5 on the fly: ethical Christmas gift ideas

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by Sarah Halfpenny

Change lives this Christmas with these thoughtful gifts that help create a kinder and more equal world for everyone.

  1. A treat from the Lost Dogs’ Home

 Sadly, Christmas is one of the busiest times for animal shelters, with animals arriving on their doorsteps every day, and the cost of living pushing up their operating costs. Find a cute gift for an animal lover in your life – there’s plenty to choose from including a tea towel, calendar, notebooks and pet treats. You can rest assured that proceeds from every order go directly to shelters, and help more animals get their happily ever after.

  1. Women’s accessories from SisterWorks

SisterWorks is a not-for-profit social enterprise, based in Melbourne, whose mission is to support women who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants, providing them with meaningful opportunities in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. You can support them by purchasing unique quality gifts they making including makeup bags, tote bags (made from upcycled advertising banners!), hair scrunchies, headbands, shawls, purses and much more.

  1. Catering boxes from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)

Responsibly sourced and specially curated, the ASRC Catering arm put together gifts that do good and taste great! Choose from a spice, sweet and savoury, falafel experience, pantry favourites, or spice-and-a-bit-more boxes. 100% of profits will be invested in the ASRC programs that help support and empower people seeking asylum, making real change possible in their journey to freedom.

  1. Welcome to Country’s authentic Indigenous experiences and products

Find all your favourite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brands and discover new ones at Welcome to Country. It’s a not-for-profit marketplace for Indigenous merchandise including clothing, art, homewares, earrings, candles, and even pet beds! Every purchase made with them directly benefits Indigenous artists and communities.

  1. Adopt a platypus, koala, turtle or tree!

 Australian nature needs our nurture! The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia has been a leading voice for nature for more than half a century, working in 100 countries and partnering with governments, businesses, communities and individuals to address pressing environmental issues. If you’d like to support their work – which is founded on science – head to their online shop for noteworthy ‘adoption’ – it’s a Christmas gift that is kind to the environment.

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