studio Nikulinsky Australiana Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Christmas time is hectic! Food, family, presents, stress, heat etc. I wonder if there is a parallel universe where Christmas is a relaxing affair?¬†ūüéĄ

Anyway. You probably know about studio Nikulinsky because you love Australian flora and fauna, Philippa Nikulinsky's art - or botanical art in general. So I thought I would compile a gift guide that you will probably enjoy and hopefully find quite useful!  

I created this guide to showcase:

   - Small businesses (most I think are sole traders like me!)

   - Local designers and makers (each listing notes where the business is located)

   - Products designed and/or made in Australia


The guide is split into the following categories: 


I have also included business social media links so you can follow them for future purchases.

This is not paid advertising - it is a collection of products I believe are made with thought and love, that reflect all things good about our wide brown land. I hope you enjoy this guide (let me know!) and find a few Australian themed gifts for your friends and family, too.

Seasons greetings,

Angela Nikulinsky


Ivy & Wood

Brisbane, Queensland


Hand-poured candles by Jess & Brad. They use high-quality ingredients, including natural soy wax and pure essential oils.


Bush Christmas¬†candle from their Christmas collection ‚Äď the packaging features rad artwork of Brisbane artist,¬†Mel Baxter of¬†Moonshine Madness.


Banksia Gifts

Gold Coast, Queensland

Made from responsibly-collected¬†Banksia grandis¬†‚Äď a Western Australian native ‚Äď Banksia Gifts make these great Mini Aroma Pod Diffusers, which look great as well as making your rooms smell great!



Hilo & Bobbin

Camden, New South Wales

Lydia Rudd creates embroidered keepsakes including cushions, quilts and beautiful banners.

The Australiana mini banner is made with 100% cotton fabrics (lined with matching fabric, no exposed seems). 


Jax and Co. Handcrafted

Waikerie, South Australia

Jax designs and makes all her products. Each piece is completely unique.

This botanical soap dish or trinket bowl is from Jax's gorgeous new BOTANICAL collection.


Shelby Sherritt Art

Ballarat, Victoria

Shelby Sherritt is ceramicist. Shelby actually got into ceramics as a healing tool to recover from her cancer treatments. Her Koala posy pots are hand sculpted with love (clearly!). 


Blue Armadillo Design

East Fremantle, Western Australia

Quoll Tea towel featuring sleeping quoll with banksia. A hand screen printed 100% linen item.



Melbourne, Victoria.

Lisa & Terry have a very sweet set of ceramic Christmas decorations available.

They're a neutral white (good for those minimalist xmas people) and are handcrafted in Melbourne.


Little Rowan Redhead

Sydney, New South Wales

I recently discovered the awesome work of visual artist Rowan Sivyer. 

She has produced these very-excellent risograph Australiana christmas cards. They come as a set of four different cards with recycled envelopes.


Julia Chapman

Castlemaine, Victoria


Julia is an illustrator with a heap of sweet paintings of Australian birds and flora.

I especially love her festive Rosella Wrapping Paper - and it is a big A2 sheet, too.




Adelaide, South Australia

Fleeci is a giftware brand artist and designer Lisa Butler.

Lisa has handcrafted three cute soft toys made from polar fleece and eco felt. Koala, Wombat or Platypus?


Sow n Sow

Maleny, Queensland

Michelle Brady created Sow n Sow in 2010. She works with designer and illustrator Daniella Germain to create a beautiful range of eco-friendy products like this handcrafted mini flower press with a sweet Wattle design on the front.

Their motto is to 'share the joy of gardening' - can't argue with that!


Beadie Bug Play

West Hindmarsh, South Australia

Carley (& her helper elves) handcraft toys and learning resources from sustainable timbers.

I bought a set of Australian Animals Playdough Stamps as a 3rd birthday gift for one of my daughter's friends - they are a really beautiful product!


Two Little Ducklings

Preston, Victoria

Jacinta is the designer behind these cute Aussie animal flash cards.

Laminated with rounded corners, these should last for several kids! And they're printed in Australia.


Emondo Kids

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Sharon is the brainy mama behind Emondo Kids. Sick of every meal-time-battle (I hear you) Sharon designed these awesome bamboo plates.

Lizzy Lizard is my favourite. Does she come with an obedient toddler?

Archie N Me

Brisbane, Queensland

Renae started her business as a way to combat my postnatal depression. She makes unisex clothing in sizes 0000 to 3. I think this Australiana fabric is super sweet! Happy romping!


Modern Monty

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

These flash cards are the product of Modern Monty owners and Meg & Kelvin, and Brisbane watercolour artist Amanda Borchers.

The realistic art is also intended to start conversations about the natural world around us.


Dusty Road Apparel

Sydney, New South Wales


These organic cotton unisex harem pants are designed and made in Australia. Featuring a bright aqua background with a Weedy Sea Dragon pattern.




Sydney, New South Wales

Designers & birders Camila & Chris make bright fine art animal prints. One of the best things about their art is how they donate a portion of their profits to conservation charities. Good dudes.

For over a year I have been trying to decide which print to buy!



Perth, Western Australia

Tracey Gibbs is a botanical artist with a love for bold colour. Her Wedding Bush screen print is my favourite. You can get giclée prints in A2 and A3 size. Tracey is also creating a kids book to be released in 2020, yay! 




Perth, Western Australia


Renee Bauhofer is a fineliner artist and Conservation Biologist. She hopes her art will inspire a love of the environment and raise awareness about conservation issues.

Discover all the living things in Renee's illustration Great Southern Land. 


The Scenic Route

Burketown, North Queensland

The Scenic Route is the creative project of artist and designer Victoria McGrane.

Her Rainforest Rescue Daintree 2020 Calendar is extra special as $5 from every calendar sold is donated directly to Rainforest Rescue.


Sofie Seyah

Perth, Western Australia

Sofie describes herself as an Illustrator, Marine Scientist, Mother, Daydreamer, Bohemian & Pottymouth!

Her ocean-inspired artworks are a reflection of her love of the sea and all things in it. 


Wildberry Art

Esperance, Western Australia

Jenny draws and paints beautiful artworks that are then turned into fabric wall decals.

She is reopening her shop on the first weekend of November and I can't wait to see what new decals she has available!


Myrtle & Me

Meander Valley, Tasmania

Jocelyn Parry-Jones uses her photographs of Australian flora and fauna to create a range of beautiful jewellery. 

These cufflinks are handmade using sustainably sourced bamboo, glass and silver plated backs. Photograph taken at Tynwald Park, Tasmania.



Brisbane, Queensland

Tiffany Hancock is a graphic designer, avid sewer, and keen modern jive dancer.

The Sturt Desert Pea is such a festive flower. I love Tiffany's acrylic stud earrings - perfect for parents of young children who have grabby hands!


Pademelon Studio

Sydney, New South Wales

Jewellery designer Kiara Spencer-Smith creates these amazing banksia earrings, 'The Talking Talismans.'


They feature original hand drawn illustrations, laser etched onto gorgeous, richly coloured plantation mahogany plywood. 



The Aurora Fae

Geeveston, Tasmania

Is there a platypus swimming on your jumper? Perhaps there should be.

I totally dig these enamel pins designed by Ariel of The Aurora Fae in Geeveston, Tasmania. She is also a talented maker of other beautiful things, and a really lovely person. <3


Marley Made This

Newcastle, New South Wales

Julie hand makes polymer clay earrings (studs and dangles). She recently posted about these very festive Christmas Cassowaries on her instagram page. Cute.



Melbourne, Victoria

You are probably familiar with the prolific Jess Racklyeft. Her illustrations are so sweet and translate well to a range of gorgeous products.

These "Flock of Cockatoos" socks are delightful - and Australian made!


Pixie Nut & Co

Nimbin, New South Wales

Philippa designs and paints super cute Australian flora and fauna. These brooches are a lightweight pop of colour to your outfit (I own the Spotted Quoll brooch and wear it all the time!)

Printed and laser cut from FSC certified 3mm ply wood, Philippa is very eco-conscious and packages her products plastic-free.



Friends in the Leaves


Aurore McLeod is an illustrator and mixed media artist creating cute creatures with watercolour and textile.


She hand-makes to order animal  coin purses from 100% wool felt. The wombat is my favourite!



Australian Timber Pens


I love a handmade pen! These are made from Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) found in WA.

The wood is then shipped over to Simon in Queensland and then he sent them back over to me as beautiful custom streamline chrome-finish pens. They are gift boxed and refillable!


Lily Adelaide Upton

Adelaide, South Australia

I've been following Lily on Instagram for ages. She makes really beautiful embroidery art but also creates Learn to Embroider kits!

I've had my eye on this Australian Native Scatter design beginners kit and embroidery tutorial. This kit has everything - floss, hoop, fabric, instructions, pattern, thread snips and even a tea bag! Put the kettle on.



Moira Court

My eldest daughter and I love reading 'Colour Me'  (Illustrated by Moira Court and written by Ezekiel Kwaymullina) - so much so that I purchased a print of a rainbow by Moira for my daughter's bedroom wall.

Her new book looks even more fantastic and has just been released! I'm going to get a copy right away.


Philippa Nikulinsky

Perth, Western Australia

How could I not mention my mother-in-law's new book?

Nikulinsky Unfolded is a concertina book that contains one of Philippa's long scroll paintings. Beautifully reproduced on textured paper - it is a pretty unique and uniquely Australian book.


Philippa Nikulinsky AM

Philippa’s career focuses on a lifetime fascination with the flora and fauna of the arid lands of Western Australia.

For nearly 50 years, Philippa has travelled throughout this enormous state to record, draw and paint its phenomenal natural history. She’s shared her gift for watercolour painting through her teaching, exhibitions and commissioned works. She’s also the author of many books published by Fremantle Press.

In recognition of her contribution to the arts, Philippa was awarded an Order of Australia in 2016 and Honorary Doctorate (UWA) in 2019.

She opens her studio by appointment only, and original paintings and fine art reproductions of Philippa’s work are available through her website here. 

Angela Nikulinsky

Angela is a writer and designer. Originally from New Zealand, she moved to Perth over a decade ago and developed a strong connection with this place.

Inspired by Philippa’s work and work ethic, Angela started studio Nikulinsky in 2017.

Angela is married to the youngest of Phillipa’s four sons, and they have two daughters.

She loves that this business is based on connection with family that broadens and supports Philippa’s legacy, while also showing her daughters what women can do whilst supporting their families.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, Professional Writing and Publishing (Curtin), and a Graduate Diploma in Writing and Literature (Deakin).