Backstreet Christmas Day 9: Kids and Furbabies

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Gifts and goodies for the children in your family, whether they be two-legged, four-legged, or otherwise!


Works at Play

A small family business based in Brisbane, Works at Play was started by Early Childhood Teacher and mum of 4 Melissa, who is passionate about children learning through play and started building play furniture in 2014. Melissa couldn’t find the simple, naturally made, toddler-sized toys she wanted, so she began to make her own. Check out the website to read more about the ethos behind the toys, and to shop the range of products.


The Puptisserie

Based in Nundah, The Puptisserie bakes treats every week made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients and no preservatives of any kind. They bake 5 days a week, with next-day dispatch, and now deliver to QLD, NSW, VIC, and ACT.

The Puptisserie supports local farmers, suppliers, and distributors first, purchasing ingredients from Brisbane and Queensland farms wherever possible and choosing suppliers that also source locally and from within Australia.


Little Toy Tribe

Started by a young Brisbane family – early childhood educator turned stay at home mum Alison, electrician Dion, and their two daughters – Little Toy Tribe is an online store of curated products with a focus on discovery and learning through open-ended play; simple, versatile toys that allow for limitless possibilities of creation and imaginative play.


Big & Little Dogs and Little Kitty Co

The Big & Little Dogs team is two humans, Emma and Megan, and three pups – Charge, Chase, and Harvey. Unable to find matching accessories for her Great Dane and Frenchie at a pet expo, Emma was inspired to start a range of accessories with Megan that catered to dogs of all shapes and sizes. Big & Little Dogs launched in 2016, designed in Brisbane and made in China, and has now launched over 130 harness designs including being the first brand to release the Adjustable Harness, and the Reversible Harness in a larger range of sizes, for a wider range of breeds. If you’re a cat parent, never fear – they also have harnesses, leads, bandanas, and other accessories for your feline friends through Little Kitty Co!


Cocoon Living

Shop 8, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

A family-run local business, Cocoon Living aim to bring all things unique and beautiful to the little people of this world, from teeny tiny babies through to 12 year olds. They stock an array of toys, homewares, fashion and special gifts and seek to provide a space where kids can touch, feel and truly experience. 


The Brisbane Barkery

Dean is the owner of this bakery for dogs, including cakes, biscuits, pupcakes, and even beers! Their treats contain honest and ethically sourced ingredients, paired with stylish presentation and sassy character to suit your dog’s personality.

The Brisbane Barkery’s ingredients and packaging are ethically sourced and locally purchased when available to reduce their environmental paw print, and their quirky creations are handcrafted to order in Brisbane. 


RAW Art

318 Montague Road, West End

Tracy McDowall has been guiding this creative venture for over 25 years, with the vision that RAW Art can get kids out into the world, engaging with their senses through the joy of creating, playing and making. In this technology-obsessed world it is our aim to engage kids in the tactile wonders of art, applying their imaginations and their sense of creative play and exploration.

RAW have all kinds of at-home craft packs available for your kiddos, from collage and clay, painting and brooch making packs to the ‘Toddler Survival Art Pack’. You can also check out their Creative Ideas Blog for regular ideas for budget-savvy teachers. 


Jojo & Lola’s Jerky Chompers

​Based in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, handmaking range of premium dog treats and cat treats in a selection of delicious gourmet flavours. ​All Jerky Chomper treats are preservative, salt, sugar and artificial flavour free, and use quality human-grade ingredients.

Susan, Chief Chomper Maker, began making treats for her dogs Jojo and Lola a few years ago, as an alternative to store bought treats, and opened a market stall in 2015. The Chompers range has now grown to include a delicious range of treats for cats (taste tested by Mitty, Georgie Girl and Lulu) as well as special occasion gift boxes and various seasonal gift ideas. ​The treats are available online, or at regular market locations


Knock on Wood Toys

Shop 3 532, Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Sinnamon Park

An Australian owned and operated boutique wooden toy store based in Brisbane, and selling quality wooden toys from a variety of brands. Knock on Wood handpick wooden toys from Australia and around the world that will enrich, educate, develop and encourage infants, toddlers and children to be active, creative and stimulated. They stock an extensive range of quality learning toys, educational toys, wooden toys and early learning resources.


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