Kerryn Costello has created a new business bringing together Ipswich artisans is giving shoppers a chance to discover the best local talent and unique quality products delivered to their front doors.

The Ipswich Makers Box is an exclusive gift box highlighting the talented makers in the Ipswich and surrounds. It provides a unique way for makers to showcase their work and for customers to support local businesses. Each box will feature 10 items – 13 in the first box – including accessories, jewellery, food and drink, home decor, beauty products and more. The special edition launch box includes a custom set of polymer clay earrings from creator By Emily Kate, products from Embers and Twine, Bubble moi handmade soaps, and more.

As owner and curator Kerryn, who currently lives in Ipswich, said the city has a diverse range of makers and a supportive community around them. “We hope this box will provide an additional connection between these two groups,” she said.

Embers and Twine co-owner Alicia Coop said it was an honour to showcase her products beside other talented Ipswich crafters. “The Ipswich Makers Box provides an opportunity to small businesses for promotion, opening them up to customers they may never have gotten and providing those customers with products they may never have known about,” she said.

Customer Eva Lewis said there was something special about opening a box full of little surprises made by talented Ipswich makers. “I value each item not just because they’re beautiful and unique, but because I know a local has put a lot of time and love into something that has brightened my day.”

The Ipswich Makers Box is on sale now – ready for delivery or pick-up right away – with a portion of the sales from each box being donated to a local charity. The first charity to benefit is Lisa’s Lunches which supports families experiencing treatment for cancer.

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