I have searched my favourite online charity shops and social enterprises, so that you don’t have to! Here is my annual list, top ten Christmas gifts that give twice. A gift for you to give, and that helps a charity, creates good in the world or pays something forward. I have gifts here for kids, for mum, for dad, for cooks, for beer lovers, for sisters, for the person who already has everything and much more. ENJOY! (and please tell me what you buy, I would love to hear about what you like) ~ Tara
The new OzHarvest Cookbook “Urban Harvest”
$60.00 AUD (includes shipping)
Cause: Urban Harvest is the brand new cookbook from food rescue charity OzHarvest which celebrates kitchen gardens of all shapes and sizes with 50 of Australia’s most celebrated chefs. Through 100 family friendly recipes, OzHarvest encourages everyone to get involved in growing, learning and cooking delicious and nutritious food. The purchase of this cookbook will help OzHarvest, deliver 120 meals to vulnerable men, women and children. Learn more about OzHarvest here.
Buy: purchase online at OzHarvest Soul Shop. Follow on facebook, twitter, instagram.
Beautiful handmade necklaces from the SisterWorks
About: Pink choker, and yellow necklace made by Saida, from Rwanda,
Cause: By supporting SisterWorks, you are encouraging social inclusion, female empowerment, creating business opportunities for marginalised women and buying a fair trade product. SisterWorks is a Melbourne based social enterprise, who help vulnerable women who are seeking asylum, or have refugee and migrant background (Sisters) to work towards financial independence by developing the skills they need to settle happily into Australian society.
Buy: check out the SisterWorks Etsy store or visit their pop-up stores and markets in Mebourne. Follow on facebook or twitter
Human made, RAD Human gift book
$15 AUD plus shipping
About: A pocket-sized 10-page gift book, with tear out experiences to gift to the humans you care about, eg. breakfast in bed or a ‘one ridiculously good massage’.
Cause: Human Made is your one stop shop for unique wares with a conscience. All purchases from our shop go towards supporting our mission: to use our creative powers to inspire hope and confidence in the most vulnerable members of our society. To fund our community programs we also run a digital media and graphic design studio, manage projects and make cool stuff.
Buy: visit the Human. website and make sure you take a look at their other items. Follow Human Ventures. on facebook or twitter
Mannya Trading Co. 1kg whole bean coffee
$32 plus shipping
About: Choose your brew from Cotton On Foundation’s range of premium specialty grade coffee. Sourced using direct trade principles, you’ll be supporting a sustainable future for coffee farmers and their communities in Southern Uganda. Cotton On Foundation recently celebrated one year of trading with Mannya Trading Co.
Cause: Learn more about the work of the Cotton On Foundation here.
Buy: Buy online at Cotton On Foundation shop. Also check out their Not Just Mints, Not Just Water and Not Just Tissues – awesome!
The 3 Bad Bwoys BBQ BFF – Jamaican Jerk Rub, Authentic Jamaican Curry and Jamaican BBQ Sauce
$55 AUD includes free shipping
About: Meet the tastiest marinades & sauces to use on your BBQ meats, fish, chicken e.t.c. No marinating required. All our products are handmade using the highest quality spices, herbs and produce within Australia. They are made with love and this is transferred through the flavour. Make the best Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Curried Goat e.t.c that requires minimal effort.
Cause: The Ja =Joint is a Brisbane based social enterprise founded by Carly Day, who not only creates amazing Jamaican food, but deliberately employs marginalised multicultural youth.
Buy: purchase online at The Ja Joint website, and check out their other goodies! Follow The Ja Joint on facebook, or twitter.
The Eagle Inside – a new children’s book supporting AIME
$29 AUD plus shipping
Cause: a children’s book written by AIME CEO and Founder Jack Manning Bancroft. All funds go to supporting Indigenous students through high school and into university, employment or further education.
About: Jimmy is the smallest bird at school. Surrounded by big, tough birds, he feels different in every way and is certain he will never fit in. It takes a friend to help him learn that being different can be a strength.
Buy: online at the AIME shop or at Riverbend Books in Bulimba Brisbane. Follow the inspiring work of AIME on facebook.
RUN LIKE A GIRL singlet supporting OneGirl
$40.00 AUD plus shipping
Cause: One Girl is a non-profit organisation based in Melbourne that is changing the world, one girl at a time, educating girls living in Africa. Your purchase will help fund school scholarships, give access women and girls to sanitary pads, and much more. Learn more here.
Buy: purchase online at the OneGirl shop and check out their full range of gifts that dont suck. Follow on facebook, twitter or instagram.
SEA SHEPHERD AUSTRALIA APPARELL
Gifts from $11.50 plus shipping – there are lots of gifts to choose from, thongs, stickers, tshirts for babies, toddlers, men, women, flags, hoodies, towels and more – see full range here.
Cause: Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose 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. Sea Shephard Australia is the worlds leading direct-action ocean conservation group.
Buy: shop online on Sea Shepherd website or visit West End Markets (Brisbane) on Saturdays. Follow Sea Shepherd Australia on facebook or twitter.
Boystown Lottery ticket to win a $3.26M beach front – drawn 23 December
Tickets from $15 each
Cause: Boystown helps disadvantaged young people, and their families, through education, counselling, peer support and preparation for employment. Learn more here.
Buy: tickets on the Boystown website or onsite at Apartment 3 ‘La Vie’, 470-472 The Esplanade, Palm Beach QLD 4221.
Six pack of new social enterprise beer: The Good Beer Co.
From $10 AUD. $50 gets you a 6 pack of beer, t-shirt and 1 years membership to Good Beer Co. Pledge before 7 December to ensure beer delivery by mid-February. For all pledges made after this date, beer will be delivered in March.
Cause: Read last week’s charityspam blog here. The Good Beer Co is a social enterprise beer company that share profits with charity partners – the launch parter is the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
Buy: The Good Beer Co website, follow on facebook, twitter or instagram.
Dont forget to order your 2015 YoungCake, supporting Young Care too!
$26.50 plus flat rate shipping of $7.95
About: In packs designed to share, these delicious blonde Christmas cakes are brimming with festive fruit and nuts. Celebrity Chef Ben O’Donoghue has baked Youngcare resident Bronwyn’s Dad’s recipe with her and it’s been lovingly made by Vanilla Pod bakery, with the pack designed by award-winning artist Michael Zavros.
Cause: helping young people get out of aged care Order here!
Happy shopping! Please send me the details of any other gifts that give back in your Christmas shopping – I would love to hear from you! Please post in the comments below.