Give a grown-up gift which actually means something this Christmas
If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s that we need to be kinder to each other and everyone else on the planet. That includes putting more thought into our choices, including what we buy.
It’s about now that most people start panicking about the mountains of Christmas shopping they need to get through. Buying Christmas gifts for kids can be relatively easy, given all the toys, gadgets and fun stuff. In fact, there’s so much choice we usually tend to buy a lot more than we ever wanted to.
But it’s a different story when it comes to buying an adult gift. Choosing something for our spouse, friend, sister or mum is a lot harder. Particularly as most people already have everything they need. Cue the token cheap socks, booze and soap bought last minute from a chain store.
One way to make a difference and give something meaningful is a gift with purpose – aka one from a social enterprise.
“These businesses give a portion of profits back to a cause such as ending child poverty, anti-slavery or helping the disabled,” explains Vanessa Rowed, founder of social enterprise Awakind which produces Australian-made sleepwear and bedsheets for adults and kids in gender neutral colours.
It’s also a nice idea when your loved one opens your gift or comments on it, to explain why you chose it and what’s behind it.
Check out this list of on-trend, purposeful gifts for Christmas 2020:
The Karma Collective – scented candles assorted, $40
These candles come in a range of divine scents including Vanilla and Caramel, Watermelon and Lemonade, Lychee and Peony, and Cacao and Amber. Proceeds go towards helping endangered or injured animals such as those impacted by the recent Australian bushfires and Borneo orangutans.
Who Gives a Crap – the A – Z Edition toilet paper, $60
If there was ever an appropriate Christmas present the year, it’s this. These 100 per cent bamboo rolls include each letter of the alphabet in colourful wrapping. The company gives 50 per cent of profits to help fund new toilets in third world countries.
Awakind – pyjamas and bedsheets, from $48
The pyjamas produced by Awakind are in gorgeous shades of teal, clay and grey and can also be worn as leisure wear. They also make bedsheets from organic cotton jersey as well a kids and teens line. The business donates 100 per cent of profits to initiatives including UNICEFs Champion for Children program supporting child protection, and two children’s homes through organisation Chop Vietnam.
Her Platform – assorted wares from $15
Her Platform put 100 per cent of profits back into mental health and wellbeing programs. Feature items are the super cool Hey Girl I Got Your Back t-shirts, Like a Girl tote bags and Her Zen Natural Body Mist sprays.
Magpie Goose, clothing, assorted prices
These vibrant, colourful statement clothes are produced in partnership with Aboriginal artists. Features dresses, pants, skirts, tops and more. The business creates new economic and creative opportunities for Aboriginal people.
Nigretta of Hamilton, cutting and serving boards, from $32
These stunning wooden cutting and serving kitchen boards are sustainably sourced and also can be engraved as well. All are shaped, crafted and sanded by a combination of skilled support employees, and employees with a disability or disadvantage, working side by side.
Stitches and Prints, assorted textiles, from $7
These very trendy shopping bags, everyday bags and tea towels are all made from reusable, recycled and repurposed materials. The are all produced by people with disabilities who the business supports with paid, meaningful employment.
GGs Flowers – hampers assorted, from $65
Features an array of hampers that can be delivered nationwide including handmade fruit conserves, artisan savoury crackers, gourmet spice rubs and chocolates. They also deliver multicoloured rainbow roses to the Canberra area, and provide people with disabilities with meaningful employment opportunities.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Social Traders website here
What: Meaningful Gifts for Adults
When: December 2020
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