Erasmus

I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer. I have illustrated 18 picture books. I live in Melbourne, Australia with three kids, two dogs, four chickens and a mad husband. Life's busy. I also love to sew and cycle and visit galleries whenever I get the time.