At The Good Xmas Trail, we love the ease and convenience of online shopping. But with the clock ticking fast, why run the risk of Aunt Agatha’s candle holders arriving after the big day? (25 December, we’re looking at you!)

Sometimes a quick hop down the road (or e-voucher delivered instantly!) is what you need to ensure Christmas unfolds without a hitch. With a keen eye and these savvy buys, you’ll be checking off that ‘to buy’ list and doing a lot of good at the same time.

Why buy toys – when you can borrow them? 

Little ones grow up so quickly. But who says outgrown toys should go to waste?

If you like the sound of toys being enjoyed time and again, what about a 12-month membership to the Collingwood Toy Library? With over 3,000 toys, games and activities to choose from, encouraging your (little) loved ones to save money, space and the environment this Christmas has never been easier.

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Give the gift of alleviating poverty

What can $30 get you these days? Half your phone bill? A beer and parma at the local pub? A blow-wave?

How about vaccinating a child? Or sending an underprivileged girl to school?

At CARE, your gift goes directly to an impoverished community. Literally. You simply select which necessity you’d like to buy on behalf of your giftee – such as schoolbooks, malaria-safe mosquito nets, warm blankets or clean water for a family – and CARE will make sure it happens.

Whatever your budget, whatever your loved ones’ passions, CARE has the answer.

Fancy a cultural food bonanza that’s a stone’s throw away?

You can now immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural delights of Lebanon, Persia, Greece, Turkey and more… without the stress and expense of travel.

Offering a range of walking food tours to suit all tastebuds, Sydney’s Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc. supports migrant communities and brings people together through food.

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It really is the perfect way to discover hidden gems and experience your city – while also leaving a Trail of good in your walking tracks.

Accessories that empower communities

Like the sound of presents that do immediate good? Introducing Sisterworks, an extraordinary social enterprise that helps female migrants, asylum seekers and refugees start and run their own micro businesses.

Stocking cute baby booties, handmade beanies, toys, funky jewellery and so much more, a gift from Sisterworks makes the perfect stocking filler.

Make love fashion, not war

If you can’t go past stylish, minimalist apparel, look no further than the anti-war heroes at The Fabric Social. Their mission is to rid the world of dangerous landmines – one square metre at a time.

And with your help, they can.

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Even better, the organisation reinvests 5% of profits back into the communities of its artisans. Above all, The Fabric Social believes in equipping people with the tools to lift themselves out of poverty.

Shopping you can feel good about

If shopping locally and ethically matters to you, you can’t go wrong with The Goodness Bureau.

With everything from clothing, accessories and beauty to books, baby gear and stationery, all products are free from harmful chemicals, animal testing and animal-based ingredients.

They do all the hard work so you don’t have to.

If you’ve reached the end of this article, thank you – but you really don’t have another second to waste. So, get cracking by jumping on the goodness Trail for those last minute Christmas gifts now!

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