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Christmas Gifting with Connie Cao

Featuring sustainable gifting tips and picks from @connieandluna

In our special Waverley Mills Christmas Gifting series, we’re talking to some inspiring creators about how to find the perfect timeless gift for the special people on your list. And, of course, we asked them to dish on their favourite Waverley Mills pieces!

Connie Cao with a picnic basket and merino wool picnic rug.

Up first is Connie Cao of Connie and Luna. She’s a Melbourne-based creator, influencer, photographer and blogger who covers all things travel, lifestyle, home and sustainable living. 

Connie is a huge advocate of zero-waste living, and she’s got some great ideas if you’re looking to keep your gift-giving more eco-friendly and sustainably minded this holiday season. 

 A Conversation with Connie

Connie Cao picnicking on a Waverley Mills pure wool picnic rug.

What makes the perfect environmentally conscious gift at a time when there is usually so much waste? 

Something consciously selected, that is timeless, good quality and made to last. And wrapping that in reusable or recyclable packaging would be the icing on top!

I’m often inspired by furoshiki (traditional Japanese wrapping cloths) and also love the idea of wrapping gifts in a tea towel, vintage handkerchief or cloth that can be used again and again.  

Any tips for being more sustainable in your everyday life? 

Composting! It’s such an easy first step to get you thinking about sustainability on an everyday basis, and will also inspire you to think about making small steps in every other aspect of your life. 

What are your favourite Waverley Mills products?

Your gorgeous, timeless throws look like they came straight out of an Airbnb cottage escape! I love that they’re produced ethically and sustainably right here in Tasmania, from Australian Merino wool.

I especially love this almond gingham throw, as it’s a beautiful colour that pairs back with any picnic spread. With it being wool, it can be easily washed. It can also be pretty much used all year round as it doubles as a throw or blanket as well for those chilly winter days.

I’ll be giving this to my sister! It’s such a great gift to encourage spending quality time with loved ones, as countless great afternoons (and mornings) can be had with this throw in tow! 


Living sustainably often means slowing down and embracing a more holistic way of life. From unplugging from tech to focusing on buying food locally to investing in higher quality clothes and home goods that will last a lifetime (AKA slow fashion), slow living can encompass various aspects of your life.


Our merino wool picnic rug as photographed by Connie Cao.

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Gingham in lovely earth-tone shades inspired by Australian terrain. The vertical striped border accent gives it a modern twist. Made with 100% Australian Merino wool, this incredibly versatile piece works as a picnic rug or a stylish wrap around your shoulders.

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