With Christmas right around the corner, the bottom of our trees may be starting to look a little full. And while the holidays are all about spending time with loved ones, it’s also important to take the time to give back. So if you’d like to give a little more this Christmas, here are 6 ethical gift ideas that are not only perfect for family members, but for the planet too.
The sleepwear that offers more than comfort
If you’d like to treat a loved one to some comfy, new pj’s this Christmas, why not go with One Night Stand Sleepwear? In partnership with General Pants Co, One Night Stand Sleepwear donates 50% of their profits towards helping young Aussies facing homelessness by providing shelters and employment opportunities. Plus, with every sale made, a healthy, sustainable meal is also donated to a young Aussie.
Christmas cards that moooove you
Know someone with an eye for all things cute and fluffy? Edgar’s Mission is a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to create a humane world for not just humans, but our furry friends too! If you’ve got a friend or relative who is a sucker for rescued farm animals, check out the online store that’s filled with a range of items from adorable Christmas cards to jewellery and other accessories. All profits made go toward providing food and care for the 350 rescued animals running around the Edgar Mission farm, as well as helping the animal ambassadors practise their advocacy work.
One book, two readers
There’s always a bookworm in the family who’ll never say no to another book and with BetterWorldBooks, you’ll have two readers for the price of one! Once you purchase a book, another is donated to someone in need through their literacy partners. And don’t worry, there’s something for everyone with categories ranging from Crime to Romance as well as Health and Fitness.
Have a furry Christmas
We all know someone with a little woofer who gets spoilt rotten and with the help of the RSPCA Superstore, you can join in on the fun. But the store doesn’t just cover dogs - cats, fish, birds, smaller animals, like rabbits and even reptiles are included too! And again, all profits made go towards helping the RSPCA in Australia care for all animals, big and small.
Go Fair Trade
Aussies are all about letting everyone have a fair go, so embrace the Aussie spirit and have a browse of the Oxfam Shop, where everything is Fair Trade certified. You can rest easy knowing that your purchase is helping local producers in developing countries receive fair prices for their work.
Let fashion and literacy come together
Our next gift idea is for that trendy cousin who kills it at every function. Through their partnership with General Welfare Pratisthan (GWP), Faircloth & Supply will donate one school uniform to a girl in Nepal for each item sold. With their new uniform, the girls can then go to school with confidence and receive the education they deserve.
Give a little and do a lot
There’s always that one family member who ‘has it all’, so this year, let them help someone else in need. UNICEF have a range of charity and ethical gift ideas that can help change the lives of many. From 200 polio vaccines to 30 skipping ropes, your recipient will not only receive a beautiful card, they’ll rest easy knowing they’ve made a number of children’s playtime a little more fun.
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