The Best Christmas Gifts That Give Back in 2021

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Paddington Postcards

Paddington's Postcards by UNICEF are the Christmas gift that keeps on giving. Your child will receive a fun package from Paddington Bear every month while helping children across the globe. It's the feel-good gift of the festive season. Sign up now!

2021 was the year that we never saw coming, right?! If you're counting your blessings extra this year and want to make a difference, why not start by buying Christmas gifts that give back? 

From saving our sea life to fighting poverty, you can tap into your charitable spirit and make a positive impact that will send far-reaching yuletide cheer around Australia and across the globe. These Christmas gifts that give back are a surefire way to support important local charities and global causes by giving back to the community, to animals or to the environment - and that's something everyone can feel good about.

In the season for giving, these benevolent goodies will get you big brownie points for originality as well as philanthropy, plus there is no pounding the pavement as you can shop for all these charitable Christmas gifts online.

10 Christmas Gifts That Give Back

1. UNICEF's Paddington's Postcards

Paddington's Postcards
For a Christmas gift that gives back in 2021, sign up for Paddington's Postcards.

For a gift that keeps on giving, Paddington's Postcards by UNICEF make Christmas extra special by teaching children all about the world through the eyes of the kindest and most tolerant bear in the world, Paddington Bear. Paddington's Postcards is a subscription service where children receive a new postcard, stories, activity sheets and more in their mailbox every month. 100% of your $20 subscription fee will go towards the work UNICEF does to help children in need. Plus, your $20 monthly fee is tax-deductible after the first month! 

Visit UNICEF Australia to sign up and start receiving and giving today!

2. ReefCycle Sunglasses

ReefCycle Sunglasses are one of the best Christmas gifts that give back
ReefCycle saves sealife by pulling nets from the ocean and using them to create sustainable sunglasses.


First, they pulled a net from the waters of the Great Barrier Reef to save countless marine life. Now they are upcycling it to create super sustainable sunglasses! The range of ReefCycle sunglasses come with polarised and non-polarised lenses, plus prescriptions can be added. Every pair of sunglasses purchased will be embossed with a marine animal whose future depends on keeping the sea net free. The more sunglasses sold, the more nets can be removed, and 50% of proceeds go back to help fund WWF conservation work.

Paddington's Postcards

3. Goodwill Wine

Goodwill Wine
When you purchase Goodwill Wines they will donate 50% of the profit to charity - and you can choose which one!

Not only is Goodwill Wine a certified social enterprise employing a team of disadvantaged Australians, but they also sell top-notch wines at a fraction of the cellar door price and donate 50% of their profits to charity. Purchase from single bottles, gift packs and mixed cases and then you get to decide where your charity dollars go. Choose from 300+ charities at checkout including Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Animals Australia, Food For Change Foundation and Australian Marine Conservation Society.

4. Buy From The Bush

Here at ellaslist, we're all about supporting small businesses and shopping local and one such movement that's doing this is the Buy From the Bush initiative. Buy From the Bush was started to support local Aussie farmers and communities in drought-stricken areas of regional Australia as a way of putting all these struggling families and businesses on the map. There is now a huge collection of incredible gifts, homewares, clothing, food, produce and other merchandise that are the perfect Christmas gifts that give back in 2021. 

5. HELP! The Game

HELP! The Game
This fair dinkum family board game gives back to the Australian Red Cross

A family board game is a winning Christmas gift that kids can play through the summer holidays - and it's a bonus when a game gives back! Australian-themed, HELP! The Game features a cast of colourful characters that represent true blue Aussies. Players travel around the country facing unpredictable real-life challenges including floods, fires, tremors, tornadoes, burglars and even the dreaded bin chicken. But be warned: you have to protect your assets or risk being wiped out. A portion of proceeds from HELP! The Game support disaster relief and recovery for the Australian Red Cross. What a ripper!

6. PARK Pass-A-Ball Project

PARK Pass-A-Ball Project
A gift that gives back to soccer fans everywhere! For every Park ball, you buy, another ball will be passed to a child in need.

An invited member of the United Nations Refugee Agency, PARK brings people across the world together through the sport they love - soccer. For every ball purchased through the PARK Pass-A-Ball Project, PARK passes another ball to a kid in need - one for one - with a mission to bridge the inequality gap. With bold, vibrant designs, the super cool PARK Soccer Balls are designed to make an impact on the pitch and across the globe. A winner for any young soccer fan!

7. Become a Taronga 'Zoo Parent'

If you know someone who is wild about animals, make them a Zoo Parent for a year! They will get their own personalised adoption certificate and help fund Taronga's amazing programs for endangered species, as well as the conservation, breeding and preservation of wild animals and their habitats. Help Taronga nurse koalas back to health, protect Sumatran Tiger's from illegal poaching, support the successful breeding of meerkats and many more heartwarming animal initiatives.

8. Australian Community Relief Edition MONOPOLY

It's the most popular family board game in the world, and this homegrown version has a social conscience! The brand new, custom-designed Australian Community Relief Edition MONOPOLY replaces the usual properties, amenities and railway stations with locally themed squares from 22 communities from across the nation. From Bundaberg to Broken Hill, from Queanbeyan to Coober Pedy, the limited edition game showcases some of our most beautiful regional locations while shedding a light on the impacts of recent disasters including bushfires, floods and COVID-19.  $5 from every Australian Community Relief Edition MONOPOLY game sold goes directly to the Australian Red Cross, to help these areas and the people in need. 

9. Soxy Beast Socks

Soxy Beast
The perfect gift for cool dads, these socks are designed by local artists and support Australian charities

Socks might be the old Christmas cliché, but these are more like works of art for your feet! Made in Melbourne, Soxy Beast collaborates with local artists to create bold sock designs that make footsies stand out from the crowd. They deliver their socks to subscribers every month while also giving back to the community. Their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program ensures that for every pair of socks purchased they also donate a pair to one of their charity partners. Here's to happy feet this Christmas!

10. Etiko Natural Rubber Thongs

Etiko Natural Rubber Thongs
These vegan flip flops are a collaboration with Sea Shephard to support their ocean conservation activism.

In a clever charity thong collaboration between Etiko Fair Trade and Sea Shephard and Free The Bears, these vegan flip flops are designed to feel good and do good. These natural thongs are made for maximum comfort from a blend of certified natural and recycled rubber in Sri Lanka. They also stomp out animal cruelty with 10% of the proceeds of each purchase going back to the cause.

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