Bush Christmas, a celebration of outback creative talent, will present a collection of handmade and gourmet delights for its 22nd annual event this festive season.

Opening for 10 days from Wednesday 28 November to Friday 7 December, the Bush Christmas exhibition is a highly anticipated event on the Toowoomba regional calendar for Christmas gift and gourmet shoppers. In the lead up to Bush Christmas, many artisans are now busy creating in outback sheds and makeshift studios crafting all sorts of gifts from wood, steel, fabric, paper, leather, silver, polymer, resin, cooking ingredients and more. These works always have a story — skills and recipes handed down to be kept alive, hardships and celebrations, personal challenges or endeavours, materials lovingly restored, making the work all the more meaningful. Imagine old rusty fencing wire being twisted and turned into fabulous garden art, seasoned wood transforming into admired homewares; lavender, jojoba, olives and fruits becoming skincare essentials and gourmet preserves; hides becoming fashionable handbags and accessories; fabric cut and sewn into clothing, toys and kitchen accessories, as well as silver and gold becoming treasured jewellery.

Businesses looking for corporate gift ideas will be delighted with the gourmet hampers that can be put together to suit any budget and taste preference. Numbers are not an issue but early ordering will ensure supply. Supporting the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association has been a signature of Bush Christmas for many years. Artisans donate a handmade item for the raffles drawn daily, giving visitors the opportunity to support this rural organisation.

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