The Perfect Gift: Australian Social Enterprises to Support this Christmas
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It’s certainly snuck up on us but the time is here: holiday gift giving is soon approaching and now’s the time to start planning and purchasing. Fortunately, combining value-driven shopping with supporting local organisations has never been easier!
Here are our favourite Australian social enterprises to buy the perfect Christmas gift from.
ReCo is a local refill delivery service to help Sydney residents and businesses cut down their plastic wastes and carbon footprint. Currently, they have a lemon myrtle laundry powder and a dishwasher powder available for refill. Both products are eco-friendly and toxin-free, proudly made by SimplyClean in the heart of the Northern Rivers, NSW.
For any friend or family member with kids (or plans to have kids), The Root Cause has some perfect gifts. Choose from healthy-eating courses taught by certified instructors or books like Belinda Smith’s The Lunchbox Effect.
The holidays typically involve a lot of drinking. Fortunately, now there are alcohol-free options that aren’t lacking in flavour! Altina’s zero alcohol craft cocktails are tasty, unique, and made with organic and natural ingredients.
Wanting to do something about all of the plastic trash washing ashore, husband and wife duo Dan and Nat decided to make alternatives for all of the single-use plastics in our lives. Even better, 100% of the profits from each plastic-free luxury item (straws, toothbrush, shampoo bar) goes towards their Trash Tribe ocean cleanups.
Aussie Veterans Coffee is run by veterans with a goal to support veterans through employment opportunities. Their award-winning coffee, chai, tea, and hot chocolate would make for a perfect stocking-stuffer or gift under the tree—and every purchase supports veterans and their families!
This social enterprise is all about empowering kids to bee (pun intended) the best version of themselves. They’ve supported more than 5,000 kids with tools to boost confidence and self-esteem and every purchase can help them reach more. Their online shop has a range of books and posters for kids and adults alike.
If you have a coffee lover in your life, a gift subscription from Just Earth simply can’t be beat—although they’ve got one-off purchases and thoughtfully-curated packages available, too. Every cuppa is fair trade, organic, and ethically sourced.
All of the clothing from Yevu is proudly Ghanian made and supports women with sustainable incomes, improved livelihoods, and empowerment that allows them to transform their lives, and the lives of their children and their community. They’ve got men’s and women’s clothing, as well as accessories, so you’re sure to find a gift for everyone.
Kenya’s Umoja Women’s Village combines women’s empowerment with handcrafted jewellery. It’s a place where women can be safe and future generations can learn how to respect one another. It’s evolved to now have a school and several matriarchal villages that are funded by jewellery sales. Support their lives through a range of necklaces and bracelets available.
This ethical online fashion marketplace is revolutionising what it means to be sustainable fashion. The Certified B Corp works with brands that provide living wages, use sustainable materials, and employ female artisans. There’s no shortage of gift options here—they’ve got clothing for men and women, accessories, kids products, and beauty care items.
Boots for All wants to break down the barriers of participation in sport, and they do so by providing sporting equipment to vulnerable Australians. If you know someone who values socially-inclusive sport teams, consider a gift of sporting equipment for them. They’ve got options for men, women, and children.
This ethical soap maker uses natural ingredients and encourages consumers to shift their buying behaviours to affect real change. Liquid and solid bar soaps are available in a range of scents including lemon myrtle, cedarwood rosemary, and tea tree and bentonite.
Scarf works with disadvantaged young people and those from refugee and migrant communities by providing training, mentoring, and paid work opportunities that allow them to break through barriers to find meaningful work opportunities. Support their mission by ordering a gifted tea towel, face mask, puzzle, tote bag, and more.
Mettle sells gift boxes that allow them to train, employ, and empower survivors of family and domestic violence. The variety of gift boxes include things like candles, body care products, wine, food items, and more.
Farmwall brings the sustainability and self-sufficiency of urban farming to any home. Christmas shoppers can choose a perfect gift for any green thumb. They’ve got a starter kit that’s perfect for beginners or a farming education bundle for someone committed to growing a lot (and with 20 minutes every week to spare).
Imagining a world without waste, sister-ran Seljak Brand sells blankets made from recycled lambswool or merino combined with other natural fibres and a little poly for strength. Once the blanket has reached the end of its life, it can be returned (free of charge) to be transformed into a new one.
Ecopads sells a range of menstruation products (reusable pads, menstrual cups, etc.). Every purchase helps to support women in need with a donated pad.
With a dream to support Warningakalina women and share and preserve their knowledge and traditions, this social enterprise has hand-made modern skincare products available for a variety of needs. Choose from soaps, body scrubs, body butter, balms, hair oils, lip balms, and more!
Moral Fairground exists to raise the profile of fair trade and use events and engagement to increase the demand for ethically and environmentally responsible products. Their ethical lifestyle marketplace is the perfect place to shop for a conscious Christmas. From skin care products to baked goods (and everything in between), they’ve got something perfect for everyone!
This social business empowers communities and fosters positive economic growth by supporting local food supply chains. They transparently sell bushfood that’s grown and produced by indigenous communities. Choose from specially curated gift boxes or individual products—you’re sure to find a perfect gift for every taste bud!
Supporting a range of women’s charities with 100% of their profits, gender equality is the main goal for Secret Sisterhood. They accomplish it by selling a range of beautiful jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.
Give social entrepreneurs the tools to build a successful social enterprise by gifting them a place in the 10-week Good Hustle program or enable them to join a supportive learning community by sponsoring memberships to The Starting Good Network. You can also gift on behalf of others by supporting emerging entrepreneurs from certain disadvantaged communities (Indigenous, migrants and refugees, female founders, etc.) through StartSomeGood’s partners.
Gift a pair of socks this Christmas – for each ordinary purchase, you buy extraordinary purpose – where a donation is made straight to a not-for-profit. It also gets better – each pair of socks are vegan, organic and Fairtrade certified.