a christmas gift guide #2 (and some special offers)

Christmas is officially, like, 22 days away and whilst I don’t ever want to promote mindless consumption, I do think it’s nice to give a little something special to a loved one. Especially if it’s something with a bit of love in it. Which is why I’ve put together this list of ethical/eco-friendly/quirky/useful gift ideas. Last week I posted a list of awesome charities that you might like to give to this Christmas – today’s list is meant to complement. And I’ve managed to score some great deals especially for you. Because you’re all lovely:

For the foodie/environmentalist/wanna-be farmer: Seasonal Regional 



Sustainable Table’s second book, Seasonal Regional, is a kind of coffee table book cum educational guide cum recipe book. Authored by food writer Sarah Robins, the book takes you on a journey across Victoria to meet the people who produce our food, exploring the challenges and joys of making a living off the land, giving an insight into how and where our food is grown. It also features over 80 recipes by celebrated chefs and home cooks alike. I can vouch for the deliciousness of the recipes - I spent two weeks in my manager’s kitchen cooking (and eating) for the photo shoots. And another cool thing? All profits from sales go towards ST’s development projects, including funding farm land for a kid’s orphanage in Uganda, compost toilets in Kenya, and Local Harvest  here in Australia, to name a few.

Sustainable Table is running a special deal for Taste of Melbourne attendees, and they’ve been so kind as to extend the offer to econest readers. Simply enter the code ‘TASTE’ at checkout and get 10% off plus free postage (to get free postage, also select TASTE promo under Postage Options). Order your copy before xmas here.

For the foodie that has everything: A Taste of the Bush bush foods



Bush flavours are earthy and grounding. I’m a huge fan. Jill runs A Taste of the Bush and offers a range of bush spices, oils and other yummies. I reckon a selection of spices and oils from her range would make the perfect gift for food lovers. Check out her range here.

For the plastic-bag addict/environmentalist: ReChusable



I e-met Tim Silverwood a while back (I ran this interview with him). He’s doing incredible things for the environment – he’s the founder of Take 3 and a passionate anti-plastic spokesperson. An all-round super guy. He recently started an online store selling clever eco-friendly things like these reusable produce bags pictured above.

Tim is offering readers 15% off any ReChusable product until 31st December. Simply enter ECONEST at checkout.

For the traveller/beach bum: Hammamas



Hammamas, in case you haven’t caught on to the craze, are brilliant cotton Turkish towels that double as sarongs, picnic rugs, table cloths... I’ve even worn mine as a scarf. That’s right. They’re super lightweight and dry in 10 minutes in the sun. As such, they’re perfect for travelling.

Sam from Hammamas Australia has kindly offered 10% off any order on their online store until 24th December. Enter ‘econest’ at checkout.

For the natural beauty lover: Mira’s Hand Authentic Moroccan Skincare



My mate Jamila started Mira’s Hand in order to bring a little of her home country’s beauty secrets to the good people of Australia. She works directly with women’s co-ops to source all her products. Her argan oil is pure and works miracles. Try the rose water too, perfect for toning dull skin.

Jamila is offering readers 10% off her entire collection. Enter ‘econest’ as the promo code. Offer ends 26th December.

More for the natural beauty lover: Miod Natural Skincare



Anna from Miod contacted me a while ago about her 100% pure, natural and organic skincare range. All her products are made in Australia in small batches (to ensure quality and freshness), with the environment in mind. Her entire range is free from palm oil, synthetic ingredients and GMOs.

Anna is kindly offering readers 15% off the total order. Enter ‘econest2012’ in the My Cart section on her online store before 31st December.


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