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How to choose the perfect piece of jewellery this Mother's Day

by Admin Admin

You may be wanting to spoil Mum with a gorgeous gift of a piece of jewellery this Mother’s Day. Hear from Gerard McCabe Jewellers on how best to do this. 

You may be wondering where to begin when searching for the perfect piece of jewellery for mum. 

Here are some handy hints that will help you choose something extra special that she’ll absolutely love.

Look at her existing style of jewellery

Look at her existing jewellery for clues to her style, is there a particular gold tone that she wears the most, such as rose gold? Or does she prefer multiple colours of gold? What suits her skin tone? 

If she often mixes and matches her jewellery, perhaps a design that incorporates multiple colours of gold would suit her.

Is she a vintage or antique jewellery lover, or does she prefer wearing sleek modern designs? Does she enjoy wearing coloured stones or are diamonds and pearls her passion?

She may have taken some initiative and left pictures of her favourite pieces of jewellery lying around, or she may have tagged you in one of her favourite pieces of jewellery online.

If you still need some inspiration, we have 4 jewellery box essentials that you can refer to, she may need one of the pieces that are below to add to her collection.

  1. Pearl Earrings

Pearl Earrings are a sophisticated, classic foundation piece that always makes a gorgeous gift. While luminous pink and rich darker pearls have become en vogue in recent years, the versatility and lustre of beautiful silky white pearl studs make a perfect and thoughtful gift. 

Luminosity classic white freshwater pearl earrings

2. Diamond Pendant

A classic and elegant diamond necklace is a handy jewellery box staple that will complement any of Mum’s outfits. It can be paired perfectly with a low cut or high necked blouse, between the collar of a shirt or just sit beautifully against the lines of a dress.

Bloom Diamond Pendant

3. Classic Timepieces

Mum will always arrive on time and in style with a Gerard McCabe timepiece, choose from our selection of simple and elegant watch faces that come with a variety of different band colours, such as white, black and royal blue. We have some stylish options that pair rose gold white, black and french navy. 

Chic Timepiece

4. Gift Card

If your Mum has all of the items that are above, and you're still looking for some inspiration, let her choose with a Gift Card. 

Gift Card

Discover more about Gerard McCabe’s jewellery collections at one of their Adelaide Boutiques, or through their Shop Local SA online store. Alternatively, Gerard McCabe’s concierge is available to assist you from the comfort of your home, Australia wide.

The Mother's Day Ultimate Gift Guide

by Amanda Bridge

Your mum deserves to be showered with love 24/7, 365 days a year. But when Mother's Day comes around, it's the time to go all-out with breakfast in bed, fun family activities and gifts galore. 

That being said, it may feel next to impossible to find a gift for your mum that fully expresses just how much she means to you. Need some pointers? Browse through these unique Mother's Day gifts to find something that's sure to melt her heart. Whether she's looking for a new handbag, her favourite skin care or a bottle of something to enjoy, browse at your leisure, and take comfort in knowing you’ll be helping out a local South Australian business too. 

As you work your way through this list, think about what she's been eyeing (or dropping not-so-subtle hints about) since the holidays — a cute top or some new earrings, for example — and take it from there.

Since Mother's Day is about celebrating mums of all kinds, keep the other women in your life top of mind too.

Check out our gift guide to suit different budgets:

UNDER $50:

Brayfield Park Lavender


Rhona and Allan began planting lavender in 1997 on their farm in Wellington, South Australia. By 1998 the old field was well and truly established, along with a new found love and admiration for this hardy little plant. Today the farm is located in the picturesque town of Murray Bridge, around an hour’s drive east of Adelaide, South Australia.

You will find a great selection of skincare products starting from $20. 


REB cosmetics

REB Cosmetics is cruelty-free, Vegan & Mineral-based and is formulated specifically for sensitive skin. They are proud to state that none of their products are tested on animals. You will be glad to know that they are proudly accredited with “Choose Cruelty-Free” and supporters of the Animal Welfare League of South Australia.

From mascara to liquid foundation, you will find something that will satisfy your mum, your mother in law and your grandma.


You can shop their beautiful range here:


Pendleton Olive Estate

If your mum is a foodie then she’ll love this gorgeous gift box of Pendleton Estate grown 500ml Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 250ml Adelaide Hills Cherry Vinegar, Pear Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil,  Zesty Lemon Agrumato Citrus Press Olive Oil, 100g Almond Dukkah and a beautiful 250ml Italian made glass olive oil pourer.


To shop the full range, visit their store here:


Personalised Family Art at Sunny Skye Prints:


Mum will love this one! It's true: home is where the heart is. Celebrate your family in full with this colourful print, personalised with your family’s name and a range of drawings inspired by your home state.

It is a beautiful keepsake print to represent your family. This print is customised using lovely watercolour images. 

To see other creatives, you can visit the Sunny Skye Prints store here:


Immortal Rose at Bunches of Love

From $80

Bunches of Love in Murray Bridge is home sweet home to dazzling bouquets and charming floral arrangements that will take Mum’s breath away. Why not get Mum something that will last this Mother’s Day by choosing an Immortal Rose which can last for at least 2 years. 

How do they do this? After selecting the best roses and stems for immortalisation they undergo a dipping process in the heat with a preserving solution. This process lasts from 6-8 days depending on the colour in which the rose and stems are being tinted. The result guarantees a 100% immortalised rose. This rose and stem may last up to 2 years without any type of special care. This product does not need water or any type of liquid for hydration - sounds great!


To shop, go to their store here: 


A night in with a treat from The Meal Pantry


The Meal Pantry is a collaboration of chefs combining their commercial food experience with their favourite home cooking recipes.

All the meals are cooked from scratch, start to finish. This means that curry pastes are made, not bought, there are no shortcut sauces added for flavour.

What are you waiting for? Treat mum with these delicious home cooked meals. 

Order your special dinner here: 


Sydney street for the stylish mum:

Free delivery for orders over $100


Some things never go out of fashion. Exceptional customer service, effortless style and the finest quality clothing - Sydney Street has all three.  In an age of fast, throw-away fashion, Sydney Street is passionate about providing handpicked, complimentary styles, colours and fabrics that transcend seasonal trends and age brackets.

Why not treat mum to a new bag or a new pair of the famous Not Your Daughter’s Jeans from our online store?

Check out their range here:


Claire Fashion and Fabric for the crafty mum:


Does your mum like to sew? Claire Fashion and Fabric has a range of quilting panels and other sezing projects she'll love. If it’s hard to choose, you can get a gift card so your mum can freely choose.


From $100 to $200

Gossip Box Gift Hamper for the Mum with the sweet tooth:


Gossip Box is passionate about supporting small local family businesses. That is why their gift boxes are filled with gourmet products sourced from small South Australian businesses. Buying a Gossip Box not only supports my small family business, it also supports many more.

This is our favourite SA’s Own gift box that contains:

  • 200g Geraldton Hill Chocolate Almond Toffee Bark
  • 150g Menz Choc Fruit & Nut or Sultana Chocs
  • 140g Quinzi's Candied or Chocolate Almonds
  • 100g Blatchy's Salted Cashews
  • 65g Menz Rainbow Gem
  • 60g Heavenly Delights Biscuit
  • 60g Fudge It Gourmet Fudge
  • 50g Violet Crumble

From $200 and up

Gerard McCabe Jewellery


Gerard McCabe is a South Australian family business with 4 generations of experience in fine diamond jewellery design, timeless antiques and exceptional gemstones. From the humble beginnings in 1878 as McCabe Tailors through to today, they have strong familial and location ties within Adelaide. The family hospitality extends to their clients, where they play an integral part in celebrating life’s special moments with cherished loved ones.

We totally fell in love with the Fresh Water Pearl Ring pictured below ($394) 


To shop the whole collection, please click here:


Barossa Chocolate & Fine Wine Tour


Is you Mum into experiences she will never forget? Spoil her with this full day tour in the beautiful Barossa Valley, including pickup & return from your Barossa accommodation, regional platter lunch at a premier winery, visiting & tasting at a minimum of 4 wineries, and matching of artisan chocolates with fine wines. Yum!

Full details of the tour can be viewed here:


Top things to do this Easter in South Australia

by Amba Miles


As we celebrate an Easter like no other, even with social distancing and restrictions COVID cases have not been dropping in South Australia. Let’s not have it stop us celebrating the extra-long weekend over Easter and make it a very special time.

To some it can be a good opportunity to do some home improvement projects, to others, it is filled with as many activities as possible. Whatever Easter means to you, South Australia has it all covered and we are here to bring you our Guide to the Easter Long Weekend 2022.

Easter is a great time for a Home Improvement project

The weather is cooling down, you’ll have a good stash of power snacks (chocolate) on standby, and there are four full days to get stuck into the task at hand.

So pop on your favourite podcast series or Spotify playlist, fuel up on the aforementioned chocolate and get ready to be impressed with the improvements you can make to your home in such a short space of time.

Here are some relatively easy DIY projects you should be able to knock over at this time.

  1. Give your home a lift with updating your lighting


Lighting is an area we often take for granted. We’re outraged when there’s a power cut and overwhelmed with the variety of choices when it’s time to buying new bulbs. But a simple exercise like updating your light fittings can really change the entire appearance of your home. It’s an instant and easy way to refresh your space. Instead of going to Bunnings, have a look at these lights from our local vendor Lights on Main and have them delivered in time for your Easter break here:

Shop now:


2. Update your bedroom:


Fancy a new bed for the coming winter? Check out the amazing range at Just The Thing Furniture. This local South Australian business sells direct to the public so you can enjoy some great savings and put them towards other projects. Check out the store here:



And while you are updating your bedroom, why not update your manchester too. Check out local vendor Mini Jumbuck at McLaren Vale's range of mattress toppers, quilts and sheets here: 


3. Do up your outdoor entertainment area


As we all know, things taste a little better on a barbecue. Having some friends over for the Easter Weekend? Why not making sure that you can impress your guests with the most spectacular roast from your new barbecue. 

You can browse through a wide range of selections here: 


Easter means Family

What brings people together more than food? Nothing! Get the whole family in the kitchen and create the perfect Easter meal. Why not try one of the local seafood shops for some fresh crayfish and prawns to treat your loved ones?


To shop, please go here:


This is the time when we usually travel miles to be with loved ones we haven’t seen for a while; when grandparents enjoy the sight of grandchildren with chocolatey smiles; when big family lunches are followed by big family dinners; when we watch those feel-good movies together.

That may not be possible – but plenty still is. There are some ideas for you to do even if you can’t visit your loved ones this Easter. Why not organise a virtual video call and do something together such as this wonderful Home Cheese Making Workshop by our Eyre Peninsula vendor Korinya Farm Gate.


You can learn more and book here: 



Are your loved ones foodies? A gift hamper could be a perfect choice. It's easy to order online and the beautiful package will be delivered straight to their doorsteps.

Choose from a selection of healthy products or a perfect chocolate box for those with a sweet tooth.

Browse the collection here:


Easter means Adventure

For those of you who like to get out and about, or have family members that do, there's lots to do in our own back yard. 

1. Learn the basic techniques and safety aspects of having fun paddling on our Might Murray River. Gain the skills and confidence to be safe and experience the Murray River while paddling a kayak with Freedom Boat Hire based at Murray Bridge. 

This tour includes an introduction to the equipment and design, paddling skills, posture, rafting techniques, safety techniques if you were to tip over, launching and landing, as well as weather and environmental basics which you need to keep in mind while kayaking. The tour includes games, skill practice, a short journey and lots of fun.

Price starts at $60 per adult. 


Please click here to book: https://shoplocalsa.com.au/experiences/water-sports/kayaking-and-canoeing/introduction-to-kayaking-adult/

2. Take to the sky on a 4-minute flight over the picturesque Hoffnungsthal Valley in the Barossa Valley flying over 130-year-old Shiraz vines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, and other varieties. Local Barossa business Barossa Helicopters offer a number of different flights and options to make your Easter special this year. 


To book:


3. Want to unwind and relax in beautiful Adelaide? Enjoy a Getaway package in North Adelaide - stay in a gorgeous self-contained two-bedroom home and enjoy a Welcome to Adelaide walking tour!

Adelaide Style Accommodation awarded Bronze in 4-4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation at the 2021 South Australian Tourism Awards, and Flamboyance Tours awarded Silver in Cultural Tourism at the 2021 South Australian Tourism Awards, have partnered to offer you this great deal and experience.


To make a booking, please go here:


There's so much on offer in our amazing state this Easter. So whether your are going to stay home and get some jobs done on the house, or get out and explore, remember to shop local where you can and make a difference to our community. 

The best of Adelaide experience 2022

by Amba Miles

Why Adelaide?

The world's only city within a park, Adelaide isn't only one of the most liveable cities in the world, it’s also a great place to visit. Everything is in such close proximity, meaning there's more time to experience Adelaide. 

City of Adelaide:

In the heart of Adelaide’s CBD lie many of South Australia’s major arts and cultural institutions, and the majority of them are free to visit! Some of these include the State Library of South Australia, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the South Australian Museum, and the Museum of Discovery - Australia’s leading future-focused museum at the University of South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Zoo. What could be better than taking an afternoon study break at the zoo?

From the heritage city centre to its 4 world-class wine districts, scenic beauty and a thriving food scene there’s no shortage of things to do in Adelaide.  Come with us as we show you the best of the city and surrounds, where to eat, play and stay and a few tips to make your time in this small but fabulous city the best experience possible.

Dolphin Sanctuary in Port Adelaide:


It’s only 30 minutes drive from Adelaide CBD. Port Adelaide has been the gateway to trade and commerce in South Australia and the first contact with South Australia for thousands of emigrants when they arrived by ship. You can visit all the historical buildings along the main road, take a walk along the water and have a coldie at the local pub. If you want some adventure, check out the dolphin sanctuary Kayak tour. 

About the tour:

Tours operate within the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary which is a hub of marine adventure. You will go on a guided tour through some of SA’s most beautiful waters, enabling you to get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures.

In the sanctuary, visitors can kayak down creeks lined with mangrove forests which have been there for over 10,000 years, it is the ultimate feeding and resting grounds for local dolphins. Paddle past spectacular shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era and the sanctuary is also home to abundant birdlife and other creatures that make up the intricate ecosystem.

Cost: from $50 per person

How to book: please go to


Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour:


Coffin Bay is just over 7 hours drive from Adelaide, or you can take a short flight to Port Lincoln and drive from there. It’s a perfect destination for a long weekend road trip if you want to get away from the bustling busy city life.

This tour is chilled and relaxed.  You will experience all the beauty of the pure and pristine coastline, but with more time to spot the seals at "The Brothers" islands and slow to enjoy the dolphins if they appear along the way. Surrounded by the Coffin Bay national park on one side and farming land on the other, the tour boat is launched with intimate tables for mingling and has very large windows that can be opened on lovely days to allow you to turn and catch all the action as you motor the approximately 16km out to the oyster lease at the entrance to the Coffin Bay waterway. You will get to see up close the vastness of the prime oyster growing area of the world-famous Coffin Bay oysters. Visit an oyster farm and learn about farming oysters and take the time to pluck fresh ones straight from the ocean to open and enjoy.  You can't get any fresher than that! If you would like to immerse yourself in the experience then the option to walk around in the water on the farm is available in your bathers or waders if you prefer. Your tour guide will be the oyster farmer who will happily share knowledge about oyster farming, its history and local knowledge of the area and explore the Coffin Bay waterways - and each person gets 1 dozen oysters! Yum! 

Cost: Starting from $155 per person, children under 4 years old are free of charge. Discount available for Seniors

How to book: https://shoplocalsa.com.au/experiences/outdoor-activities/day-trips-and-tours/experience-coffin-bay-short-and-sweet-oyster-farm-tour/

Murray River Sightseeing Cruise


The mighty Murray River is about a 1-hour drive from Adelaide CBD. It is the third-longest navigable river in the world, just after the Amazon and the Nile. From towering river red gums to flourishing wetlands and intriguing desert landscapes, The Murray is teeming with native wildlife. Explore the beautiful national parks to see curious kangaroos and sleepy koalas in their natural bushland habitat. There is no better way to capture all of its beauty than getting a cruise along the river.

Murray River Cruise Discover the beauty of Australia’s longest river.

About: Explore the vast and natural beauty that is our River Murray. Cruising 7 days a week. The 3 Hour Lunch Cruise departs at Murray Bridge Main Wharf. Enjoy the fine 2-course meal while you cruise slowly past the majestic scenery. Experience the wildlife of the River Murray in all its untamed natural beauty. Cruise past some of our rare cliff faces, along with enjoying some other wonderful parts of the River Murray, as you take in the fresh air on the decks of Captain Proud. Appreciate the wonderful history of the area as you relax in comfort with friends,  loved ones, or business partners.  

Cost: From $64.90 / person. Free for children under 3 years old.

How to book: You can book through the Shop Local SA website via this link: https://shoplocalsa.com.au/experiences/cruises/captain-proud-3-hour-2-course-lunch-cruise-on-the-murray-river/

Jurlique Farm Tour in the Adelaide Hills


If you are a fan of shopping, wine and gardening, this is a must-do tour whether you are a South Australian local or a visitor. 

Tour the magnificent biodynamic farm home to Jurlique - one of the world's most recognised skincare brands. Indulge in chocolate and fine wine matching at Hahndorf Hill Winery & enter the land of the long lunch at The Lane Vineyard.

 Tour Includes:

  • 1.5 hour Jurlique Farm Tour
  • 1-hour ChocoVino Experience at Hahndorf Hill Winery
  • Gourmet picnic and glass of wine at The Lane Vineyard
  • VIP pickup from one destination in Murray River Lakes & Coorong, Adelaide Hills, Barossa or Adelaide. Others are available, please check.
  • Insightful and light-hearted commentary on your journey, about townships and locations between destinations
  • Luxury travel in The Entertainer Limousine complete with music DVD and karaoke, mini bar, surround sound & club leather seating.
  • 1 x complimentary tasting glass of bubbles on the tour departure
  • 10% discount in Jurlique Retail Store onsite following Farm Tour

Cost: All-inclusive from $295 per person.

Click here to book: https://shoplocalsa.com.au/experiences/outdoor-activities/day-trips-and-tours/jurlique-farm-tour-hills-gourmet-picnic-adelaide-hills-luxury-tours/

Monarto Safari Park and Hahndorf Day tour


Monarto Safari Park is the largest open-range zoo in the world spanning more than 1,500 hectares and home to more than 500 animals and 50 species. If you are a family with kids, this should be in your bucket list when visiting Adelaide.

Not for the faint-hearted, this tour showcases the best of South Australia. Three iconic experiences in Monarto's Lions 360 Walk of the Brave, Hahndorf township and National Motor Museum all rolled into one exhilarating day.

Tour Includes:

  • Lions 360 experience at Monarto Safari Park. Ask us about an upgrade to feed the lions!
  • Hahndorf main street visit
  • 1 x main meal lunch of traditional Bavarian fare in Hahndorf
  • Self-guided tour of National Motor Museum
  • Insightful and light-hearted commentary on your journey, about townships and locations between destinations

Cost: all-inclusive starts from $280 per person.

To book: 


Resin Art Classes 


If you look for something to unleash your creativity, why not take a Resin Art Class led by artist Kerry Mart. Join in the fun while you create a beautiful piece of practical art with the magical addictive medium of resin, perfect for beginners.

During the class you will be fully guided by artist Kerry Mart with a live demonstration of how to create your very own masterpiece, it's like magic seeing the patterns emerge. Make it extra fun and bring your friends!

Classes start from $30 plus your chosen item. You can learn more and book the class via this link here: 


Shop Local SA Media Coverage

by Mark Gamtcheff

Shop Local SA in the MediaBetween July and August 2021, Shop Local SA was featured across several South Australian media outlets.

In July, on the first day of what was supposed to be a 6 day lockdown, 9 News Adelaide featured us in a story about South Australians banding together during the COVID-19 Pandemic and during lockdown. The story also featured our vendor Woodlane Orchard

Watch the 9 News Adelaide story "South Australians band together" on Facebook.

In July we were also featured on Play & Go Adelaide which is a directory website that is "keeping South Austrailans in the know and on the go". for " You can read the article here.

'Lockdowns behind push for online sales' was an article written about our platform in the Mount Barker Courier. It mentions businesses like Mount Barker's Hemp Hemp Hooray, the Oakbank Hotel and Hahndorf's Storison Gift Store that are selling on Shop Local SA!

We featured on radio too! On 5MU's Primary Focus, Amanda Bridge chatted with Bryan Littlely and our vendors Lincoln Rural and Lukina Seafoods (makers of Dinko Tuna). You can listen to the segment now.

Shop Local SA at the SA Small Business Friendly Council Annual Workshop

by Mark Gamtcheff

Amanda BridgeShop Local SA was invited to attend and present at the SA Small Business Friendly Council Annual Workshop for 2021.

The event was held by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner and hosted by Acting Small Business Commissioner Nerissa Kilvert on 26 October 2021 at the U City Function Centre in Adelaide. It attracted attendees from Councils across South Australia and other stakeholders.

To participate in the Small Business Friendly Council (SBFC) Initiative, Councils are asked to sign a SBFC Charter Agreement which sets out five required initiatives and more initiatives designed to support small business in their local government area.

The five required initiatives are:  

  1. Implementing activities to improve the operating environment for small business within Council’s area.
  2. Establishing a business advisory group to assist Council’s understanding of small business in its area;
  3. Implementing a procurement policy which recognises and supports local small businesses wherever possible.
  4. Paying undisputed invoices from small businesses within 30 days.
  5. Implementing a timely and cost effective dispute resolution process to manage disputes.

Amanda Bridge, Sales & Stakeholder Manager from Shop Local SA (pictured), made a presentation in which she outlined current online shopping trends in Australia and the important role of marketplaces in the eCommerce landscape. 

Amanda also explained how Shop Local SA is designed to help consumers in South Australia's towns and regions shop from local small businesses. Shop Local SA makes it easy to browse for vendors in a specific area, or find specific products by searching or by browsing categories.

Councils who are part of the SBFC initiative are required to identify and implement additional initiatives every year, and Amanda explained that is where Shop Local SA's Partnerships Program can come into play. We help councils who want to get more of their small businesses trading online by creating subsidised on-boarding offers for small businesses.

There was also a presentation by David West from Mainstreet SA and Premier Retail Marketing who presented useful insights into the value of mainstreet shopping precincts and how better shopping experiences can be created. 

We also heard about local success stories and initiatives from Daniel Adams and Emma Grivell from City of Prospect, Selma Barlow from City of Charles Sturt, and Marnie Lock from City of Holdfast Bay.

Andrew White from Maras Group talked about how Rundle Street East has developed into a unique destination for South Australians.

Email Shop Local SA or call 0422 907 467=""> if you are from an SBFC council and would like to discuss partnering with us, or if you are a small business in South Australia we can let you know what programs may be available to support you to get up and running on South Australia's leading online marketplace.

On the OSCB website there's a list of councils who have committed to the SBFC Initiative

Supporting Businesses in South Australia's Amazing Regions

by Mark Gamtcheff

While the metropolitan Adelaide is where most South Australian's live and work, about a quarter of South Australia's population lives in regions outside of Adelaide. South Australia's rural regions are an integral part of our state's community and economy and offer some amazing experiences for locals and visitors alike. 

On Shop Local SA you can shop with vendors across the state and enjoy the multi-vendor checkout with shipping direct to your door. Many vendors also offer the convenience of click-and-collect.

To encourage consumers to shop in their local community we have divided up our vendors according to the 12 South Australian regions in which they operate. Some operate in more than one region.

At Shop Local SA we’re committed to working with small and medium-sized businesses, local councils and business groups to assist communities to not just survive, but thrive!

Murray Bridge Businesses Supported to Get on Board

by Mark Gamtcheff

The Rural City of Murray Bridge and Business Murray Bridge joined forces with Shop Local SA to offer businesses in the region a subsidised entry to the Shop Local SA platform.

Watch the video below to hear from the stakeholders and vendor involved in the project:

You can visit the Murray Bridge page on Shop Local SA to see the vendors that were part of the Partnership Program.


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