Making kind choices in your everyday life.

Kind Gifts

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Shopping | 5 comments

“Ask yourself : Have you been kind today ? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world” – Annie Lennox.

 

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be wanting to buy a little something for your beloved. Rather than spending time pondering what to give, cast your eyes over my list of gifts ideas which not only give to the object of your affection but also to one of the fabulous causes out there. Or, if you are Valentine-less, show some self love by treating yourself.

 

JEWELLERY

 

Jewellery For a Cause  donates 20% of each sale of gorgeous jewellery to a number of great causes including The Orangutan Project and Oscar’s Law.

 

Polli Designs – an environmentally responsible jewellery (and home wares) business who donate items to the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia for fundraising.

 

Ethical Jewelsfancy pants, only in my dreams-ish rings made in conjunction with consideration for the environment.

 

A PLETHORA OF GREAT GIFTS FROM ANIMAL ORGANISATIONS. Here are a few examples….

 

The wonderful Animals Asia have recently rescued 6 bears so now would be a perfect time to buy something from their gift shop – scarves, umbrellas, sweet plush bears are all here. You can also befriend or sponsor a bear (this has been the cherished Valentine’s Day gift I have received for the last few years).

 

Animals Australia tirelessly campaign for Australian animals and they too have a great on line gift shop featuring candles, wine, t-shirts and chocolates  amongst many other gifts.

 

Sea Shephard have more man-ly goods for sale in their shop, being the warriors that they are.

 

PERFUME / AFTERSHAVE

Great gift to give / receive but do make sure that it has not been tested on animals. I will be devoting a whole post to this subject in the future but, in the meantime, PETA do provide some good guides. If your desired perfume does not feature in the guides, make enquiries with the company. Company feedback on my favourite perfume, Issey Miyake, is that do not test on animals (nor do they contain any animal ingredients).

 

BOOKSthere are some talented authors out there who are also kind and passionate in their beliefs.

I am a self confessed book nerd worm and these suggestions are ones which I have read and loved.

 

Women of Letters and Yours Truly – entertaining witterings from some well known, funny Australian women. Royalties to Edgar’s Mission.

 

Unconditional Love by Saskia Adams contains gorgeous stories of animal rescues in Australia.

 

Free the Bears by Mary Hutton is one of my inspirational reads of 2013.

 

Christine’s Ark – moving recount of Christine Townend’s work at India’s Help in Suffering.

 

The 2013 Voiceless Anthology – the result of a competition run by Voiceless. Comes as an e-book and hard copy and raises funds through royalties. It is an amazing read too – shows what talent is out there amongst everyday Australians.

 

The coffee book gift for the recipient to flick through if they are having a bad day undoubtedly goes to :

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  Not only do the images make you smile, the photographer Seth Casteel founded the wonderful American charity Second Chance Photos. His photos are used to show shelter dogs in their best light to help them find a home. Underwater Dogs is for sale in all good bookshops, including the ABC Shop.

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ART WORK

 

Tamara Keneally is an animal photographer based in Victoria. She takes stunning photographs of rescued (and other) animals and sells them through her on line shop in the form of laminated prints, calenders and greeting cards. Proceeds support such charities as Animals Australia and Tamara is, herself, an animal rescuer.Her stories and photos individualise animals such as sheep and chickens who are often viewed as a disposable commodities.

 

Lucy Culliton captures the beauty of ordinary farm animals in her paintings. She donated this one to the Humane Society Australia but has others for sale (on my wish list).

 

These Edgar’s Mission Brooches are so sweet.

 

FOR BABIES / KIDS

 

The most adorable toys and rattles ever are produced by the company Pebbles. Octopus rattles, geckos, otters galore. They are fair trade and help improverished women in rural Bangladesh. 

The stuffed animals sold by Animals Australia are mighty cute (I bought the pig for a friend’s baby), educational (they give a little blurb about what problems that particular animal faces) and proceeds go back to helping Animals Australia help the animals.

 

Animal themed bookmarks made by an inspirational 8 year old Australian boy, Jayden. He makes them to raise money for WSPA’s work to end the bear bile trade in Vietnam. 

 

ALCOHOL

 

A bottle of bubbly perhaps ? There is no better place to buy wine than through Goodwill Wines. The company was created in an effort to give something back to the community after the founder, David, lost everything in the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires and was humbled by the help he received in his hour of need. You nominate your charity of choice who will receive 50% of the profits from your purchase. The kindest way I can think of to indulge in your favourite tipple.

 

CHOCOLATES

 

The Cruelty Free Shop in Glebe, Sydney and Vegan On Line both sell sumptuous dairy free chocolate. Keep them in mind for Easter too. They both support Animal Charities too – The Cruelty Free Shop has a charity of the month and the owner’s of Vegan On Line also run an animal sanctuary called Freedom Hill.

 

BATH BOMBS / BODY STUFF

 

I could never have enough bath bombs. Lush have a huge array of these balls of relaxation and serenity. Lush is my new favourite body product shop and I go quite nuts in there. They are responsible with their packaging (pot exchanges for face masks is a perk) and their (mostly vegan) ingredients (never tested on animals). Love their Charity Pots too (100 % of what you pay goes to the nominated charity).

 

ECO FRIENDLY

 

On line shops such as Biome  have original and resourceful gifts and are, obviously, a kind choice for the environment.

 

SUPPORT THE LITTLE GUY (AND BUY AUSTRALIAN)

 

Rather than some ubiquitous, mass produced product why not check out the original and clever things for sale made by small Australian designers / creators. I have bought a few things from Madeit and Down That Little Lane. My most recent purchase was my mug from Zinnia Pea who’s saying (by Ghandi) spurs me along as I sip my coffee and write my blog. Also love the animal themed t-shirts etc from Cumbungi.

 

Fair Trade Gifts

 

Great way of helping out people getting back on their feet overseas. Gorgeous, colourful and unusual gifts can be found through Eternal Creations and The Trading Circle.

 

Reject Consumerism

 

If you get as freaked out as I do about all the never ending STUFF for sale (have you watched The Story of Stuff ?), to physically give nothing is a great and kind option. Have an experience or see a show (with human only participants) instead. We’re off to be dazzled by Empire at the Spiegletent, Moore Park.

 

 

Happy Shopping ! xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Skip

    You’re still cute!!

  2. Andy Rod

    Nice work ! I’ll keep this list.

    Ax

  3. Bettina

    Great idea, Ingy. Another suggestion is Guide Dogs Australia (I’ve bought many gifts from them over the years). xo

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