2020 was a tough year for everyone, but our ZippyCrowd community ended the year on a happy note, thanks to our talented and generous #LovedByLocals Makers! ZippyCrowd teamed up with 12 Melbourne small business owners to celebrate the spirit of the season by giving away gifts to 12 lucky winners, in our own take on 12 Days of Christmas! The campaign started on the 14th of December and ran for 12 days until Christmas. Each day, we featured a new Maker on our Instagram platform, spotlighting what they do and the giveaway they so generously offered.

Since 2020 compelled us to distance ourselves from each other, ZippyCrowd’s Christmas campaign’s main aim was to celebrate our sense of community, love and togetherness. Our goal was to usher in a time of giving, to ourselves and to each other. Participants were encouraged to nominate someone close to them to receive the gifts offered by our 12 wonderful Makers, in appreciation of the people who have been a part of their lives, throughout their lives and especially through the year of 2020.

Day 1 –@sweethavenco_

The first day of the campaign began with a sweet and Christmasy treat: Cookies! Sweet Haven Co. bakes the most delectable goodies: cupcakes, cakes & desserts that not only taste amazing but are an absolute delight to look at. Steph is a self-taught cake and dessert baker whose passion for baking goes back to watching her Mum and Nonna bake in the kitchen. Love and care is put into each order as they are individually customised ????

Sweet Haven Co. gifted a box of 12 personalized cookies as part of her giveaway and in the true spirit of Christmas, and in that of the campaign, the winner @krittlekat has offered to donate her winnings to our local health heros.

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Jordyn Lee Halliday is your go-to local Maker for all things art and design. A Visual Merchandising graduate from RMIT, Jordyn has a unique eye for design as she is currently studying Interior Design. Taking inspiration from nature and organic forms, she has a very down-to-earth aesthetic, rich in earthy tones and form. 

Jordyn gifted 3 handmade Christmas cards as part of her giveaway to the lucky winner @bad_3136. Be sure to drop by her website: https://jordynhalliday.wixsite.com/mysite for more of her amazing designs. 

Day 3 – @studioace.co

Studioace.co is a branding studio that provides graphic design, illustrations, social media and related branding services to local and small businesses. We were able to feature Adelaide, a Graphic Designer from Studio Ace, who also runs a sub-business @studioace.prints where she creates customizable designs, portraits and prints. 

She offered an adorable framed painting of a sloth as her giveaway. We are glad to say he has found a new home with @michelle.b.t, the winner of Studioace.co’s gift! Be sure to click on the community tab on their website to see the local businesses that they supported through their services. 

Day 4 – @artby.shanaia
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Shanaia, a creative with a passion for art, runs a side hustle where she creates the most amazing custom shoes. With her ability to work collaboratively with her clients whilst flexing her creative skills Shanaia makes some truly unique pieces. ⁠Don’t just take our word for it, drop by her Instagram profile @artby.shanaia and take a look at her hand-painted masterpieces. My anime fans out there – she has Naruto inspired work too! 

She offered a $100 voucher to use on a custom shoe order and the winner of her giveaway @tkmk97 should be out and about with her new pair this summer!

Day 5 – @afaerie.co
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A kpop pin shop! (Yes it rhymes!) ⁠Brianna is a Melbourne-based enamel pin maker who creates anime and K-pop inspired pins. She also has a range of stickers, photocards and keychains available to order. She takes pre-orders, which like all delicate crafts, takes 1-2 months to produce, but the final product is definitely worth the wait!

She offered a $25 store voucher⁠ to her lucky winner @mayerly.jaimes.100 who can have their choice of really cute pins from Brianna’s store: Serendipitystickers.

Day 6 –@yogipup_snaps

Diana is the wonderful owner of YogiPup based in Prahran where you can purchase all your yoga essentials from mats to cork blocks and even yoga sessions. Not only does she promote healthy habits for the mind and body, her products are eco-friendly, organic anti-microbial and 100% biodegradable. Join the green movement with Diana while cultivating mindful, healthy yoga practices. 

Diana very generously offered two gifts as part of her giveaway. The first was a Size 3” Cork Block from her Yoga products and a gift voucher to her store. It was won by our very own Maker and Yoga instructor Eliza Hilmer . Her second gift was another Cork Block and a one-on-one 20-mins Fitness Kickboxing session & 10-mins Yoga Stretching session and the winner of this giveaway was @moloana.  

Drop by the Yogipup store for more of her products – she ships worldwide! 

 
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Day 7 – @amanda.may.lee
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Amanda is a Melbourne-based designer who creates custom handmade statement pieces for special events, decorations and styling.⁠ She specialises in paper crafts and has created a stunning collection of nature inspired pieces. Take a look at her Instagram for more of her crafts. 

Through the ZippyCrowd Christmas campaign, Amanda wanted to gift some of her event-themed props to a couple or new parents who had to push their wedding/engagement/babyshower celebrations to 2021 due to Covid-19. Her winner @rikkafaye now has all the props she needs to add some fun to her special day!

More of Amanda’s accessories are available for purchase at her Etsy Store or get in touch with her through her Instagram to place customized orders. 

Day 8 – @CinchSkin

Self-care begins with skin care, wouldn’t you agree? But who has the time to sit down and go over 20-something steps and 30 or so products each morning and evening? Cinch Skin was developed by Renee More to simplify skin care – less steps, maximum benefit. In her own words: 

“After having my son I wanted to simplify my complex skin routine without compromising the benefits. I searched for a “miracle product” but it didn’t exist, so I created it.” 

Renee offered a $100 gift voucher to their store and the winner, an influencer herself @oshiidii will start off 2021 with better looking skin and more time on her hands than before. 

They have a 2 step- 30 second ritual tailored to every skin type and you can now get a free gua sha with every bundle purchase. Gu shu what? Read more about that here

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Day 9 – @meropi.couture
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Meropi is a Melbourne-based fashion designer whose passion for fashion dates back to playing around in her yia-yia’s (Greek for grandmother) fabric cupboard. All of her designs are custom-made here in Melbourne. ⁠She is now based in Chateau Christa where she runs her business The House of Meropi Couture where she creates costumes, attires and accessories for bridals, formals and events. 

With a BA in Production (Costume), Meropi’s costumes have been selected for the Top Designs 2013 Exhibition and were on display at the Melbourne Museum for 6 months. Learn more about her story and her Greek influence on her website

Meropi offered a custom made bridal hair clip as her giveaway and  the winner @katherine.elizabeth.92 is sure to make a very beautiful bride with her custom made bridal accessory. 

Be sure to take a look at Meropi’s collections! They are absolutely stunning. 

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To all our Foodies out there, be sure to check out Sublime Cafe’s delectable meals, grab-n-goes and desserts. Whether you have a palette for sweet or savory or if vegan, gluten or dairy free is your way to go, Sublime Caterers have an option for everyone. 

They describe it best themselves: 

“At Sublime we make healthy eating and catering simple, affordable, and most importantly, delicious.”

They are celebrating their 7th year in the food industry and are continuing to create healthy food from fresh ingredients and each week they rotate their salads, patties and fritters to bring greater variety to their customers. They have cafes open at Richmond, Cremorne and North Melbourne in Victoria. You can also order fresh food online or take a meal home

They gifted a $50 Gift Voucher⁠ and the winner @ttun_tun is sure to have quite a feast!

Day 11 – Sophie Bryson

Vibrant, detail-oriented and empathetic. These three words best describe our very own UX/UI designer and fellow Maker Sophie Bryson, and her clients agree with us: 

“Very avid for learning, very focused, committed”

An extremely talented graphic designer and illustrator, Sophie helps businesses take their branding to the next level. If your product needs to improve its user experience, Sophie is your go-to UX/UI professional. 

Her work speaks for itself: Take a look at her portfolio and illustrations gallery

For Sophie’s giveaway, she offered a website review to her winner @belindajbuckley to improve her branding and create better presentation to reach a wider and more engaged audience. 

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Day 12 – Eliza Hilmer
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Eliza is a part-time Yoga instructor who is passionate about healthy living and focuses her Yoga practices on developing strength, flexibility and fluid movement. Eliza gifted a private Yoga session to her winner @cinbelalonso and three of her friends. Yoga is always better together, wouldn’t you agree? Follow Eliza on instagram for Yoga inspiration and her virtual Yoga classes are free to attend and if you like, you can make a small donation! In her words: 

“Give what you can, take what you need,                     That’s what community is all about.”

And that’s what ZippyCrowd is all about too! Bringing people and local communities together through trusted recommendations and word-of-mouth, joining forces to uplift and empower each other! 

Summary of the Campaign

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Our thanks to everyone who participated and our congratulations to all the lucky winners! We are especially thankful to our 12 wonderful #LovedByLocals Makers for partnering with us for our 12 Days of Christmas Campaign. 

 Got any ideas for our next campaign? Drop us a message or let us know in the comments below. 

Cheers to a pleasant and memorable 2021!

Team Zippy ????

 

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