At the beginning of the year, many of us make full-fledged commitments to do more for society – like sign up to that charity walk or volunteer for a good cause. Inevitably our goals get buried in the business of life and, often, we find ourselves wishing we’d done more when the year comes to its end. Thankfully, there’s still time left and the silly season is the perfect chance to do something meaningful and give ethical Christmas gifts.
Aussies receive around 20 million unwanted pressies at Christmas time, according to New Galaxy research. So to avoid gifting something your mate just doesn’t want, gift them with something that’ll inspire them.
Here are 6 Aussie brands that not only back a wholesome cause but are trendy, edgy, and, in some cases, downright adorable.
Haus of Dizzy
Founded by Indigenous Australian Jewellery Designer, Kristy Dickinson, Haus of Dizzy is the place to shop for that friend who can pull off bold and edgy accessories. Considering the Australian art scene is pretty saturated with non-indigenous creatives, this brand isn’t to be glazed over. These earrings give off some serious protest vibes and we’re all about it.
Who Gives A Crap
Perhaps gifting toilet paper seems a bit left-of-field but I’d be flummoxed if anyone were to judge a present like this. Who Gives A Crap are a very special company – all their products are made without trees and they don’t use any inks or dyes.
But they also support a seriously cool and worthy cause – 50% of the profits from their loo rolls helps to build toilets and improve sanitation in developing countries around the world. This is a gift for that friend who isn’t “extra” and likes organisation and practicality. Also, have you ever seen a toilet paper roll this cute? I THINK NOT.
This Sydney-based clothing brand is trailblazing inclusivity with sizing that extends to a 4X in their Every Body range. By purchasing from Made 950 you’re not only supporting a small Aussie business but you’re supporting a range of Aussie artists. Made 590 partners with local knitting experts, digital experts and screen printers to help them produce their unique clothes and knick-knacks. This is ethical production and ethical present-giving all at once.
The Rescue Collective
Ok, we all have an animal-obsessed friend and I’ve discovered the perfect gift for such a type: a Koala care package. Australia’s critical fire conditions have meant that, as of the 9th of November, an estimated 350 koalas perished in NSW’s fires, according to The Rescue Collective.
During bushfire season, this non-for-profit will be needing resources to care for all of the dehydrated and suffering koalas. Volunteers are accepting donations but have also included a postal address on their social media sites, encouraging people to post essential products such as Sorbolene cream, paw paw ointment and baby wipes. Why not make a koala care package and send it off in the name of Koalas AND Christmas?
The Butterfly Foundation
The Butterfly Foundation provides services for Australians living with an eating disorder and does a lot of advocating for improved services from both government and independent bodies. Considering eating disorders have affected around 16% of our Australia’s population, according to the national eating disorders collaboration, its a cause well-worth getting behind.
You can check out their merchandise which features cute tote bags, water bottles and other knick-knacks that raise awareness for eating conditions. Just make sure you’re sensitive and thoughtful when giving ethical Christmas gifts like this.
Shuturp is for the meme-obsessed friend. Queensland based designer, Ellie Hopley produces unique, hilarious and uplifting clothes, all of which are unisex. What’s the good cause here? Supporting an Aussie designer who says “eff off” to gender norms and is all about spreading good vibes through her work. If you have a friend who’s had a particularly rough year Shurtup is your one-stop-shop for all of the pick-me-up pressies.
So there ya have it, six Aussie brands that’ll rescue you from your gift-buying dread. Just be warned, these ethical Christmas gifts are so loveable there’s a high risk you’ll end up adding two to cart.