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The do-gooder's guide to Christmas shopping in 2016.

Christmas is just a few days away, which means it’s time for the disorganised among us to finally get our acts together and whittle down those shopping lists.

Presents must surely be bought — and soon — but what of the niggling guilt that comes hand-in-hand with this annual festival of throwing wads of cash about?

Well, what if I told you there was a way to give good pressies and give pressies… for good?

Look no further, my friend: here are 10 great gift ideas for the smug do-gooder inside you.

1. This cheeky calendar from The Friendly Moving Men.

For the second year in a row, Melbourne’s friendliest removalists have stripped down to raise cash for a good cause.

The Friendly Moving Men‘s 2017 calendar comes complete with mermen, some Scots and the promise of a donation to help those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Hello Mr December. Image via The Friendly Move Men

It's available on their website, from the Arena Store in Collingwood, and Milkwood Cafe in Brunswick East and all the proceeds go to Merri Outreach Support Service.

2. A card from Oxfam's Unwrapped Artist Series.

Each of the cards in Oxfam's Unwrapped Artist Series have been individually designed by talented artists from London, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne.

Image via Oxfam
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Each card represents real items the organisation uses to fight poverty; from fair trade to veggie farming to helping families run their own beekeeping businesses.

Grab a card or another great gift from Oxfam here.

3. Subscribe to the Monthly or The Saturday Paper.

Keep your family in the know next year with and a subscription to the Monthly or The Saturday Paper.

If you purchase gift subscription using the promo code 'GiveASRC' they'll donate 20% of the price to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Image via The Saturday Paper

4. A Christmas pack from The Body Shop.

Until December 24th for every pre-made Christmas gift a customer buys at The Body Shop, they've pledged to re-develop 1 square meter of endangered rain forest habitats, protecting endangered animals in Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, as part of their Bio-Bridges Programme.

Check out their range of gifts here.

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5. Gifts from Edgar’s Mission are twice as nice.

Edgar’s Mission is a not-for-profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals that seeks to create a just and kind world for humans and non-humans alike.

They have a wide range of merchandise available here; from beautiful jewellery, to vegan cookbooks, t-shirts, Christmas cards and children's toys.

Or go more sentimental gift like a Best Buddy, and sponsor an animal in your friend or family member’s name.

Image via Edgar's Mission

6. New stationary from Words With Heart.

Words With Heart is an environmentally responsible print and stationery social enterprise.

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They combine environmentally responsible production, funding for women’s and girls education projects, and words that empower.

Get organised for 2017 with their notebooks, journals, planners and other print products available through their online store.

7. A gift that gives life, water and sanitation from WaterAid.

There are plenty of fun gift card options at WaterAid’s online shop which is full of water-giving, life-saving ways to transform lives through giving.

For Christmas you can buy water, toilet and hygiene themed gifts which help support some of the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. There are also new special Christmas-themed cards.

Image via WaterAid
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8. Fashionable basics you won't feel bad about from Vege Threads.

Vege Threads is an Australian eco-fashion label that focuses on sustainability and social awareness.

They also make fantastic basics and swimwear — ethically.

The brand is stocked in various boutiques around Australia, but can also be bought online, with a percentage of all profits going to their sponsor foundation Northern Bali.

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9. Anything from here.

Please keep in mind, this list is only the start. There are more than 20,000 social enterprises in Australia; commercially viable businesses driven by good causes, rather than profits.

The Social Traders and Australia Post’s Good Spender initiative is an amazing online resource where you can start shopping for change right now. You don’t even need to leave your desk, you lazy, selfless sod.

10. Or buy nothing, from anywhere.

Make something, bake something, share something.

And if you have any cash left over at the end of the season, you can always donate it through GiveNow — Australia’s most user-friendly giving platform.

You'd be silly not to.

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