As Christmas comes around again, so to starts the dilemma of present shopping. What would Uncle Bob like? Will Cousin Sandy appreciate her present this year?
Then if you are like me, there are the bigger questions… How can I minimise my impact on the environment this year whilst avoiding consumerism? By promoting local Australian made? By giving gifts that keep giving?
Here are some suggestions if you are looking for ideas:
For the ladies:
Queen B Candles
Beautiful Australian made beeswax candles
Using plantation timber and recycled stainless steel, Polli make the most wonderful jewellery right here in Australia!
Beautiful kitchenware and homewares made from completely renewable materials. Not made in Australia but I adore their totally renewable cork bowls. Such a feature table piece to talk about!
Organic and eco luxurious underwear. Australian made.
THE most beautiful bedlinen you could EVER sleep on!!! They also have a fabulous range of bathroom and baby linen as well as organic pillows and doonas.
Apple and Bee
With THE most gorgeous totes and purses, Apple and Bee is a must!!
Stunning iphone and ipad cases handmade from brass etc in a little shop in Brooklyn NY. Something your gal will cherish forever!
Solar powered lanterns
Eco yoga mat
Made from TPE (Thermal Plastic Elastomer) foam, these eco yoga mats contain no latex, PVC or rubber and they use no toxic materials in their manufacture.
Handmade linen ballet flats
So beautiful! Made with cotton canvas and hemp and found on Etsy.
An Australian organic skin care range that has the most fabulously smelling massage oils, body butters and soaps!!
Environmentally friendly make up brushes etc.
Or what about a gift card for a fabulous local masseuse or beauty bar? Or a specialist eyebrow shaping? Or a gym membership? Local dressmaker? By supporting local you are keeping your money in Australia where it is needed.
Why not buy him a beautiful case of Australian made organic wines?
Automatic Solar Powered Mower
Leave it to Husqvarna to come up with it!!
Envirowheels electric bikes
Get him out and about without sweat! Great for the commute to work!
Bamboo MacBook Case
Stunning sunglasses made in Brisbane out of recycled skateboard decks.
Keep Cup reusable take away coffee cup
An Australian made reusable take away coffee cup for his coffee on the run. BPA free. And you can even design your very own design on the website!
Australian made composting bucket that works right in your kitchen. Reduce your landfill whilst improving the soil in your garden.
Not eco but seriously cool and they ARE Australian made and donate to Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace, Surfers for Cetaceans and My Life. This November they are donating to Movember – supporting prostate cancer and male mental illness.
Adrenalin Gift Vouchers
They may not all be eco friendly but at least you are supporting Australian businesses whilst feeding your man’s need for speed!
For the kids:
Avoiding Chinese made and by giving a gift that keeps giving and teaches your kids along the way…
An Australian small business bringing back the games of elastics, hopscotch and skipping ropes.
THE most divine organic sleepwear and pjs for kids!!
A treasure trove of eco toys, gorgeous teddybears and eco versions of the good ol’ favourite toys we had growing up including a gorgeous eco bug catcher that will last generations!
Imagine a ball that the kids can use inside!!
My Munchkin Home Santa Sacks
Not eco made but OMG!! The cutest and totally reusable Santa Sack for generations to come!
Have you met Miss Jones
Made from ceramics in the Phillipines, these decorations are THE most divine things you will ever have hanging on your Christmas tree. These will become hand me downs!
And if all those ideas are still not right for your special one or many, there are some amazing charities that you can choose to donate to this Christmas both in Australia and abroad. You can adopt an orangutan, save a koala, buy a goat to feed a village, etc..etc.. You can even volunteer to help others on Christmas day. Just google and you will find!
Now THAT truly is the gift that keeps giving!!
Happy Christmas Eco Shopping!!