Shop local - support CBR artists


Want to know where you can go to find gifts and support local artists and makers? Good news - we've got you covered.

By buying local, you’re helping to support local artists, organisations and the local economy, as well as giving someone an awesome, uniquely Canberra gift!

Image: Wrapping paper available from the Megalo Emporium

Art, craft, jewellery and pretty things

You can buy art from a gallery, shop or buy directly off the artists themselves!

Image: Porcelain vessels by Julie Pennington from $60 at the Gallery of Small Things, photo by Jess DiScipio

For the literary lover

For the literary lover in your life, why not buy a book from one of our previous ACT Book of the Year winners and shortlisted books. There are also some fantastic children’s books by local authors that would make great stocking stuffers.

Pick one (or more) up at your local bookstore! The National Library of Australia has a range of books by Canberra authors and also features a unique range of merchandise items from local and national artists.

Books for adults

Image: Hangman by Jack Heath

Books for kids

Image: Mamie by Tania McCartney

For the music lover

Canberra has produced some amazing musical talent - why not buy a CD or download some Christmas tunes? Most are available online, at Landspeed Records or Smiths Alternative.

Image: Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers Creepshow EP

For the screen buff

Image: Still from Joe Cinque's Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos

For the night owl

Treat your loved one(s) to a night out! There's something for everyone - book tickets to the theatre, watch an orchestra in action or get your giggle on listening to some great comedy.

Image: Canberra Symphony Orchestra Gift Vouchers

For the person who has everything

For the person who already has everything, how about enrolling them a short course with a local arts organisation or giving them a membership! Or, if you're the kind of person who likes making their own gift, why don't you make something for them!

Image: Courtesy of ACT Writers Centre

Image: Luna Ryan, cast glass wombats (various sizes and colours), from $370, photo courtesy of the Canberra Glassworks

For kids

Why not get them something that lasts longer than Christmas day? You could enrol them in a music, dance, circus or theatre class. Some of them even have school holiday programs. Educational and fun!

Image: Courtesy of Canberra Youth Theatre

Upcoming markets and events

Visit one of Canberra’s bustling markets or open studios to find your perfect gift!

November

Image: Undercurrent Design Market, pots by MadebyMarcelle

December

Image: Handmade Market

Want your stuff promoted on our page?

If you're a local artist or organisation and you would like us to showcase your products or event on this web page, send us an email artsACT@act.gov.au