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March is Mr Gift's Handmade Gift Month. To celebrate, we've included five of our favourite handmade gifts below, plus links to some of our favourite handmade gift ideas on our blog.  

Here's why we love handmade gifts:

1. They're unique - handmade gifts will make the fussiest gift recipients smile.  
2. They support artisans and small businesses - most handmade gifts are made by individuals and small businesses who are passionate about what they do and are trying to make a difference in the world through their practice. 
3. They have an environmental conscience - many of these handmade products repurpose existing products that would otherwise be sent to landfill.
4. They are made with love - the artisans that make these products aren't purely focused on making a profit from these items - often they are a labour of love. Choosing these items for a recipient shares this love. 
 

We're also offering FREE DELIVERY on all orders from now until midnight Friday 3/4/15.  

Use Coupon Code HANDMADE in the Coupon Code field when you place your order.  

This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:)

Here are five of our favourite handmade gifts - share the love...

Bicycle Leather Wine Rack
1. Bicycle Leather Wine Rack $49.95
Love cycling? Love wine?
Now you can combine your love for both with this bicycle leather wine rack. No romantic bike ride would be complete without one of these! Also available in black
 
It's About Time Elegant Cufflinks
2. It's About Time Elegant Cufflinks $249.95
Each of these unique cufflinks are handmade from vintage watches (from 1920-1960) by US jewellery designer, Robin Frances. Cufflinks are presented in a lacquered gift box with a certificate of authenticity. 
 
Wine Bottle Glasses, small
3. Wine Bottle Glasses (set of 4) $29.95
Empty wine bottles sourced from bars and events have been repurposed to create these unique glasses. Check out BottleHood's range of repurposed glasses here...
 
Man Cave Rules Dictionary Print
4. Vintage Dictionary Print (framed) $24.95
A passion for â€œmaking old things new and worth-while again” was what inspired The Salvaged Sparrow designer, Kerrie Lightfoot to create this striking range of prints on the pages of vintage dictionaries.
View more prints here...
Troika Magic Card Case
5. Crumbz Butchers Apron $29.95
A stylish gift for men who know their way around a kitchen.
Handmade in Australia (Healesville, Victoria). 
Check out the Crumbz range here...
 

Recipe of the Week: Sam Canning's Free Range BBQ Pulled Pork

 
Pulled pork is really versatile - you can serve it hot on a bun or cold on a sandwich. It's one of my all-time favourite recipes. Sure, you need to allow 6 hours cooking time, but when you taste that rich BBQ flavour with the tang and sweetness of apple, it's worth every second. 

This recipe was kindly shared with us by Sam Canning from Cannings Free Range Butchers. Sam developed this recipe for all the pulled pork lovers out there. 

The secret? A mixture of BBQ sauce, apple and select herbs and spices while cooking the meat slowly (to maximize flavour and tenderness).
 
 
Sam's Pulled Pork Slider - the ultimate way to enjoy pulled pork
 
 
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 6 hours


Ingredients:
Serves 10
 
  •  2.5 kg skinless, bone in, free range pork shoulder
  •  1 x SpiceVince Coriander Zing Marinade
  •  1 x handful of brown sugar
  •  3 x apples, skin removed and grated
  •  100-200 ml DL Jardines BBQ sauce
  •  500 ml chicken stock
  •  1 x spices of your choosing (e.g. dried chilli)
  •  1 x knob of butter

To serve - Coleslaw and Brioche buns

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
2. Fry a whole tube of SpiceVine Coriander Zing marinade in a heavy cast iron pot with a knob of butter on the stove-top. 
3. Rub the pork with brown sugar and any other spices you like, such as
dried chilli. 

 
 
Rub the pork with brown sugar and your choice of spices


4. Cook the coriander marinade and butter for five minutes before adding 500ml of free range chicken stock.
5. Add the seasoned pork shoulder to the pot and place the lid on.
6. Place in the oven for three hours.
7. Add the grated apples to the pot and mash/stir into the stock.
8. Place the pot back in the oven, lid on, and reduce the temperature to 120 degrees.
9. Cook for another three hours then remove from the oven.

 
Cooked pork ready to be shredded


10. Shred the pork with two forks and be sure to remove all bones.
11. Add 100-200 ml of DL Jardines BBQ sauce (or any other favourite BBQ sauce).
12. Keep shredding and mixing until the pulled pork looks sticky, saucy and delicious.

 
 
Adding BBQ sauce for extra saucy stickiness


13. Serve with coleslaw and brioche buns for the full Sam Canning’s BBQ Pulled
Pork Slider experience.


Thanks to Sam for sharing this delicious recipe with us. Sam Canning is the owner of Cannings Free Range Butchers. He's the butcher who loves animals. Sam opened his first Cannings in 2010 and as the name suggests only stocks 100% free range produce. He’s also a believer in local and sustainable produce. All products for his recipes can be found online at www.canningsfreerangebutchers.com.au
MORE RECIPES

Featured handmade gift: Recipe Ring


A good, tried-and-tested recipe is worth its weight in gold. 
What better gift could you give to your friends and family than a selection of your favourite recipes?
 


Why we love it:
  • You can personalize the recipes for your recipient - savoury, sweet, snacks, pasta, curries. In fact, you could compile a different theme for each birthday/gift occasion.
  • You could laminate each card to ensure it lasts
  • It's small and doesn't take up much space in your recipe cupboard/kitchen draw. In fact, your recipient could even hang the recipes from a hook in their kitchen.
  • You can gift the recipes with a colour-matched utensil - spatula, tongs, wooden spoon - the brighter the better!
  • It's easy to replicate - once you have the recipes typed (or scanned) you can print out multiple copies for different recipients and colour-match utensil and card to suit recipient.
  • You can be as creative as you like. Recipes in this picture have been typed up, but you can add images, play with text, etc. The world is your oyster (depending on how much time you have).
  • Why limit yourself to recipes? You could compile a ring with quotes, jokes, tips - anything that will make your recipient smile!
Check out some of our favourite recipes for inspiration, as well as more handmade gifts here...
 
Teresa Lim Wanderlust Embroidery
Handmade gift idea #1: Sew Wanderlust embroideries by Teresa Lim
Do you have a favourite holiday photo you'd like to do something special with? Teresa Lim has taken her gorgeous holiday snaps to a new level, by immortalizing them in needlework. Read more...
Knitted Wine Bottle Sleeve
Handmade gift idea #2: Knitted Wine Sleeve
A bottle of wine makes a fantastic gift, and this handmade Knitted Wine Sleeve makes it even more special. The best thing is you don't even need to know how to knit! Read more...
Button Bookmarks
Handmade gift idea #3: Button Bookmarks
These would be the perfect little gift for people who love reading, like your bookclub buddies. A little set of these would also make a gorgeous gift for your child's teacher. Read more...
MORE HANDMADE GIFTS
WEEKLY SPECIAL: Emergency Phone First Aid Pouch
NOW $15 (was $19.95)
Every home needs one of these! 

Offer ends midnight Monday 30/3/15 or while stocks last. 


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The perfect chocolate-free Easter gift...

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