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If this year has taught us anything, it’s the importance of looking out for one another. So, in the true spirit of the giving season, here are our top gifts that do good and give back.

Giving Machine

Unlike a typical vending machine where you buy something for yourself, the Giving Machine works in reverse. It gives users the opportunity to purchase a variety of much-needed items like blankets, food, toiletries, groceries and petrol for families in need via local charities including the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Rosies and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It will be located at the Logan Hyperdome until December 28.

www.givingmachine.org.au

The Karma Collective
The Karma Collective don’t just offer a gorgeous selection of candles, eco-conscious home goods, sweet treats and art – they also donate 10% of all sales (not just their profits) to charities that improve the lives of animals. That means you can shop their range knowing that part of your purchase will be directly helping animals in need.
www.thekarmacollective.com.au

Sponsor an animal
Speaking of animals, sponsoring a rescue is one of the best gifts you can give this year. Having seen the devastation that the Black Summer bushfires created for our native wildlife, and knowing that our next bad bushfire season could always be around the corner, there’s no time like the present to sponsor an animal in danger or recovery in a friend or family members’ name. The Australian Koala Foundation, for example, lets you sponsor a koala for 12-months.

www.savethekoala.com

Spend With Us and Buy from the Bush
The Black Summer bushfires and years of severe drought have also left many Australians and their families in crisis, but thanks to organisations like Buy from the Bush and Spend With Us, you can directly support them – and give beautiful gifts to your loved ones – this Christmas. Both platforms offer a central marketplace for rural and regional businesses, allowing the millions of Aussies who would love to support small businesses this festive season to shop online in one convenient location.
www.spendwithus.com.au | www.buyfromthebush.com.au 

Care Gifts
It’s easy to feel helpless when we hear of the impossible conditions people all over the world are living in, but thanks to organizations like Care Gifts, you can give exactly what’s needed. Choose what you will give to a person in need (there are options like chickens, bicycles and midwifery services) and whether you will give your loved one a physical or electronic card, then watch their face light up when they discover that you’ve given the ultimate gift in their name – it’s that simple!
www.caregifts.org.au

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