When buying gifts for your loved ones this festive season, think local, think ethical, think experiential!
Here are a few ideas to get you started…
FLORA AND FAUNA
HEALTH AND BEAUTY
Vegan, ethical and cruelty-free products from Flora & Fauna come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. There’s a selection of gift bags, skincare, hair & body makeup and baby products to choose from – and it is a certified B Corp.
Sisterworks is a social enterprise that supports women that are migrants, refugees or asylum seekers to become economically empowered.
There are homewares, hampers, vouchers and even locally made food (like eggplant pickles and fig jam!) that will make perfect presents for family, friends and colleagues.
These reusable beeswax wraps, lunch bags and produce bags make for easy and colourful gifts that will fast become staples in the kitchen.
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
This year, Readings has a collection of ethical and sustainable goodies for the book lovers among us. Our top picks from this list:
- Walks in Nature: Australia by Anna Carlile
Celebrate the Australian outdoors, from coastal cliffs and crescents of sand, to iconic bush landscapes and wild offshore islands. Walks in Nature: Australia offers more than 100 walking trails around the country, all within an easy distance of Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane or Hobart. There’s a variety of walks from 6 to 20km to suit every season and fitness level, with detailed track notes, easy-to-use maps and even delicious suggested foodie stops.
- Salt: Selected Stories and Essays by Bruce Pascoe
A far-ranging collection of stories and essays by the award-winning author of Dark Emu, Salt: Selected Stories and Essays showcases Bruce Pascoe’s enduring fascination with Australia’s landscape, culture, land management and history. Powerful, funny and devastating, this is essential reading for people wanting to grapple with colonialism and dispossession, the Australian national psyche and our huge, complex and devastating history.
METTLE GIFT BOXES
FASHION AND BEAUTY
Buy a gift box from Mettle Women Inc. (Mettle) and support safe futures for survivors of domestic violence. Mettle is an ethical gift delivery social enterprise employing women who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic and family violence.
JEWELLERY, ARTS & CRAFTS
There are lots of markets going on at this time of year. These are the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts for your loved ones, friends or your KK.
PARK SOCIAL SOCCER Co
SPORTSWEAR AND GEAR
PARK Social Soccer Co makes league quality soccer balls and gear that changes lives on and off the field. Through charitable partnerships, every product they make enriches the lives of kids in need. All products and projects are inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They contribute to: no poverty, good health and well-being, gender equality and reduced inequalities, by giving kids around the world the opportunity to play.
Trying to think of something a little different or unusual? Here are a few experiential gifts that are fun, memorable and non-material.
- Cooking lessons, like these ones with Free to Feed
- Make your very own terrarium, Petite Green in Melbourne has great workshops, no green thumb certification required
- A trip to the hot springs on the Mornington Peninsula
- A performance by the Sydney Dance Company
THE SOCIAL OUTFIT
The Social Outfit is an ethical fashion label based in Newtown in Sydney, providing employment and training to the refugee and new migrant community.