Buy the kids a couple of kids

Buy the kids a couple of kids.

Plenty of kids these days already have more stuff than they need. This makes finding meaningful Christmas presents tricky, to say the least. It also increases the likelihood that anything you do buy will just add to an ever-increasing pile of unused, under-appreciated things.

That's why giving gifts that give back to those in need are so great. They make beautiful gifts in their own right, but also make a valuable contribution to the greater good. They can also help to develop a child's appreciation of sharing with those who need it most. Gifts like these provide more meaning to the idea of Christmas being the time of giving.

There are various options and ways to go about it. Here are a few:

Recycled aluminium drink cans were used for these fair trade motorbikes, made by women in Madagascar ... Model Harley bike, $10.45. Available at: www.oxfamshop.org.au Click for more photos

Doubly wonderful gifts for kids

Recycled aluminium drink cans were used for these fair trade motorbikes, made by women in Madagascar ... Model Harley bike, $10.45. Available at: www.oxfamshop.org.au

OXFAM
Oxfam help their producers in developing countries earn fair prices in better working conditions as well as helping them achieve broader market access for their goods, thanks to the benefits of fair trade.

ETHICAL GIFTS WEBSITE
Support small producers who receive fair compensation for their work and are not exploited by large multinationals.

TRIBES AND NATIONS WEBSITE
Tribes and Nations welcome all who seek to know their goods are ethically sourced, of great quality and support the handmade, the little guy and the charity.

IKEA
From November 1 to the 24th of December, for every soft toy, children's book or kid's meal bought at IKEA, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euro – the equivalent of $1.40 - to UNICEF and Save the Children to help kids in need get a quality education.

WORLDWIDE FUND FOR NATURE (WWF)
Adopting an animal supports WWF's conservation programs to protect threatened species and their habitats.

The adoption kit for each animal includes a collectible display folder with photo and adoption certificate, all printed on Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) eco-friendly, sustainable paper products. The kit also contains an informative factsheet about the animal, current threats to its survival and the conservation work we are doing.

UNICEF
Inspired Gifts are life-saving and life-changing charity gifts that UNICEF distributes to children and their communities around the world. When you buy an Inspired Gift for friends or family, they will receive a personalised gift card by email or post, with a photograph and description of the gift you have chosen. Depending on where the need is greatest, your charity gift will be despatched to one of the 155 countries where UNICEF works.

GREENPEACE
Greenpeace give you the option of how you want to save the world. You can help to save an endangered species, protect an animal's natural home or support climate change.

NEW INTERNATIONALIST
The New Internationalist provides ethical gifts and sustainable living products that support local and developing world producers. According to the Fairtrade Association of Australia and New Zealand, Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Proceeds go to enabling Amnesty International to run their campaigns protecting human rights around the world. Products sold through Amnesty International's online shop are all sourced from companies which adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and meet minimum international human rights standards.