Its that time of year again - Christmas lights are up, the shopping centres are packed, and we’re all racking our brains on what to give our friends, colleagues and loved ones.
If you’re like me and find the whole shopping process somewhat overwhelming (and maybe little wasteful?) then these gift ideas will help you ease your niggling guilt while also making a positive impact to those who need it most.
1. An Ethical Tea and Coffee Hamper from The Social Cup.
OK, OK, I work for The Social Cup, but seriously, this neat little social enterprise sells organic loose-leaf tea and BIODEGRADABLE coffee capsules ethically sourced from women’s initiatives and Fairtrade farmers. The packaging is pretty amazing (and recyclable/compostable) and they donate 50% of their profits to empower women and children around the world. What’s not to love?
2. Sustainable Fashion from Pure Pod
Pure Pod’s ethical fashion and accessory line is made from certified Fairtrade organic cotton. They’re gorgeous Awaken Collection is made from materials grown less than 40 miles from their factory - supporting local ethical farmers and their families - and produced with a low carbon footprint in mind.
3. A Gift from Oxfam Unwrapped
Oxfam’s charities cards provide life-changing gifts to people in need while giving the recipient the warm and fuzzies. You can choose anything from a goat, to educational scholarships or even a veggie garden.
4. A Gift Set from Thankyou.
Thankyou’s Christmas ‘Oh Joy” gift-sets bundle their gorgeous body care, water, and food products into a nice little hamper ready for delivery. Great pressies for homemakers and mum’s-to-be. 100% of profits are donated to poverty reducing programs.
5. An ethical toilet paper subscription from Who Gives a Crap.
When you talk about presents-with-purpose you can’t really go past the environmentally friendly toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap. Everyone uses loo roll right? And when they donate 50% of their profits to WaterAid to build toilets for people in developing countries – you are quite literally, wiping away poverty!
6. Gourmet Jams and Chutneys from Seasons by Karingal
Seasons is the social enterprise of Geelong based non-profit – Karingal. They offer supported employment opportunities to people living with a disability, and make damn good jams and chutney’s while they’re at it! They’re perfect for any food-lovers pantry and great stocking fillers.
7. Hand-Woven Basket by Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Tjanpi is a social enterprise created to enable indigenous women earn a living in remote areas across Australia. All of their baskets and artwork are uniquely hand-woven and embedded in the Central and Western desert culture.
8. A Bottle (or Bottles) of Wine from Goodwill Wine
Not only do Goodwill Wines source the best quality wines from independent boutique wineries across Australia – they also donate 50% of their profits to partner charities to improve lives, the environment and animal welfare! If that’s not a good excuse for a few glasses on Christmas day, I don’t know what is.
9. Handmade Jewellery from SisterWorks
Sisterworks supports women who are migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to gain financial independence and learn new skills as they integrate into Australian society. Their beautiful and colourful jewellery will brighten up any outfit over summer too!
10. Sustainable Jewellery from EcoBling
These beautiful pieces are made from upcycled and recycled materials once destined for landfill. All unique and handcrafted, EcoBling also plants a tree for every piece sold. Talk about ethical!
And if none of the above tickle your fancy then you could always donate or volunteer for your favourite charity. After all, Christmas is supposed to be about giving.