Thank you for Loving Local in 2021

As the unforgettable year of 2021 draws to a close, one feature of this year that we can all be thankful for is the amazing response we’ve had from the community to our Love Local campaign. 

The message of “Shop, play and stay local” has been embraced far and wide, with hundreds of business owners displaying Love Local posters in their shop windows, and thousands of people tuning into our many live streams of performances by local musicians. We’ve also seen scores of local tradies and business owners register on our Business Directory and have seen local talent grace our small screens as they’ve taught adults and kids a whole range of new skills as part of Love Local Lessons. Meanwhile, other members of the community have been discovering new parts of the beautiful Blue Mountains through our year long Love Local In Focus series which has thrown a spotlight on different Blue Mountains towns and villages each month since February this year.  

Now, before you hit the shops for your Christmas shopping here’s a few local gift ideas that will not only save you from battling crowds in the City, that will also allow you to support our local economy. A total win win!

How can you Love Local this festive season?


Image: MTNS MADE products

Support artisans based in the Blue Mountains

Support our local creatives this festive season and consider purchasing gifts from Blue Mountains based artisans and creative professionals. Whether it be a hand-crafted product from one of the many stores that stock Blue Mountains makers, or a gift voucher for a creative workshop, your gift list could be covered. 

MTNS MADE products are now available at our Visitor Information Centres in Glenbrook and Echo Point, as well as from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Shop where Insight members will receive a 10% discount on items in the shop. Flash your photo ID at the Visitor Information Centres for a locals discount too!

Image: MTNS MADE products

Well-being brand Mallee Scrub are making their debut at the Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre, in good company with established brands Paudha Healing, Mount Vic and Me, Miss Mo-Mo Creations and more.

Give the gift of live music

If you’d like to get your loved ones a gift to remember this year why not take them to see live music at a COVID safe venue throughout the Blue Mountains.

Now venues are opening up again, music producers are bringing live acts back our stages. Check out gigs by Fusion Boutique Presents, Music Hunter and Music in the Mountains at various Blue Mountains venues including:
•    Blue Mountains Theatre
•    Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar 
•    Pigeon Lane at ONE 88 
•    Who is Aunty Ed
•    Anthony Bros & Co

You can take your family and friends or buy a gift voucher for an outing in the future - ideal for that last minute gift!


Image: Piccolo Bear performing at Love Local Live (Credit: Inertia Photography)

Old school music

Want to give the gift of music but enjoy it in the comfort of your own home? Stores throughout the Blue Mountains support local musicians by selling CD’s and LP’s, and handmade instruments. Head out to Stormer Music, The Velvet Fog, Katoomba Music, Birdwood Guitar Co, or look on the Sound & Music category on the online MTNS MADE directory to commission a custom made instrument or purchase music lessons for the budding musician in your life.


Image: Velvet Fog, Katoomba (Credit: Silversalt Photography)

Artisan food

This festive season when planning your festive feast think about your local delicatessens, butchers and fresh food providores to create a banquet for the family and guests – all from the Blue Mountains. Or give the gift of gourmet delights from a host of Blue Mountains based food artisans – purchase online or in stores throughout the Blue Mountains. 

Haven’t got time to hit the pavement to find the right gift?

A range of businesses have taken the work out of creating a gift hamper and provide curated gift boxes filled with handmade edible and artisans delights ready to wrap, such as Mountains Made hampers.

Head to the MTNS MADE online directory to see the growing list of artisanal foods on offer.


Image: Whisk and Pin, Katoomba (Credit: Silversalt Photography) 

Creatively celebrating place

If you haven’t seen them already, watch out for Glenbrook based textile designer and illustrator Meeri Anneli’s festive designs on flagpole banners, posters, postcards and greeting cards in shops and public areas throughout the Blue Mountains to celebrate the festive season.


Image: Festive cards featuring designs of textile designer and illustrator, Meeri Anneli

Or, how about..

Buying an Insight membership at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Get to know your Cultural Centre with annual InSight Membership. Enjoy unlimited free entry to the exhibitions, discounts in the Gallery Café and Shop, members prices on art classes and events, plus many more exclusive benefits to inspire both artists and art lovers.

Have you been to our sister facilities in Springwood? With additional benefits at Blue Mountains Theatre and all the latest news from Braemar Gallery, InSight Membership brings you the very best from major Arts venues in the Blue Mountains.

Find out more 


Image: Cinema Under the Stars at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Giving the gift of a live show at Blue Mountains Theatre

A gift certificate makes the perfect, thoughtful gift suitable for loved ones, friends, colleagues and clients.

Gift certificates can be redeemed towards any show playing at Blue Mountains Theatre - concerts, theatre, dance, comedy and more - and are valid for 3 years from the date of purchase. 

You can spend as much or as little as you like, and you can choose to print the digital voucher at home - ideal for that last minute gift!

If you would prefer a certificate to be mailed to you or the recipient directly, please contact our box office on 4723 5050.    

Click here to purchase a gift certificate online


Image: Live performance at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood

Buying a pass to the gym and/or the pool

Shout your spouse, friend or another family member a pass to one of our swimming pools and/or leisure centres which are located at Glenbrook, Springwood, Lawson, Katoomba and Blackheath. 

We have a range of facilities, classes and passes available. 

Find out more



How else can you love local this festive season? 

•    Shop at your local butcher or fruit shop. 
•    Go out to dinner or lunch locally.
•    Stay somewhere in the Blue Mountains for a night, instead of going away. 


Image: Fairmont Resort, Leura 

What are the community benefits of loving local?

•    It boosts the local economy and invests in the broader community, who are usually your neighbours or friends.
•    It reduces the environmental impact. 
•    It helps create local jobs .
•    It keeps our villages unique by having businesses that are distinct.
•    It encourages local prosperity.


Enjoy Loving Local this Festive Season!