Giving Back: Charity Gift Guide

My family are coming to visit this weekend. We’re an incredibly closeknit family, I’m one of three sisters and theres only a couple of years between each of us. It is complete and utter chaos when we’re all together, and I couldn’t love it more. So much so that it has been an intimidating scene for boyfriends to come into (and out of) over the years. As you would have seen in my earlier blog posts, we recently relocated from Essex to Cornwall. Anyway, the Christmas tree is up, the wine is in the fridge, and I’m beyond excited to see them all and show them our new home.

So I’ve decided to drop two blog posts this weekend. I’m balancing my desire to go full-niche and covet all things Bowie with something a bit more sane. This post is all about charity gift ideas. Single items or online stores that work double-duty by supporting today’s most important causes. It’s can be difficult to find a gift that you and the recipient can both feel good about. Although you may spend your time trying to track down a present that captures whatever they love most, go the extra mile with these gifts that give back. These charity gifts are an easy way to support important causes – whether it be the environment, children in need, health and science, minority groups, animals and more – while bringing happiness to someone close to your heart. No matter which gift you pick, remember that your contribution is helping make the world a better place, far beyond your living room this Christmas. Think about it this way: the more you buy, the more you help those who need it most, so grab a load and find something for every member of your family. Happy shopping.

Lauren x

Arya Candles

Every single Arya product provides a vital lifeline for women in former war-torn countries. In purchasing from Arya, you are helping to support women who have suffered the devastating consequences of war. You can learn more here. Using no added waxes, chemicals, or additives, you’ll find no synthetic oils in their products. Their candles are vegan too and none of the ingredients have been tested on animals. 

Old Curiosity Distillery Wild Gin

For a boozy charity Christmas gift, check out Old Curiosity Distillery’s Wild Gin. 20% of the proceeds from this perfect Christmas tipple goes to RSPB Scotland’s work in preserving the Flow Country’s threatened peatland. The Flow Country is the world’s largest blanket bog and it acts as a natural store for carbon, holding twice the amount of all the trees in the UK. Wild Gin is an ode to the importance of the Flow Country with its 9 distilled botanicals and herbs that take inspiration from the iconic landscape. We’re told this tipple is best enjoyed with a tonic and a sprig of fresh nettle. Get £5 off when you subscribe to their newsletter.

British Heart Foundation 2-pack Face Mask

Who doesn’t love a cheeky bit of leopard print. Wear a mask, but make it fashion. The British Heart Foundation buying team is bang on trend with this product. Sustainable too. Bravo.

Adopt an Orca

For the child (or adult) that has everything, from just £4 a month you can adopt an orca, whale or dolphin through WDC (Whale Dolphin Conservation) UK. A fantastic gift that will continue to spark interest and joy throughout the year, with regular email and video updates. Off the west coast of Canada, their survival is threatened by man-made dangers, including industrial development, fish farming and logging. Adopt an orca and protect their home to give them a safer future

Cancer Research Mindfulness Journal

Journaling is a recognised mindfulness exercise to relieve stress, anxiety and to find inner peace. From escaping the hiccups that life throws at you and letting go of the terrible day you just had, start to control your feelings instead of letting them control you. Connect with yourself for a few minutes and indulge in the mindfulness exercises and prompts this guided journal offers.

Oxfam – Various

Mulberry Sleep Mask

It will certainly be a silent night with the devilishly luxurious Mulberry Silk Eye Mask from Drowsy. Available in a range of colours, this mask will ensure those extra Zzs in bed without any sort of light interruption. And, what’s even better is that £1 from each sale goes to Mind.

John Lewis Give a Little Love range

Inspired by the poignant message of its 2020 Christmas advert, John lewis has launched their “Give a Little Love” festive range. Within this collection are t-shirts, candles and stylish tote bags, and 100% of the profits from these charity gifts will go to Home-Start and FareShare.

Pela Case

The world’s first truly eco-friendly, sustainable phone case. Pela makes 100% compostable phone cases, meaning less waste in our landfills and oceans. With your purchases, Pela is able to donate to loads of charities and organisations including Oceana and 1% For The Planet. Head to their website for endless designs, compatable for both iPhone and Aindroid. They also stock accessories such as Airpod cases and Apple Watch straps.

Marie Curie – Various

From stocking fillers to hampers, there is something for everyone in Marie Curie’s online shop. I’m particularly partial to their Dog Lovers Puzzle and Dalmation Tree Ornament. I ran the 2019 London Marathon for Marie Curie and couldn’t have made it without their support on the day. It’s an amazing charity and I’ve known loved ones cared for by their incredible nurses and staff.

Wolf & Badger A Change is Gonna Come Print

For those looking to support a small brand and give back to charity at the same time, Fanclub’s “A Change Is Going To Come” print inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement is something to consider. 100% of the proceedings from this stylish design will be donated to the social enterprise, The Black Curriculum.

Sis4ers Distillery Peach Gin

Salford-based business Sis4ers Distillery has formed a partnership with Hospitality Industry Mental Health Advocates, So Let’s Talk. For this, £2 from every bottle of their peach gin, Home at 10, sold will be donated to this organisation. 

ARTHOUSE Unlimited collection

ARTHOUSE Unlimited has a truly gorgeous range of items including its delicious chocolate bars – all decorated by its artists who live with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities and difficulties, and require varying levels of support. 100% of its sales revenue goes back into the enterprise. I’ve ordered myself a pack of three, because, well, it would rude not to sample an assortment. Order quickly to ensure dispatch in time for Christmas.

4 Ocean Bracelets

Every 4ocean product purchased comes with a One Pound Promise to pull a pound of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines. Every purchase helps fund their global ocean cleanup operation and supports the movement to end the world’s reliance on single-use plastic. They have a wide variety of designs and colours available.

RLNI – Various

The RLNI have a outstanding online shop and is one of, if not the best I’ve seen from a charity. With so many good quality gifts including a “Sustainable Home’ section, they also have a Launch a Memory campaign, where you can remember a loved one by adding their name printed on the side of an RNLI all-weather Shannon class lifeboat.

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