Sustainable, Vegan and Non-Vegan Christmas Gift Ideas for Australia
When most countries around the world celebrate a cold and white Christmas, Australia welcomes the annual festival in the sweet summertime. While others stay cozy indoors with family and friends and keep themselves warm, Australians go out to get some cold beer or have barbeques at the beach!
This said, while the seasons might be different across the globe, the spirit of Christmas remains the same. It the time when families come together, gift each other wonderful presents and make merry. With the feeling remaining the same so should the thoughts for the environment around. Along gifting your loved and dear ones, consider gifting the earth as well. Celebrating a sustainable Christmas can benefit from, less wastage, encouragement of genuine goodwill and brings loved ones even closer!
So here's offering some of the best and unique Australian made eco-friendly gifts that is perfect for all ages and gender. Ranging from chocolates to cashmere we make sure that you have a wonderful and satisfying green Christmas!
1. Vegan Gifting
If your close ones are all about vegetarianism and liberating animals to save the planet then here is an interesting array of gifts that could bring a smile to their face.
- Pantry Poultry and Clothing Protectors
Thurbly Herb Farm’s Kitchen Poultry Natural or Kitchen Poultry Coloured is an excellent insect repellent that naturally gets rid of pesky critters in your pantry. These stuffed cute and vibrant items that look like chicken are filed with a traditional mix of insect deterring herbs and essentials oils with lovely fragrance keeping your cupboards insect-free. Another similar product from the ethical brand is innovative clothing protectors that perfume and refresh your clothing while repelling insects. A variety of choices include Mandala Clothing Protector, Bush Blend Kinjarran Clothing Protector and Go Wild Clothing Protector among others. Handmade, these come in fragrances of jasmine peach, orange spice, sandalwood and lemongrass with beautifully designed packets that include designs by local Aboriginal artist “Kinjarran.”
- Tea Towels
Aesthetically pleasing and functional, tea towels can be the ideal gift for the kitchen lover. Versatile and durable, tea towels serve the purpose of both drying and polishing delicate things as well as accentuating your kitchen décor. Super absorbent and made from 100% unbleached cotton from Blue Q or the hand screenprinted on 100% linen from Able and Game these tea towels, are designed with amusing liners such as, “Wacky Feline Woman” or “Inside Sucks,” these can be used to do the dishes or fancied up by framing.
- Stainless Steel Water Bottles
For the ones who are on the move, Earth Bottles’ stainless steel water bottles are the ideal Christmas present. Collaborated with artists and charitable organizations to create unique and eye-catching designs, these stylish bottles keep water cold for up to 24 hours and liquids warm for up to 12 hours. Apart from the distinctive designs, Earth Bottle also joins forces with non-profit organizations. For instance, $2 from the simple designed Turquoise on Earth Bottle or Hot Pink Earth Bottle is donated to Beyond Blue, a non-profit organization working to address issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, and other related mental disorders.
- Organic Chocolates
Christmas is a time where happiness and sweetness overflows. For those who are health conscious and prefer dark chocolate, Bennetto’s vegan certified organic dark chocolates made from non-added dairy, gluten or soy and come in various interesting flavors such as orange with chilli, mint and cocoa nibs, amaranth & sea salt among others are perfect for the ones with impeccable taste.
- Seeded or Plantable Paper
If you are planning to send out Christmas party invitations or post Christmas cards to friends or family try going biodegradable and green for a change through sending seeded paper from Paper Go Round. Made from recycled paper, these cute cards printed with water or vegetable-based inks contain live seeds that grow into vegetables, herbs, and flowers. So through giving out the Fox Watercolour Seed Card or Kangaroo Seed Card, you are making an impact on your planet. As the brand states on their website, “Seeded paper can give real emphasis to your message and unparalleled strength to an environmental campaign.” The Swan River daisy seeds (Brachycome iberidifolia) available in gift tags will grow in most regions of Australia with vibrant flowers that are white, blue, purple or pink and daisy-like.
2. Non-Vegan Gifting
Apart from the wonderful vegan selections, here are some amazing and different non-vegan choices that are equally sustainable as well.
- Handmade Beeswax Wraps
Washable, reusable and versatile, beeswax wraps are a healthier alternative to plastic wraps for food storage. Typically made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin beeswax wraps are perfect for wrapping cheese, sandwiches, salads and even fruits and vegetables keeping them fresh. Apiary Made’s beeswax wraps that come in various sizes are printed with hand-designed patterns containing images such as beehives, bee smokers, honey jars, bees and so on hence celebrating the importance of bees to us and our planet.
- Zero-Waste Cologne
Not relying on water or alcohol as cheap fillers, Solid State for Men’s cologne is longer lasting than traditional grooming products and better for the environment too! Australian-made, wax-based and highly concentrated, this pocket-size grooming product can be applied with your bare hands and come in various fragrances such as Aviator, Cruiser, and Journeyman among others suited for your on the go lifestyle.
- Conscious Clothing
An awareness of one’s environment also begins with eco-conscious dressing. Slow fashion brands such as Tightology, Lore Lore, and Nine Yaks produce such ethical clothing that does not compromise on style and quality. Lightweight and perfect for the Australian warm weather, Tightology’s tights are made with environmentally sustainable nylon fiber obtained exclusively from regenerated raw materials, which meets given traceability requirements. Lore Lore’s Giant Pom Pom Wool Beanie constructed on a domestic knitting machine, hand-linked and finished, is made from 100% natural fibers sourced locally. Social label, Nine Yaks focuses on fine natural textiles specializing in Cashmere-wraps such as ponchos, throws, and shawls. Created from 100% Cashmere or Linen with vegetable-based dyes, these high-quality ethical clothing that keeps you warm and at the same time stylish assures 100% sustainability as well.
Additionally, if Kris Kringle is in your mind check out our Fun and Quirky Low-Cost Eco-Friendly Kris Kringle Gift Ideas for an awesome eco-concious Secret Santa with your colleagues, friends or family!