Let’s face it. Gift giving is a big part of our lives. But you can give to more than just your present-receiving recipient.
There’s a ton of practical, unique and just plain beautiful items available that actually donate part of their profits to deserving charities and individuals in need.
Whether you’re on the market for that hard to buy for relative, or just looking to treat yourself to something new, these are 12 of some of my favourite products that support charities in Australia and around the world.
Australian Women’s 2017 Health Diary – $16.95
Since first being printed in 1999, sales of these fabulous diaries have raised over $12.2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia. The 2017 edition is packed full of health information for women of all ages, as well as plenty of space to organise your life. Get it here and help fund a better future for breast cancer sufferers and their families.
NSW SES Volunteers Association Roadside Kit – $85.00
If you own a car, you should own one of these; the NSW SES Volunteers Association has some brilliant safety and protective equipment on offer, including this Roadside Kit for emergency breakdowns. Small enough to fit in the boot, under the seat or in the glovebox, it’s one of the best practical gifts, plus the proceeds go to benefit the thousands of volunteer NSW SES members who lend a helping hand when disaster strikes.
Wear Your Label Tanks & Tees – From $40.00
Founders Kayley and Kyle, who met two years ago while working with a local mental health organisation, say that the purpose of the Wear Your Label fashion line was “to encourage individuals to take ownership over their mental health, rather than fear the labels that so often define us.” Grab one of their stylish shirts on offer here and use clothing to create conversations about mental health, with 10% of the profits being donated to mental health initiatives.
Fair Trade Kitchenware – From $20.00
Shopping For A Change is a nonprofit organisation that sells clothing, accessories, kitchenware and home decor hand-crafted by indigenous artisans from economically disadvantaged communities around the world. Their range of high quality kitchenware is exquisite and can be used in day-to-day cooking or simply as decorative pieces. By purchasing one of their eco-friendly items here, the proceeds will go towards providing employment, clean water, education and health care to the very people that made your product.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT – Dog Lead $9.95
In the ACT and NSW alone, there’s over 100,000 people who have a vision impairment severe enough to cause difficulty in daily life. The task of providing and training companion dogs for blind or vision impaired is an enormous one, and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT relies on the generosity of the public to provide it’s services free of charge. You can do you bit by purchasing one of their funky dog leads for your own pooch here!
UNICEF Market Cosmetic Bags – $19.99 each
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have teamed up with NOVICA to work with talented artisans in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The online store is a treasure-trove of unique, beautiful and well-crafted gifts, providing a wide range of homewares, decor, clothing, jewellery and bags. With proceeds going to both the craftsmen themselves and to help UNICEF protect children, these adorable cosmetic bags are a perfect present for a loved one (or yourself)!
WWF Pyjama Bottoms – $55.00 each
Upgrade those boring sweatpants with the world’s kindest panda and show your support at your next sleepover with these cute pyjama bottoms. Proceeds go to the World Wildlife Foundation, who have been supporting the conservation of our beautiful planet for more than 50 years. Grab a pair and check out the other goodies available here!
Cancer Council Australia Umbrellas – From $35.95
Invest in the most stylish cover from the rain and sun with the awesome range of umbrellas available from the Cancer Council Australia. 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime – your purchase will help to support funding for medical research to help prevent this from happening, as well as nurses and therapies for cancer patients. Stay sun smart and choose your favourite umbrella here!
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia & beyondblue Special Edition Steel Blue Boots – From $99.00
Whether it’s Dad’s birthday, Father’s Day or Christmas time, men are generally harder to buy for. These tough-as-bricks work boots from Steel Blue not only make a great gift for a tradie hubby, $10 from every purchase goes towards the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue. 45% of Australians experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, and 20,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and these two amazing charities are definitely worth shoe-shopping for! Find out more about the promotion here, and buy your special edition pair here!
Panda Sunglasses – $120 each
Crafted from sustainable sourced bamboo, a pair of sleek shades from Panda Sunglasses will not only up your fashion game, for every pair purchased, a person in need gets an eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses. Partnered with Optometry Giving Sight, these bamboo glasses are not only the highest quality with a lifetime guarantee, they’re also durable, light and super comfortable.
The Heart Foundation Skipping Ropes – From $6.05
Keep your fitness up and stay on your exercise routines with these colourful skipping ropes! The Heart Foundation is dedicated to making a difference to the 1.4 million Australians living with heart disease, and for every dollar that’s donated, 60.7 cents goes directly to the fight against the disease, 22.9 cents is invested into raising additional funds, 8.8 cents is spent on administration & 7.6 cents is to safeguard the future of the organisation. Lower your chances of heart disease, buy a skipping rope and get active!
Dick Smith’s Aussie Grown Foods – Available at selected stores
Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith created this food brand ensuring all products are made in Australia, by Australian owned companies. This provides employment for Australians, with profits staying here, instead of heading offshore as they do with the majority of foreign owned food suppliers. Since the launch in 1999, all profits from Dick Smith Foods have been donated to charity, which has totalled over $6 million! To find out where you can purchase these delicious products and help keep Aussie farmers in business, see Dick Smith’s Australian stockists.