ECO CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Christmas is big business. Roy Morgan predicts that Australian consumers are set to spend more than $11 billion on Christmas gifts this year. 70% of people are planning to spend more on festive season gifts than they did last year.

At the same time, research continues to show that consumers are embracing sustainable brands in a big way. According to one global study, Australians are more concerned about climate change and dealing with the amount of waste we generate than the people of any other country. 

Not only are consumers keen to make more eco-friendly purchases, but they’re also willing to pay more to do so. With this trend towards sustainable purchasing, it’s wise to include eco-gifting options in your Christmas range. 

You’re in the right place for a taste of what’s trending in the world of eco Christmas gifts. Below you’ll find the brands that are topping consumer Christmas wish lists. Plus, to make it even easier, you can shop from our curated Christmas gift guide in the Unique Health Products online store

Beauty and skincare Christmas gifts

BEAUTY AND SKINCARE

We’re in the midst of a natural beauty “eco-lution”. Eco-luxe is definitely in when it comes to what consumers are choosing to use on their skin. They are preferencing clean, natural and organic beauty and skincare products over other alternatives.

This year ACURE has added a range of exciting, consumer-led products to the range. From Vitamin C Brightening products to a 100% Plant Squalane and the plant-based retinol alternative Bakuchiol Serum, these new products are on-trend and in-demand.

Regenerative brand Ethique also has a gifting collection. Each Gift Bundle contains two top-selling Ethique Solid Bars. The Minis are heart-shaped Solid Bars which also make excellent stocking stuffers. 

The Summer Salt Body range was made for gifting. With premium and attractive packaging, the range of soaps, candles, essential oils and skin and body care products cater to a wide market interested in self care and beauty. 

Home eco Christmas gifts

HOME GIFTS

From stylish reusable alternatives to 100% natural ingredients, the home gifting space has also had an eco makeover. The trend is a little bit luxe and a lot better for the planet. 

Ever Eco created the first reusable straw for the Australian market and it is still one of their top-sellers today. The rest of the range also offers great gifting opportunities with premium, powder-coated, stainless steel insulated mugs and a range of personal and home care products.

For meaningful gifts that travel well, Sow ‘n Sow is the answer. The Gifts of Seeds are lightweight and make for easy counter sales. There are also Pop Up Pots and Gift Tags, all with beautiful illustrations, that complement the Gifts of Seeds range. 

For stylish Diffusers and quality Essential Oil blends, The Goodnight Co. offers the gift of sleep. With fans such as Miranda Kerr, The Goodnight Co. is much-loved with a strong brand following. 

Eco Christmas gifts for kids

BABY AND KIDS

According to research from Unicef, 59% of children are concerned about climate change as a threat to their safety. 64% of 14-17 year olds are very concerned about plastic pollution. This is a generation of children who are very eco-aware and keen to see real change across the board… including in their Christmas stocking. 

Arigato Box is a new lunchbox alternative, made from sustainable materials and designed to be easy for kids to use. This is an ideal Christmas gift that carries well into back-to-school shopping post-Christmas. 

For younger kids and babies, Little Mashies has a range of handy reusables and kid-friendly silicone mealware in on-trend, neutral and pastel tones. Top-sellers all year round, they are simple to package up in Christmas bundles for fuss-free gifting. 

Earthwise Nourish Hippo Baby is an affordable and adorable range of baby bathtime products. WIth brightly-coloured packaging, the products are enriched with the goodness of goat’s milk for cleansing and nourishing the skin. 

Foodie eco Christmas gifts

FOODIE GIFTS

What’s Christmas without delectable treats? For those health-conscious consumers or those who are looking for fair trade or sustainable alternatives to gifts, we have you covered.

The Alter Eco range of Chocolate Blocks and Truffles are fair trade and organic, made with sustainably-sourced cocoa beans and premium ingredients. The new packaging redesign also helps the range to stand out on shelves with a bold new look. 

Another one for chocolate lovers is New Zealand brand, Bennetto. The organic, fair trade and vegan chocolate blocks feature beautiful illustrations on the packaging with a range of decadent flavours to cater to different tastebuds. 

With beautiful glass packaging, the Extraordinary Foods Pimp My Salad range is for a different kind of foodie. These salad toppers are vegan and keto-friendly and made from ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. 

YOUR ECO CHRISTMAS GIFTS RANGE SORTED

You can stock your shelves with a selection of eco Christmas gifts from the Unique Health Products online store. In addition to the above, we have hundreds more brands that cater to today’s sustainably-minded consumers. Shop online, anytime or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.

AWAKEN SALES WITH NATURAL SLEEP AIDS

Consumers are increasingly turning to organic and natural sleep aids to help with poor sleep quality.

Up to 45% of Australian adults don’t get enough sleep due to a number of lifestyle and environmental factors including stress, increased pressures and work patterns. This is leading to a sharp rise in demand for natural sleep solutions. What was once a sleepy market is now waking up to create some major sales growth.

Maximise potential with these curated natural solutions.

Natural sleep aids to consume

CONSUME

RELAXING ORGANIC TEA

Made from 100% organic ingredients, the Sleepy Temple Blend from Buddha Teas contains a blend of lavender, chamomile flower, liquorice root, skullcap and spearmint to create a mellow and soothing flavour in a bleach-free tea bag.

AROMATIC AND CALMING SLEEP TEA

Sleep Tea by Your Tea draws on Chinese herbal wisdom and contains a blend of rose, hgan cao (liquorice), bulbus liluu and Chinese red date, hong zao and wu wei zi (schisandra berry). With a sweet and smooth taste, each box contains a one-week supply of tea bags. 

WESTERN HERBAL TINCTURE

Passionflower is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to promote sleep and ease restlessness and sleeplessness. The PPC Herbs Snoozeze Herbanica Herbal Tincture uses Australian grown herbs to create an organic and vegan formulation, free from gluten and dairy to help promote good sleep. 

SLEEPY HERBAL INFUSION

Naturally caffeine and preservative free, Kintra Foods Loose Leaf Sleepy Tea contains a blend of organic chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, linden flowers, passionflower, hops flower and lavender in an eye-catching, recyclable glass jar.

CARAMEL BEDTIME TEA

Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea contains a delightful blend of chamomile flower, skullcap and L-theanine. The sustainably-sourced rooibos combines with other ingredients to create a sweet, caffeine-free bedtime tea. Each packet contains 16 tea bags. 

THE BIG SLEEP 

Each pack of Ministry of Tea’s The Big Sleep has 20 herbal tea bags with a combination of 100% certified organic chamomile, rooibos, cinnamon bark, valerian root, lemon balm and natural orange flavour. 

Natural sleep aids to apply

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CRYSTAL-INFUSED OIL 

The Sleep Essential Oil Roller from luxe brand Summer Salt Body is infused with amethyst crystals and a calming blend of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, lemon, cedarwood and chamomile essential oils to relax the body for sleep. And, makes an ideal gift thanks to its beautiful packaging. 

THE POWER OF MAGNESIUM

Amazing Oils Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion is a fast-acting targeted way to treat sleep-related issues and ailments. The effective combination of relaxing ingredients works synergistically to relieve sleeplessness in one single, affordable lotion that is easy to use. 

SLEEP SPRAY

The Goodnight Co. Sweet Dreams Sleep Mist contains cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, lavender, chamomile and sweet orange to help calm the mind and body for sleep. The mist contains all-natural ingredients and is vegan friendly. It is available in two sizes – a convenient 10ml size for travelling and a larger bedside 100ml.

Natural sleep aids to use

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VEGAN SLEEP MASK

Cruelty free and vegan, the Dream Eye Mask from Summer Salt Body is available in two colours – Midnight and Rose. Made from a satin and spandex blend, it is designed to improve the quality of sleep while also protecting the delicate skin around the eyes.

AROMATHERAPY FOR SLEEP

Using ultrasonic technology, The Goodnight Co. Ceramic Diffuser is a safer way to bring the benefits of aromatherapy into the home. With a stylish appearance, the diffuser can be paired with The Goodnight Co. range of essential oils including Calm and Goodnight as a complete natural sleep solution. Also available in Black and Stone Grey. 

THE GIFT OF SLEEP

The Sleep Gift Packs from Wheatbags Love include a wheat bag eye pillow infused with organic lavender to soothe tired eyes, a natural sleep balm with lavender, rosewood and vanilla essential oils as well as a set of earplugs. The gift packs are handmade in Australia and available in Grevillea, Banksia Sky, Heart Gum and Wattle designs. 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH NATURAL SLEEP AIDS

You’ll find these natural sleep aids, alongside hundreds of other products, in our online store. Register for a wholesale account with us today! If you already have an account, you can place an order online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904.

6 HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The beauty of the digital age is that we have so much data at our fingertips to guide decision-making in business. You don’t need to guess the wellness trends… because you can see the trends unfolding in the data right before your eyes.

Using data from Google Trends and keyword research tool, Ubersuggest, we’ve done some digging to analyse six health and wellness trends that have significantly impacted the industry over the last five years, and how you can make the most of those trends in your business.

KETOGENIC DIET

The keto diet has steadily grown in popularity over the last five years. In recent Roy Morgan research, 24% of people surveyed indicated that eating a low-fat diet is important to them. This was down from 39% in 2000. The researchers suggested that this change in the way people look at food could be due to the rising popularity of the high-fat keto diet. 

Each month, more than 90,000 people in Australia search ‘ketogenic diet’, 74,000 search for ‘keto diet’ and 1,000 search for ‘keto diet vegan’ or ‘keto diet vegetarian’. Interestingly, in the last 12 months, there has also been a 50% increase in search volume for ‘keto friendly snacks’. 

The opportunity: Educate your customers on the benefits of keto, tied to your keto offering. If you want to increase your keto range, brands like Keto Naturals, The Monday Food Co, PBCo. and Vitawerx have a strong keto market presence. 

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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Research consistently shows that today’s consumers are concerned about the environment. This is supported by the Google Trends data, which shows movement in an upwards direction for searches related to the environmentally friendly topic. 

So, what exactly are they searching for? The list is long, but there is strong growth in search volume where it matters most to you:

  • 450% increase in ‘earth friendly cleaning’ and 60% increase in ‘eco cleaning products’
  • 200% increase in ‘eco friendly products’
  • 160% increase in ‘eco friendly gifts’ and 90% increase in ‘eco gifts’

The opportunity: In a climate where 2 in 5 consumers want brands to offer more sustainable/durable products, it’s time to not only increase your offering but also share your own sustainability initiatives with your customers, such as what you are doing to minimise your plastic waste and packaging.

In the eco-friendly gifts market, Summer Salt Body and Sow ‘n Sow are well established brands. Similarly, for eco-cleaning products with brands such as Earthwise, Bon Ami, Koala Eco and Planet Luxe

Image source: Google Trends

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

The facts on single-use plastic and plastic waste are frightening. It’s no wonder that this is a trending topic of concern. 

With government moves in some states to ban certain single-use plastics and commitment at a federal level to phase out products such as single-use plastic straws and utensils, awareness of the topic is sure to grow. 

On the topic of drinking straws alone, there were huge increases in search volume over the five year period:

  • 1,900% increase for ‘reusable straws’
  • 1,110% increase for ‘metal straws’ and for ‘silicone straws’
  • 800% increase for ‘steel straws’

The opportunity: Embrace the rise of reusables and zero-waste products by minimising your use of single-use plastic bags and packaging and increasing your eco-offering with brands such as market-leader, Ethique as well as Ever Eco, Joco and Huskee.

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VEGANISM

Plant-based diets are on the rise. Whether it’s vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, search for veganism and related terms is increasing. In the last five years there has been a 160% increase in search volume for ‘plant-based diet’. 

Every month more than 27,000 people search for ‘veganism’, 5,400 for ‘plant-based diet’, 1,600 for ‘plant-based meat’ and also for ‘veganism vs vegetarianism’ and 590 for ‘plant-based diets benefits’. That is a significant volume of search with an educational intent. People are curious about plant-based eating.

The opportunity: Cater to this growing market with a range of plant-based products and provide education on plant-based eating. Innovation and flavour are the key here with brands such as Upton’s Naturals, Flexible Foods and Plantasy Foods for plant-based meat alternatives or even J. Luehders vegan candy. 

Image source: Google Trends

ORGANIC NEAR ME

There are two elements to this trend. The first is the rise of interest in organic food. The second is the shift in local search.

In the last twelve months alone, Google search frequency for ‘organic food’ increased by 190% and each month 590 people search for ‘organic skincare Australia’. Awareness of the benefits of organic is rising which is driving the shift.

The opportunity: For local businesses and shopfronts, ensure your Google My Business profile is up to date. For eCommerce stores, organic is a trending topic so highlight your organic products. This is also a good opportunity to increase your organic range with brands like Planet Organic and Eclipse Organics

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IMMUNITY

Within the health and wellness industry, immunity is one of those topics that is always prominent. In the last 12 months, immunity related keywords have seen high search volumes:

  • 6,600 searches for immune system
  • 4,400 searches for immunity
  • 3,600 searches for immunity booster
  • 2,900 searches for immunity boosting food

Anecdotally, we are also hearing that consumers are increasingly on the lookout for immunity-related products. While you can expect peaks for this during cold and flu season, this might start to even out throughout the year, depending on global events.

The opportunity: Capitalise on the immunity trend with innovative and high-quality supplements that provide natural immune system support. Brands like IMUNI, Eden Healthfoods, Martin & Pleasance and Comvita cater to this market. 

Image Source: Google Trends

STAY ON TOP OF THE LATEST WELLNESS TRENDS WITH UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS

We’ve been distributors in this industry for more than 25 years. We are always ahead of the wellness trends so you can bring the latest innovations and new products to your customers. You can shop online with us 24/7 here, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.