Check out our guide to gifts that give back this Christmas.
FOR THE COOK
Lush Handmade Cosmetics Charity Pot, $29.90
When Christmas lunch is done and dusted, soothe tired, cracked hands with Lush Cosmetics’s Charity Pot. Made from fair trade organic cocoa butter, proceeds go to one of Lush’s charity partners, including the Music Outback Foundation, which provide music education opportunities to remote, Indigenous schools. Lush
Oxfam Salad Hamper, $135
Kitchen wizards will love this handwoven date palm leaf basket containing Pine Wood Bowl, Acacia Wood Salad Servers, 2 Recycled Plastic Placemats, 2 grinders and a range of delicious vinegars and relish.
World Vision Market Garden Starter Pack, $45
Every cook knows the value of fresh produce, and this gift will help provide a family in need with the seeds, tools and training to grow their own nutritious meals. World Vision
The Sustainable Table Cook Book, $40
Featuring recipes and shopping guides, The Sustainable Table Cook Book is printed on 100 per cent recycledpaper and all proceeds go to sustainable development projects around the world. Sustainable Table
Red Cross Shopper Bag, $24.95
Made from 100 per cent colourfast, fade- and water-resistant cotton, these sturdy shopper bags are perfect for the weekly grocery shop and trips to the farmers’ markets.
FOR THE TRAVELLER
TOMS One for One Eyewear
Sights and sun are the best part of any holiday, so why not get jetsetters a great pair of sunnies for their next trip? Every pair purchased through the TOMS One for One scheme provides medical treatment, prescription glasses or sight-saving surgery to someone who needs it.
Ox Travels Travel Guide, $25
Friends and family can escape the daily grind with this collection of 36 travel stories by world-class travel writers in support of Oxfam’s work around the world. Oxfam Shop
RedKite calling card, $40
Not all trips away are a holiday – cancer treatment can see families separated for months or years across thousands of kilometres. RedKite provides pre-paid phone cards to families and patients to keep them updated on a loved one’s progress. RedKite
Amnesty International World Press Photo 2012 Book, $33.95
Not only does this book showcase some of the most spectacular and hard-hitting documentary photography from 2012, but proceeds from your purchase will help Amnesty International defend human rights around the world. Amnesty International
High flyers will love knowing that their Christmas gift has helped someone else take a flight that may just save their life. CareFlight is dedicated to providing rapid response critical care to the ill and injured and relies on community support.
FOR THE HOMEBODY
Proud Mary Sorbet Striped Rug, $126
This rug is sure to please even the most house proud of friends and comes from Proud Mary, a socially conscioustextile design company. Proud Mary works with artisans from around the world and ensures that the people who create their goods receive a fair wage for their work.
Oxfam Ikat Cushion Covers, $12.95 each
Stylish decor has never felt so good. A chic cushion cover will brighten up a couch or bed and help Oxfam continue fighting poverty and injustice around the world. Oxfam Shop
Mission Australia Blanket, $30
The holidays can be one of the most difficult times for Australian families, but even a little can go a long way. Thirty dollars to Mission Australia is enough to buy a warm blanket for a family or individual sleeping rough.
Books for Disadvantaged Kids, $10
At a time when many people curl up with a good read, bookworms will love knowing thattheir gift has given someone else a chance to do the same. Every $10 to Common Threadz buys four educational books for libraries and schools in developingnations. Common Threadz
Aveda Candle, $39.95
Aveda’s Ginger And Ginger Lily candle will help set a festive mood during the party season and is packaged in handcrafted lokta bark paper from Nepal. Income from papermaking helps Nepalese families buy food and clothing, repair their homes and send their children to school.
FOR THE FASHIONISTA
M.A.C Viva Glam Lipstick, $36
The latest shade of M.A.C Viva Glam lipstick comes from hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj and every cent from your purchase goes towards the M.A.C AIDS Fund. MAC Cosmetics
Chantecaille Cheek Shade, $56
This soft apricot cheek shade in Elephant Fun gives a warm glow outside and in, with five per cent of the proceeds going to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help rescue and foster baby elephants. Visit Chantecaille for stockists.
World Vision Sewing Machine, $170
Clothes can make a difference to more than just the wearer. A sewing machine from World Vision can help a woman earn a reliable income by working as a seamstress, allowing her to support herself and her family or pay her children’s school fees.
Neon Hill Tribe Boots, $72
This Is Not a Mall website is committed to blending style with social responsibility, and these handmade Hill TribeBoots are the perfect gift for ladies who like to stand out from the crowd.Style blogger Susie Bubble picked up a pair of the Neon Hill Tribe Platforms – fashion credentials don’t get much better than that. This Is Not a Mall
Adopt a Tiger, from $15
Animal print is having a moment. Support the big cats that inspired the trend by adopting a tiger from WWF. Fifteen dollars can help to re-connect fragmented areas of habitat so tigers can move between them and $25 can help to reduce poaching and the trade of live tigers and tiger parts.
Adopt a Tiger
FOR THE CREATIVE
Fuzzy Ink Cookie Cutters, $16
It’s all about the mo’ right now. These stainless steel cookie cutters create three distinguished cookie styles andmake a great stocking filler. Five dollars from every sale goes to the Movember Foundation.
Kiehl’s Limited-Edition Crème de Corps, $68
Pop artist Kenny Scharf has given this Kiehl’s favourite a makeover. Give soft skin with street cred, plus 100 per cent of sale proceeds are donated to associations that protect children around the world. [www.kiehls.com.au |Kiehl’s]
World Vision School Pencils, $5
Five bucks to World Vision gives a schoolchild a set of pencils and an opportunity to write and draw their way to a brighter future. World Vision
The Smith Family Art Classes, $65
The creative in your life will love a gift that offers disadvantaged Australian kids an opportunity to build their confidence through art. The Smith Family offers access to creative workshops designed to nurture talent and help build new skills. The Smith Family
Wine and art are a timeless combination. A bottle of Goodwill Wine keeps giving, as any tipple purchased through the company allows you to donate 50 per cent of the profit to one of the many charities they support.