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Gifts Ideas From The Best Businesses That Support Charities

Picking the right gift for someone can be a hard task sometimes but when it comes to shopping for presents to give to those you love, why not consider picking a charity gift from one of the brands giving back to a good cause at the same time? 

There are plenty of businesses throughout Melbourne that support charities every time you purchase one of their items! Because I want to support this, I thought I’d share a couple of my favourite businesses that sell items perfect for gifting that give back at the same time through charity support!

So if you’re looking for gift ideas where a portion or all of the proceeds go back to charity or from companies that give back to the community, then look no further as here is my full list of the best charity gifts from brands that give back! 

These gifts are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions and will make you and the recipient feel good knowing that you’ve helped others in need.

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1. Koko Black

Melbourne online gifts don’t get much cuter than Koko Black’s new Australian Critters. They’re too cute to eat – well, nearly! 

These eight cheeky characters celebrate the creatures who share our home – and remind us of the importance of looking after it, with every delicious bite. Their Critters aren’t just cute – they’re also very clever. 

Koko Black believes in giving back to the place that made us, celebrating and protecting Australia’s unique environment and native critters which is why with each sale, Koko Black will return funds to conservation programs looking after Australia’s precious native wildlife – through habitat restoration, breeding and rehabilitation initiatives and ongoing research. 

They’ve even collaborated with Emma Watkins the Yellow Wiggle to help spread the word!

Discover these Koko characters full of wonder and feel the magic of our land down under.

Koko Critters, hello@kokoblack.com, +61 3 9958 7400

Meet the Critters Koko Black

2. Charity Hampers

Looking for Melbourne gifts online? Charity Hampers’s goal is to help people share their gift with not just the recipient but also their favourite charity.

How do they do this? Well, when you purchase a gift, you’ll get to select a charity you’d like to donate to and 10% of the purchase price will be sent to your selected charity at the end of the financial year!

To make this gift even more personalised, the logo of the charity you’ve chosen will appear on your hamper’s Gift Card with your message. In addition, your order receipt and invoice will also show the name of your preferred charity and how much was donated.

Charity Hampers, service@charityhampers.com.au, +61 2 9986 2595

Charity Hampers

3. Oxfam

Oxfam is a part of a global movement that works with partners, allies, communities and their supporters to eliminate poverty by tackling inequality throughout the world and changing it at every level, at scale, here and now, and for the long term.

How do they do this? Well, Oxfam’s development work is based on the promotion of human rights, so that people can claim their rights and those in authority can fulfil their obligations to citizens. Their work ensures that vulnerable people who are affected by marginalisation and injustice are always represented.

Oxfam has an unwrapped charity gift card which helps in this mission of transforming the lives of people living in poverty by providing food, clean water and other life-changing essentials that they otherwise would not be able to afford.

They also have Welcome to Write the World notebooks, which are simply gorgeous notebooks that they sell in order to raise money to tackle issues around global poverty. Each notebook sells for $10, with 100% of the price of the notebook going to approved effective charities that improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty. 

Buying just one $10 Write the World notebook has the potential to:

  • help protect six people living in malaria-stricken areas from infected mosquitos for three to four years
  • supply safe water to five community members for one year 
  • provide thirty-four individuals with a lifetime of iodized salt, protecting against disorders such as brain damage
  • protect sixteen children from worm infections, preventing debilitating conditions including bladder cancer, kidney malfunction, spleen damage and anaemia.

Oxfam, enquire@oxfam.org.au, 1800 088 110

Oxfam

4. Save the Children

Save the Children is a leading global organisation established throughout the world that gives children a powerful voice and the support to champion their rights. 

Find an array of unique recycled fashion pieces, toys, books and even some vintage gems when you shop at any of Save the Children’s stores in Australia. Each of these purchases helps create better lives for children in Australia and overseas and supports a greener, cleaner world too!

Save the Children also greatly appreciates it when you come in and donate some old items for them to sell in their Op Shop retail shops.

Save the Children, info@savethechildren.org.au, 1800 76 00 11 

Savee the children

5. World Vision

World Vision focuses on improving the lives of children worldwide by partnering with Australians who share their commitment to making a difference in children’s lives by providing them with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

When you don’t know what to get someone, why not buy a gift for a person in need on their behalf. World Vision has a gift catalogue where you can choose to gift a needy child a new bike, an education, blankets to keep warm, clean drinking water, immunisations, comfort toys and many other much needed items. 

What an amazing gift to be able to help support the kind of change that lasts for generations and feels incredible to be part of. This change happens through development, relief and advocacy work around the world.

World Vision, service@worldvision.com.au, 13 32 40

World vission

6. Pookipoiga

For high-quality functional gifts that do not harm the planet and give back, check out Pookipoiga where they sell products made from recycled materials or support re-using natural materials in order to reduce landfill and fight waste.

The business also supports local artists and local sustainable and social businesses, has planted trees through brands like One Happy Leaf, EcoBling, and Conscious Step, and donated over 45000 meals through OzHarvest and Secondbite for every purchase to Australians in need.

From zero-waste bathroom toiletries to fair trade and vegan chocolates and beauty products – their novelty gifts make a great choice for any occasion!

Pookipoiga, 64 Bridge Rd, Richmond, info@pookipoiga.com, +61 3 8589 4317

Pookipoiga

7. Carla Zampatti 

For every single order Carla Zampatti receives online for their stylish apparel, they donate $5 via i=change to charities that help prevent domestic violence and empower women in business and migrants. So far, the business has already donated over $100k and on top of this they also constantly donate to Arts organisations like Brandenburg Orchestra and Sydney Dance Company.

They even allow customers to track how much they’ve raised for each cause and show customer’s donations coming through in real-time. 

All donations reach the charity in full, meaning no deductions or fees are applied.

Carla Zampatti, customercare@carlazampatti.com.au, +61 2 9260 9713

Carla Zampati

8. Readings 

Readings Bookstore has a program called the Readings Foundation and since 2010 has donated over $1.5 million to amazing organisations in the community that support Australia’s most vulnerable people. Setting aside a percentage of all Readings Bookshop profits, as well as relying on generous donations from Readings customers, the Readings Foundation focuses on education and literacy programmes at the grass-roots level. This is a great reason to purchase a gift from Readings if you’re looking to purchase from a company that gives back to the community.

Readings, several stores across Melbourne and also online, +61 3 9347 6633

Readings

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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