5 ethical kris kringle christmas gifts that give back
With the season of Kris Kringle, or 'Secret Santa' upon us, we decided to hunt down some gifts this year that are not only cruelty free, but also give back to society and the earth. What a perfect way to embrace the season of joy and generosity!
1: Mukti Coin Ring from Made By Survivors
Made By Survivors employs and educates survivors of slavery, child marriage and other human rights abuses in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand.
As well as training survivors in professions such as jewellery making, the organisation has established a programme to train and employ survivors in veterinary nursing and animal care across India - what a fantastic cause!
This stunning ring is hand-crafted from blackened silver, and is embossed with a stylised elephant - a traditional symbol for overcoming obstacles.
2: Journals, Notecards and Gift Tags from Raven + Lily
This lovely eco friendly collection is made of recycled cotton, by marginalised women in Northern Indian. Discarded items such as military tents, denim jeans, newspapers and cotton rags find new life, and empower women who were once marginalised because of their gender and poverty.
Find them here.
3: Socks to combat HIV/AIDS from Conscious Step
The ultimate in irony, giving the gift of socks and jocks. But hey, why not have a little fun? Not only are these polka dot studded beauties useful and fabulous-looking, they're also for a great cause. Each pair purchased provides a week of HIV treatment to pregnant women through a partnership with UNAIDS.
These are made of the highest quality GOTS organic cotton, and are manufactured in certified Fair Trade conditions.
Find them here.
4: Dark Chocolate Frogs from Haigh's Chocolates
Well firstly, these are darn right delicious. It's no wonder Haigh's have always been a family favourite. But there's more to love about them than just their great tasting chocolates.
This family owned chocolate brand is a great supporter of environmental causes, including protection of the Australian native Bilby and the Chinese Giant Panda.
Purchasing one of these chocolate frogs too helps Haigh's fund its research projects, such as Amphibian Ark, which protects Australia's endangered frog species and their fragile environment.
5: Weekender Bag from Anchal Project
Anchal Project is a nonprofit, social enterprise that addresses exploitation of women around the world. Every purchase of their products provides an artisan with full-time employment, health care benefits, design training and educational workshops.
What's more to love is that this striking duffel bag is stitched from up-cycled vintage cotton sari, by artisans in Ajmer, India.
Find it here.