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    Conscious Christmas Gift Guide

    Christmas and consumption go hand in hand, last year Australians spent over $22billion on Christmas, with the average person spending $492 on presents alone. And further research revealed that 20 million gifts were unwanted in 2015 with that number expected to grow year on year.

    So, what is it that makes us lose our senses when it comes to gifts at Christmas?

    A study conducted in 2014 found that our sentimentality is what sends us off on a tangent, trying to be original and demonstrate how well we really ‘know’ the person over and above practicality and something that they’d find useful or more likely to use. It’s a time where even though we’re spending money on gifts, we aren’t consciously thinking if the person actually needs it.

    Here are our top picks on gifts that will show you care about the person, and the planet!

    Experiences
    No wrapping needed on these gifts. Give the gift of learning something new, whether that’s about themselves or a skill they will use again and again.

    Workshops - Work Shop Classes

    Personal investment - The School of Life

    Memberships - NGV Gallery Membership

    Donate to charity for the year - OXFAM - WILDERNESS SOCIETY - RED CROSS

     

    Gifts that keep giving
    Practical gifts that last longer. Choose from practical gifts like offsetting their carbon, to art, to subscriptions that mean they get a little surprise each month.

    Offset someone’s carbon for a year - Chooose

    Socks - Soxy Beast

    Art - AJP Studio

    Books - Bookabuy

    Plants -       Hello Botanical Melbourne
    Leaf Supply Sydney
    Botanic Box Brisbane & Gold Coast

     

    Make your own
    Spend time making something for the loved ones in your life. Setting aside an afternoon in silly season will give you a chance to have some time to yourself too!

    DIY candle

    Chutney

    Cookie Dough & Superfood Balls

     

    Ethical Buys
    If you want to buy an actual gift, go for one that gives back – whether to the makers directly, a cause that is doing important work, or reducing its impact on the environment.

    Bamboo bodywear - Boody

    Timeless timepieces - The Timekeeper

    Start a garden - Little Veggie Patch Co.

    Knitwear that cares - Sh*t That I Knit

    Slow beauty - Check out the guide!

    Fashion-able friends - Gift guide for women

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