The Perfect Gift: Australian Social Enterprises to Support this Christmas

As we wrap up the crazy year that was 2021, help your loved ones unwrap gifts that support social and environmental good. These Australian social enterprises have just what you need to spread some holiday cheer.

Help a loved one or fellow changemaker unlock their inner storyteller with the Stories for Impact online course from Digital Storytellers. In just over 6 weeks, they’ll learn how to use tools they already have to share their story with the world.

Help out that caffeine addict in your life (and a good cause) when you give them beans from Bellarine Coffee Roasters or Aussie Veterans Coffee Co. Your purchase will support mental health initiatives and Australian veterans, respectively.

We all use it, meaning we can all do telco in a way that’s better. With mobile and nbn available, a plan from Goodtel sends 50% of their profits to environmental and social causes.

The Forevermore Foundation wants to capture special moments, which is why they provide the gift of free family photography to families faced with a cancer diagnosis. When you purchase a photography session for your own family, it helps to fund one of these gifted sessions.

With clothing, masks, prints, canvas prints, digital downloads, and stickers available, Yarli Creative provides an excellent way to share beautiful Abroiginal art with loved ones. They have greeting cards, too!

Made from 55% recycled textile waste fibre and 45% Australian merino wool, the recycled yarn from Dempstah is an eco-conscious gift perfect for any crafter! It’s available at Citizenwolf.

With furniture, IT and electrical products, care packs, designer clothes, and more, Green Collect is a one-stop shop for upcycled products that supports job creation for those who need it most.

With Goody Bags and climate neutral organic cotton bags and t-shirts available, Welcome Merchant takes care of your ethical gift-giving needs. The Goody Bags feature products from 4 refugee businesses, and with every purchase in November, $5 is donated to a women’s shelter.

Hey Girls are an award-winning social enterprise fighting to end period poverty by selling and donating environmentally friendly period products in Australia. For every single product purchased, Hey Girls donate the equivalent product to someone who needs support. All Hey Girls products are sustainable, biodegradable or recyclable and follow their eco-conscious ethos.

Bringing together some of Australia’s best items, the hampers, bushfood collections, Indigenous products, and gift boxes from Aggie make for an excellent gift for a foodie friend or family member.

We all know and love jet-setters, so give them and our planet some Adventure Junky offsets for their travel emissions. Monthly subscriptions are available, with funds supporting reforestation projects in Madagascar and wind power projects in Turkey.

Between lockdowns and travel restrictions, we’re all craving new sights. You can treat your loved one to a Cultural Quest Tours virtual tour of Persia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, or Georgia. Real walking tours in Melbourne and its suburbs are available, too.

Base uses natural ingredients to create artisan cleansing products, with proceeds supporting positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Not only do they provide training and employment pathways for people with barriers to employment, but Boots for All also provides new and near-new sporting goods for children and adults.

The ASRC shop has an impressive range of responsibly-sourced gifts — totes, artwork, clothing and accessories, games, homewares, and more. 100% of profits are invested in programs supporting and empowering people seeking asylum.

Show some love for the healthcare professional in your life with ethically sourced, sustainable, and Australian designed medical scrubs from Art x Scrubs.

Using traditional knowledge and locally sourced ingredients, the skincare products from Bush Medijina help to preserve traditions and the Warningakalina women who founded the brand. Lotions, balms, scrubs, gels, botanicals, and gift sets are available.

In addition to some clothing, Ethni has ethically produced feelings and strengths cards designed to support young women from diverse cultures as they learn valuable resilience skills. 100% of all profits support Ethni’s mental health programs.

If you’ve got a green thumb in your life, give them a tray of mixed seedlings from The Paddock Project. Each tray includes an ideal range for a backyard garden, and all proceeds support the Mullumbimby market garden and their programs to provide employment for people with NDIS packages.

Mettle Women Inc. is in the business of using gift boxes to support women experiencing homelessness due to domestic and family violence. Their range of organic, vegan, and sustainable gifts are perfect for the holidays — or any excuse to spread some love!

It’s not exactly the most glamorous gift, but it will certainly be appreciated! The eco-friendly menstrual cups from YONI are a great way to cut down on the waste associated with period products. Plus, for every cup sold, another one is donated to a menstruator in need.

100% of the profits from Secret Sisterhood’s range of beautiful jewellery goes towards supporting women’s charities. They’ve got necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

With dresses, tops, bottoms, scarves, and basics available, a gift from Ngali can help fill a woman’s wardrobe — all while embracing slow fashion and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives.

Snacks are a perfect stocking stuffer — even more so when they’re sustainably produced. I Am Grounded uses upcycled coffee fruit to make functional plant-based energy snacks!

For delicious non-alcoholic drinks to sip all summer long, there’s no better company than Altina Drinks. The social enterprise uses their zero proof drinks to start a conversation about mindful drinking and sobriety support.

Supporting mostly-women artisans in Ghana, YEVU’s range of uniquely-beautiful clothing provides fair and sustainable employment and above living wages. With gifts for everyone (men, women, kids, homewares, and more), they’re an excellent social enterprise for “kick-ass clothing in mind blowing prints.”

As Australia’s first ethical fashion company, Etiko paved the way for many other sustainable fashion social enterprises to follow. They’re still one of the best brands to turn to for organic, fair trade, vegan clothing and footwear for men, women, and kids.

If you don’t have your heart set on a specific gift, check out one of Australia’s conscious consumer marketplaces. Dinidae exclusively features products from social enterprises and charities, while Goods 4 Good allows shoppers to view products that align with their values (animal welfare, environment, mental health, and homelessness). Both are excellent resources for holiday season shopping!



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