Not long now until Santa slides down the chimney! Running out of gift ideas for your loved ones, or short on time for deliveries? 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.

EVER WANTED TO LEARN HOW TO COOK FROM AN ASYLUM SEEKER?

Us too! And now we know where to go… FreeToFeed! 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. You can purchase a Gift Voucher here, and the lucky recipient can sign up to attend a class at FreeToFeed’s HQ in Thornbury, Melbourne.

CLOTHES FIT YOU BETTER WHEN THEY’RE HELPING OTHERS

While the cut-off date for Christmas deliveries for this shop might have passed, you can find all sorts of gifts on the bustling Fitzroy streets, more specifically at HoMie. 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. Help HoMie create pathways out of homelessness this Christmas, and head on down to their shop at 296 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065.

STAY IN TOUCH WITH 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!

SYDNEY-SIDER? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED

The Social Outfit is an enterprise providing work opportunities for migrants, and their clothes are nothing short of gorgeous. Not sure what to get? They’ve compiled their own Gift Guide to help you out! Find them at 353 King Street, Newtown 2042, 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 2100 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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