If you are anything like me, Christmas has only just hit your radar, and rather than buying boring gifts like socks and jocks, or something destined for landfill, here is a short list of gifts that do-good ideas – gifts that give twice, helps a charity or cause, as well as is a nice gift for under the tree:
1. Girls With Dreams tote supporting ONE GIRL
The perfect tote for carrying school books, groceries, or gym gear. Extra roomy with reinforced shoulder straps. Proceeds from every sale help fund the One Girl education projects – so this bag won’t just look good, it’ll do good too. Tote is 100% cotton canvas, and measures 42cm x 42cm and is $19.95 from One Girl.
About One Girl: profits from this bag will go to helping educate girls in Africa. Buy here and learn more at www.onegirl.org.au
2. Fight for Our Reef t-shirt supporting the Australian Marine Conservation Society
Buy this FIGHT FOR OUR REEF tshirt for $30.00, and support the Australian Marine Conservation’s Reef campaign. 100% cotton, navy t-shirt (dark navy, almost black), ethically produced, W.R.A.P. certified garment. The front of the shirt has the FFOR logo, the back has the website.
About AMCS: defenders of Australia’s oceans for over 50 years. Buy tshirt here and learn more at www.marineconservation.org.au
3. Words With Heart notebook
A beautiful A5 size lightweight notebook that’s super durable, splash resistant (cover), made to survive a lot of planning, dreaming, creating and scheming. Price $8.95 and funds one day of education for a girl in a developing country. Buy here
*Gorgeous hand illustrated inside and outside cover design
*44 lined pages, made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper
*Cover made with 100% recycled card and coated in an eco laminate
*An outline of our social impact detailed on the back cover
About WWH: Words With Heart is an eco-friendly stationery and printery social enterprise that funds women’s and girls education projects.
4. Stronger Than You Know t-shirt supporting Women’s Legal Service
‘Stronger than you know’ tee supporting Women’s Legal Service. Featuring a bat wing sleeve and scoop neck, this 165 gsm poly viscose tee is soft, relaxed fit and super stylish. Wear your strength with pride, or give as a gift with heart. Team with active wear or your favourite denim. Price $29.50. Buy here.
About Women’s Legal Service: funds raised from each tee will go directly to Women’s Legal Service Queensland – to build safer futures for women and kids affected by domestic violence.
5. Keep Cup supporting Sea Shepherd
Every minute around the world over one million disposable cups are discarded to landfill or end up in our oceans. Sea Shepherd has partnered with Keep Cup to make sure you enjoy your coffee or tea safe in the knowledge that it won’t threaten marine wildlife. Enjoy your brew while reducing your waste and supporting Sea Shepherd. Cost $22 and you can buy yours here.
About Sea Shepherd: 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 to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
6. Sunday Rose Bunny supporting Global Sisters
Sunday Rose Bunny is $49.00 and was made exclusively for the Global Sisters Marketplace store. She is handmade in Australia, with natural materials, ethically produced AND supports the financial independence of a local female artisan.
About Global Sisters: Global Sisters provide disadvantaged or marginalised women with the tools, networks and resources to establish or grow a business.
7. Handbags With Heart supporting Share The Dignity
The Jane bag is a chic black tote bag with long straps and top zipper, a zippered back pocket, multiple inside pockets and the signature Share the Dignity lining. It is a perfect bag for the workplace, out and around town.
The Jane bag is $49.95 and is made from a good quality PU faux leather and is vegan friendly. Bag Dimensions are 46cms wide, it has a base width of 11cms, it is 32cms deep with a 24cm handle length. Buy here.
About Share the Dignity: Share The Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every YEAR for women experiencing homelessness and poverty.
8. Glass water bottle supporting Healthy Land & Water
Reusable glass bottle with green silicone grip, supporting the work of environmental charity Healthy Land & Waterways for $14.99. Buy here. Product features:
– 450ml, 22.5 cm high and 6.5 cm diameter
– Durable borosilicate glass with silicon protection
– Contour design with comfortable food grade FDA standard silicon sleeve
– Stainless steel screw-top lid with convenient carry strap
– Compact size makes it easy to take with you wherever you go!
– Dishwasher safe (top rack only)
About Healthy Land & Water: Healthy Land & Water is an independent organisation working to improve the sustainable use of land and waterways in South-East Queensland.
9. 2018 Calendar supporting Pet Rescue
The 2018 PETstock Assist and PetRescue calendar is only $3 and raises much needed funds for PetRescue.
About Pet Rescue: to help save the lives of all homeless pets by giving them the very best chance of finding a human to love for life.
10. Talking teddy bear supporting Mummy’s Wish
For every Talking Comfort Bear purchased, Mummy’s Wish can fund the purchase of a talking bear for the children of Mums with cancer. Each bear comes with a voice recorder so that you can record a special message, offering stressed and lonely little ones a feeling of safety, warmth and assurance when they need it most.
This adorable talking bear is sure to delight every child. He is also super soft making him perfect for cuddles.
All bears are 16 inches tall and include a 10 second voice recorder for you to record a special message for your lucky recipient. The voice recorder uses 3 x 1.5v LR44 alkaline batteries (included). Cost is $40.00 and you can buy one here.
About Mummy’s Wish: supporting Australian families with children aged 12 years and under through the provision of practical, immediate and non-means tested support whilst Mum is receiving treatment for cancer.
Know another good gift? The type of gift that gives twice – please tell me all about it in the comments section below.
Thank you for reading!