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Our gift-giving guide for the conscious gift-giver

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30.11.2021

Are you stuck on what to get the people in your life? Do you value buying ethically and sustainably? Do you like knowing the money you spend is supporting communities you care about? Then this gift-giving guide is for you.

30.11.2021

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Our carefully curated gift guide has been created with core EQI values in mind.

We hope it sparks joy!

Gifts for children

1: Clever Crow by Nina Lawrence, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
Clever Crow is an endearing and witty tale that follows the exploits of a hungry and very clever crow. Crow searches in the bush for food but he can find none. It is only when he comes across people preparing for a ceremony that his luck changes. Children will love Bronwyn Bancrofts’s distinctive illustrations, and how the Djambarrpuynu language translation – Yolnu language from Northeast Arnhem Land – is woven into the design.

2: Dinosaur Crayons by Eco Crayons
These biodegradable crayons are 100% plant-based and toxin-free – the perfect gift for little tots. They’re just the right size for tiny hands ready to create and come in both primary and secondary colours.

3: The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure, a STEM experiment kit by Thames & Kosmos
In this story-based STEM kit, Pepper Mint visits her aunt, who is a scientist researching primates. She lives in a treehouse in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. They equip the treehouse with mechanical equipment using pulleys, winches, and gears, and learn lessons in physics. Projects include a rope ladder, a pulley to lift heavy objects into the treehouse, a rubber-band-powered lift, a rotating palm leaf umbrella, a zipline, a catapult, and a trap door.
The kit includes all the materials needed to build the treehouse, a full colour illustrated storybook and step-by-step instruction manual, and a scale Pepper Mint figurine.

4: Carpenter’s Tool Belt by Everearth
Sustainable and long lasting, this kid’s tool set by Everearth is made with high quality beech wood, natural dyes and is packaged in recycled materials. It has an adjustable strap to make it fit perfectly, and wooden tools that children will enjoy using to ‘fix’ odd jobs around the house. Ignite their imagination through roleplay!

5: Future Flier Puzzle by Puzzle Huddle
This affirming puzzle created by spouse duo, Marnel and Matthew, is made up of 24 pieces, and is ideal for toddlers or young children.

6: Can You Culture Cards by Yaali Creations
A unique, interactive way of learning basic sounds and movements, based on Aboriginal culture and native animals. The set of 22 cards also includes activity ideas, created by Wiradjuri woman Tanieka and her husband Cleveland.

1: Aboriginal-owned. 2: vegan, eco-friendly, ethical. 3: eco-friendly. 4: eco-friendly. 5: small business, WOC-owned. 6: Aboriginal-owned, small business.

Gifts for young adults

7: Girl Gang Earrings by Haus of Dizzy
Fluro, translucent heart earrings, hand-painted and customisable to your taste. Designed by proud Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson, these earrings are bold and beautiful.

8: Born Into This by Adam Thompson
The stories in Born into This throw light on a world of unique cultural practice and perspective, from Indigenous rangers trying to instil some pride in wayward urban teens on the harsh islands off the coast of Tasmania, to those scraping by on the margins of white society, railroaded into complex and compromised decisions. To this mix Adam Thompson manages to bring humour, pathos and occasionally a sly twist as his characters confront racism, untimely funerals, and classroom politics. Overhanging all of these things, is the discomforting, burgeoning awareness for both white and black Australia, of the inexorable damage and disappearance of the remnant natural world.

9: Living on … Country Crew Neck by The Minority Co
These sweatshirts are ally friendly, and welcome to mob, emblazoned with the customisable text ‘Living on [insert mob names] Country’.

10: Feminist Reminders Pack by The Equality Institute
We've got you covered for your feminist reminders - perfect to pin up in your home or office or send to a loved one. Each pack includes:

  • 5 x postcards ('Femme and Fierce', Cinnamon Scrolls, Not Gender Roles', 'Daily Practise of Moisturisation & Decolonisation', 'Pro-Women is Not Anti-Men' and 'Self-Care Isn’t Selfish')
  • 1 x four-pack of stickers

11: Local Tee by HoMie
100% of profits from this tee shirt go towards achieving HoMie’s mission, to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship. 100% cotton and ethically manufactured.

12: Embroid-a-Boob DIY Embroidery Kit by Justine Thyme
This kit contains everything you need to learn how to embroider and create your own hoop. It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to stitchin’ or you’ve been crafting for years, this kit will guide you through every step – including a traceable pattern page and instruction booklet.

13: Headspace subscription
Gift a subscription to Headspace, complete with access to a library of over 500 meditations on everything from stress, to resilience, to compassion.

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Gifts for your friends

15: Rope Pattern Spinner Ring by Shivani Choudhary
Crafted by hand from sterling silver, intricate rope motifs spin around the finger. Designed and made in India.

16: Reflex Conversation Cards by Flex Factory
For everyone who's sick of "wyd" and "hru?". Meet ReFlex: Curated convo-starters for refreshing banter and real connection. Rise above the small talk and start getting real with ReFlex conversation cards. Pick a card, take turns answering, and level up your pre’s, parties and picnics with convo topics on life, love, adulthood, friendship, dating, mental health, zombies, pop culture and creating your best life.

17: Seyha Dress by Tonlé
This sustainable fashion dress is handwoven from scraps of reclaimed jersey in Tonlé's unique zero waste process. Each dress will have slight variations in texture due to the handmade nature of the textile - and it comes with pockets!

18: Twelve Days of Pour Over Coffee Advent Calendar by Copper Cow Coffee
Open up a new delicious pour over coffee and creamer every day with this 12 Days of Pour Over Advent Calendar. Each reusable gift box features Copper Cow Coffee’s best seasonal coffee flavours and cult classic creamers – the perfect gift for caffeine fiends.

19: Multi-check Dotted Softcover Notebook by Anchal
This medium-sized softcover notebook features a water-resistant cover filled with 144 pages printed of 100% recycled paper. From notetaking to doodling, the subtle dot grid paper is perfect for staying organised and keeping all your creative ideas in one place.

20: Anime Goes Blak Calendar by Coffinbirth
Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa woman, Charlotte Allingham, has reimagined her favourite anime characters as Aboriginal, creating 12 beautiful illustrations which sit in a 2022 calendar.

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Gifts for family

21: ‘Tis The Season Holiday Gift Jams Set by Trade Street Jam Co.
Grab this gift pack of three of Trade Street Jam Co’s top sellers, including Sour Cherry Ginger, Plum & Rose and the Limited-Edition Cranberry Raspberry Sage. No pectin, thickeners, stabilisers, or extra sugars.

22: Etched Tall Glass Pitcher by Rose Ann Hall Designs
Mix up a batch of fresh lemonade in this pitcher. Hand-blown and hand-etched flowers and leaves add enchanting texture and dimension to the recycled glass. Each purchase supports Rose Ann Hall Designs artisans in Mexico.

23: Merry Woofmas Sweatshirt by Wholesome Culture
Soft, cozy, and stylish - say hello to your new favourite crew neck sweatshirt with the most festive illustration on it. Screen-printed by hand with water-based ink and ethically made in WRAP certified factories, 10% of the profits go to animal rescue and environmental organisations.

24: Shoreline A5 Notebook by Rachael Sarra
These A5 notebooks are printed on 100% recycled paper with blank internals. The cover features a beautiful illustration by Aboriginal artist Rachael Sarra.

21: vegan, WOC-owned. 22: eco-friendly, ethical. 23: ethical, eco-friendly. 24: Aboriginal-owned, small business, eco-friendly.

Gifts for your in-laws

25: Fantastical Fruit Plates by Misha Zadeh
Set of four melamine plates with illustrations by Misha Zadeh. The plates feature crimped edging to look like vintage paper plates. Each plate has a different chic fruit design with modern yet warm aesthetic. Choose from Oranges, Blueberries, Lemons, or Cherries.

26: Star Pillow by Darzah
This handmade Star Pillow is a fantastic addition to any living room, bedroom, or seating area. The tatreez motif adorning this pillow is called “Star” and is a traditional Palestinian design. While unemployment in the West Bank region is high for women, Fair Trade organisation Darzah creates jobs and training for their artisans.

27: Tis The Seasoning Gift Box by Fly by Jing
Give the gift of seasoning and may you never have another flavourless holiday meal. Bundled up in limited-edition holiday packaging (save your gift wrap!), this box set includes a guide to Sichuan flavours, and exclusive recipes to spark your palate.

25: WOC-owned, eco-friendly. 26: ethical. 27: vegan, WOC-owned.

Gifts for your colleagues

28: Always Was Always will be Statement Earrings by Blakbird Designs
Australian Kangaroo leather featuring original artwork by Gomeroi and Galpu woman, Nikki.

29: The Garden Plant Care Journal by Open Sea Design Co.
Caring for houseplants is often a meditative experience, an opportunity to celebrate the diverse beauty of nature, and to reinforce our biophilic connection with the Earth. This is a self-guided journal that encourages understanding of how your plants respond to light, water, and the growing conditions of your home, with the most beautiful design.

30: The Vegan Recipe Starter Set by Omsom
This gift pack contains 12 recipe starters that are all 100% vegan and will provide 24 meals. Featuring Japanese Yuzu Misoyaki, Korean Spicy Bulgogi, Chinese Mala Salad, + Filipino Sisig, they pack a punch of flavour and are the perfect gift for your colleague that loves to cook.

31: Self-Love is Activism Pack by The Equality Institute
This is the starter pack for your journey towards self-love - and the perfect present for your activist friend! Pack includes:

  • 1 x 'Destroying the Patriarchy is My Cup of Tea' mug
  • 5 x postcards ('Self-Care Isn't Selfish', 'Femme and Fierce', 'My Body Belongs to Me', 'Nobody Can Define Who You Are', and 'Destroy the Patriarchy, Not the Planet')
  • 1 x four-pack of stickers

32: Learn Your Leaves Matching Cards by Wild Hart Paper
These matching cards serve as a simple and compact way to bring a moment of joy wherever you go. The game itself is uncomplicated by design: beginning with all cards facing down, take turns flipping over two cards at a time with the intent of finding a matching pair. Featuring illustrations by Christina Hart, have fun whilst learning about plants!

28: Aboriginal-owned, small business. 29: WOC-owned. 30: vegan, WOC-owned. 31: eco-friendly, ethical, WOC-owned. 32: woman-owned.

Gifts for someone important

33: National Geographic x Parks Project Hat
The perfect gift for someone who loves adventure and sustainability. Every purchase from the limited-edition National Geographic x Parks Project collection helps support the global non-profit National Geographic Society in its work to protect and illuminate our world through exploration, research, and education.

34: Ambitious Activist Pack by The Equality Institute
Have someone in your life who is ambitious, feminist, and bilingual? This is the perfect pack for them! Pack includes:

  • 1 x 'Destroy the Patriarchy, not the Planet' mug
  • 5 x postcards ((Spanish) 'No Does Not Mean Convince Me', (Arabic) 'Let’s Make a Difference', (French) 'Feminism is Freedom', 'Destroy the Patriarchy, Not the Planet', and 'My Body Belongs to Me')
  • 1 x four-pack of stickers

35: PJ Polo Top and Shorts by b. Yellowtail
This classic collared short-sleeve pyjama set features designs inspired by the landscapes and homelands of the Native American Northern Cheyenne and Crow Nations, created by artist Bethany Yellowtail. The perfect cosy gift, made of 100% cotton fabric.

36: Reclaim Joy Fabric Wrap by UNWRP
Use this cloth to wrap gifts, wear as a head wrap or fashion accessory, or hang in a frame. There is really nothing this wrap can’t do.

37: Constellation Coin Purse by Hut Mentality
This beautiful purse is handcrafted in India. It has a velvet interior and is the perfect accessory for day or night. It made of stone and brass and crafted by artisans who, for generations, crafted statues, and utensils from brass – a technique which is unfortunately not used very much anymore. They now use their talent to instead craft these beautiful purses.

38: The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar
The Mother Wound is a story of female resilience and the role of motherhood in the home and in the world. Writing with grace and beauty, Amani uses her own strength to help other survivors find their voices.

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Under $20

39: Native Raspberry Bush from Bush to Bowl
A native raspberry bush that produces sweet tasting berries in late spring/early summer.
Use: eat straight from the plant, jams or add to your favourite sweets. Grows well in shaded areas as well as sun light spaces. A sprawling bush which will continue to grow new shoots and multiply.

40: Bamboo & Charcoal Bath Bomb by Jacq’s Organics
This bath bomb was created so that you can indulge and detox. Hand-crafted with activated bamboo charcoal, sea salt to soak away the day and creamy cocoa butter to caress the skin while you soak.

41: Destroy The Patriarchy or The Future Is Equal Enamel Pins by The Equality Institute
Climate change is a feminist issue! And feminism includes everyone. One of these kickass pins is the perfect gift for your feminist friend.

42: Rice and Bean Cup Gift Pack by Women’s Bean Project
This variety pack includes three instant meal cups: Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans, Lemon Dill Rice with Navy Beans, and Spanish Style Rice with Pinto Beans. Simply add boiling water or microwave for 60 seconds, cover for 6 minutes, stir, and enjoy! This product is gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly.

43: Feminist Sticker Packs by The Equality Institute
This set of stickers comes with sassy slogans for your feminist pal. Adorn your notebooks, craft projects, gift-wrapping or any surface that needs a little love. Choose from either of our 4, 16 or 32 packs and spread the messages!

44: Chipotle Chili Hot Sauce from The Little Market
Social enterprise Black Mamba connects with small-scale sustainable farmers and makers within Eswatini to create chili-based foods and fruit spreads using fresh ingredients. Perfect for spice lovers, this sauce is ideal for spicing up a Bloody Mary or adding a touch of heat to complement your barbeque sauce.

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