The holiday season tends to roll around too quick, leaving many of us scrambling to find gifts for our nearest and dearest. In-between wrapping up work for the year and popping in to all the end-of-year celebrations you’re invited to, thinking about what gifts to buy can fall at the bottom of the list. Suddenly, it’s the last week of December, and not even Santa can save the day.
If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, this gift guide features products from some of the businesses who call Hub home. Here, you’ll find the ideal gift for everyone from creatives, to the health-conscious, to new parents and finance buffs. What’s even better – many of these businesses operate with a socially-conscious ethos, meaning you get to do good through the simple act of gift giving.
She’s On The Money – personal finance and investing books
Financial freedom superstar Victoria Devine knows a thing or two about how to help you feel empowered by your finances. Following the multi award-winning success of her podcast, She’s on the Money, Victoria published two books to help people at all stages of their money journey set themselves up for success. Her books She’s on the Money and Investing With She’s on the Money cover everything from budgeting and building savings, to buying property and starting an investment portfolio.
James Smith Academy – online personal training course
With over 1 million followers on Instagram, James Smith leads the way in providing workout programs and personal training advice that actually produces results. At just $275 for 4 months, his premium plan offers a personalised training program, around the clock support from an experienced team, recipes and challenges.
Canva – Canva Pro membership
For any budding creatives in your life, a Canva pro membership is as good as gold. It provided unlimited access to premium stock images, videos and graphics, alongside exclusive fonts, templates and brand kits to create all sorts of visual assets, from social media posts through to a presentations and portfolios.
#GoKindly – ethically-made bedding
If you know someone whose bedding is looking a little worse for wear, look no further than #GoKindly. Their pillows, quilts, and mattresses are all sustainably made, with a commitment to reducing plastic and packaging waste. As part of their status as a B Corp, 50% of #GoKindly’s profits are used to used to support women experiencing housing stress and homelessness.
Goods 4 Good – ethical and socially-conscious gifts
Goods 4 Good sources ethical and sustainable gifts from social enterprises in Australia. Their store has everything from candles and chocolate, through to bathroom accessories and books. There’s even a section dedicated to dog treats, for any four-legged friends you may be purchasing gifts for.
Alepp – natural soaps
Olive oil and laurel berry oil – a nourishing ingredient used for centuries in the Middle East – are the only two ingredients found in Alepp soap. The soaps have a warm, earthy scent and can be used on the hair and body, coming in plastic-free packaging and sourced directly from Syria. 100% of profits are donated to fund programs at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Victoria.
Planet Ark – donation
If you want to avoid buying gifts this season, consider donating on behalf of someone instead. Planet Ark is Australia’s most trusted environmental organisation, with donations made to them going towards continuing their research in environmental issues, planting native trees to regenerate Australian bushland, and creating programs to encourage people to live an environmentally responsible life.
O’Leary Walker Wines – hand-crafted wines from South Australia
O’Leary Walker Wines crafts small batch, vegan-friendly wine from regionally distinct vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley. Each individual vineyard is carefully selected by their winemaking team, then handcrafted into quality wines using a mix of traditional and modern techniques. Their wine list includes everything from sparkling through to reds, whites and sweeter desserts, all perfect for the holiday season.
Wanderlust – naturally-derived vitamins and supplements
All Wanderlust supplements are Australian made and plant powered, coming in a range of forms including capsules, liquid herbal extracts, powders and sprays. They offer general supplements for women’s, men’s and immune health, as well as products to treat more specific ailments like gut health, muscle inflammation and sleep support.
Do Film! Lab – 35mm film cameras and film accessories
Created by photographers for photographers, Do Film! Lab sells film and film accessories, as well as all sorts of vintage film cameras through their partner camera shop, Viva La Film. If you don’t know enough about photography to commit to a purchase, they sell gift cards ranging from $10 to $100.
New Bub Club – nutritious meal delivery kits
If you’re looking for gifts for any new or time-poor parents, ditch the baby clothes and massage vouchers and consider buying a meal kit instead. New Bub Club is a meal delivery service based in Melbourne, made up of no-prep, homestyle comfort food. They operate on a zero waste model, meaning all of the packaging their meals come in are picked up when customers are done with them, sanitised, and used again. You can purchase a number of meal boxes, or a gift voucher to leave the choice of when they purchase up to parents.