And the Winner is… AUSTRALIA
We’re proud to say we’ve bought over $75,000 of product and gifts direct from local Australian food and gift businesses since our launch late 2015. We want to say a MASSIVE thank you to our loyal customers who love sharing the wild splendour of Australia with friends, family and their overseas VIPs; as well as thank you to all the Aussie businesses who produce high quality food and gift-ware for us to curate and sell. AND thank you to the Australian Made Campaign for bringing us all together.
What does Australian made really mean for us?
We are a certified and proud ‘Australian Made Retail Supporter’. This means the Australian Made Campaign has made sure that the product we are are supplying in our gift hampers is actually Made in Australia. You’ll only find the best Australian wines, beers, products and gourmet food in our hampers that come in our signature boxes featuring native Australian fauna and flora.
Research indicates that 89.8% of Australians recognise the Australian Made Logo and associate it with tastier, higher quality products. And we believe ours really are!
If you love Australian made product and want to check out more certified products – see the Australian Made Campaign website here, our check out our curated gift hampers with the best Australia produce in them!
We do make SOME exceptions to the ‘Made in Australia’ rule – and this is when an Australian owned company is making products where proceeds of the profits from the product go to great local causes. We have two of those – firstly, the Australian Koala Foundation (royalties to help protect the koala and its environment); and Alperstein Design’s products (royalties directly benefit local indigenous artists and their community).
Good enough for Australia is good enough for me- why ‘made in australia’ matters
Research published by the Industry Capability Network (Economic impacts of the manufacturing services sectors) shows that for every $1m of new or retained manufacturing business in Australia, the following effects flow through to the economy:
- 10 full time jobs created
- $333,900 of tax revenue generated
- $985,000 worth of value-add generated
- $95,000 worth of welfare benefits saved
We’re working hard here at I Still Call Australia Home to support this goal.
Some suppliers have such fantastic product we can’t help but put them in loads of our hampers and wanted to give them a shout out for all the amazing work they do! Here’s a call out to just some of the many we love…
Our top 10 favourites…
Four Leaf Clover – Stunning Australian homewares featuring native Australian flora and fauna – right up our alley. See here for gift hampers with stunning 4 leaf clover tea towels in them
Earth Greetings – amazing Australian greeting cards that are eco-friendly too!
Indeco Studios – award winning and hand–made wooden products from their Tasmanian studio
Murrumbooee – one of our latest and favourite finds – delicious home made chutneys and sauces enjoyed around the world
Alperstein Designs – beautiful indigenous pieces perfect for gifts or to treat yourself
Laughing Bird – Our favourite tea towels inspired by the Blue Mountains bush
Australian Koala Foundation – all sorts of goodies in their gift shop that also support our native treasure
Aromasensuals – special candle-maker from Grafton NSW with some wonderful Australian scents
Duck Creek Macadamias – delicious macadamia nuts grown in the hinterland of Byron Bay, NSW
Coming soon – some more AMAZING Australian gift makers we’re excited about!
Ovvio Organics – premium organic tea designed to refresh and revitalise
Ecoya – Australia’s finest candles, soaps and hand-creams
Robert Gordon Pottery & Co – one of Australia’s most established potters and makers of fabulous kitchenware
Sophie Robertson – amazing scarves and sarongs inspired by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Botanical Gardens