Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas? Not if you want to shop more mindfully (because last minute gift buying is so last year). In these times, we appreciate thoughtful and meaningful gifts. And there’s never been a more vital time to support small and independent businesses and brands. Here’s our pick of feel-good Christmas gift ideas….
A gift to alleviate global poverty
Buy a gift from Oxfam and you will help the non-profit organization in their mission to end poverty. From fair trade chocolate to Christmas cards and decorations as well as pre-loved books and music, Oxfam will donate profits raised to provide clean water, equality for women, end hunger and more.
Support artisans and designers at The Big Design Market
The Big Design Market Online is now live in Sydney and Melbourne. Explore thousands of original gifts from over 200 Australian designers and makers in this interactive Christmas shopping guide. From artisanal jewelry and ceramics to designer Chai, Japanese organic bamboo cotton towels and natural soaps, you’ll find stunning gifts for all your stylish friends!
Be quick as this ends November 29th.
Support independent brands at this virtual Christmas fair
You’ll find some fabulous gifts when you attend this fair (virtually) this year. Hosted by Kensington Mums and The Glorious Edit, they’ve done all the hard work by carefully curating the best of independent brands. Sign-up to receive a discount code, after which you journey through their collection of inspiring gifts for all ages. The next virtual fair will be held December 6th-11th.
Buy a Christmas hamper for a family in need
In Australia the ‘salvos’ have long been revered for their incredible work during the holiday season. They are proactive in providing assistance to families who are struggling financially. Support them by buying a gift online. From $5 for a hearty soup for the homeless to $20 for a Santa stocking and $29 that pays for a Christmas lunch for a family, there’s a range of gift ideas for every budget.
Support an independent bookstore
You’ll find all the best books including your holiday reads at Bookshop.org, a new online initiative to financially support local and independent bookstores. You can even select to find your own local bookstore to support – it’s a win win! And the good news is Bookshop gives away over 75% of their profit margin to stores, publications, authors and others who make up the thriving, inspirational culture around books!