handmade gifts tea

Food Co-op Melbourne and A Handmade Christmas Gift Of Tea!

handmade gifts tea

This post is part of my Christmas Preparation plan. This week’s task was making the last of our handmade Christmas gifts. This year we have also made some retro coasters, chalkboard notice boards and a simple bunny softie.


The three younger kids and I had a great time earlier this week visiting the Friends Of The Earth Food Co-Op in Collingwood (Melbourne). We were there to buy tea. This handmade Christmas Gift (as seen above!) was a beautiful jar of tea and a tea infuser.

The food co-op is an ethical trader located at 312 Smith St, Collingwood. It provides affordable, low packaged (bulk) food, fruit and vegetables, health and eco-cleaning products. There is also a lovely cafe and shop on the premises. The shop stocks all sorts of super fair trade / sweatshop free / eco-friendly goodies. Definitely worth a look if you are looking for Christmas gifts that have small eco footprint and something a little different (for example note pads made from elephant dung!).

Melbourne Food Co-Op Tea and Spices

We chose our tea from the many varieties that they stock.

Melbourne Food Co-Op Weighing Jar

You bring along your own jars to put your purchases in, so the first step is to weigh the empty jar.

Melbourne Food Co-Op Code

We then filled in the product code for our tea and the weight of the jar.

We had time for some every day maths learning, talking about price and weight!

Melbourne Food Co-Op Labelling Jar

The labels were stuck to the jars.

Melbourne Food Co-Op Scooping Tea

We scooped in our tea.

Melbourne Food Co-Op Tea and Pistachios

We also bought pistachios as my kids are slightly obsessed by them.

Then we turned the lovely organic tea into a handmade Christmas gift:

What have you been making for Christmas?