Not long now until Santa slides down the chimney! Are you in need of some last minute gifts? Running out of gift ideas for your loved ones, or short on time for deliveries? If you’ve been scampering about in a frantic bid to find a last minute gift that is meaningful, and a gift that gives back, then look no further. These Good businesses have physical stores around Australia, or offer gift vouchers that require no shipping, so you can relax and get ready for the holidays.
COOKING FOR A CAUSE
Ever wanted to learn how to cook from a refugee or asylum seeker? Us too! And now we know where to go… Free To Feed! Better than any cooking book or online recipe, you can participate in a hands-on class taught by talented refugees and asylum seekers, with a strong passion for food and the art of making it. Each class is different, teaching recipes from Iranian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan and many other cuisines. The hands-on cooking classes will connect you with rich cultural traditions and you’ll have the amazing opportunity to learn recipes that have come down from generations of home cooks. You can purchase a Gift Voucher here, and the lucky recipient can sign up to attend a class at Free To Feed’s HQ in Thornbury, Melbourne.
ETHICAL STREETWEAR HELPING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
While the cut-off date for Christmas deliveries for this shop might have passed, you can find all sorts of gifts at HoMie in Fitzroy. There are still plenty of super-affordable shirts, hats, beanies and funky sunglasses in store. And the best part? Profits from every purchase are redirected into their VIP Shopping Day initiative, where homeless people are invited in-store to pick and choose new garments, and are offered food, counselling, and grooming services. Not only are HoMie helping young people experiencing hardship, they are accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia so you can rest assured that any clothing you buy from them is made sustainably and ethically. Help HoMie create pathways out of homelessness this Christmas, and head on down to their shop at 296 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
AN INSPIRING READ ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE
There will always be that one friend who seems to ‘have it all’, and for whom you will have no idea what to get! If they enjoy reading quality articles, interviews with great minds, or are simply looking for inspiration – why not get them a Dumbo Feather subscription? It’s an easy choice for those of you stuck on gift ideas, and a wonderful contribution to your lucky friend’s reading material. Dumbo Feather publishes worthwhile articles and stories about extraordinary people, delivering four issues per year straight to your door. Buy a Gift Subscription here, at a minimum of 10% cheaper than retail price – bargain!
LAST MINUTE GIFTS FOR SYDNEY-SIDERS
The Social Outfit is a social enterprise providing work opportunities for refugees and migrants. Their clothes are nothing short of gorgeous and they’re all accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia so you know for sure you’re getting 100% ethical fashion. Not sure what to get? They’ve compiled their own Gift Guide to help you out! Find them at 353 King Street, Newtown, and get those Chrissy pressies in quick!
If buying clothing seems a bit too ‘personal’, why not gift your loved ones a classic homeware – an Avenue candle. Their scented candles are made from eco-soy, and are manufactured by people with disabilities. With three delightful scents (and even a special Christmas edition!), the candles sold at Warringah Mall, Brookvale will help ignite a career for disabled people.
Now that you know where the best ethical and sustainable last minute gifts are… what are you waiting for? Shop with one of our Goodsmiths, and bring your friends and family some good Christmas cheer to last them all year!
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