Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Posted by Varsha Srinivasan
Parents check, kids check. But what about the perfect Kris Kringle gift for your tree-hugging co-worker, or the one that spent their annual leave volunteering overseas?
Or even better, what if you just want to make sure your shopping list as easy on the pocket, as well as the planet?
Finding affordable and ethical Kris Kringle gifts might be hard work, but never fear, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the top ways to give ethically this Christmas:
1. Buy Fair Trade
The Oxfam Shop sells everything from statement scarves to Madagascan chocolate, and it’s all Fair Trade certified, which means local producers in developing countries get a fair go and fair prices for their work. For more Fair Trade retailers, check out the 2015 Fair Trade Shopping Guide.
2. Support a charity
How about a pretty trinket, or some colourful blooms for someone with a pink thumb? A portion of the sale from the National Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Products, such as Georgiana Jane Design jewellery, Big W beach towels and the David Jones Charity Bear go towards research into finding a cure for breast cancer.
3. Make a donation
If you want to put a smile on lots of faces at once, UNICEF have a range of Inspired Christmas Gifts. For $16 you can donate 500 pencils and for $25 you can make sure 600 kids get their daily intake of vitamins. Plus you get a beautiful card to give to your Kris Kringle!
4. Help animals
Know someone that can’t resist those puppy-dog eyes and spoils their pet rotten? The RSPCA Super Store has the perfect range of gifts for animal-lovers (gourmet dog treats, doggy shopping bag or natural animal scratch solution) with all profits going towards the RSPCA in Australia.
5. Purchase buy one give one
For the bookworm, why not pick up a great new story they can curl up with post-Christmas dinner? For each book you purchase, BetterWorldBooks donates another to those in need through their literacy partners. The website’s books range from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to an Introduction to Computer Science.
If you’re not sure about your Kris Kringle’s literary preferences, give the gift of comfy shoes by shopping at TOMS Shoes, which matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need.