Conscious Christmas Gift Guide


Please note that a version of this blog post was originally seen on MFARAI.com.
You can access the original blog post here.

We're not sure about you, but we're nowhere near completing our giving list for this Christmas. Here are some great ideas on where to start when choosing presents. Feel free to use this as a guide for all gift-giving occasions!
 

1. Donate

To give back is the best gift of all. Buy a CAREgift, donate to a local not-for-profit, or give to Christmas appeals such as those by SalvosBarnardos, and St Vincent de Paul Society.
 

2. Give an Experience

Experiences and memories are lasting, sadly most other presents are not. Give a friend or family member tickets to one of the ideas below and we doubt they'll be disappointed!
 

3. Consider Second-hand

There’s nothing wrong with re-gifting unused items in your home (so long as your gift is something the recipient would really enjoy!). If you can’t think of anything to re-gift, jump onto Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Etsy, or head into a similar second-hand or vintage store. Buying from Australian vintage stores or local sellers might just make a huge difference to a small business owner's Christmas, too!
 

4. Do It Yourself

Get creative and head to your local bulk food store to stock up on ingredients. Baked treats can make a wonderful present and can even be zero waste.
If you’re crafty, upcycle items in your home to make something unique.
If you’re into graphic design, designing a personalised e-book or guide would also make a wonderful present!
 

5. Buy Ethical

This may seem like the easiest option for a conscious consumer but, ideally, this should be the last. When all options are exhausted, think about (or ask!) what your recipient really needs + buy ethically made, fair trade, eco-friendly, local, organic (or better yet, certified organic!), and/or zero-waste.
Google your closest organic or eco store or shop online from ethical businesses.
 
 
Here's an infographic to save for personal use!
Conscious Christmas Hierarchy Infographic
 
At the end of the season, it's really all just about making a conscious choice towards positive impact, no matter the way you go about it.
We would love to know what you’re giving this Christmas. Please leave a comment to spark a beautiful conversation!