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For 12 days from December 1, NAB will feature 12 great Australian businesses with products that will inspire you to get through your festive shopping list. Day 11 is NAB customer DrinksPlinks!

  • 01.12.2022
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12 days of festive fun

The holiday season is officially upon us and NAB is celebrating with gift ideas from businesses across Australia.

For the next 12 days – starting December 1 – NAB will feature 12 great Australian businesses with products that will inspire you to get through your festive shopping list.

We are proud to be the bank of choice for these small businesses and we look forward to a prosperous new year ahead with all of the businesses that we back.

#1 Little Potion Co

We are kicking off NAB’s Gift Guide with a gift for the young and young at heart!

Little Potion Co has developed a unique potion making kit for those wanting to create their own magical tradition this Christmas.

The company was created by two sisters, Alicia and Jacinta, three years ago when their kids started asking for ‘potion kits’. The duo couldn’t find anything like it on the market so decided to create their own.

“Christmas is such a magical time of year for many families, and we find this time of the year especially important to our business. It’s a time to focus on gratitude – being in the moment and family connection – and this is what our product is all about. Our intention is to inspire the young minds who play with our products.”

Alicia and Jacinta, Founders of Little Potion Co.

Top gift recommendation, as chosen by the Little Potion Co team: ‘Enchanted Garden Mindful Potion Kit’.

All of their products are handmade in Melbourne, using non-toxic ingredients and bio glitter. Take a look at their website – www.thelittlepotionco.com.au

#2 Maggie Beer 

Pick up some of the best food and drink gifts from Maggie Beer this festive season. From puddings, cookbooks and hampers to chocolate dusted almonds and sparkling wine, there are a range of gift options and prices to suit a variety of budgets.

For over 40 years, Maggie has been cooking from the heart. From humble beginnings as a Farm Shop in the Barossa, the Maggie Beer brand has worked hard to become a globally recognised South Australian success story.

“Christmas is a time for family and the best way to celebrate as a family is over a delicious meal. Being able to give and receive gifts with meaning is something truly special, and something that we value highly at Maggie Beer Products.” 

– Chantale Millard, CEO of Maggie Beer 

Top gift recommendation, as chosen by the Maggie Beer team: Christmas Treats with Moët Hamper.

Maggie Beer products are available online, in supermarkets and leading independent retailers Australia-wide. Go to www.maggiebeer.com.au 

#3 The Bod Society

Today’s gift idea comes from The Bod Society. The family run business has been operating since February 2018 with the goal of creating a sustainable beauty brand after a family member became unwell.

The team set out to create a brand that is not only good for our skin, mind and body but for our mother earth. From personal experiences and values, the team are passionate about having environmentally friendly packaging.

“The magic of Christmas brings more than just gift giving, but also connection, family, friendships and gratitude for the year ending. A time for reflection and appreciation within our personal and business life.”

– The team at The Bod Society

Their top gift idea this festive season: The classic Christmas Bonbon – the team think it’s an essential to most holiday routines and comes gift wrapped ready to pop under the tree for a loved one. “We’d say it’s the perfect gift.”

Link to product: Christmas Bonbons | Vegan, Cruelty Free, Eco Makeup Australia – The Bod Society

#4 Ookkie

Founded in 2016 by Aussie Dad, Daniel De Gaye, the Ookkie learner skateboard was created with one goal in mind – to get children skateboarding earlier.

As a skateboarder himself, Daniel wanted to teach his son how to ride a board safely whilst also developing fundamental balance, stability and confidence. The idea of Ookkie was brought to life.

“We got our son a skateboard as a gift, but we found it super hard for him to get involved with the board, so I ended up pulling him along one day. He wasn’t enjoying it at that moment, and then I had the idea that I needed to push him without holding him.

“Christmas is a very busy time of year for us at Ookkie! We find so many parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends and everyone in-between love to gift the Ookkie for a special little one in their life. The Ookkie skateboard progresses with the child as their skills develop, making it such a great gift as it’s not a product that is used once and thrown away. Something we know all parents love!”

– Daniel De Gaye, Founder of Ookkie Skateboards 

The Ookkie can be purchased online at www.ookkie.com

#5 Clothing the Gaps 

Gift with purpose! Clothing The Gaps is an Aboriginal Social Enterprise that unites people through fashion and a cause, making it a great gift destination this festive season. They stock a range of apparel with designs influenced and inspired by the important conversations happening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

Launched from Victoria in 2018, Clothing the Gaps has grown significantly over the past four years, establishing two shops in Melbourne. Apparel is now available Australia-wide through selected stockists, as well as online.

“It’s almost Blakmas (Christmas) and we encourage people to gift with purpose! Our tees and merch are designed to spark conversations that support Aboriginal people and causes.”

– Laura Thompson, CEO and Co-Founder of Clothing the Gaps

Top gift recommendation, as chosen by the Clothing the Gaps team: Blakmas Pjs.

Visit www.clothingthegaps.com.au

#6 Pipers Brook Vineyard

If you’re looking to splash out on a special bubbly gift this Christmas, Pipers Brook has you covered.

Established in 1974 and nestled in the heart of Tasmanian wine country, Pipers Brook Vineyard in the beautiful Tamar Valley is one of the pioneering vineyards of the Tasmanian wine industry. Proudly Tasmanian owned, they craft wine that reflects the incredibly natural beauty of the place they call home.

“We’re firm believers that every bottle of traditional method sparkling wine we craft from beautiful Pipers Brook in Tasmania is an occasion in itself, but this festive season is definitely the perfect time to enjoy with food, friends and family – and of course, Kreglinger Brut! This is an elegant multi vintage expression of our house style, fit for Summery celebrations, and for making the most of these longer, warmer days and nights.

“It’s a special time of year for us also, as we start to prepare for the vintage ahead – a timely chance to celebrate and regroup before it’s time to get back to work harvesting our fruit in the new year at Pipers Brook Vineyard.”

– Rachel Boyd, Wine Club Manager at Pipers Brook Vinyard

Pipers Brook Kreglinger Brut can be purchased online at www.kreglingerwineestates.com 

#7 Active Truth 

For the movers and shakers on your Christmas list, look no further than Active Truth for the perfect present. They specialise in designing and manufacturing workout ware for all shapes and sizes.

Launched with 100 pairs of tights in a plastic tub and a homemade website, Active Truth has grown into a Queensland success story, with a huge selection of quality products now available.

Top gift recommendation, as chosen by the Active Truth team: Smart Pocket Bike Shorts (sizes 6 to 26).

“There’s nothing better than knowing that women will be discovering Active Truth for the first time under their Christmas tree. With the gift of great-fitting activewear you’re giving women confidence and support for exercise, and life! 

“While it’s a busy time for us getting orders out, we also pause to celebrate with our team, reflect on the past year, and look towards our vision and goals for 2023.”

– Stevie Angel, Co-Founder of Active Truth 

Go to www.activetruth.com.au to see the Active Truth range!

#8 Night Owl Entertainment Group 

Have a loved one who can’t sit still? If you want to gift them an experience to remember, look no further than Night Owl Entertainment Group.

Founded back in 2011, the team at Night Owl Entertainment have been creating memories for the past 12 years. From bowling to darts and waterfront dining – the team will have you covered.

“This is the busiest season for us and all hospitality businesses. With the summer sun out, holidays starting and people out and socialising more than ever, it’s important that we can give them an experience to remember and to whoever is looking for an experience. Whether it’s a family enjoying a game of Shuffle at The Breakwater or it’s a work crew choosing Flight Club for their end of year Christmas party, we are here to create memories, with friends.” 

– The Night Owl Entertainment team

Their top gift idea this holiday season: the “Gift an Experience” gift card.

Find out more at www.nightowlentertainment.au

#9 BSKT Wholefoods

Win any chocolate lover over with treats from BSKT Wholefoods. They stock a range of chocolate flavours and tasty non-alcoholic beers.

The company found its beginnings in 2013 on the Gold Coast where some mates that played football together decided to open a cafe with a health difference. What started as BSKT Cafe, quickly became a health revolution and led to the birth of BSKT Wholefoods – a plant-based range of healthy wholefoods – in 2015.

Fast forward to now, and with new Indigenous partners on board, BSKT is proud to present a taste of Indigenous Australia with a new Native range.

“Christmas time is dear to me because the family comes together as a whole again. To be able to share culture and family history between the oldest and youngest generations and have a yarn over a meal is truly special.” 

– Ryan James, Co-Owner of BSKT Wholefoods 

The top ‘stocking filler’, as voted by the BSKT Wholefoods team, is the wrapped and ready to go Native Gift Box!

Find them online at www.bsktwholefoods.com.au

#10 Sheet Society

For someone who needs a comfy, good night sleep, look at gifting some dreamy sheets by Sheet Society.

Sheet Society was born out of a passion to “make the bed better” and to shake up an industry that the team felt had hit snooze on innovation, trend and customer centricity. The company has been operating for five years, and whilst they’re now seen as a market-leading brand in Australia, they are only just getting started!

The holiday season is important to the team because Sheet Society is all about community – their team, their customers and their partners.

“As a parent of two young children, and coming into the busiest time of the year, I think the best gift you can give someone is a great night’s sleep. For me, that’s a night sleeping in our new Leo Washed Cotton. It’s a relaxed pre-washed cotton fabric that feels as comfortable as it looks.” 

– Hayley Worley, Co-Founder and CEO of Sheet Society

Check out Sheet Society’s range of Leo Washed Cotton here: www.sheetsociety.com

#11 DrinksPlinks

Introducing DrinksPlinks – a great stocking filler, a ‘thank you for hosting dinner’ present and general great gift idea for anyone who likes to keep cool.

Drinks Plinks make ice cube trays in different bold shapes, sizes and letters to add a fun to drinks at home.

How it started? Tania Brocker was enjoying a Gin & Tonic at home on the couch (during the Melbourne lockdown) when she noticed that it wasn’t long before the ice melted diluting her G&T.

Being a curious soul and an entrepreneur, Tania started researching and discovered that there was a genuine gap in the market to develop large ice cubes that melted slowly to chill drinks, not dilute them. She spent the next few months (still in lockdown) designing the initial range and sourcing manufacturers and designers.

How it’s going? That hard work paid off though and DrinksPlinks was born.

“2022 has been a huge year for business growth. We’ve just produced ice cube trays in all the letters of the alphabet and the stock has arrived in time for Christmas. It’s the perfect Kris Kringle present under $25 and means everyone can personal-ice their drink. It’s a game changer for our business.”

– Tania Brocker, Founder of DrinksPlinks 

The top gift recommendation, as chosen by Tania, the ‘Letter G Ice Cube Tray’. Perfect gift for gin lovers, Granny, George, Grace and the Grahams!

You can purchase your own DrinksPlinks ice trays at www.drinksplinks.com (sign up to PlinksMail for 15% off your first order).

#12 St Ali Coffee Roasters

When it comes to specialty coffee in Australia, ST. Ali was one of the pioneers who put Melbourne specialty coffee on the map – to this day they continue to innovate.

Since inception in 2005, ST. ALi has been an industry leader in direct relationships with farmers, in-house roasting, expert coffee brewing and their South Melbourne café is loved by all.

Top gift recommendation as chosen by St Ali co-CEO Lachlan Ward: St Ali Coffee Liqueur.

Why not get caffeinated with your cocktails? Wide Awake coffee meets Australian vodka for this first of its kind, specialty coffee liqueur. Roasted in Melbourne and distilled in Australia, it’s the perfect pairing for a Coffee Negroni, Tiramisu or maybe even a White Russian.

“The festive season is an opportunity to take the time to be grateful for the year and celebrate those we love and care about.  This Coffee Liqueur is the first of its kind and a sensory journey of flavours.”

– Lachlan Ward, Co-CEO.

You can see the full range from St Ali on their website or through their stores.

Check back in tomorrow as we unwrap our next great gift idea...

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