Well, I have given you a guide on how to buy sustainable Christmas presents – now here is my list of what I am hoping to buy (or in some cases – have already bought!). Hopefully it will give you some good ideas as well…
Oxfam Unwrapped Donation
By Oxfam, As much as you want to give
Fairtrade – Supports Organic and Sustainable Living
Oxfam Unwrapped Cards are a quirky and funny gift for the person that has everything! With slogans like “You know how you said you always wanted a bucket hygiene kit?” you can chose a cause to donate to and you get to give your loved one the card as a memento. You can buy supplies for a town in a developing country, help fund the construction of a well or donate towards innoculations for deadly but preventable diseases.
Here are some examples of what you can get buy –
- $15 can buy you a bag of poo!!! Sounds silly but this helps people in Sri Lanka grow their crops
- $22 can buy a mosquito net to provide protection for areas where many 1,000’s of people die from malaria
- $25 towards funding to protect the Mekong River from hydro-damming. The Mekong River has unbelievable biodiversity that is at risk and is also key to the survival of 60 million people!
To choose from the entire range of Unwrapped Gifts, see their special Unwrapped Webpage http://www.oxfamunwrapped.com.au/ChooseAGift.php
Nutcases Soap Nuts
From Foxes of Fancy, $5 per bag
Fairtrade – Organic – Vegan
I won’t lie… I literally squealed with joy when I saw these gorgeous little bags at the Foxes VIP Event! Not technically ‘nutcases’ (more the dried shell of a small fruit) they can be placed in an organic cotton washbag (provided) and used as soap! Suitable for hair, carpets, clothes and anything else you can think of, these nuts are versatile and so completely nutty that they will have anyone smiling. They are fair trade, organic and come in a gorgeously illustrated bag. At $5 a bag are also a great option for stocking fillers or work colleagues. My fave find this year.
1kg of Soap Nuts is enough to wash between 400 and 800 loads of washing! That’s between 1 and 2 years.
For more details see www.foxesoffancy.com
Organic Avocado and Rosehip Eye Cream, 60ml
Ayana Organics, $32
Fairtrade – Organic – Vegan
This even sounds indulgent! Founded in WA by green cosmetics guru Sam Crosby (meet Sam here) Ayana Organics entire range is organic, vegan and cruelty-free. This all natural eye cream is packed full of yummy moisturising goodies such as cocoa butter, avocado oil and rosehip oil – all certified organic! Rosehip Oil has long been renowned for its anti-aging affects – but maybe don’t say that in the card to mum? It also comes in a handmade fairtrade green gift bag from a community in Nepal.
For more amazing products (specialising in natal and baby cosmetics) see www.ayanaorganics.com.au)
Rolled Paper Products
Oxfam Australia, ranging from $10 – $30
Fair Trade – Sustainable
Well, I thought I was being innovative with my Christmas ornament made from old magazines – I have been well and truly shown up! These colourful products are made in Vietnam out of old magazines and posters that are rolled into flatstrips and then coiled into various shapes and forms. These made up the bulk of my Christmas shopping last year and they have a huge range of products from bowls to coasters to photoframes and platters. They even have ornaments to hang from your tree in cute shapes like birds and stars.
Oxfam Stores are nationwide and in WA there are stores in Fremantle and the Perth CBD. For the location or just the browse the products online see www.oxfamshop.org.au
Make A Custom Fair Trade Hamper
Fair Go Trading, ranging from $6 to $50
Fair Trade – Organic – Vegan Options
Why not get a loved one hooked on these delicious coffees and teas that promote Fair Trade rights and organic and sustainable practices! I have always loved giving hampers – it is fun to watch people getting surprised at all the goodies. You can either find an old basket from an op-shop or buy an organic bag (the Shimu Shopper is pictured) which also follows the guidelines for eco Christmas shopping by reducing your wrapping costs.
Fair Go Trading in Perth has plenty of delicious coffees, teas, chocolates and trinkets that are organically produced and fair trade. For details of where to find their stores see their website – www.fairgotrading.com.au
Eko Peko Kids T-Shirt
Shirts starting at $25.95
Organic – Fair Trade – Vegan
My nephew is going to look like such a spunk! Even just looking into Eco Peko’s rationale behind its cute name makes me happy about buying their products.
Eco : concerned with living things in relation to their environment
Peko : Ancient god of crops. The protector of the fields.
Eco Peko is an organic clothing label that caters to all those budding wildlife warriors in your life. Made from organic cottons and bamboos Eco Peko clothing is impossibly soft and perfect if you are concerned about the health of your child and the planets. I can’t wait to see little John in this cute shirt.