Cancer Council gift guide: Survive the Christmas rush without the stress

‘Tis the season – the shopping season, that is.

Christmas is just a month away, and tomorrow, November 25 is Shopping Reminder Day, reminding us all that it’s time to check our lists twice to ensure we’ve bought all our gifts.

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to buy family and friends, or need to add an item to your own wish list, Cancer Council Queensland has last-minute gift ideas that not only make shopping simple, but benevolent too.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan explained that the charity’s stores, provided retail therapy for a good cause, with all proceeds invested into cancer research, support and prevention programs.

Queenslanders can shop online or visit a Cancer Council Retail Store in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Mackay and the Sunshine Coast.

“Our retail offering includes a wide range of sun protective clothing, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, accessories, umbrellas, cosmetics and gifts,” Ms McMillan said.

“Queensland has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world – Cancer Council’s products offer the best protection under the sun, meaning you can still head out and enjoy festive fun with confidence.

“Here are our top picks for Christmas – there’s items from our own product range to keep you sun safe, plus a couple of fun options from our community supporters that are available online.”

1. Cabana
Cancer Council’s Pop-up cabana is the perfect addition for a day at the beach or backyard soiree. Available in medium ($99.95) or family ($139.95) sizes, it’s large enough to fit the whole festive crew under and the fabric has a UPF 50+ rating to protect your skin from the summer. Best of all it requires no assembly and folds into a handy back-pack – too easy!

2. Ugly Xmas Rashie
The Ugly Xmas Rashie is back and in a brand-new design that couldn’t get more Aussie. Deck yourself in the new, true-blue cockatoo rashie, or choose the original kangaroo design. Both are UPF 50+ and available in a range of unisex and kids’ sizes, with proceeds going to Cancer Council’s work.

3. A shady hat
No summer outfit is complete without a SunSmart hat to protect your face. Cancer Council has a wide range on offer, making them a suitable gift for any family member. For active kids, you can’t beat the legionnaire swim hat – this classic cap is UPF 50+, chlorine resistant and features a soft sun flap to protect the neck.

4. SPF30 lipstick
Put in an order for a new lippy so you can express your creative spirit at holiday season events, or treat your loved ones to a new shade. Cancer Council’s SPF 30 lipsticks come in eight colours to suit all occasions. At only $14.95 each, you’ll find it hard to pick just one!

5. Sunglasses
Cancer Council sunglasses have an Australian Eye Protection Factor of 10 and a UV protected category 3 lens – and come in a range of colours, styles and prints.

6. Clothing
All of Cancer Council’s cool summer rashies and clothes are designed for sun protection, and carry the maximum Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 50+. Why not shop one of the polo shirts? They are long-sleeved, chlorine resistant and under $49.95!

Cancer Council Queensland recommends people Slip on protective clothing, Slop on SPF30 or above broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies, when heading outdoors.

For more about Cancer Council Queensland, visit or phone 13 11 20.

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Laura McKoy,
Media Manager,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5345
Mobile: 0409 001 171