That time of year has arrived. If you’re anything like me, you leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, until a sense of panic starts to set in and I finally put pen to paper and make the gifting list.
As I get older wiser with age, I’ve found my attitude to gift buying is getting easier. Where before I would worry if the recipient would re-gift/like/love my gift, I now buy things with a different purpose. I have become a little more selfish and like to make sure any chosen item meets ‘my’ criteria list first. Although I always hope my gift will be welcomed, it gives me great joy to know that I am sharing a little bit of conscious consumerism through this process.
So here are my criteria for gift buying:
So, with those questions in mind, here are a few gift suggestions for Christmas that might help you get inspired to buy ethically this Christmas.
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I love supporting KIVA. KIVA unites through lending to alleviate poverty. By lending as little as $25 on KIVA, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realise their potential. Money is repaid in full and every dollar you lend goes to funding loans. You can choose from a wide selection of countries, industries and purposes.
Women: Bling that feels good
There is something special in giving hand-made items that are fully traceable. A connection between the maker and the jewellery piece is precious and significantly adds to the experience of wearing it - not to mention the styling and uniqueness of textures and colours. This is why we love what we do at Finders & Makers. All our products are ethically hand-made, by businesses that are run by women, or employ a significant number of women. Yes, we are biased, and I am sure you will agree when you experience our products.
Men: Comfy basics that are sure to please
I know how fussy guys can be about their underwear. I’ve heard complaints about the fabric, the elastic or the cut. This is why I’m loving the super comfy type you can get at Buy Undies Give Undies. They have annual subscriptions with deliveries of fresh undies for your guy 3 times a year. An awesome concept which also supports the supply of undies to children in developing nations. A great gift that gives twofold. And stay tuned, as a women and children's range is in store for next year!
Teens: Cool is the only way
How do you avoid eye-rolling when gifting teens? Perhaps the mob at Etiko can help. They are an Australian family owned business that has the respect and promotion of human rights at its core. Producing a cool range of men’s and women’s casual clothing pieces, they only source from fair trade certified makers. This ensures workers use sustainably sourced materials and their economic and social development is supported. Plus, all the designs are created and printed in Melbourne.
Children: Let their imaginations run wild
With so much digital influence all around us, it’s great to know we can find beautifully hand-made toys that encourage imagination without screens. Every product you’ll find at Kenana Down Under is created in Kenya. Founded in 1998 the business assists local ladies to use their homespun wool in beautiful clever soft toy creations. By providing a safe, family-friendly working environment, the Kenana Knitters empowers women, offering them a chance to work and take charge of their lives, with pride and dignity.
Even though it’s the silly season, we can turn shopping for a gift into a conscious purchase with social impact.
Happy shopping everyone!
Until next time,