What’s better than giving Christmas gifts? Christmas gifts that give a little extra of course! A charity Christmas gift is a superior gift, there’s no doubt about that! Whether it’s scented candles for Mum, pretty jewellery for your best friend or some foodie treats for Dad, you can’t go wrong with a gift for charity this Christmas. Here’s our pick of what to buy – the gifts helping an amazing range of fantastic charities too.
We Are Tea’s Charitea supports Contact the Elderly: a charity which aims to banish social isolation and loneliness among older people thanks to monthly afternoon tea parties. The tea is a really lovely darjeeling afternoon blend, and each caddy features a photograph of one of the cheered-up folk helped by Contact the Elderly. A truly heart-warming gift that anyone would love.
Kahina Giving Beauty‘s luxurious products are beautiful inside and out – effective skincare, presented in elegant packaging, what’s not to like? Moreover, the company donates a percentage of its profits to programs helping the Berber women who produce its Ecocert-approved products, so every purchase helps. The latest addition to Kahina’s line is a sensual perfume oil, inspired by the sacred city of Fez. Dispensed onto pulse points, the scent is heady with rose and orange blossoms, underscored with sexy notes of patchouli, ylang ylang and spices.
20% of the price of popular fashion blogger Lucy Williams’ latest collection for Missoma will be donated to Wellbeing of Women. The charity is dedicated to improving the health of women and babies across the UK; it’s a cause close to Williams’ heart, having had surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells from her cervix just this year. The North Star collection includes delicate star-adorned rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets, all in pretty rose gold and pavé. And at incredibly non-spendy prices, we’ll be snapping up a few pieces for ourselves – as well as for gifts, of course…
The Wild Peanut‘s ethically-made natural peanut butters come in a variety of tantalising flavours – and every jar supports Tree Aid, who work to reduce poverty and protect the environment in Africa. Try Hello Honey and Super Cinnamon on toast with a cup of tea – winter snack perfection!
If a more glamorous miniature spirits set exists, we haven’t heard about it. Roberto Cavalli has designed these frankly adorable mini bottles of Disaronno – and every purchase supports the Fashion 4 Development initiative: a charity creating opportunities for women in developing countries with the fashion industry.
Oliver Bonas’ scented candles not only look good and smell deelish. they also support the work of Willow: a UK charity dedicated to bringing special days to seriously ill young people aged 16-40. The exotic fig scent is an uplifting, warming fragrance, bringing a cosy, elegant aroma to your home, and each of the candles is lovingly handmade and long-burning too.
Rosa & Clara Designs‘ cushions are all sewn by the Working Well Trust: a London-based mental health charity supporting people by providing training and employment opportunities. With fun patterns including eye-catching pineapples, flamingos and zebras, these cushions are guaranteed to cheer up your sofa. Did we mention there are coordinating lamps and coasters too?
Look Good Feel Better supports women undergoing cancer treatment, offering free make-up and skincare workshops which aim to help them feel just that little bit better – regardless of everything else going on around them. The charity’s makeup tools range has been created in partnership with beauty etailer Look Fantastic. With every purchase, 8%-12% of the whole sale price goes to the charity – and there’s a guaranteed donation of £30,000 every year too.
Liberty’s festive tea towel and apron feature a very Christmassy image of everyone’s favourite historic London department store. 20% of the price of every item sold helps Text Santa: an appeal which helps a variety of charities each year. This year, Text Santa supports the important work of Save The Children, Macmillan Cancer Support and Make-A-Wish.
Luxe makeup with a heart, Chantecaille’s eye shadow palette and blusher help charities supporting the protection of animals: namely wolves and elephants. The Protect the Wolves Eye Shade Trio is perfect for a modern twist on our favourite smoky eye, while the Elephant Fun Cheek Shade‘s gold-accented peach tone is flattering on all complexions.