Stylish Gifts That Give Back


Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post for Good Spender


While Christmas is my favourite time of year, there’s also something about it that can feel like it’s just too much. Too much food. Too many catch ups. Too much shopping.

But this year, I’m slowing things down and returning to what I love the most – giving. And with a little help from Good Spender, Australia’s first online marketplace for social enterprise, not only am I able to give, I can also give back.

From creating employment for those with disabilities, the long term unemployed or indigenous Australians, through to protecting the environment and supporting nutrition and sanitation programs in developing countries, Good Spender has a sleigh-full of stylish gifts that do-good and pay forward Christmas cheer…all year round.


For The Littlies


 Woof! Woof! It doesn’t get much cuter than these stackable nesting dogs. Made in India, they are hand carved; hand painted using lead-free, vegetable dyes and the perfect size for little hands.

And the best bit? By purchasing these pooches you’re supporting The Fair and Just Collective, a social enterprise created by two friends who wanted to make a difference by providing an alternative to mass-produced, sweatshop toys. Stocking a beautiful range of fair trade, handmade children’s toys, The Fair and Just Collective are passionate about empowering women and communities through ethical trade.


For Your Best Friend


Made from sterling silver and engraved with the words, ‘I Care’ this bracelet is more than a pretty piece. By purchasing it to put under the Christmas tree, you’re supporting McAuley Community Services for Women who provides desperately needed assistance to women escaping family violence or homelessness. Each year, McAuley Community Services helps around 600 women and children rebuild their lives and support them on their journey towards independence and a safer future.


For Your Mum


The Woven Trail collaborates with artisans in Africa to produce contemporary pieces and help them build business skills so they can become self-sufficient and support their own communities better.

Case in point? This carry-all tote. Handmade in Zimbabwe, it is lined and includes two inner pockets, which makes it perfect for slinging over your shoulder with everything including the kitchen sink!


For The Dreamer


Designed and manufactured locally in Australia, this set of notebooks is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. In a handy A5 size they are perfect for jotting down dreams, schemes and everything in between. Plus, Inspirationery will donate 50% of profits to empowering women and girls to make their mark on the world through leadership and education programs.


For Junior’s Teacher  


Pure and natural, Olieve and Olie’s natural Skin Cream is completely free from artificial additives, preservatives and nasties. Instead, it has been hand-formulated with pure cold-pressed oils and organic beeswax to moisturize and soothe dry skin. Plus, an infusion of Kakadu Plum Extract aids healing. In fact, over 95% of the ingredients that Olieve and Olie source for this Skin Cream come from regional Victoria. Available from Ethical Living 

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