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Our Top 5 Ethical Gift Ideas This Christmas

Written By Maddy Crehan

Image from Offbeat and Inspired http://offbeatandinspired.com/2012/12/02/diy-cereal-box-gift-tags/

Image from Offbeat and Inspired http://offbeatandinspired.com/2012/12/02/diy-cereal-box-gift-tags/

Christmas is a great excuse to let the people around you know how much you care about them. But this doesn’t mean that you have to spend hundreds of dollars! As corny as it sounds the phrase “it’s the thought that counts” still rings true. So put some thought into your gifts this year to give yourself, and everyone around you, that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Here are our fave prezzie ideas this Christmas:

1. Support local artists 

By buying locally you are encouraging and supporting the incredible level of creativity and effort of Australian artists. This can range from buying a vase from a local designer, a painting by a local artist, a CD by a local band or even flowers from your local florist. It’s a small way of giving back to your community and encouraging people to thrive in their talents and professions.

Image from the Market Roll http://themarketroll.com.au/blog/sunday-markets-in-melbourne/

Image from the Market Roll http://themarketroll.com.au/blog/sunday-markets-in-melbourne/

2. DIY

If you’re looking for a heart-felt (but not too pricey) gift why not make something yourself? Like a delicious Christmas pudding or some adorable gingerbread characters! If you’re not much of a Masterchef you could make someone a necklace or a playlist of your favourite songs. Or buy a pot plant and paint the pot. Or CREATE your own pot plant out of a teacup! The possibilities are endless.

Image from TheKavic Living http://thekavicliving.weebly.com/diy/diy-creative-planters-for-your-garden

Image from TheKavic Living http://thekavicliving.weebly.com/diy/diy-creative-planters-for-your-garden

3. Oxfam Unwrapped Gifts

Help support Oxfam Australia‘s life-changing work around the world by buying an Oxfam Unwrapped Gift. The person you’re buying the gift for will receive a card explaining how their gift is helping fight poverty.

To learn more or choose a gift click here.

Oxfam also have a range of fair trade gifts available in their shops. Fair trade empowers disadvantaged communities by paying them fair and stable prices for their work, helping them develop skills to run a sustainable business and giving them access to world markets.

To view their products online click here. OR to find the closest store near you click here.

oxfam unwrapped

Image from Oxfam Australia https://unwrapped.oxfam.org.au/

4. The Body shop Gift-pack

WaterAid and The Body Shop are joining forces this Christmas to help transform lives in Ethiopia through access to safe water.

The campaign involves a collection of pre-made gifts that will be sold in more than 60 countries. For every gift bought, a donation will be made to WaterAid which can provide a family in Mazoria, Ethiopia with one day of safe water. The goal is to provide 1,000 families with safe water over the next 10 years.

Paul Nichols, Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia said: “Through this campaign we can reach even more people with our work and get one step closer to a world where everyone, everywhere has access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.”

To view The Body Shop products included in the campaign click here.

Image from The Body Shop http://www.thebodyshop.com.au/

Image from The Body Shop http://www.thebodyshop.com.au/

5. Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper 

Who Gives a Crap make all of their products (including toilet paper, paper towel and tissues) with environmentally friendly materials, and donate 50% of all profits to WaterAid to build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

2.5 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that diarrhea related diseases fill over half of sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill 1,400 children under 5 every day.

Who Gives a Crap‘s contributions are having an enormously positive impact. Since they started in 2012 they have provided sanitation access to 69,380 people though donations to WaterAid. And by using environmentally friendly materials they have saved 12,017 trees, 29 million litres of water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2,311 tonnes.

Click here to view their products.

Image from Who Gives a Crap http://au.whogivesacrap.org/

Image from Who Gives a Crap http://au.whogivesacrap.org/

 

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Maddy Crehan

Maddy regularly writes for Rosie, and is passionate about music, history, art and gender equality.

 

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