When it comes to festive season gift giving, it's all about spreading cheer. But what if we told you that certain Christmas gifts could spread DOUBLE the cheer? You heard correctly, there are certain gifts that will not only fill your loved one's heart with festive glee, but also give back to charities, community groups and non-profit organisations at the same time. So everyone is filled with Christmas joy! Here are our top gifts that give twice.
1. Ugly Christmas Rashie
It’s the ultimate way to get in on the ugly Christmas jumper trend without melting in the summer heat. The limited edition Ugly Xmas Rashies, have been created by Gold Coast-based Kozii Swimwear, in collaboration with Cancer Council Queensland. The rashies are sun safe (rated UPF 50+) and 100 per cent Australian-made, with all profits helping Cancer Council Queensland in the fight against cancer.
2. Good Beer Co. Beers
The Good Beer Co. is donating 50 per cent of its profits to charity throughout December. So why not give a guilt-free beer this Christmas? All funds will go directly to the Australian Marine Conservation Society to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
3. ASOS Africa Range
For the past 12 seasons, ASOS has paired up with SOKO, a socially responsible clothing manufacturer based in Kenya’s Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary. Their sustainable fashion supports local craftsmanship, providing employment to underprivileged communities, supporting female education and paying fair wages. Now you can look AND feel good, knowing your money is going to a great cause!
4. LUSH Charity Pot
Purchase the Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion ($32.50), a rich and generous cream, and all proceeds will go directly to the small grassroots charities LUSH work with. The newly-formulated Charity Pot contains seven ingredients from their SLush Fund Projects and supports organisations that focus on environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
6. MOR Candle
MOR’s Limited Edition Young at Heart Fragrant Candle has been created to support one of Australia’s leading national children’s charities, TLC for Kids, with $5 from each candle donated. You can purchase your candle from the website or Myer.
7. Your Gift, Your Charity
Pass it Forward Gifts is a company that provides donations to four Australian charities whenever you purchase a gift from their range of jewellery, homewares, beauty, perfume, CDs, DVDs, and toys. You can even choose which associated charities you would like to receive your donations! Charities listed include Clothes Line Incorporated, Quest for Life Foundation, Inala, and Kids for Life.
8. Warby Parker Glasses
For every of pair of glasses purchased from Warby Parker’s online store, one pair goes to someone in need through non-profit organisations such as VisionSpring. Along with prescription eyeglasses, Warby Parker also sells women’s and men’s sunglasses.
9. Oxfam Gifts
Oxfam Shop offers products that are handcrafted by their community partners and support fair trade across the world. You can buy a gift from their range of homewares, clothing, music, toys, kitchenware, books and Christmas-themed hampers, cards and wraps.
11. Thinx Underwear
This is definitely a different take on the traditional socks and jocks gifts: period pants. Now, don’t get too freaked out; they’re actually scientifically designed with award-winning patented technology that keeps the woman clean and dry with the ability to be moisture wicking, anti-microbial, absorbent and leak-resistant. When you buy a pair of Thinx, they send the funds to their partner organisation AFRIpads in Uganda. AFRIpads turns local women into entrepreneurs by training them to sew and sell washable, reusable cloth pads. It gives girls the ability to purchase an affordable and sustainable pack of pads, helping them to stay in school every day and break the taboo of that time of the month.
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