There has never been a better time to support our small local businesses, and now shoppers looking for that special something have another place to go where they can feel good about giving back.
You've heard of Buy From the Bush and on Thursday, Australia's first gift registry service 'Bush Registry' will launch, set to be the next house-hold name.
The initiative was founded by marketing specialist and Western Downs Angus Beef producer - and ex-Tamworthian - Kate Munsie. For her, this was a way to support her passion for encouraging growth in regional Australia.
The registry connects local gift-givers to beautiful homewares, art, furniture, luxury accommodation and experiences, but it's not just about purchasing.
It also connects charities from regional and rural Australia to people looking to help those helping out.
"The service provides gift-givers with a meaningful experience knowing they are supporting businesses in the bush that rely predominately on farming," Ms Munsie said.
Lisa Treloar from Corner of the Garden was quick to jump on board. Based in Tamworth, she grew up in Northern NSW which fostered a long and abiding appreciation for the countryside and lifestyle of the bush.
Since the coronacrisis, she says she has seen a real shift in people wanting to support Australian-owned businesses, stepping away from chain-store mania.
"Especially after the drought and the bushfires, supporting rural small business is really important, so this is a really refreshingly good step," she said.
Bush Registry has partnered with over 30 businesses, including Carina Chambers Art, Long Lunch Linen, Frank and Enid in Dubbo and The Sprout House in Somerton.
Also taking part is North Star artist Kate Owen from Kate Owen Art.
"We often get left from the list due to our location and this is just what we need," Ms Owen said.
One of Australia's largest rural charities Rural Aid has partnered with Bush Registry to allow gift-givers to donate in lieu of a physical gift, and are thrilled to be involved.
"Our donation items on Bush Registry include counselling for farmers and farmer gift cards," CEO John Warlters said.
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"These programs not only benefit the farming family that receives the donation, but the money that they spend in their local town helps to boost the entire economy."
While the coronavirus has slowed spending, Ms Munsie is confident those organising special occasions will still get behind the bush.
To find out more or to partner with Bush Registry, visit bushregistry.com.au.
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