Backstreet Christmas Day 7: Kids and Furbabies

Locally made gifts and goodies for the children in your family, whether they be two-legged, four-legged, or otherwise!

OK! Dolls
I love love love these ‘aspirational dolls with inspirational careers’ – there are surgeons, scuba divers, web designers, astronauts, architects, police officers, teachers…Most dolls come in two sizes and two skin tone variations. OK! Dolls was started by Kim when she couldn’t find a suitably empowering and durable doll for her young daughter. The dolls are designed and handmade in Brisbane, the illustrations are sublimation printed (water-based inks, no waste water, and no fading or cracking like traditional screen printing), and the filling of the dolls is made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles that have been collected, sterilised, and shredded in Australia. You can purchase from the online store with free delivery (but you’ll need the express option to get them in time for Christmas). The website also has lots of cool DIY projects for kids, so if you’re looking for holiday activities take a look!

Works at Play
A small family business based in Brisbane, Works at Play was started by Early Childhood Teacher and mum of 3 Melissa, who is passionate about children learning through play and started building play furniture in 2014. Similar to Kim and OK! Dolls, Melissa couldn’t find the simple, naturally made, toddler-sized toys she wanted, so she began to make her own. Check out the website to read more about the ethos behind the toys, and to shop the range of products.

NomNom Pets
Nom Nom treats are made from human-grade ingredients, no preservatives or additives or grain. Starting with their signature handmade meat-based treats with vegetables and herbs, their range has now expanded to include single-ingredient treats and long-lasting chews for cats and dogs. All products that are not made in Brisbane are sourced solely from within Australia and New Zealand. Check out their website for more information and to see the range of tasty treats.

Fur Mate
Starting up early this year, Fur Mate are based in Brisbane and handcraft high quality doggy accessories including collars, leads, bandanas, bowties, and more. Every three months, 10% of profits are donated to organisations making a difference in the community (most recently was Guide Dogs Queensland). Check out the website for more inFURmation and to browse the range of accessories.