There are lots of ways to help people and planet this Christmas, and choosing ethical gifts is one of them. Handy then, that sustainable Christmas presents now come in all shapes and sizes and there really is something for everyone – even the trickiest and pickiest relatives. Personal and packed full of impact, the right gift can make your loved one smile and help make the festive season as feel-good as possible. Here are some of our favourites.
For the homemaker
Ethical shopping doesn’t have to be limited to your wardrobe – these days, it can influence how you style your entire house. The Sourced By Oxfam range has brand new products for every room. Want to help a friend feel extra cosy this Christmas? Check out these lovely snuggly throws. Or, if they’re into bold colours, these cushions made using recycled saris will go down a treat. We also stock cool statement pieces like this printing block hook, while these seagrass baskets provide super handy storage. If it’s festive you’re after, we have gorgeous Christmas decorations too. Plus you’ll find hundreds of unique vintage gifts in the Oxfam Online Shop including glassware, ceramics and textiles.
For the nature lover
Along with everything else, the state of the natural world has come into even greater focus this year, encouraging many of us to do more to protect it. Thankfully there are lots of ways to support wildlife from home –and some great ethical Christmas gifts that can help. Friend into wildlife? Give this brilliant butterfly house or bee and bug house from the Eden Project. Or choose a beautiful bird-house, lovingly handmade from recycled paper or saris. If your loved one enjoys reading about the wonders of nature, Oxfam Online Shop has lots of preloved books on wildlife, gardening and more. We also have brand new nature-themed gifts like this enchanted wildlife calendar and, for fledgling conservationists, The Sea Book is a great introduction to marine wildlife.
For the fashion fan
The options really are limitless with this one. With extensive womenswear, menswear and accessories sections and even some looks for the littles ones, the Oxfam Online Shop also has hundreds of designer and vintage items. If you’re buying for the truly fashion-savvy, bold checks, fringe embellishments and bright festive red are all key autumn-winter trends and we’ve got the looks to match. And if you’re after something brand new then Sourced By Oxfam has some gorgeous ethical accessories or look out items marked BNWT (Brand New With Tags) to get some brand new bargains. if you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could always make a one-off yourself. Gifts like an upcycled apron or a customised leather jacket will be memorable, and we can keep you stocked with preloved fabrics.
For the foodie
Sweet treats always go down well at Christmas and Sourced By Oxfam has found some delicious stuff –we’re talking chocolate, dates, nuts, the lot. If your loved one prefers doing the cooking themselves, beer bread kits make great gifts–you simply add your brew, mix and bake. You can also choose from hundreds of preloved cookery books in the Oxfam Online Shop with options to suit everyone’s needs and tastes from vegetarians to gluten-free. Keep your eye out for the likes of Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver and more. You can also find great preloved gifts for the kitchen and dining room. And this handy new recipe diary to keep tabs on all they’ve tried.
For the eco-minded
Whether you want to reduce your environmental impact or are buying for someone who does, there are lots of eco-friendly gifts around. If a friend’s keen to de-plastic their life, How To Give Up Plastic is full of info. Or help them on their way with these handy bamboo cups or reusable beeswax or plant-based food wraps. The Oxfam Online Shop also stocks cruelty-free shampoo bars – a great way to reduce plastic use in the bathroom. Plus gorgeous gifts made using recycled materials, like this timely rainbow shopping bag. Alternatively, you might want to consider an Oxfam Unwrapped charity gift. With the likes of Super Seeds and Help For Farmers Facing Climate Change, you’re sure to find something that strikes a chord.
PS We’ll be sharing some great offers and discounts on ethical gifts in the run-up to Christmas – like this tweet for the latest updates.