I love giving gifts, even more than I love receiving them. Nothing beats the feeling of purchasing a special gift for someone, knowing that an unexpected surprise will make their day. Even better is when you buy from a socially responsible business.
Though there are many socially responsible businesses I am yet to discover, I have compiled a list of my favourites so you can support them during lockdown. Whether you treat yourself to a self-care gift (you deserve it), or buy a gift for someone else, it’s important to support small businesses if you are in the financial position to do so.
Of course I have put Hope on Purpose on the top of this list. It’s the ethical brand of the charity I have dedicated the past eight years to, Human & Hope. There is a great range of handmade zero-waste lifestyle products, toys, accessories and stationery that are very reasonably priced.
These beautiful products are made in Cambodia by women who have studied in a 12-month sewing program run by our program partner, Human and Hope Association, in rural Siem Reap. These inspirational women are using their skills to overcome poverty and create safe and peaceful lives for their families.
Another great social enterprise that supports women, Mettle Women is a national gift delivery service employing women who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic and family violence. They equip survivors with the skills, confidence, and financial security required to secure and maintain employment and in turn, safe and stable housing.
Mettle Women has a fantastic range of gift boxes that are both affordable and high quality.
Best lockdown gift: A big love gift box
Tea makes any problem that little bit better, which is why I have been supporting Inspirational Tea Co (recently rebranded from Monji Tea) for the past year.
Inspirational Tea Co currently donate $1 from every retail pack of 10pk Pyramid teabags with hand folded tags sold to Women’s Community Shelters. They work with communities to provide short term emergency accommodation and support in a safe, comfortable and secure environment.
Best lockdown gift: A little hug in a mug tea box
The Boom Gate Gallery sells artwork by inmates in New South Wales Correctional Centres to local and international visitors. The gallery fosters the creative and professional development of the artists, facilitating personal, educational and vocational pathways.
75% of the sale price goes back to the inmate, and they have access to this money while they are in gaol. Inmates can send this money to their families or purchase their next canvas to paint on. 25% of the sale price contributes to the gallery running costs.
Best lockdown gifts: A lovely Indigenous artwork (or four)