Pro Bono Australia’s ‘Jolly Good’ Christmas Giving Guide
Tuesday, 19th November 2013 at 11:02 am
This year 70 per cent of Australians will head online for that perfect festive season gift and many Not for Profits are making sure they have some “jolly good” shopping options for a “for good” Christmas.
Welcome to Pro Bono Australia’s annual “jolly good” Not for Profit Christmas Giving Guide.
From the now popular Oxfam “Unwrapped’ collection – delivering 40 totally unexpected gift ideas to help transform the life of a person living in poverty – to a multitude of delights from Australia’s emerging social enterprises.
Pro Bono Australia’s annual “jolly good” Not for Profit Christmas Giving Guide includes some newcomers and some well-known favourites offering alternative, ethical, practical, sustainable or unusual yuletide gifts.
“The fourth edition of our annual Gift Guide is the biggest yet and reveals a whole host of great giving options. It has become so easy to ‘do good’ at Christmas,” Founder of Pro Bono Australia, Karen Mahlab, said.
The latest ING DIRECT Financial Wellbeing Index says seven out of 10 Australians plan to shop online this Christmas, and Gen Y and families are leading the way with one in four (23 per cent) planning to do more online shopping this festive season than ever before.
While more than half of the Aussie online shoppers say they shop via their computers to save money, some 32 per cent say they like to buy specific gifts not available in stores.
As well those who plan to shop online this Christmas, the most likely purchases are toys and games (37 per cent), clothing (27 per cent) and gift vouchers/experiences (26 per cent).
And there’s more good news for Not for Profits hoping to do well from their Christmas offerings.
The ING DIRECT Financial Wellbeing Index indicates Australian households are experiencing their highest level of financial wellbeing since tracking began in 2010.
Comfort levels across all six indicators rose in 2013. In particular, comfort with both long-term debt (mortgages) and short-term debt (credit cards) is very high. Seven out of 10 households (69 per cent) say they are “very comfortable” with their mortgage (up from 65 per cent in 2012), and 60 per cent are “very comfortable” with their credit card debt (up from 55 per cent in 2011).
Comfort levels with household savings is improving, with 25 per cent saying they are “very uncomfortable” with their saving – the lowest level since 2010.
One in five (21 per cent) of households are “very comfortable” with their ability to pay household bills, the highest proportion since tracking commenced in 2010.
The overwhelming majority (65 per cent) of online purchases will be paid for using online payment facilities, followed by credit cards (39 per cent) and debit cards (24 per cent).
Executive Director of Customer at ING DIRECT, John Arnott, says: “As Australians gear up for the annual Christmas spending season they continue to look for value and convenience using digital channels.”
All of these Jolly Good gifts can be easily accessed online and our brochure can be download and shared.