Christmas is the season for giving, but unfortunately for many people and communities around the world it can be a particularly tough time.
So this year, look beyond the confines of the usual soaps or homewares and help make a real difference to the lives of others.
Here are some of our top picks to help you give back and show you really care -
Oxfam Unwrapped Piglet – RRP $37
A pig is a better gift than a mousepad and much more productive. Because a pig will help fertilise crops, breed with other pigs to make baby pigs and get rid of scraps with gusto. Don’t worry if your friend doesn’t have the space; their pig will be given to a pig-loving family in Laos.
Oxfam Unwrapped offers a range of more than 40 totally unexpected gift ideasthat will also help transform the life of a person living in poverty. Best of all, your family member, workmate or friend receives an extremely memorable gift card explaining how their special gift is helping others.
Go to www.oxfamunwrapped.com.au
Unicef Give Good Creativity Pack - RRP $12
We all understand the power of a good story, and the importance of creative expression - particularly in times of hardship. Help up to 20 children harness their creativity by purchasing the Give Good Creative Pack this Christmas. Containing 22 pencils and 20 exercise books, this pack would make the perfect gift for the artistic soul who believes in the value of creativity.
Give Good. Start here: www.unicef.org.au/givegood
Lush Charity Pot
This hand and body lotion is made with skin-softening cocoa butter and almond oil to make your skin feel lovely, and it has a scent you’ll want to sniff all day long. Every penny that you pay for it - excluding the GST, will go into the Lush Charity Pot Fund, which is supports various organisations such as the Music Outback Foundation and WIRES.
Go to www.lush.com.au
Salvos Give A Lunch for Christmas
Help the Salvos ease the burden for Australian families in need by providing them with a decent Christmas meal. As little as $10 can provide one meal, and the more donations the Salvos receive, the further they make it go. This year the Salvos are hoping to fill 8,000 empty plates. Help spread the word by sharing photos of your lunch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with a message about donating.
Donate at www.salvosgivealunch.org.au #SalvosGiveaLunch
Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal
Celebrating 25 years of Aussies giving to others at Christmas time, the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal has this year raised the target, aiming to collect half a million gifts for charity partner The Salvation Army. To participate, simply place a gift under the Wishing Tree located in any Kmart store around Australia. Your kids will love helping you pick out a present for another chuild less fortunate.Take a gift tag from the tree to identify the age and gender of a suitable recipient and place it with your gift.
Or head online to wishingtree.kmart.com.au