Gifts that support small and sustainable business truly are the gifts that keep on giving. And if you consider that every purchase you make has an impact, there really are naughty and nice ways to do Christmas gift giving. Long after the decorations have been packed away and the food comas wear off, these mindfully made and sourced gifts will continue to keep on giving. From stocking stuffers to something more extravagant and everything in between, here’s your guide to a more sustainable, mindful and ethical Christmas.

Jocks & socks from Nisa

Nisa Naturals Range

New Zealand-based social enterprise label Nisa exists to create employment opportunities to women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The brand’s range of men’s and women’s intimates are all ethically made from organic cotton and other sustainable materials in New Zealand. Since being founded in 2017, Nisa has employed 29 women on their journey towards a bright career in Aotearoa (51,509 hours of employment). Shop for socks, jocks and other quality intimates under $40.

WellRead subscription

wellread

Bookish types will love the titles on offer by local small business, WellRead. WellRead is a book subscription service that delivers the best new literary titles and undiscovered gems to its members. Offered as a one-off gift or a subscription on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, subscribers get a new release hand picked by this cultured crew. Shop for kids and adults gifts and subscriptions from $30.

Locally made lounge or activewear from dk active

Loungewear

Give the gift of high-quality, high-performance lounge or workout clothing from Brisbane’s dk active. With a focus on sustainability, brand director Danielle Kay says she wanted to create a label that promoted inner wellbeing, self love and body positivity, without compromising on ethical manufacturing. And that is a message we should all be giving this Christmas. The activewear range includes women’s pants, tops, shorts, tanks, crops, and more. It’s all ethically manufactured in Brisbane, Australia.

Britt’s List readers can get 10% off full priced purchases over $50 from dk active with code BRITTSLIST at checkout. Shop here.

Common Stitch sewing set

Here’s a gift for your skilled or wannabe sewing friend. Brisbane-based label and sewing school Common Stitch offer sewing kits complete with pattern and fabric that won’t break the bank. It has a range of options for under the $100 mark and a few under $150 too. While the kits come with the pattern, fabric, thread, elastic and buttons, it’s best to double check the person receiving this gift has a sewing machine handy first.

Citizen Wolf tailored tee

Citizen Wolf

Everyone needs a new T-shirt. It’s a fact. And the shirts by Citizen Wolf are the best on the market (you heard it here first). You’ll have to do a little digging with your gift receiver for this one to get their weight, height and date of birth but the custom T-shirt in your cut and fabric of choice will be more than worth it. These tees are cut with lasers, sewed in Sydney, and sent off to you within the fortnight (so make sure you plan ahead). Unsure about the specifics? Grab ’em a gift card!

Britt’s List readers can get $25 off their first custom t-shirt with code BRITTSLIST at checkout. Shop here.

Luxury beach towel by BAINA

Baina organic cotton towels

New-Zealand based homewares brand BAINA makes contemporary, luxury towels that were made for giving. The range of patterned bath and beach towels are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton in Portugal and are produced by one of Europe’s most established mills, resulting in a quality and considered range. There’s some under and some over $100. Take your pick.

Will and Bear hats

Will and Bear

Sitting around the $100 mark are the iconic Will and Bear hats. Its aesthetic unisex hat range is made by expert milliners in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and China, using 100% Australian wool. The seal the deal, with every hat purchase the brand donates 10 trees in its Plant a Forest Project, making these hats feel guilt-free and your gift just that little bit more special.

Food for Everyone poster

Recipe poster

Here’s another gift that gives back. Culinary poster shop Food for Everyone by Australian artist and illustrator Gemma Leslie collaborates with renowned chefs, cooks, and restaurateurs, transforming recipes into artworks. Your poster purchase with Food For Everyone goes on to directly support people experiencing food insecurity. For each poster purchased, the social enterprise donates the equivalent of 10 meals through its charity partner SecondBite. Posters start at $85.

Luxe sleepwear and accessories by Reverie

Reverie gift

Chasing a gift for someone you want to spoil? Brisbane-based sleepwear and loungewear label Reverie has you covered. The brand’s range of effortlessly stylish and comfortable garments are made from environmentally friendly fabrics such as Lenzing Tencel (made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus), silk, GOTS-certified organic cotton and a merino/organic cotton blend. Reverie the Label’s collections include short and long nightgowns, sets, robes and accessories. It’s all made here in Brisbane, Australia. Don’t want to guess their style? Grab a gift card.

Britt’s List readers can get 20% off purchases over $200 with code BRITT20 at checkout.

Sustainable sunnies by Good Citizens 

Good Citizens Models

Sunnies that untrash the planet? Yes, please! Sydney-based brand Good Citizens makes a range of stylish sunnies and glasses with sustainability as its focus. The brand uses 100% recycled PET for its frames – turning water bottle waste into sunglasses frames. The sunglasses are made by the Good Citizens team in Sydney as an aim to further reduce the company’s environmental footprint. They’ve picked up two Good Design awards so far, and they’re just getting started. 

Britt’s List readers can get $10 off their first pair of Good Citizens sunnies with code BRITTSLIST at checkout. Shop here.

An heirloom blanket from Waverley Mills

Since establishing in 1874, Waverley Mills has been committed to using natural fibres, which are biodegradable, recyclable and a renewable resource. The brand uses quality wool, alpaca, mohair and cotton for its throws and blankets, which are well-known for their quality and usability. The Waverley Mills and WM Recycled brands have a wide range of styles and colours that your gift receiver will love. The products are all Australian made.

A Peppermint magazine subscription

Peppermint

Peppermint is an Australian quarterly print magazine focused on style, sustainability, sewing and substance. As a small, independent publication that champions ethical fashion, diversity, inclusivity, climate action, slow living, sewing and DIY, social justice and more, the publication is committed to telling real stories with authenticity, thoughtfulness and passion. Anyone with an interest in slow fashion, sewing, DIY or sustainability will simply love this publication. An annual subscription is $64.

Bonus: Thrift a gift

On a budget? (Let’s face it, who isn’t?) Head to your local op shop when it comes time to do your Christmas shopping. Your gift will help keep garments and other products out of landfill, and the funds will go to important causes in Australia. When searching for gifts, look for natural fibres, unopened or brand-new-with-tags garments, and unique items such as pottery and glassware. Consider personalising these gifts further with embossing and embroidery services.