01 Dec 5 Gifts That Give Back This Christmas
The festive season is upon us once again and as always, there’s a flurry of frenzied shopping as we try to find the perfect gift for our loved ones.
This Christmas, why not choose a gift the recipient will love andthat gives back? From eco-conscious, ethical and sustainably made items, to products whose proceeds help support worthy community and global causes, a little thought can uncover some truly unique and heart-warming present choices. Gift-giving becomes so much more when there is a deeper purpose to what we choose. So read on for our top ideas to make this gift-giving season extra-special. These are gifts you can feel good about!
Bubba Organics Australian Kakadu Plum & Marshmallow range
Need a gift for a family with a brand new addition this festive season? When choosing baby gifts, it can be difficult to know how to balance practicality with something special to spoil the little family. With a Bubba Organics Australian Kakadu Plum & Marshmallow Essentials Gift Box, everything needed to cleanse and care for a scrumptious newborn is provided and the premium blend of plant-sourced ingredients make this natural baby skin care a sensory treat for parents and bubs alike! Presented in a gorgeous box adorned with illustrations of the adorable Snugglepot & Cuddlepie, this is a gift that is sure to be treasured.
And as this special range has been made in collaboration with the beloved May Gibbs brand, proceeds from every product sold go to May Gibbs’ chosen charities, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and The Northcott Society. You’ll be spoiling the new family in your life as well as helping support families with disabilities, too. Browse this gorgeous range here.
Cuddle + Kind
Vintage nursery styles are trending right now and with it, beautifully hand-knit dolls. No-one captures the retro whimsy of these charming soft toys better than Cuddle + Kind. Ethically made by artisans who are fairly compensated for their incredible work, a Cuddle + Kind doll is not just a gorgeous, heirloom quality softie that can be treasured for generations. With every doll sold, Cuddle & Kind give 10 meals to children in need. Discover more about this amazing initiative here.
Main image by Oxfam
Oxfam Australia has long been involved in helping to empower people in some of the most impoverished countries in the world. This Christmas, consider choosing a gift from Oxfam Shop which exists to support farmers, artisans and their communities to help lift themselves out of poverty. You’ll find a handy list of gift ideas here. We particularly love the Buy a Toy, Give a Toy initiative. Every time you purchase a handmade, educational Clock Puzzle or Alphabet Wooden Snail Puzzle, the equivalent toy has also been gifted to a child in Sri Lanka.
Flora & Fauna
Sometimes our very eco-conscious friends and family can be tricky to buy for. But they don’t have to be at Flora & Fauna. Browse their rangeo f ethical, vegan and cruelty-free products to find the perfect gift for the greenie in your life (maybe it’s you!). Not only will you be buying sustainable, planet-loving products but you’ll contribute to Flora & Fauna’s chosen causes, Sea Shepard and Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary.
St Kilda Mums and New Day Box
It’s an uncomfortable truth that there are many women and children in this country for whom Christmas will be neither merry or bright. For many complex and heart-wrenching reasons, there are families who are forced to just try and survive. Making a difference this festive season is as easy as donating your pre-loved baby goods or filling a shoebox with toiletries for a woman in crisis.
Visit St Kilda Mums to discover how the pram, cot or baby clothes you no longer need can help lighten the load for at risk Melbourne families. If you are not in Melbourne, you might like to consider making a monetary donation instead.
New Day Box is a wonderful way to send your love and support to a woman you will never meet. This Christmas, too many women will be in a refuge, often forced to flee a dangerous situation with nothing but the clothes on their back. By filling a shoebox with essential toiletry items that most of us take for granted, we can show a vulnerable woman that she is important and valued. Find out how to make a box here.
If you’re inspired to make your gift-giving mean more this festive season, share this post with your friends! A small act of good can make a world of change.