Christmas with a conscience: ethical gifts

Living in this fast paced world it seems there’s a lot of disposable claptrap people get caught up in buying for Christmas. So it’s good to know there are gifts that will keep on giving even after the festive season, thanks to a bevvy of social enterprises creating gifts that give back to the community.

By buying these gifts ethically, the money you spend will go to a great cause, and, you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for everyone special in your life.

Wanderlust People

The brainchild of global travellers Aimee Pearce and Elissa Webster, Wanderlust People sources its range from countries including Cambodia, Ethiopia, India and Thailand. The ethically sourced products include homewares, jewellery and bags. Perfect for that stylish person in your life.

 

Wanderlust earrings. Photo: supplied

Wanderlust People’s ethically sourced earrings. Photo: supplied

 

Songbird Collection 

Handcrafted by artisans around the world, Songbird Collection’s accessories include gorgeous handmade and hand-painted birdlife including those native to Australia. As well as being unique and beautiful gift ideas, the money raised goes to support marginalised communities from rural areas in Thailand, South Africa and Bangladesh.

 

Songbird Collection accessories include a whistle as part of the artwork. Photo: supplied

Songbird Collection and Avenue Originals. Photo: supplied

 

Avenue Originals 

These candles are not only eco-friendly (and smell wonderful) they also raise funds to “ignite a career for people with disability”. The candles are hand poured in Australia and use natural, soy wax and recyclable materials.

 

Conscious Step

Sure, they’re socks, and may not be on everyone’s gift list, but these are socks that can help to find a cure for HIV, help raise funds for disaster relief, or even fight hunger. There are many stylish sock-styles on offer and each has a unique cause.

 

Conscious Step socks help raise funds for important global causes. Photo: supplied

Conscious Step socks help raise funds for important global causes. Photo: supplied

 

The Timekeeper

These watches are super sleek and stylish and let’s face it, would be the perfect gift for any time piece oficiandos. Best of all, with each watch purchase, 100% of the profits support organisations including Youth Off the Streets and 40K Plus. These organisations run programs for the education, health and wellbeing of young people in need.

 

These watches help raise funds for youth mental health. Photo: supplied

These watches help raise funds for youth mental health. Photo: supplied

 

Buy Undies, Give Undies

This underwear company started after Holly and Chris O’Brien travelled to Africa and saw that many children did not have this much needed item of under garmenting. Thus, Buy Undies, Give Undies, donates … well undies to children in need. For every pair you buy, another pair is donated. A worthy cause to get behind …..

 

Buying a pair of undies means you're buying a pair for someone in need. Photo: supplied

Buying a pair of undies means you’re buying a pair for children in need. Photo: supplied

 

Seven Women

Seven Women has many beautiful children’s gifts and other accessories for sale. The profits from these products, handmade in Kathmandu Nepal, funds the Seven Women program, including emergency accommodation, scholarship funds and training. As an aside, Seven Women also takes donations (and is asking for volunteers).

These felt puppets will help Nepalese women with employment. Photo: supplied

These felt puppets will help Nepalese women build job skills. Photo: supplied

 

 

Empower

This St Kilda-based shop offers an array of crafts for sale including kids toys. Empower offers a place where women-in-need can sell their handmade goods and partners with producer groups to ensure they receive skills training and a safe place to work. As they say “we exist to combat human trafficking – simple as that.”

 

These toys can bring joy and help stop human trafficking. Photo: supplied

These toys can bring joy and help stop human trafficking. Photo: supplied

 

For more ideas on ethical gifts / visit Goodsmiths which is the home of responsible, sustainable and ethical goods.

 

 

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