Gold Coasters, spread the joy this Christmas by choosing to give gifts that give back to our local community.
Socially-minded Christmas gifts not only bring joy to those who receive them, but also help to support local artisans, businesses, charities and the environment.
So why not elevate the season of giving to the next level with beautiful, meaningful gifts that really make a difference.
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Here are some socially-minded gift ideas:
Shop conscious, curated gifts at Heartfill
If the idea of filling your heart and not the land is what your sustainable self desires, consider a gift from Heartfill. The marketplace at Miami (just around the corner from Paddock bakery), is all about living slowly and consuming mindfully. Heartfill stocks flowers, homewares, arts and crafts produced by local creatives including Comfort and Calm ceramics and Huckleberry Flowers. You won’t find any mass-produced items here, by purchasing at Heartfill you are not only buying local, but also supporting local talent.
Find out more at: heartfill.com.au/
Spoil someone special with a mani/pedi at Erva
Treat a loved one to the ultimate pamper session, minus the chemicals at ERVA. Located at Burleigh Heads, this vegan and organic salon is the brainchild of Leila Davoren. Erva prides itself on offering a high quality nail service whilst also nurturing the soul, and all polishes are cruelty-free, non-toxic and vegan, leaving minimal impact on the earth.
To book in, visit: ervanails.com.au/
Support local families with a donation to Baby Give Back
You can help support local families this Christmas, by getting behind Baby Give Back. The Varsity Lakes-based organisation believes every baby deserves an equal start and provides assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. This festive season they are hoping to raise $45,000. A donation of just $28 will give a child toys and books to encourage their imaginations, $58 will provide a Safe Start pack full of essential items for a Mum and baby, and $250 will provide a new cot, mattress and linen.
To donate, visit: babygiveback.org/
Be a second-hand Santa with Op Shop gifts
Do your part to reduce textile and toy waste, and get a bargain while your at it, by doing the Christmas gift shop at one of the many epic op shops on the Gold Coast. There’s bound to be a store near you, but some of our favourites include Thryft GC, The Living Rivers Op Shop, West Burleigh Salvos, Vinnies Southport, and the Gold Coast North Anglican Op Shop.
Help Aussie veterans with a TactiCOOL Dad baby bag
‘Manly’ baby bags are sure to be on the wishlist for new dads. Gold Coast business TactiCOOL Dad is selling some great options, with part of the purchase price going towards helping Aussie veterans. $5 from every sale of the military-style nappy bags will go to Mates4Mates. The range, developed by local dad and Afghanistan veteran Ash Burke, includes bags, pouches, patches and latches, as well as a ‘full field kit’. A win for the new dad in your life and support for veterans with service-related injuries.
To purchase, visit: thetacticooldad.com.au/
Wow the water baby in your life with sustainable swimwear from peony
On the hunt for some beautiful swimwear that is also good for the planet? Named after the bloom that signals the beginning of summer, peony is a luxe swimwear and ready to wear label that champions sustainability. The Gold Coast-born brand is the eco-pioneer in swimwear, with all pieces made entirely from recycled and sustainable fabrications.
To purchase, visit: peonyswimwear.com/
Purchase a Currumbin Wildlife Hospital paver to save the animals
Help keep the doors of one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world open. A Walkways for Wildlife paver is the perfect gift and can be engraved with a special message or business name and logo. The paver will then be laid at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for you to come back and see every time you visit. A small paver starts at just $90, with funds going towards the treating, rehabilitating and releasing of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife.
To purchase, visit: currumbinsanctuary.com.au/wildlife-hospital
Do your bit for the environment with eco-friendly products from Consciously Clean
Grab yourself some cute jars and bottles to fill up with some awesome eco-friendly goodies at Consciously Clean in Currumbin. Choose from personal products like moisturiser, deodorant, face creams and serums, razors, soaps, household cleaning supplies, and there are even products for your pets that are not only good for them, but good for the planet! You can also get water bottles, containers, wraps to store food and so much more.
To purchase, visit: consciouslyclean.com.au/
Have a holistic hair experience at Zanzi
Treat someone to a cut and colour at the luxurious and eco-friendly Zanzi. The Tugun salon has a holistic philosophy, focused on the health and wellbeing of clients and the planet. The team uses green chemistry and non-toxic beauty products to avoid the use of harmful ingredients. Over 95% of the resources used during each visit – including foil and colour tubes – will be rescued from landfill and sent for repurposing. Razor blades and unwanted tools are also sold for recycling, with proceeds donated to OzHarvest and KiwiHarvest to provide meals for those in need.
To book in, visit: zanzihairdressing.com.au/
Feed your belly at a sustainable cafe
Enjoy a festive feast with your loved ones while supporting one of our local sustainable cafes. There are plenty of options including;
- Blendlove at Southport serves over 200 plant-based food items every day. By substituting meat from their meals, they estimate they are able to save approximately 100kg in beef product, per day, which is also the equivalent to 4000kg of grain, or 2.5 million gallons of water required to feed the livestock.
- Ocean 4218 at Mermaid Beach is all about going 100% plastic free. Takeaways are served in compostable paper products made from sugar cane.
- Pasture & Co at Currumbin Valley offers meals largely sourced from the lush surrounds of the Ecovillage at Currumbin. Each business in the Co-Op space supports the others within the community through their eco-friendly, handmade, and sustainability practices.