Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Shop Local and Share the Talent

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Shop Local and Share the Talent

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CHRISTMAS shopping can be stressful, trying to find the right gift for the right person, but if you take a look around Warwick there are so many great local gift ideas right on the doorstep.

So before you jump online or head out of town to pick up those final Christmas presents, take a look at this list and support a local business.

1: Locally-made produce and food

There are so many talented foodies in the region, producing some amazing high-quality products.

Jams, sweets, vinegar, cheeses, cold meats, wines, beers. The list is endless and it's all being made right here on the Southern Downs.

Check out Pickle and Must (next to Belle Vue Cafe), the Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall, and there's a huge range at Cafe Jacqui's.

If you're happy to go a little further, take a drive south along the highway to Stanthorpe and take your pick of a huge range of options.

2: Local art

Warwick has a plethora of talented artists and most have their work for sale.

Try the Warwick Potters or the Warwick Artist Group for a start or jump on Facebook and seek out the local talent.

There's Nikki Malone Studio, Stella Violet by Loretta Grayson, the Warwick Art Gallery or even get an awesome cartoon or caricature from Born 2 Draw Creations -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

There are also a stack of talented photographers in town who can take wonderful family shots, which would make a great gift idea.

3: Craft classes

If you're buying something for someone crafty, why not buy them a seat in a craft class?

They're always running throughout the year -- the Warwick Potters, Warwick ArtistGroup, Warwick Art Gallery are good places to start or jump online and look around.

Or check out Skye Creative Studio on Facebook.

4: Fitness options

Know someone who needs a little motivation to get fit in the new year?

A gym membership or personal training gift voucher might be a great option.

Try the local gyms or seek out a personal trainer.

5: Books, books, books

Warwick has two great little book stores, both within 100m of each other.

Missy Bryson's bookshop at 139 Palmerin Street has a great boutique range for both kids and adults or head down King St to browse through the mountains of books in Little Shop of Books. …

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