After your feedback from our last blog post featuring amazing hand-makers from the July Virtual Handmade Market, we’ve decided to do it all again! This time we’re bringing you a list of amazing bee themed products! We are firm bee-lievers that these amazing little creatures deserve to be acknowledged for all of their hard work, so we are excited to bring you this little tribute.

But first of all let’s make sure we get the nitty gritty details down pat – The Canberra Handmade Market has gone virtual again this Spring after the success of three virtual markets in 2020 already! If you haven’t already marked it in your calendar it is on Saturday 26 September from 9am to 9pm. If you’re on Facebook be sure to respond to the event so you don’t forget. 

The best part of the virtual market is that all of these amazing stallholders will have a special offer for you on the day. These won’t be revealed until Saturday, though, so you’ll just have to make sure you go and browse the stallholders directory on the day *wink wink*.

So, if you love bees as much as we do (we know you do!) then here we go…



Bee Gifts for Kids


Little Cotton Ears

You will get hooked on Little Cotton Ears beautifully made crocheted toys like the utterly adorable “Bizzy the Bee”.

We have bought lots of beautiful toys from Little Cotton Ears over the years and we can’t get enough of them!! They are created with high quality materials such as cotton yarn, safety eyes, organic beech wood ring, premium toy filling fibre and natural beads.

You will also love the amazing gift packs on offer which make a perfect, personal gift for new mums.


Crocheted bee toys by little cotton ears


Sleepyjays produce a range of high quality handcrafted canvas and fabric swings for children from new born up to 4yrs old. This is a swing you can pass on to family and friends or pack away for the next generation. The fabric is scotch guarded and fabric protected and the canvas is heavy grade, made to last.

What a delightful and thoughtful gift this would make for a little one for Christmas. Something they are going to love, that’s been made with love!


Handmade canvas child's swing


We have always been avid bee lovers at Bandicute, with three bee hives of our very own! We are also proud sponsorship partners of Rural Aid’s HiveAid program, donating a portion of all products featuring a bee to assist professional beekeepers affected by drought and bushfire.

We have bee clothing and accessories to suit just about everyone in the family! From rompers, to shorts, dresses, earrings and more!

Find them in our bee collection.

girl's bee outfit

Bee Gifts for the Home


Broadcroft Design

The team behind Broadcraft Design create and construct innovative and unique metalwork pieces, from small stylish planters through to complex garden and landscape features.

For Broadcroft Design it’s about creating something beautiful and timeless using locally sourced materials, and quality manufacturing.

These bee hotels are not only an attractive feature for your garden, they are also a great way to entice pollinators as well as providing a home for native bees. What a perfect gift this is for a gardener who seems to have everything!

Bee Hotel

Quote Me

Melbourne digital artist Gina Degano founded her label Quote Me in 2016. Using techniques developed by her she brings to Canberra Handmade beautiful hand foiled prints which add character and fun to any room. As Gina carefully foils each print, they develop unique qualities through slight variations and subtleties.

This beautiful bee print is part of a range of butterflies and dragonflies which combined make a stunning wall gallery. Prints are available in A4 or A3 size.

Bee art foil print

Wrappa Beeswax Wraps

Designed and handmade in South Australia, Wrappa’s eco-friendly beeswax and plant based reusable food wraps  introduce simple and affordable eco options for the average family home. 

Looking for something to do during lockdown? Or maybe you want to make some fabulous home made gifts for Christmas this year? Then you will want to try out Wrappa’s DIY beeswax wrap bars!

Wrappa DIY Beeswax Wrap Kit

Meadow Art Collective

Meadow Art Collective’s beautiful prints are inspired by the uniquely Australian rural lifestyle. Nicola’s work often features Australian livestock and native flora and fauna. Her work is recognisable through distinctive wet on dry style with a combination of contemporary loose watercolour layers & charcoal lines for depth and shape.

Thi’s “Billy Bee” print is so elegantly understated, it would make the perfect addition to your walls. With Nicola’s beautifully delicate art prints, you can now surround yourself with the calming presence of nature wherever you live.



Meadow Art Collective Bee Print

Beeswax Wraps Australia

With over 20 different print selections, Beeswax Wraps Australia has some great value packs to get you started to reduce plastic use in your home. Check out the family pack, lunch pack or bread pack to find the right combination for you. If you need a lot of beeswax wrap you can even order by the metre up to 10 metres! And of course all production at Beeswax Wraps Australia is done in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.

Beeswax Wraps Australia value pack

Bee Gifts for Her


Alana Douvros

Sydney based Alana Douvros is inspired by the natural abundance of beauty created by the earth. Many of her designs are derived directly from nature, whether it be a raw uncut gemstone, a fossil, or a seashell.

Check out these seriously hip, one of a kind statement earrings made with bumblebee jasper, labradorite, and 14k gold filled with sterling silver posts. They really do look like bees!

Bumblebee Jasper Earrings from Alana Douvros

Honey and Glow

As fellow mums we can totally relate to the stress and chaos of raising kids. We could all use a dose of Honey and Glow’s Calm Balm! 

This amazing product has a beeswax base with a calming blend of pure essential oils that are designed to help you relax whenever life is getting on top of you. Plus it comes in a handy little 12gram, pocket sized tin, so you can carry it wherever you go

We also love the ethos behind this amazing brand. Erin and Marty are beekeepers and permaculture farm builders, so you know they really know their stuff!

Honey and Glow Calm Balm


Sydney-based Bec from littlehoothoot specialises in modern calligraphy, hand lettering and watercolour designs. From foiled invites, to letterpresses printed invites, to digital files, Bec creates beautiful stationery that is unique and often custom-made.

This beautiful Lady Bee Sun greeting card is an example of Bec’s lovely hand painted watercolour illustration, typical of many of her cards. This card is ideal for all occasions and would make anyone’s day happier.

Little Hoot Hoot Bee Card

Bee Gifts for Foodies


Gourmet Czech

Following the secret family recipes and using the very best locally sourced ingredients, the Melbourne based boutique food business Gourmet Czech offers seasonal hand made sweet and savoury treats with a truly authentic taste of Central Europe.

A family favourite, The Gingerbread collection is made with pure Australian honey and features Gourmet Czech’s iconic and delightful designs. Gingerbread biscuits are available in a range of shapes, sizes and gift packaging options, diary free or gluten free. There’s something for everyone!

Gourmet Czech Australian Ginger Bread


The amazing infused honey creations from ShortHive will have you absolutely drooling. Beekeeping has been a family tradition for over fifty years and these amazing products are made with Shorthive’s own honey! There are four infusions to choose from – salted honey, espresso honey, chilli honey or cacao honey. If you can’t choose, why not buy the short pack or the quad pack?

Shorthive, you had us at salted honey with ice cream! Sign. Me. Up.

ShortHive Honey Infusions

Mumma Made

Do you love flavour? This Spiced Honey Mustard from Mumma Made sounds like it would really pack a punch!

As the name suggests, this delicious mustard is made by fellow mum Louise Evenden, from Mornington Peninsula. All ingredients are locally sourced and and prepared by hand in small batches

Louise says when you smell it this mustard will go straight up your nose and clear your head. When you taste it there is first the sweetness of the honey followed by the pungency of the mustard and finally the lingering heat of the chilli. Mmmm, mmmm!

Mumma Made Spiced Honey Mustard
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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