Christmas is such a special time. I love the traditions and the excitement that builds in the lead up. It is also a time where people seem to embrace this concept of giving. When I was in primary school, the festive period was a time when we were also made aware of others less fortunate than us. The school would organise a collection of non-perishable goods which were then given to the Sacred Heart Mission and distributed to those the Mission supported, particularly for use at their Christmas Day lunch. I loved this tradition and gathering tins and little items that I thought others might like too.

In this spirit of giving, I’ve put together a small list of gift ideas that give back – which I will be updating in the lead up to Christmas. These are all gifts that in some way give back twice, benefitting not only the gift recipient but the environment or animals, people crippled with illness, or those that are experiencing hard times.

If you’ve come across other conscious Christmas gifts and think they should be included here, let me know!

JC x



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Friends of Streat Cookbook – $69RRP 

Social enterprise, Streat offer disadvantaged or homeless youth between the ages of 16-25 a stable job through their programs which are based at their cafes, roastery and catering business. Their recent book, Friends of Streat  is a hard cover cookbook, full of recipes and personal stories from 45 brilliant Melbourne Chefs. Every copy sold supports the great work of Streat. Also available via their shop is their award-winning coffee roasted by them in Melbourne (the only not-for-profit roastery in the country) and their Christmas puddings!


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Think Pink Care package by Caring Canary  – $89RRP

Caring Canary is a hamper business that designs thoughtful care packages for all kinds of occasions. They have just released their Christmas care packs and have included one that supports the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation. Ten dollars from each of these care packs will be donated back to this special cause!

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Caim and Able RESTORE Coffee & Clementine Body Scrub – $22.95RRP

This wonderful magnesium salt coffee scrub is beautiful inside and out. It’s handmade in Australia, the ingredients have been sustainably sourced and the product itself has not been tested on animals. The jar is fully recyclable and $1 from every unit sold goes to Independent Womens Refuges & Shelters, in an effort to help fund safety for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Tick!


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NORTH Yoga Strap – $75RRP (NOTE: orders to be placed by November 30, 2016 for Christmas)

NORTH is a not-for-profit that that procures fabrics and prints from the art centres of indigenous communities. The sale of those fabrics and prints generates a source of sustainable income for the centres to support their artists. This gorgeous yoga strap features a hand screen printed, 100% natural linen shoulder panel with embossed adjustable leather straps. A beautiful gift for the yogi in your life!



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Butt Naked Himalayan Rock Salt and Lavender Scrub and Soak – $15.95RRP

A no nasties product (no parabens, sulphates, etc) this organic scrub and soak is a great gift for a friend that needs to relax and unwind! Five percent of the proceeds from all Butt Naked products including this one, will be donated to the Save a Dog program, helping dogs in need.



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Thank You ‘Oh Joy’ Christmas Gift Pack – $25RRP

This year, the Thank You group have put together a great range of Christmas gift packs, 100% of the profits of which, will be funnelled back into Thank You’s global poverty ending projects. Quite a few of the gift packs have already sold out so get in quick!

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Sow ‘n Sow Sweet Pea Christmas Card – $9.95RRP

I have been in love with the Sow ‘n Sow cards since the moment I first saw them sitting on the shelves at a stationery store a few years ago. These gorgeous gift cards printed from recycled paper are beautiful little art works in their own right, that also contain a packet of seeds inside them. It’s a beautiful gift for green thumbs, friends that love flowers, and family and friends visiting from overseas.



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Edible Gift Cards by Sustainable Table – 4 pack $13RRP or 8 pack $20RRP

I am a huge fan of not-for-profit, Sustainable Table and I love their edible gift cards. If you are gifting to foodies this Christmas, this is a wonderful way to top off your foodie gift. Their Christmas cards, printed on recycled paper also include a lovely recipe on the back.