Christmas is a time of giving — to our friends, loved ones and family. But wouldn’t it be that much nicer to extend our sphere of giving beyond those closest to us to include others who might be doing it tough?
One way to do that is to look out for products and brands that donate a portion of their sales profits to worthy causes such as providing emergency accommodation for homeless women or protecting endangered animals.
It’s always nice to give — and especially to receive — a gift during the festive season, but knowing that it’s helping someone or something in need, even just a little bit, makes it all the sweeter, don’t you think?
Here, we’ve rounded up just a handful of gift ideas that give back in a variety of different ways.
Purchasing a Rohr Remedy product helps support collaborations with the people in remote rural Australian communities who harvest and produce the skin-transforming native botanical ingredients contained within.
The ‘100% Man’ gift pack contains an Activated Charcoal With Kakadu Plum Soap Bar (200g), a Kakadu Plum Vitamin C Face Serum (50mL) and a Gumbi Gumbi Lip Balm (15mL) — it’s all free from nasties and not tested on animals, either.
Adopt an animal at Taronga Zoo, from $48
While it’s not ok for you to take these cute Sumatran Tiger cubs home after a day at Taronga Zoo, you can ‘adopt’ them or other endangered species such as the Asian Elephant and Tasmanian Devil.
By becoming a ‘Zoo Parent’ you’ll help fund Taronga’s work with research and education programs, focusing on endangered species in Australia and around the world, as well as assist with the conservation, breeding and preservation of wild animals and their habitats.
By Indeko handmade earrings, from $35
Accessories brand By Indeko’s range of funky ceramic, clay and resin earrings are all hand made in Australia by artisans living with a disability. The Brisbane-based social enterprise is focused on providing their staff with employment, training and career progression while also encouraging social participation and independence.
WaterAid Gifts for Life, from $15
Perfect for the giftee who has everything, these tax-deductible beauties can connect remote communities to a reliable supply of clean water. Starting at just $15, you can give everything from a tap, to a water pipe, to toilets and even an entire washing station.
‘The Kiss’ is an exclusive, limited-edition collaboration between eco-conscious brand Wandering Sol and artist Faye Hanshaw. Just 100 of the 28cm canvas prints are up for grabs, with $10 of each sale going to the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter which supports homeless women in rebuilding their lives, reclaiming their independence and rejoining society.
Moody Sports Crop, $69, and Full Length Leggings, $99
Melbourne-based brand Moody Activewear donates 100 per cent of profits from its range of chic, high-performance sports crop tops and leggings to a range of organisations that are dedicated to supporting women’s mental health. Perfect for the socially-conscious gym-junkie on your Christmas list.
After a catastrophic bushfire season that took the lives of 34 people, billions of animals and razed 46 million acres of land, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) is on a mission to plant one million trees in affected areas around the country.
To help them on their way, you can ‘gift’ a tree to family, friends and colleagues for just $10 which will be planted and maintained on their behalf by FNPW. No shovel or gardening knowhow required.
AniPal x PETstock dog collar, $35.99, and lead, $45.99
Let’s not forget our four-legged friends when it comes to gift-giving. PETstock’s Australiana-themed dog collars and leads are not only made using recycled plastic bottles and brass hardware but 100 per cent of every sale directly supports the store’s charity, PETstock Assist.
Aussie toy brand Mizzie The Kangaroo has teamed up with Multicap’s The Makeables, a Queensland social enterprise that provides employment opportunities to people living with disabilities to create a new memory card game for toddlers and children. The colourful and educational flashcards are printed in Queensland on FSC-certified and recyclable paper and then assembled by The Makeables.
The Body Shop Christmas gift tag, $2 each or 3 for $5
Make your gifts look extra nice with these gorgeous Body Shop Christmas tags illustrated by Indigenous artist Rachael Sarra. Priced at $2 each or three for $5, 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to Amnesty International to support their Raise the Age campaign.
Between 2018 and 2019 Indigenous children made up 65 per cent of 10 to 13-year-olds in prison — by raising the age of criminal responsibility Amnesty International aims to in turn to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous children in the Australian prison system.
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