If you want to feel good about gifting this year, we’ve rounded up the most gorgeous, useful and sustainable gifts to spoil all your favourite people with. From some of our favourite Movemetica activewear pieces to a bottle of rosé that is helping climate change, our gift guide is full of eco-friendly products, small businesses and gifts that give back.
These gifts start from as little as $17.95, ranging all the way up to $260 if you’re feeling extra generous.
Here’s what made it onto our nice list...
As we emerge from lockdown just in time for Christmas, one iso-trend is sticking and that’s our love for activewear worn 24/7. Longline and high waisted, the Power Bike Pant is great for cycling and running but looks just as good outside the gym. Plus they’re made from Italian Lycra which is ultra supportive and moisture wicking to keep you cool.
All dk active’s products are manufactured in their entirely solar powered headquarters in Brisbane. They even feed some of that green energy back into the grid, so not a drop of sun is wasted.
$18.99 each or six for $96
Tread Softly wines have a lower alcohol content than most bottles, making them perfect for gifting to even your most health-conscious girlfriends. What they lack in alcohol they make up for in flavour, the rosé is fresh and fruity with notes of cream and soft spices.
If rosé isn't your giftee’s thing you can also pick up an award winning bottle of pinot noir or our favourite picnic drink - Prosecco in a can. For every 12 bottles of Tread Softly wine sold, the company will plant a native tree. So six bottles for her, six for you?
Do you know a yogi who is still using a plastic mat? Give them the gift of a sustainable workout and LovEarth will upcycle their old one.
Made from natural tree rubber and jute, these yoga mats are seriously earth-loving. Free from PVC, PER, TPE, dyes and all that bad stuff, they’re also fully biodegradable. The 4mm mats are non-slip and work great on both carpet or wooden floors.
The most adorable pressie of all just happens to be the most feel-good item on the list. Adopting a wild penguin (or a koala, fur seal or any fluffy critter that makes you smile!) in a loved one’s name means they become the official guardian of the animal. They’ll receive an adoption certificate (and yes, you get to name it!) plus a quarterly newsletter so they can discover how the donation has helped protect Phillip Island’s wildlife.
Depending on your budget you can choose from a single, monthly or yearly donation that goes towards protecting wildlife, rebuilding habitats, research and conservation.
If you’ve never worked out in a bodysuit, you’re about to have your world rocked. Not just for bodybuilders and swimmers, a bodysuit is unbelievably comfortable and you won’t spend your entire workout pulling up your leggings.
One for that ridiculously trendy friend, this colour-blocked version is reversible and perfect for showing off their favourite sports bra. It’s made from regenerated nylon and More Body are transparent about every part of their production.
$50 - $200
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Shoes are one of the hardest things to buy sustainably but Adidas is slaying the conscious footwear game with this gorgeous collection. Through their collaboration with Parley, they aim to intercept plastic before it reaches the ocean.
These high performance running shoes are made from upcycled plastic collected from ocean shores. The dusty pink and white colour combo is such a winner, even your mum will love it.
Do you know someone in their twenties with a back like an eighty year old? Rescue them from aches and pains with this back-saving cork massage roller. Made from natural cork, the roller is antimicrobial, biodegradable and impermeable to liquid.
We’re all doing our best to live sustainably but sometimes it can be overwhelming hearing all the things we’re doing wrong. This book aims to change that by giving bite-sized ways to change your habits, lessen your carbon footprint and make a collective difference in the world.
Written by Lisa Messenger, author and founder of Collective Hub, this book offers daily tidbits which are easily actionable and will make you feel empowered on your green journey. It shares books to read, sustainable and mindful shopping resources and ways to minimise your waste.
What are the most beautiful words in the English language? It. Has. Pockets. The asymmetrical design of these Jasmine Alexa leggings is effortlessly cool and fully opaque, because friends don’t let friends wear see-through leggings.
The Take Your Time Leggings are made from industrial waste like discarded fishing nets and old carpets. Instead of heading for landfill, they’re recovered, regenerated and transformed into a beautiful performance fabric.
Is this the chicest swimsuit you’ve ever seen? The lovely 'Dhinawan' print was designed by Yuwaalaraay artist Lucy Simpson for the MAARA Collective X Gaaawa Miyay print collaboration.
Everything from MAARA Collective is designed, printed and made in Australia using sustainable fabrics. For every product sold, the company gives support for digital training and education in remote Aboriginal communities.
Colourful? Check. Supportive? Check. With its elastic straps and cute cut outs, the Oxygen Top ticks all our sports bra needs and then some. This top is made from recycled plastic rescued from the ocean and turned into an ultra soft fabric that is breathable and moisture wicking.
We highly recommend gifting this to someone who’ll let you borrow it.
If you know someone who hasn’t jumped on the solid shampoo and conditioner train yet, this is a great introduction to the waste free products. Ethique’s hair and body products are plastic free, so you can banish bottles from your bathroom.
The hair sampler is a fantastic way to try out some of Ethique’s most popular bars with something for every kind of head. It includes a shampoo for sensitive scalps, one for oily hair, a conditioner for dry and damaged hair, a frizz tamer and a conditioner that doubles (well, triples!) as a shaving balm and in-shower moisturiser.
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