The Tinsel 10: Which Queensland startups you should buy from this Christmas


It’s that time of the year again, we have officially entered the season of giving. So why not support a great Queensland startup while you’re at it? We’ve rounded up the 10 Queensland startups that should be at the top of your gift guide.

1. BeauTex Designs
BeauTex Designs uses each of their products to promote a healthier environment. Their range of circular eco urban workwear is made from recycled materials including plastic bottles, rubber and fishing nets. They cater to a variety of occupations and trades, and their collections include clothing, shoes and trade accessories.

2. Bertonni
After stunningly handcrafted porcelain homewares? Bertonni is the place to go. Their pieces are sleek, linear and beautifully designed, and they are made by the homeless and vulnerable young people Bertonni employs. The company helps to create meaningful employment for people in need, giving them the opportunity to overcome disadvantage.

3. Dreamfarm
Dreamfarm creates super clever kitchen tools and gadgets, with every millimetre of their designs solving a problem for the user. They have over two dozen original products to choose from so you’ll be able to knock over all of your Christmas shopping in one place.

4. The Good Beer Co.
The Good Beer Co. is a social enterprise beer company, with 10% of every beer sold going to their charity partners including The Australian Marine Conservation Society, RSPCA Queensland and the Australian Marriage Equality Campaign. Their aim is to brew and sell beer to raise funds and awareness for good causes, and they are doing just that. Buy your mates some beer and allow them to enjoy a good beer, while giving back.

5. If The Shoe Fits
If The Shoe Fits by The World’s Biggest Garage Sale is Australia’s first circular economy pop-up shop. Its wide range of shoes from flats to heels come in at under $49 and originally retail at over $200 - talk about a bargain. Proceeds from each shoe sale go directly to their charity partner Good360 Australia, to help distribute brand new, non-perishable goods to not-for-profits and charities.

6. Lily and Lord
Lily and Lord is an ethical, sustainable and stylish Australian-made childrenswear fashion brand. This gift idea will have the children in your life dressed to impress. They are committed to transparent and ethical business practices, meet environmental standards and provide maximum comfort without compromising on style. All of their garments are crafted with Global Organic Textile Standard certified organic cotton and non-toxic materials.

7. Mizzie The Kangaroo
Mizzie The Kangaroo provides the perfect gifts for all the little ones experiencing their first couple of Christmases. They provide Australia’s original natural teething and educational toys that help children learn through play. They cater for newborns through to toddler years.

8. Monte Lupo Arts
This Brisbane-based cafe and gallery supports employees of all abilities to give people with disabilities and their families a better quality of life. Purchase a piece of artwork and you’ll be supporting a person living with disability and contribute to their employment, the development of new skills and build their confidence.

9. Sobah
Sobah Beverages’ products allows those who choose not to drink to still feel a part of the group, with their locally brewed, non-alcoholic craft beer infused with bush tucker ingredients. Simultaneously, the company raises money to establish holistic drug and alcohol healing programs and strongly supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

10. Thinking Of You Gift
This gift shop with a difference provides bedside delivery to patients and promotes the sale of handmade, socially responsible, ethical and thoughtful gifts. Situated in the Queensland Children’s Hospital, you’ll find products that will cheer anyone up. They focus on showcasing emerging artists, many of which live with disabilities.