Great gifts for families in mining, oil and gas

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At Mining Family Matters we often hear of great new products and gift ideas for families in mining and resources, so we thought we'd share them with you...

Kids' Hi Viz

Mining mum Shauna Zoutenbier came up with the idea of hi viz work shirts for kids while she was on maternity leave – and the small business has been going gangbusters ever since. Her gorgeous Cuties By Zootys shirts are made from 100 per cent cotton, are very durable and breathable and available in a great range of mining colours from size 00 to 12. 

Hi Viz Teddy Bears

You can't get much cuter than a hi viz teddy bear! Created by Shauna Zoutenbier and the Cuties by Zootys team, these super-soft little dudes come complete with hi viz yellow, pink or orange work shirts. Bears and shirts can also be bought separately (in case your kids already have their own favourite toys in need of a work shirt). They're an adorable way to make your kids feel connected to you and your work. 

Edible Blooms 

Edible Blooms has a great range of chocolate bouquets, fresh fruit arrangements and more long-lasting gift hampers for mine sites! Their bouquets are made with only the highest quality Belgian, Swiss and Italian chocolates. Delivery is available Australia-wide, with same-day delivery available in selected metro areas. Visit (enter MININGFM in the promo code on the online checkout for 10 per cent off) or call 1300 768 996 for your nearest store.

Mining Families Rock

Mining Families Rock is the world's first self-help book for mining families. Written and published by the Mining Family Matters team (mining mum Alicia Ranford, psychologist Angie Willcocks and journalist Lainie Anderson) the 176-page book expands on our highly successful Survival Guide for Mining Families. It offers comprehensive support and professional advice to families overcoming the challenges of fly-in/fly-out, drive-in/drive-out and living in isolated mining communities. We've sold thousands of copies and received great reviews from industry reps, media and mining families since its launch in 2013. To order $12 copies, click here.


At the age of nine, Max Anderson dug holes in his parents' back garden hoping to find treasure. At 36, he dug another hole for himself: he quit his well-paid job in London to try his luck among the hard-bitten gold prospectors of the West Australian Goldfields. Funny, honest and uplifting, Digger is an outback classic combining a modern adventure story with one of the greatest chapters in Australian history – the opening of the desert Goldfields. To order, click here.