A new campaign hopes to kick-start a conversation around sustainable shopping ahead of the festive splurge.
Lifeline announced its Re-Love, Re-Wrap, Re-Give this Christmas initiative last week amid National Recycling Week.
The charity wants to promote pre-loved or recycled products as a viable and responsible way to reduce excess landfill within society.
Its shops offer gift ideas that can often be overlooked such as toys, books, homewares, fashion, and accessories.
Lifeline Marketown Manager, Norma Argueta, said the campaign hoped to send an important message.
“Pre-loved items can bring less stress financially for families, while they are still able to afford something unique and special for people in their lives,” she said.
“By shopping at Lifeline, you never know what exciting things you might find, and you’ll reduce landfill all in one.
“It will also support Lifeline’s Crisis Support services at a critical time of the year.”
Lifeline General Manager of Retail, Sharon Sawyer, said there were many ways to incorporate pre-loved items into your festivities, such as gifts, Christmas decorations, and table settings.
“Kris Kringle is also a fun and common activity in the workplace and among family and friends,” she said.
“Why not challenge each other this year and make it pre-loved gifts only? You may be surprised at the possibilities that Lifeline shops can offer.”
Lifeline will also host a Re-Love Toy Week from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 December, with selected stores stocking the shop full of toys.
“I’m sure we can all relate to a toy our child has been gifted and hardly touched,” Ms Sawyer added.
“Lifeline shops see a huge range of quality toys in great condition coming through their doors, so we are dedicating a week at the start of December to showcasing these items for shoppers.”
If you need support this holiday season, Lifeline’s Crisis Support, 13 11 14, is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
You can also text 0477 131 114 between 6pm and midnight, seven days a week.
Visit lifeline.org.au for more information.