Conscious Christmas Gift Guide: a giving hierarchy

I’m not sure about you, but I’m nowhere near completing my giving list for this Christmas. While brainstorming some different ideas for gifts, I miraculously + somewhat organically ended up making a hierarchy of giving. Feel free to use this as a guide for all gift-giving occasions!

I know where I’m starting this Christmas…

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1. Donate

To give back is the best gift of all. Buy a CAREgift as seen on my Instagram, donate to a local not-for-profit, or give to Christmas appeals such as those by SalvosBarnardos, + St Vincent de Paul Society.

2. Give an Experience

Experiences + memories are lasting, sadly most other presents are not. Give a friend or family member tickets to one of the ideas below + I doubt they’ll be disappointed!

3. Consider Second-hand

There’s nothing wrong with re-gifting unused items in your home (so long as your gift is something the recipient would really enjoy!). If you can’t think of anything to re-gift, jump onto Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Etsy, or head into a similar second-hand or vintage store. Buying from Australian vintage stores or local sellers might just make a huge difference to a small business owner’s Christmas, too!

4. Do It Yourself

Get creative + head to your local bulk food store to stock up on ingredients. Baked treats can make a wonderful present + can even be zero waste.

If you’re crafty, upcycle items in your home to make something unique.

If you’re into graphic design, designing a personalised e-book or guide would also make a wonderful present!

5. Buy Ethical

This may seem like the easiest option for a conscious consumer but, ideally, this should be the last. When all options are exhausted, think about (or ask!) what your recipient really needs + buy ethically made, fair trade, eco-friendly, local, organic (or better yet, certified organic!), and/or zero-waste.

Google your closest organic or eco store or shop online from some of my personal favourites:

Organic + Eco Beauty + Wellness

Biome (affiliate link) – Eco-friendly store for beauty products, homewares, slow fashion, + more.

ECO. Modern Essentials (affiliate link) – Essential oils, skincare, + diffusers for health + wellbeing.

Flora and Fauna (affiliate link) – Cruelty-free, vegan, + eco-friendly beauty, skincare, + more.

Hello Charlie (affiliate link) – Everything eco for your family including non-toxic natural beauty, organic baby products, + eco home products.

Happy Skincare (affiliate link) – Honestly 100% natural, organic, vegan, tested on humans, genuine, caring, Australian, simple + effective skincare.

Nourished Life (affiliate link) – One-stop shop for toxin-free, all-natural beauty, health + fitness products.

Pamper by Nature – Natural + organic skincare, hair care, body care, health foods + cleaning products to pamper your body.

Organic + Eco Beauty + Wellness

Food + Health

Harris Organic Wine – ACO Certified wine, the only organic winery in Perth, + the only organic brandy distillery in Australia!

iHerb ($12 off using GIFT12) – Organic + vegan vitamins, supplements, + natural health products.

La Vida Vegan Grocery – Perth’s only vegan grocery store with the largest selection of vegan food, cruelty-free beauty products, vegan supplements + more.

The Beauty Chef (affiliate link) – Bio-fermented, wholefood nutrition with prebiotics + probiotics for a healthy gut + glowing skin.

The Cruelty Free Shop – Over 1500 vegan food items + cruelty-free products.

Food + Health

Sustainable Clothing

Boody (affiliate link) – Sustainable + ethically made bamboo basics + undies.

Brown’s General Store – Brisbane based retail store + gallery selling handmade, ethical pieces to wear, to give + to keep.

Cecile Swim – Western Australian conscious + ethically made swimwear brand.

ECO.MONO – Monochrome clothing + accessories with an eco conscience.

Ecoture – Some of the best ethical, sustainable + cruelty-free fashion, accessories, + beauty brands.

Everlane (affiliate link)– Ethically made modern basics with radical transparency + without traditional markups.

Green Horse – Organic, sustainable, + fair trade fashion (+ a bit of beauty + homewares).

Tasi Travels – Clothing designed for adventures combining minimalism, practicality, + style.

Thread Harvest – Ethical + sustainable fashion (plus a bit of skincare + homewares) marketplace that lets you shop by cause or collection.

WE DASH LOVE – Ethical + sustainable fashion, sleepwear, + accessories.

Well Made Clothes – Stocks some of the best ethically sourced, local, sustainable + fair trade fashion brands.

WAMA (affiliate link) – Natural + comfortable organic hemp underwear for all bodies.

Sustainable Clothing

Ethical Homewares

#GoKindly – Ethically sourced pillows, made in Melbourne, that come with no single-use plastic packaging. 50% of #GoKindly’s profits go to supporting women experiencing homelessness.

Armadillo&Co – Designer rugs 100% handmade + crafted from carefully sourced natural fibres or recycled materials.

Aquamarine Home (affiliate link) – Sophisticated coastal interior styling for the ethically conscious.

Earthhero (affiliate link) – Eco-friendly products for U.S. residents who love the planet!

Meraki Collective – Western Australian fair trade + Australian made homewares + gift store.

Mulbury – Eco furniture manufacturers in Australia specialising in recycled picture frames + homewares.

Native Interiors – A boutique online store specialising in sustainably + ethically produced artisanal homeware, décor, + accessories.

Senda Essentials (affiliate link) – Plastic-free + zero waste travel accessories.

Sheets on the Line – Organic + ethically made range of linen + homewares.

Upcycle Studio – Upcycled homewares as well as sustainable, eco, natural, + zero waste lifestyle products.

Who Gives a Crap (click the link for $10 off!) –  Super-soft, 100% recycled toilet paper with 50% of profits donated to build toilets in the developing world.

Ethical Homewares

Conscious Subscription Boxes

EcoLifeBox – Eco-friendly subscription boxes. One-off box from $60, subscription from $40 per month.

Socially Conscious Club – A social enterprise bringing together inspiring products, movements + education in subscription plan + curated gift boxes. One-off boxes + subscription box both from $60.

The Change Box – A vegan Australian snack + beauty subscription + gift box focused on sustainability + giving back. 10% of profits go to charity. Gift boxes + subscription boxes $54.95.

The Vegan Box – A monthly vegan box of the best cruelty-free/vegan products handpicked from businesses that care for earthlings. Gift boxes + subscriptions both from $26.95.

Conscious Subscription Boxes

Here’s an infographic to save for personal use!

Conscious Christmas Hierarchy Infographic

At the end of the season, it’s really all just about making a conscious choice towards positive impact, no matter the way you go about it.

I would love to know what you’re giving this Christmas. Please leave a comment to spark a beautiful conversation!

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