DON'T panic, but Christmas is almost here and time is fast running out to grab a great present for your nearest and dearest from one of our amazing country retailers.
As communities right across our region struggle with the impacts of the drought, we've come up with a plan.
Let's forget the major retailers and buy from the bush. Buy local. Buy from someone you know. Buy from someone who puts their heart and soul into everything they make.
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So, let's get to it - here's 12 great gift ideas that'll not only bring a smile to the recipient but also the country retailer you purchased it from.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas.
1. Here's cheers to a great time of year
Heading to the park, the campground or the beach? Then do not miss the chance of bringing along these beautiful stemless plastic cocktail glasses. They are among beautiful homewares and more than you'll find at Gorgeousness Boutique in Bathurst. Check them out on Instagram or Facebook.
2. Strike a pose in these beauties
These eye-catching Australiana socks are available for $30 from Frank and Enid in Dubbo. There's lots of print designs on offer, why not pick yourself up a pair as well, just because. Shop online, check them out on Instagram or on Facebook.
3. Moo-ving along to a great present
Penny from The Heuston Herd is from Warren and is an agronomist by trade and a painter of bovines (and the odd chook and flower) by passion. She creates beautiful artworks and sells assorted cards at six for $30 or $6 a piece. Check out her website, Instagram page or Facebook page.
4. String bags and beautiful accessories
If you didn't know string bags were a thing, they are (we only just found out). They're beautiful and available from Forbes retailer Mary and Me. Check out the fashions, accessories and unique pieces online, on Instagram or on Facebook.
5. St Tropez or Quambone Pool - what's the difference?
A summer staple ($79.99) available from Wrapped Cootamundra. Also a gift that caught our eye was book for $65.99 featuring letters from mothers around the world to their daughters. Brill. Shop online, on Instagram or on Facebook.
6. Too early for a weekend away?
The Thomas Cook canvas duffle bag and wash bag make it possible. Duffle bag available in brown, navy, tomato and black $89.95; wash bag comes in brown and navy $25.95. Macquarie Clothing in Narromine has also got women's and children's clothing, shoes and accessories. Check them out on Instagram.
7. Hand poured and stunning
These beautiful Christmas candles are from Meeraboo Candles in Canowindra. They're hand made and designed by mother and daughter duo Deb and Danny from Deb's kitchen. Small size are $32.95 and large are $42.95. Shop online or check them out on Instagram.
8. Make it the best room in the house
We're slightly hooked on these pom pom towels from Miss April Towles in Cowra. What a lovely way of dressing up a daggy bathroom, or perhaps just add to a perfect one. Hand towels $39 and towels $79. Shop online or visit them on Instagram.
9. Party season ready
Cute clutches created by Watt-A-Bag in Trundle. They're just $30 plus $6 postage. Message them on Instagram to purchase, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0409 997 667.
10. Stay safe little one
A wall full of children's motorcycle helmets awaits you at Parisi Motorcycles in Cobar, these kids helmets range in price $130-172 plus postage. They also offer free delivery of motorcycles in 300 kilometre radius (beyond that you will need to arrange freight). Shop online or message them on Instagram for more information.
11. Beautiful treasures for your special little person
If you're scratching your heading trying to work out what to get your special little person, you can never go wrong with books. Two Grey Elephants is a gorgeous children's boutique in Orange with a huge range of stock to get you and your little one smiling this Christmas. Check them out on Instagram or shop online.
12. Clean as a whistle and looking good
Pencil drawing perfection by Cathy Hamilton from Muttama. Check out eight kinds of Australian made and palm oil free soap for $12 each. These and other pencil art offerings including stunning wrapping paper ($8) available online or visit her on Instagram.
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