Do you sometimes feel like Christmas has become more about presents and building the kids collection of crap-tastic plastic than an opportunity to pause, reflect on surviving another year as a parent and spending time with those you love?
Let me jump on my soapbox for a minute and fire up about how bloody grateful I feel to have my health, my little ones, a roof over my head and food on the table.
Can I get an ‘AMEN’ sister?
Now, I don’t want to get to preachy, we are a judgement-free zone after all….but, if, like me, you have been pondering about how your Christmas shopping could feel a little less commercialised and where you could maybe make a small difference this festive season then please read on…
There is a noticeable movement towards being much more mindful about what we buy this year – and the planet needs us to be. Let’s think about where our gifts come from and importantly, who they’re coming from. Because your purchases have power.
Last minute Christmas gift that give back
This idea is genius in its simplicity but incredibly powerful in its far reaching and life changing impact. Founded by Grace Brennan, a farmers wife, Ag-tech start-up guru and all-round awesome human it started with a simple Instagram page to showcase local retailers and has pumped life, jobs and hope in regional communities suffering financially and emotionally during the drought. So consider purchasing from one of their retailers and tick a gift off your list with the knowledge that your purchase is boosting morale and injecting some buzz into the bush.
The Salvos have launched a Disaster Appeal to support communities affected by the devastating bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland. They’re hoping to raise $3 million in the appeal.
The St Vincent De Paul Society is also running a NSW bushfire appeal, to help those affected rebuild their lives – with food, clothing, furniture, other essentials, and funds to pay bills.
RSPCA Guardian Angel
Looking for something for the animal lover in your life? Or want to teach your kids about the importance of caring for all things great and small without actually welcoming a new critter into your home? This might be just the ticket for you and hopefully 20,471 others (the rather large goal RSPCA has for guardian angels). Become a guardian angel to a dog, cat, horse, goat, sheep or pick the ‘surprise’ animal and then track their progress
Fun Fact: Not only are companies led by women more successful, but women leaders hire more women and pay women more. Read: The rising of the tide, the floating of the boats.
So we don’y want to toot our own horn, but beep beep. Support your favourite female lead businesses that have been inspired by motherhood on mumokimarket.com. It won’t even be hard.
The Smith Family
Sadly, thousands of Australian children will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it. Your generous support will help children in need to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to build a better future and help them to create a sense of belonging this Christmas.
This year, The Smith Family aim to deliver over 81,000 new toys and 54,000 new books to 27,000 Australian children living in disadvantage.
You can get involved in one of four ways;
- Make a financial donation
- Purchase a gift from their online Charity Gift Catalogue
- Host a Toy and Book Gift Collection
- Volunteer and give the Gift of time
Let’s keep the list making going:
To share your favourite (and, ahem, your own) gifts that give back, woman-run business or social enterprises, tag Mumoki and use the hashtag #MumokiMama or leave us a comment below.