In 2018 alone an estimated $400 million was spent on unwanted gifts in Australia. Many of these unwanted gifts are discarded each year, and many likely end up in landfill. Long after the decorations have been packed away and the food comas wear off, slow fashion gifts will continue to keep on giving. And with ever-growing ethically and sustainably made fashion options becoming available, it has never been easier to do good with your gift giving.
From stocking stuffers to something more extravagant and everything in between. These gift ideas have you covered.
The Bimby and Roy intimates are full of fun prints and comfy designs. A bralette will cost you just over $40 and a pair of underwear costs between $28.95 and $32.95. These intimates are ethically manufactured in the Fiji islands by the first solar powered facility in the region. The printing process is super environmentally friendly and the paper used during the process is frequently donated to recycling plants. You’ll be buying intimates you can feel good about and your friends will feel good in.
Ethically made underwear comes at a higher price point compared with the non-ethically made kind, and as such people are less likely to purchase this for themselves. A pair of Jackfruit the Label undies will cost you only $45 and come in a range of styles and colours. Looking for something cheaper? Pick up a Waste Knot instead. These are scrunchies that are made from scraps of signature Jackfruit fabric and elastic and will only set you back $12, making them perfect for a stocking filler.
Britt’s List readers can get 10% off at Jackfruit the Label with code BRITTSLIST at checkout. Shop here.
Talking of stocking fillers, socks are the obvious choice. Everyone needs socks so you’re sure to know this gift won’t go to waste. Obus Socks has a small sock range that goes hand in hand with its seasonal releases. The bright and colourful prints are sure to catch your eye and will only set you back around $12. These socks are responsibly made by a specialist factory in Turkey, from 75% cotton.
UPPAREL is in the business of circular fashion, making the collection, upcycling and recycling of textiles a core part of its business model. Starting with socks and underwear subscriptions, the brand now offers a range of staples for men, women and kids. Sock subscriptions can be tailored by gender, size and frequency. Subscriptions start from $9 a month.
Give the gift of high-quality, high-performance workout clothing for all activities with 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 men’s and women’s pants, tops, shorts, tanks, crops, and more. It’s all ethically manufactured in Brisbane, Australia.
Britt’s List readers can get 20% off full price purchases over $50 from dk active with code BRITTS20. Shop here.
Make every night a great night with the luxurious Boody sleepwear made from certified organic bamboo. The Sydney-based sustainable basics brand uses bamboo that is grown sustainably with no pesticides, insecticides or fertilisers and without any artificial irrigation. The brand is transparent and open about its process and the end result is a naturally luxe fabric that is silky soft. A pair of summer pjs for the ladies in your life will cost you $59.90.
DIY fashion is a gift that will keep the thrills coming way past the unwrapping stage. Brisbane-based label and sewing school Common Stitch offer complete sewing kits that won’t break the bank. It has a range of options for under the $100 mark and a few under $150 too, depending on what you’re after. It is a great gift for those who want to get into sewing or experienced sewers alike. While the kits come with the pattern, fabric, thread, elastic and buttons, it’s best to double check they have a sewing machine handy first.
Bed Threads uses its signature 100% French Flax Linen fabric for its sleepwear range (100% appropriate for out-of-home wear as well) which includes robes, sets and a slip. The brand says it’s 100% carbon neutral and proudly plastic free. The garments are assembled in China where the brand says they pay above minimum wage and ensure ethical working conditions for their makers.
Everyone needs a favourite T-shirt, making it the perfect Christmas gift. Citizen Wolf takes the T-shirt game to the next level by literally custom making them. 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 crafted T-shirt in your cut and fabric of choice will be worth it. These tees are cut with lasers and sent off to you within the fortnight (so make sure you plan ahead) and are all ethically made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.
The Patagonia logo tees have become a political statement for an environmentally friendly future. Available in men’s and women’s cuts and inclusive sizing, you’ll be sure to find one to suit. The American outdoor clothing company is setting epic standards in sustainable manufacturing, and leading a global community of environmentally friendly consumers while they’re at it. Grab a classic tee for around $70.
Sitting under (and over depending on your budget) the $100 mark are the Will and Bear hats. Its aesthetic unisex hat range is made by expert milliners in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and China, using 100% Australian wool. Plus with every hat purchase it plants 10 trees in its Plant a Forest Project, making these hats feel guilt-free and your gift just that little more special.
The original Twoobs sandals come in under $100. Available in a bunch of fun and funky styles and colours, these shoes will surely impress a sustainable fashion lover. The brand has recently released a collection made from recycled materials, is using recycled packaging and is officially carbon neutral.
For your friends and family members who can’t get enough of the water, whether that be spending days on end catching waves at the beach or lounging by the pool all summer long, swimwear from Salt Gyspy is a must. It has a great range of sun safe and super cute staples including swim tops, rashies, one pieces, swim bottoms, swim tops, tanks, tees and more. This women’s surfwear label is manufactured responsibly here in Australia and all the pieces are made from recycled nylon.
Sustainably made sleepwear should be on your list for a Christmas gift-giving occasion. Whether it’s for your mum, grandma, sister or bestie, there’s some ethically-made Sleepy Dee pyjamas that are sure to become their new favourite sleepwear. Its extensive range of bedtime essentials are handcrafted in Brisbane from sustainably sourced materials.
This one is for the nature lovers in your life. Summers in Australia are filled with months of outdoor adventures, but with this comes the high possibility that you’ll likely get rained out at some stage. If you’re buying a gift for an outdoorsy person who’d rather be outside all summer long, regardless of the weather, treat them to a rain jacket by Team Timbuktu. It’s made from 100% post consumer waste – specifically plastic water bottles.
OK so summer is probably the last time you’d be thinking about winter accessories, but your gift receiver will be thanking you as soon as the temperatures start to drop. The classic range of shoes by Emu Australia are 100% Australian made. With a range of styles and colours, there is something for everyone. Made from quality sheepskin, which is both warm and waterproof, these shoes are made to last and will keep your lucky recipient going for many winters to come.
Bonus: Take 10% of full priced Emu products with code EMU10FRIEND at checkout. Shop here.
Veja has an extensive range of stylish sneakers for women, men and kids that are sure to bring smiles to faces. Its shoes are environmentally friendly, made with raw materials sourced from organic farming and ecological agriculture, without chemicals or polluting processes. Unlike 95% of the world’s sneakers, which are made in Southeast Asia, Veja sneakers are ethically designed and produced in southern Brazil and made to last with quality cotton, rubber and leathers. Australians can buy Vejas from the Considered edit on The Iconic. Prices range between $120-$200.
A_C Official (formerly Ahimsa Collective) has the most gorgeous collection of vegan friendly wallets and handbags. Made from a range of sustainable materials, from upcycled pineapple waste (Pinatex) to deadstock vinyl and even washable paper. These fabrics feature across its range of women’s bags including clutches, totes, crossbody bags, pouches and wallets. The most expensive bag will set you back $389, however they have a range of products that are well under the $300 mark, going as low as $29 tote bags.