THE BEST ETHICAL GIFT GUIDE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON - WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES
Gift giving is such a nice opportunity to share how you feel about someone. There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect gift for a loved one especially over the holiday season.
It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a complete cluster fuck but we think it’s the perfect way to send the year off, by finding something that’s for your favourite people without completely breaking the bank or ruining the planet.
We’ve pulled together a nice range of gifts with a little ‘be kind’ or ethical slant. Not only are these beautiful brands either eco-friendly, hand made or doing something good for the world, they are ALL women owned businesses.
Everything we’ve chosen to share with you is handpicked because we believe it’s a gift that brings more kindness and more good to the world. The kind of gift that leaves the world maybe just a little better after it’s been purchased and truly lightens up someone else life, even just for a moment.
Let’s start with JOYN Bags…
JOYNs mission is to connect and empower marginalised communities with new markets.
JOYN is committed to hand making bags, crafted by local artisans in the foothills of the Himalayas. They choose people over machinery to breathe life into each piece. JOYN is passionate about creating a circular ecosystem where all considerations of the supply chain taken into account.
That means, they actively work to purchase remnant leathers and sustainable materials while also empowering people in local communities with fair work. Transparency is at the forefront of how they do business.
JOYN know they’re not perfect but they are open and always looking for ways to improve products and services from design to manufacture, all the way to the final product that lands from their hands to yours. We believe that creating empowered communities is the foundation of great business.
Now we’re sure you can see why we partnered with JOYN Bags! Their Boss Lady Collection has landed and it is just stunning, featuring 4 amazing women business leaders.
Now check out Tahmina Tea
Tahmina (derived from the Persian word tahm, meaning strong & brave) is an international brand with a vision to export transformational products from different conflict regions of the world. Tahmina believe that economic development is one of the sustainable agents of change to war-torn societies, and that the call to bravery will overcome the history of fear in these nations. Their maiden project begins in Afghanistan with one of its best luxury items: saffron and saffron-infused teas. Tahmina seeks to connect local farmers and women with international markets, and help develop industries that can be alternatives to the illicit drug economy.
Tahmina represent a collective of people who are passionate about activism and being the best in tea. The team is bi-located between Afghanistan and the US, and are all part of a larger story of change in Afghanistan and change in conflict zones through the power of social enterprise.
Time to try some Tea?
One Million Butterflies is a 21 day personal transformation program helping people all around the world to find their wings and start to live a life they love.
The project came to life to help people through fear and uncertainty in this time of pandemic, but has grown into a beautiful and supportive global community of humans from all walks of life.
All seeking to change their lives, seeking freedom from suffering and all manner of burdens, great or small.
The program is all online with extensive video tutorials, audio guides, downloadable pdfs, and optional group or one-on-one online counselling sessions with Alison Nancye.
Each day over 21 days the program guides you through a series of easy to follow but profoundly impactful exercises that focus on healing and transforming one area of your life at a time, helping you acknowledge, release, reconnect, nurture, build resilience, dream, and find your wings.
All it takes is about an hour of dedicated time a day, for 21 days. We’re all busy, but it’s not really much to put into something that could truly change your life. You really do deserve it.
This program is just $90 and it’s the perfect gift for someone to be able to spend some positive and productive time on themselves.
Frankie for Keeps and ARNA Collab
ARNA sisters, Ari and Tash approached their close friend and fashion designer, Frances Greshoff just after COVID hit. Together, they wanted to create a range of handmade laptop sleeves that brought fun, bold colours into your life and helped put some Spring into your wardrobe.
Frances, hand sketched each design and handmade each laptop sleeve from her local studio in Sydney.
We're excited to share with you the Spring Up range, inspired by the blooms of spring, the awakening of new life and the idea that new and fresh beginnings can happen. Although this year has seen it's ups and downs, there is a lot to be grateful for and friendship, collaboration, growth through hardship are all part of this. So we ask you to put a spring in your step with one of these 4 stunning prints and designs, available in 13 and 15 inch.
When you wear a HIGH TEES you celebrate your hero. You share with the world your ICON, your IDOL and your INSPIRATION. HIGH TEES are graced with original hand-drawn portraits of some of Australia’s most loved and treasured HEROES. Each portrait is drawn by Melbourne artist Jess McDonald in her West Melbourne studio and printed in Melbourne, Australia.
All HIGH TEES are 100% organic cotton, printed to order, certified child labour free, soft, comfortable and long-lasting. And with every HIGH TEES sold $1.00 is donated to local heroes WEST WELCOME WAGON who provide essential support and services to local asylum seekers. Learn more about this collaboration here.
Get yourself and your mate a TEE, because they’re damn awesome.
Soap Cult Australia is the new name for Sailor Mouth Soaps, a Brisbane based alternative soap company that first began in 2010. Founder Aliya Hutchison creates every product to look amazing in your bathroom and feel just as good on your skin. Their handmade soap is vegan, palm oil free and made in their solar powered studio. They ship carbon-neutral and support the local homeless shelter with soap donations.
Soap Cult Australia is inspired by secret societies, cults and occult magic from around the world. The brand is designed to reflect how the soap makes you feel. Like you're part of a secret cult; the special few that understand how luxurious and decadent a creamy, rich soap lather is on your skin.
I’ve personally used these amazing soaps and cannot rave about them enough. They smell and feel absolutely amazing on your skin.
Nothing like cleaning up a shit year with the greatest TP on earth. #enoughsaid
This unique colouring book has been thoughtfully designed to help you enter into a deep state of relaxation and meditation.
Each mandala is an original design by Cass Ravaga and has been paired with an affirmation about self-care that should be reflected upon and repeated quietly while colouring. The repetition of these affirmations will calm your mind and quieten your internal thoughts while the colouring keeps your hands busy.
There are twelve intricate mandalas in this colouring book that will take you on a journey to self-love.
Nothing like ending a week with some quiet colouring and affirmations to calm the mind.
Conscious Koala – for all the eco mamas and papas
Conscious Koala provides ethically made, organic cotton clothing within a circular rental model. The concept is simple: you pay a monthly subscription and a bundle of beautiful baby clothes is sent to you in the appropriate size. Once bub has outgrown these, a new bundle is sent out and the old one returned, ready for a new life with another family.
How cool is this for all the parents out there looking to reduce their waste. We all know how quickly wee one’s grow up and the amount of clothing you go through is crazy! This totally stops that problem. LOVE it.
Founded by Danielle Blunt is the place for you to start swapping out all your wasteful products with substitutes… things like mouthwash tabs, reusable razors, eco dish scrubs, all the simple everyday life stuff but better! Check out some of the best sellers.
Rugs, homewares and cushions oh my! These amazing range of products are handwoven and certified by GoodWeave International who focus on ending illegal child labour. These products are crafted by artisans after being designed by founder, Amy in Perth. They’re washable too and look amazing!!
Buy experiences instead of stuff for the kids this season! No more wasteful toys collecting dust or filling up landfill.
Children grow so quickly and so to do their interests, creating an inevitably short lifecycle for most plastic toys which sadly do not have a short biodegradable cycle.
Let’s help our children see past a materialistic world and create one where experiences AND the environment are of the utmost value.
Give the gift of a skill, a lesson or a once in a lifetime experience. Give the gift our wildlings really want – happiness.
Hand painted designs made in Australia, cards, calendars, bookmarks, fine art prints for people who deeply appreciate the time it takes to create something unique, special, local and artistic.
Angela Nikulinsky, business owner and designer, uses the extensive catalogue of works created by renown watercolour artist Philippa Nikulinsky, AM to produce a range of high-quality art cards, bookmarks, fine art prints, notebooks and gift tags. These are stocked in gift shops, galleries and floristry business around Australia and the world.
You can also request a bespoke creation!
Mermaid Collective – Jewellery that helps replant coral
Mermaid Collective's mission is to share their love and passion for the ocean, while protecting and nurturing its sustainable future. Based in Byron Bay, Australia they are passionate about creating community amongst ocean lovers worldwide and providing ethical and beautiful totems for you take your love for the sea wherever you may go. They proudly donate a portion of our proceeds towards marine conservation projects. Currently they are involved in a coral replanting program in Indonesia. They are a movement founded on ocean love, conservation and integrity. This is the vision Victoria Patchell an Australian Marine Conservationist, designer, surfer and fellow ocean lover.
Because, who doesn’t love some nice aromas with a bit tree planting on the side.
Founded by Leonie, these soy wax candles are handmade with a single pour making the smell delish and lasting anytime you want to burn your candle. Candles are shipped ‘naked’ with no packaging just in a simple box to reduce waste. And each time you purchase one a tree is planted! YAY!
Hair oils made locally in Melbourne. The Lavish Locaks hair products are proudly free from: Sulphates, Parabens, Silicones, Fragrance and Essential Oils, and are also Cruelty Free and Vegan.
Treatment Hair Oil is formulated with a lavish blend of organic oils to naturally heal dry and itchy scalp conditions whilst repairing damaged strands.
The team spent over 6 months researching ingredients until we came up with our final formula, inspired by nature and traditional Ayurvedic treatments.
Time to invest in some smooth silky hair and scalp!
We love a bit of hand illustration, nothing like showing someone you love them with something that took time and creative space to make. Belinda Xia is a local illustrator who locally makes beeswax wraps and gets her beautiful designs on them. These are awesome for wrapping up your food and keeping it fresh. Begone to Glad wrap and hello cool, illustrated and fancy Belinda Xia designed beeswax!
Charity fighting against human trafficking
The Be Hers team make mulberry silk pillowcases handmade by local refugee women, t-shirts that are organic and ethically made, jumpers made by human trafficking survivors all proceeds support the fight against slavery!
What an amazing cause to be supporting, it’s absolutely insane to think that women and girls are still being trafficked in these modern times, but it is much more prevalent than we think. Supporting this cause is really worth it, especially at a time of giving.
Ethical jewellery, handmade on a small island off of mainland Spain.
Bidiliia bring jewellery straight from artisans so have skipped brokerage this in turn ensures that their sparkly jewellery is affordable so you can enjoy exceptional quality with the knowledge that a small family in Menorca keeps artisan joy alive. Their artisans support and are supported by Menorca Talayotica which links to UNESCO - an organisation that works endlessly towards creating a better human race by working towards sustainability and larger environmental issues while conserving the island of Menorca.
It's simple – they respect humans and our planet heaps more than unjustifiable profit margins and EVERYONE should wear pretty jewellery and feel fabulous.
Pleasant State - Crowdfunded cleaning that's great for the world!
We love the look of this fun, bright and bold brand giving women something joyful to wear when smashing some exercise. How good!!
This is one for your pets... we couldn't go past this because seriously, look at Sophie the bulldog, she's just too much and she needs more cuddles.
Dundies provide a range of premium reusable nappies and pet care products to protect your pet and your home.
Pet incontinence, female dogs in heat, spraying – all of these can be, well, a real mess. And previously, these poor pets may have been banished outside (in some cases permanently, causing more issues) or worse, put to sleep far earlier than necessary. Dundies understand the dilemma pet owners can face – being forced to choose between their beloved pet or protecting their valuable home.
Dog nappies (or dog undies – hence the name ‘Dundies’) have been designed to keep pets with their families, for longer, by providing an easy solution to manage these difficult conditions.
More Cuddles, Less Mess (and much less stress!). Talk about a good Christmas gift to your pet.
Okay, now these are amazing... what could be a nicer more engaging gift than making a memory with your family. Something interactive, fun and creating space and time to connect.
WOW WOW WOW! What a list of unbelievable inspiring and fun Christmas gifts. Make sure you check out all of these incredible brands and products truly looking to make the world a better place.
- They care about the environment and creating sustainable products
- They care about people and their impact on the world
- They are owned by badass women and we love that.
Get behind supporting one of these incredible businesses!
Have a great holiday period yall.
Tash & Ari - ARNA Sisters.