Bring on the Bindles
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Gift giving is an art that requires thought and planning, and I often find myself scrambling at the last minute to pull together an original offering. When Melbourne-based Catherine Blackford found herself in a similar predicament she saw it as an opportunity to launch a business: Bindle, named for the "bundle of possessions carried by a hobo." Relying on local artisans, she puts together "bindles," stylishly tailored gift packages containing handmade eco-friendly Australian goods. With 27 packages to choose from, just about everyone is covered from tiny tot to coffee addict. See some of the offerings below or for more, go to Bindle . Above: A Bit on the Side includes a variety of handmade condiments including Blooming Marvellous onion marmalade, ramekins, and an herb board; AUD $100. Above: Love Birds includes a bottle of Moscato, an interlocking tea light candle holder with BlackMilk tea light candles, and an amber jar with matches; AUD $100. Above: Teensy Boy includes Write to Me placemats and an elephant cushion; AUD $50. Above: Housewarming includes a kitchen board, tea towel, Melbourne Rooftop Honey test tube, pink salt, and more; AUD $100. TreeHorn Design' Kitchen Board--- Melbourne Rooftop Honey test tube--- Mount Zero Pink Lake Coarse Salt--- Ourlieu Teatowel--- Raw Materials Poppy & Sesame Lavosh- - See more at: http://bindle.com.au/products/housewarming#sthash.iCy2gYys.dpufAUD $100. TreeHorn Design' Kitchen Board--- Melbourne Rooftop Honey test tube--- Mount Zero Pink Lake Coarse Salt--- Ourlieu Teatowel--- Raw Materials Poppy & Sesame Lavosh- - See more at: http://bindle.com.au/products/housewarming#sthash.iCy2gYys.dpuf Above: Get Well Soon includes Henry Langdon Jasmine and Green Tea, a handkerchief, Salus Organic Lemon Myrtle & Ginger Heat Pillow, and more: AUD $!00. If you are in need of other gift ideas, take a browse through our Gift Guide .