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B Corp Certified, ethical (and awesome) Christmas gift ideas for everyone

Christmas is the season of giving, and while there’s a lot of choice out there for what we can spend our money on, we know right where we’re heading first for gifts: B Corps!  B corps are companies (like us ) that have committed to using business as a force for good. They’re a wonderful first stop when you’re looking for ethically sourced goods or experiences with an extra layer of meaning.

Without further ado, here’s our list updated for 2017!

Who says you can’t shop and help change the world at the same time?



The little ones on your list will love Oishi-m’s colourful, quirky and, most importantly, comfy clothes. They’re unisex and made to last and be passed down – the opposite of fast fashion.

Why they’re good: Oishi-m produces clothing with environmentally friendly dyes in worker-friendly factories.

B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/oishi-m

Kester Black

In need of a stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift, or something for your coworker? Let us call your attention to Kester Black nail polishes. Apart from doing good, their polishes are super-high quality and come in a range of colours.

Why they’re good: Kester Black polishes are environmentally conscious, cruelty free, and 100% Australian made and owned. They also donate $1 for every online order to charity. 

B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/kester-black


memobottle make reusable water bottles for the modern design-obsessor on your list. And they fit perfectly into bags and briefcases.

Why they’re good: The makers behind memobottle want you to use a refillable water bottle, and by making it a laptop bag-friendly modern design, you might just keep this one forever. And that would be a lot of bottles saved!

B Corp Profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/memobottle-pty-ltd

Thread Harvest

Thread Harvest

Thread Harvest’s vision is for every individual to harness their potential for doing good through what they wear. Ethical fashion doesn’t mean you should sacrifice style for substance. Thread Harvest sources beautiful clothing, jewellery and gifts that are ethical and sustainable.

Why they’re good: “We are for the conscientious shoppers, change-makers who care about both style and substance, and who embrace higher virtues of empathy, respect and compassion.”

B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/thread-harvest

Eat Me Chutneys


Eat Me Chutneys make a whole bunch of delicious chutneys for the condiment connoisseur on your Christmas list. Also delicious for your own holiday feast!

Why they’re good: Eat Me Chutneys works against food wastage (by using wonky and bruised produce) and against unfair trade terms for farmers in developing nations (by using fairtrade certified ingredients). They also actively seek to employ and mentor those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

B Corp Profilehttp://bcorporation.com.au/community/eat-me-chutneys

School of Life

The School of Life

Experiences can offer a longer lasting sense of fulfilment than ‘things’ do, so if you want to share an experience with someone; The School Of Life offers courses and events to attend all year round. The School of Life also offers classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, secular sermons, and therapies in person.

Why they’re good: The School of Life addresses issues such as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one’s past and change the world.

B Corp profilehttp://bcorporation.com.au/community/the-school-of-life-australia

‘Who Gives A Crap’ Christmas Edition Toilet Paper

For those of us who really ‘don’t give a crap’ about gifts—there’s one thing that rarely goes unappreciated. Toilet paper.

Yes, really!

Who Gives A Crap has teamed up with some of Australia’s best artists to design the ’12 Rolls of Christmas’ for their Christmas edition. Fun! Each box comes with 48 double lengths rolls of premium bamboo toilet paper. Stock up, and never run out of toilet paper again.

Why they’re good: The company donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

B Corp profile: http://bcorporation.com.au/community/who-gives-a-crap

Sharing a glass with friends

Need your supply of liquor for the silly season? Kooks and Stone & Wood are two B Corp choices for beer and wine for those who like to celebrate with a drink!

Remember, although gifts are one of the reasons we all love Christmas, it’s important to connect with our families, friends and communities at this time of year. If you want to give back, you can always do so by donating to a cause you personally connect with, or on behalf of someone who would really appreciate the donation to their favourite charity or cause.

We hope we have sparked ideas for your Christmas shopping — make sure you spend wisely!


Finding serenity in the silly season

Taking time out

If you’re lucky enough to have some time off at the end of the year, by all means catch up with friends and family, enjoy the holiday parties, and partake in the merriment. But don’t forget to carve a little time for yourself amidst the madness. It’s too easy to get overwhelmed with all the goings-on of the season with work holiday parties, family obligations, friends’ dinner parties… the list goes on. Just remember, you don’t have to say yes to every invitation that comes your way. It is absolutely okay, necessary even we’d say, to schedule time just for yourself. Whether that’s a walk in nature, a lazy afternoon with a book,  your favourite hobby or just sitting by the beach – make the time and do it. Even better, use this time as an opportunity to reflect on the year that’s been and set your intentions for 2016.

Giving with intention

“It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” – Dr Suess, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

It’s a beautiful thing, gift-giving. It can bring so much joy to both the giver and the recipient. And when you get it just right, giving a heart-felt gift that is right on the mark, the look of excitement and gratitude is priceless. Unfortunately, the tradition of exchanging gifts at Christmas can sometimes feel like an obligation which leads us to rush out and buy a bunch of stuff.  We all know the kind of impulse purchases that we’ve received and probably given before. (A ‘spa hamper’ with a kilo of shredded paper filler and one bath bomb, anyone? )

So our advice is to avoid giving gifts that will add clutter to your giftee’s life, and to give ones that can be truly enjoyed – think consumables and experiences. A fancy bottle of wine, delicious fair trade tea or chocolate, class vouchers (the gift of learning!) or tickets to a show are all lovely gifts that show you care without adding clutter.

Gifts that make a difference
If you’re really not sure what to get someone, why not a goat, a hygiene kit or some farming seeds? Maybe not literally, but giving the gift of a donation in someone’s name is possible through a number of charities, some of our favourites are:
Unicef Inspired Gifts
Oxfam Unwrapped
Plan International Australia Gifts of Hope
World Vision Gifts that Give Back

If you want to give a gift anonymously to someone in need, Kmart’s Wishing Tree let’s you make the season bright for a child who might not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.

Spreading holiday cheer

The holiday season is a time to reflect on everything in your life – all the people, opportunities, and comforts you have to be thankful for and look after those who may have less. There are so many wonderful organisations (like our charity partners!) doing important work to help those less fortunate. Take some time over the Christmas period to ask yourself how you can help, and then get in touch with the organisation that aligns. Many charities are inundated with requests to volunteer on Christmas Day, but need all the help they can get the other 364 days of the year.  What a wonderful feeling it will be to start the new year with a plan to give back!

If you’re around Sydney on Christmas Day, The Wayside Chapel hosts a Christmas lunch to bring the community together and provide a festive meal to the homeless people of Kings Cross. The Christmas Wayside Chapel Street Party has filled volunteer positions but, in the true sense of community, would love to see people from all walks of life join together to celebrate. Mission Australia hosts a similar Christmas Lunch in the Park in Perth and is seeking sponsorships for plates of food.

If you have a neighbour or colleague who will be on their own for Christmas, why not make like HONY for the Holidays, an initiative to pair people with nowhere to go for Christmas with those who have an extra place, and invite them to spend the day with you? Whether you have a big family feast or just a small gathering, adding one more spot at the table is a beautiful way to live out the generosity of the season.

Lifeline and beyondblue are sadly overwhelmed with calls during this time of the year from those struggling with mental health.  Pete Schmigel, CEO of Lifeline Australia says, “Often, a compassionate ear can be the best way to support someone going through a difficult period, and this is particularly important during the festive season.”

If you or a loved one needs someone to talk to, please call Lifeline 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 22 4636.

Feeling Inspired?

Read more about ethical gift giving.

Check out our Festive Fundraising guide if you’re currently fundraising.

Add some adventure to your New Year’s resolutions!


Festive fundraising

Taking on an adventure in 2016? While you probably just want to sleep, eat and repeat, the festive season is a great time to kick your fundraising up a gear! Even the biggest Christmas grinches hearts soften at this time of year. So, here are five of our finest festive fundraising tips for a little inspiration (call it an early Christmas present from us).


Be sure to get in touch with our friends at Brokenwood Wines!

Exclusive to Inspired Adventurers, Brokenwood offers all our fundraisers great discounts and free delivery on their quality wines. And to top it all off, they will donate $20 to your cause for every case of wine you sell!

This is a great opportunity to ‘add on’ fundraising revenue at your events or functions. The prize of a great bottle of wine is always a crowd pleaser in any raffle, auction, quiz night, bingo evening… the opportunities are endless.

Christmas is your chance to get creative

The silly season is a great opportunity to whip out the craft box and get covering the house in glitter and glue! From Christmas baubles made from painted light bulbs, cards, chocolates, Christmas crackers, knitted tea cosies, hampers or even calendars for the year ahead, everyone is looking to buy something for themselves or someone they love.

Get started now and sell them at your festive fundraising events, locals markets or school fetes, at work and to your family and friends.

Let’s work less and play more!

Every work place becomes jollier at Christmas, so use this time to maximise your fundraising opportunities around the office.

Does your work have an annual Christmas party? Ask if you can add $10 on to the ticket price to go towards your fundraising target. Perhaps you and your colleagues do a Secret Santa gift swap? Why not turn this into a fundraiser too by setting a small ‘buy in’ fee! A dress down day at work, Christmas edition—we’re talking Santa, snowman and reindeer—is also a fun way to raise significant funds.

Christmas time is the best time of year to throw a party

Work is winding up, the holidays are coming and people are jolly. Why not host a Christmas cocktail (or mocktail) party, creating a fun Christmas-themed cocktail list for your friends… Mistletoe martini anyone? With a $15 entry fee, you’re well on your way to reaching your fundraising target.

This Christmas, say NO to gifts (stay with us...)

We know, this is a tough ask, but we figure if you’re fundraising for a cause close to your heart, you’re the kind of person who won’t mind putting gifts aside for one year.

So ask all your friends and family for donations to help you reach your fundraising target rather than buying you a gift this year.

Your charity will no doubt have a Christmas appeal, so get in touch with them directly to hear about how best to engage support at this time of year.

Feeling Inspired?

Visit the Inspired Adventures Calendar to find your challenge for 2016!

Read more: How to give ethically this Christmas


How to give ethically this holiday season

Hang on, are you telling me it’s nearly December!? With November almost over, it can only mean one thing … the giving season is upon us! No matter what you are celebrating, we have created a list of socially responsible gifts and tips to make sure you are doing your part for both people and the planet this year. You’re welcome!

Etsy’s handmade #makeforgood purchases support Plan International Australia

Etsy is an online marketplace for unique handmade and vintage goods. A couple of months ago, the folks behind Etsy teamed up with Plan International Australia to launch their #makeforgood campaign, where 20 per cent of all items sold online are directed towards the Because I Am A Girl initiative.

Creative entrepreneurs from all over Australia have joined forces with a common goal leading up to Christmas, which is to provide 150 micro-loans to Cambodian women to help them start their own businesses and lift their families out of poverty. With a huge range of one-off pieces including art, craft, jewellery and homeware, Etsy is the perfect place to tick off some items from your gift list.

Photo credit: Etsy

IKEA’s Soft Toys for Education supports UNICEF and Save The Children

Do you have a small child you need to buy for? Look no further than IKEA. Since the Soft Toys for Education launched 12 years ago, the program has raised the equivalent of AUD $115 million for UNICEF and Save the Children, while helping educate more than 11 million children.
For the first time this year, IKEA asked children around the world to design their own toys to feature amongst the range. This giving season when you purchase a toy in-store or online from November 1st to December 26th, you will help the IKEA Foundation to provide children living in poverty access education.


Photo Credit: IKEA

Grab your ugly Xmas rashie and support the Cancer Council QLD

With the weather warming up, are there any beach-goers on your gift list? The southern hemisphere’s answer to the daggy Christmas jumper is here … the Ugly Xmas Rashie.

Did you know? Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before they are 70. Perfect to ensure sun safety for the upcoming summer, the limited edition unisex rash-shirt was designed and manufactured locally in NSW by Kozii Swimwear.  All profits from the sale of the rashie go towards the Cancer Council QLD as they continue to fight life-threatening cancers.


Photo Credit: The Ugly Xmas Rashie

Put a gift under the Kmart Wishing Tree for Mission Australia and The Salvation Army

Before finishing your conscious shopping for the season, don’t forget to grab a gift for a disadvantaged Australian to add to their holiday cheer this year. A fixture of the Australian Christmas for almost 30 years, the Kmart Wishing Tree is our longest and most loved Christmas gift appeal.

Make sure to visit your local Kmart store before December 24th and place something special under the tree. All gifts will be distributed to those most in need by Mission Australia and The Salvation Army.  For 2015, Kmart is aiming to help their charity partners collect and distribute more than 500,000 gifts to at risk and marginalised people.


Gift wrapping for Lifeline

Now that you’ve got all your gifts, the last step is the gift wrapping. When you’ve finished your shopping this year, why not take a few hours to volunteer your time as a gift wrapper and help make an impact to the lives of Australians living with mental illness and support Lifeline?

If you can’t volunteer, consider taking your gifts to an All Phones stall set up in-store around the country. Shoppers can exchange their gifts along with a donation for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Funds raised from the wrapping appeal will help Lifeline fund their 24/7 crisis support line.



Purchase an OXFAM Christmas Tree

Once you have all of your gifts ticked off, they are ready to find their home under the tree! If you love the smell of a real Christmas tree and how it musters up that festive feeling, then make sure to get your Oxfam Christmas Tree order in by November 30th.

Available in NSW, VIC and SA for $89, your fresh pine tree will be delivered to your door in metropolitan areas between December 5th and 6th.  All funds raised from your tree will go towards assisting families living in poverty around the globe.

Photo Credit: Oxfam

Last but not least … get fundraising!

Whether you’ve signed up for an Inspired Adventure and are in the midst of your fundraising journey, or you admire the work of a charity, the giving season is a perfect time to let your friends and family know this year you would prefer a donation to your favourite cause.

The best place to start would be an email to your networks letting them know that this year you don’t want a traditional present. Include a short paragraph about why the charity is close to your heart these holidays and a link so everyone can support the cause with an online donation in your honour. If you have plenty of energy then it’s not too late to consider a fundraising Christmas party. Other ideas include swapping Secret Santa this year for a donation sponsorship, a Christmas bake sale at your workplace, or an end of year BBQ with your local sports or community club.

Feeling inspired?

  • Want to give back and fundraise for an amazing cause in 2016? Visit the  Inspired Adventures Calendar and find a charity challenge perfect for you.