This is the third year in a row that I have compiled my top ten christmas kindness gift ideas – check out the 2012 Christmas kindness gift list here, many of these Christmas kindness gifts are still available. There are so many amazing brands doing great things for good causes, check out the 2013 list, there is a bit of everything, fashion, beer, wine, chocolate, beach towels, christmas hampers, and one of my favourite gag gifts supporting Bowel Cancer Australia: Bum Shorts – yes! Read on, I hope you find something socially kind to buy this Christmas!
1. A Bachhara Kaftan or dress (from $110)
Bachhara was born in the slums of Bangladesh where founder and designer, Amanda Ryan, was helping to run a free of cost school for slum children. With charitable donations running low, Amanda decided to take the future of her student’s families into her own hands. She started a sewing centre to create jobs for the children’s mothers, which would also generate a sustainable income for the school and its educational programs. What started as a two month volunteer trip to help the children of Bangladesh turned into a lifelong passion to empower the voice of women.
2. Bum Shorts – proudly supporting Bowel Cancer Australia ($10 AUD)
$10 buys you your very own bum shorts – yes you read this correctly, red and white striped bum shorts will make you stand out from the crowd at any event! One size fits all!
3. Your share in a goat, cow, camel, pig, water buffalo – Heifter.org (from $10 USD)
Yes so you have already heard about gifting an animal, but Heifer do things a bit differently: at Heifer.org you are actually gifting a pay-it-forward animal, you see the families who receive your gift actually become donor’s themselves, passing on offspring to other families in their community, and so on. Heifer claims that their model has 9x the impact of the first animal, as offspring are given away almost in perpetuity – the core of their charity’s model is passing on the gift – learn more here.
4. Chocolate from The Trading Circle (from $6.90 AUD)
Yes you read correctly, you can buy chocolate and tick a box for Christmas kindness! The Trading Circle is a not-for-profit ethical fair trade retailer established in Australia in 1995 specifically to support income generating projects, micro enterprises and community cooperatives to help women in dire need. Goods they produce are imported directly from these projects and sold via their stores (Brisbane, Sydney, Toowoomba, Perth), markets, fairs, conferences, website, direct marketing and corporate partnerships.
5. A Platinum Class Lottery ticket in the ACT for Kids draw ($50 AUD)
Win a Mercedes-Benz E 200 Cabriolet valued at $111,890. $50 gives you one in 9000 chances to win this amazing car in Lottery No.46 drawn on 15th December, all funds go directly ACT for Kids an Australian charity working tirelessly to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. With your support, they can continue providing specialised treatment and care for vulnerable kids and families who need it most.
6. Sea Shepherd beach towel ($35 AUD)
Perfect for the summer, established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
There are also tshirts, hoodies, hats and more, check it out and help protect our oceans!
7. Dick Smith OzeHamper – all profits go to charity (from $49.95)
Dick Smith Foods supports products which are produced by Australian owned businesses, which are Australian grown and made, and support Australian owned companies which operate in a ethical manner – they encourage you do this by making the most powerful statement you can as a consumer, with your buying choices. Since the beginning, Dick Smith Foods has donated over $5 million amongst a large number of charitable organisations.
8. Sseko Designs tote/clutch/handbag (from $50)
Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that employs women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams. To date, Sseko have enabled 30 women to continue on to university. Sseko currently employ 45 women in Uganda from all walks of life.
9. Peter Alexander 2014 Charity Calendar ($10 AUD)
Buy your copy of the 5th annual Peter Alexander 2014 Charity Calendar, all profits go to the RSPCA
10. Cavalier Courage Craft Beer supporting research into motor neurone disease
Charity beer? Too easy – buy as a gift or to consume. The beer to raise funding and awareness for motor neurone disease, find a stockist near you here.
If you are a wine lover, check out Good Will Wine too!
Let me know if I have missed any great charity christmas gifts off the list, I would love to hear about more!
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!