Dreamstarter gifts to buy this Christmas
“I love the fabulous ethical fashion from the Social Outfit – their clutches are the perfect summer party accessory and make a great gift,” says Shannon. “Then, to know that they are made with love by a social enterprise that provides employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities – that is even better.”
Got a big dreamer in your office Kris Kringle? A notebook from Words with Heart is just the ticket for them. These stationery products have cute and inspiring messages like ‘Shine Bright’ and ‘GRL PWR’. Best of all – they offer more than words. These eco-friendly stationery products fund education for women and girls in the developing world. A single ‘Stellar Ideas’ notebook can pay for a day of schooling for a young woman in Cambodia, for instance.
Warndu means ‘good’ in Adnyamathanha language, and the native ingredients brand’s products certainly live up to that name. Their native thyme and extra virgin olive oil, and wild harvest wattleseed balsamic vinegar not only taste great, they’re helping keep the world’s oldest continuous culture alive and thriving, while creating employment opportunities in First Nations South Australian communities.
“Eat Me Chutneys Christmas Chutney was one of the highlights of my family’s Christmas table last year,” says Shannon. “It’s a favourite to throw on a leftover Christmas ham toastie. It tastes like Christmas in a jar – delicious.” Best of all, the chutney is made from rescued fresh produce (helping fight food waste) and fair trade sugar and spices.
This multi-purpose, recycled wool blanket will keep you cozy on the couch in the winter, but come summertime, you can throw it out on the lawn for picnics. Its circular production model fights waste, and it's naturally antibacterial, so some time in the sunshine is all the cleaning it requires. Warmest part of all? For every ten blankets sold, one goes to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.