This Christmas, choose gorgeous, ethical, sustainable gifts from our Sourced by Oxfam range and help change lives around the world.
This Christmas is different. 2019 has been the year where the world’s attention has been focussed on the dire state of planet earth. As a consequence, many of us are thinking of ways to live more sustainably with what we buy, how much plastic we consume and how we can help to quite literally save the world. It’s no easy task.
We’ve put together a quick gift guide to help you find beautiful presents for your loved ones that don’t cost the earth. Each one has been ethically sourced – and many have been handmade by talented artisans from around the world. By choosing these gifts, you’ll be supporting the makers as well as helping people to beat poverty.
Give a woven wonder
We can’t take any credit for these beautiful, handwoven baskets. They’ve all been made by disadvantaged, yet incredibly skilled artisans in Vietnam and Bangladesh. That means each and every one is unique, and they all help the makers’ families have better lives.
Made from seagrass – a popular choice with interior designers – there’s one to suit every style, from pompom lovers to simplicity gurus. And because they are so versatile, they can be used for storage, hampers or eye-catching indoor plant pots. This is a gift that will have a long-lasting presence in your loved one’s home.
One for the foodies
Always a welcome addition to any budding chef’s kitchen. Our range of cook books will give your foody friends inspiration for authentic, easy and fresh recipes. Whether that’s ideas for meat-free meals, or transporting them to a far-flung corner of the world without jumping on a plane. The photography, stories and recipes guarantee the lucky recipient will put any of these books pride of place in their kitchen.
Something for the style seekers
Every piece of jewellery available in the Sourced by Oxfam range isn’t just beautiful, it has a story to tell. Whether it’s a pair of delicate drop earrings made from recycled saris by female artisans in India, or a labradorite and crystal necklace that’s helping to provide healthcare, medical insurance and health education to its makers. Everything in our collection has been handmade with love and care, and will add a sparkle to anyone’s Christmas.
For the planet conscious
Since David Attenborough’s Blue Planet revealed just how much single use plastic ends up in our oceans every year, many of us have been cutting down on our plastic bags and opting for reusable shoppers.
These silky, lightweight foldaway bags make the perfect gift or secret Santa. They’re also handmade by Indian artisans using recycled saris, making each one beautifully unique.
Give a decoration with a story to tell
Christmas trees are often full of mementos from years gone by. But these charming decorations aren’t your usual baubles. From a happy avocado for your healthy-eating friend to a bushy tailed squirrel; perfect for nature-lovers – most of the decorations you see here have been handmade by Asha Handicrafts in India. A not-for-profit organisation who works with the artisans to increase their income and beat poverty for good. And when they’re this cute, they can be on display all year round, too.
To shop our whole Sourced by Oxfam range this Christmas, visit Oxfam Online Shop