Day 12. Gifts that Do Good
Giving gifts that make a positive difference this Christmas.
Here are 12 ideas for Christmas gift that make a positive difference to the planet, charities, or local businesses (see further down for full details):
- Homeware & Pet Toys from Save the Children
- AllSaints X Shelther Charity Tee
- Jewellery by Rhimani
- OddBalls Underwear & Pyjamas
- Boys Get Sad Too Hoodies & T-shirts
- Community Works Re:Use Store re-purposed furniture
- Wonky Coffee Subscriptions
- Plant a Tree with the National Trust or Gift a Tree with the Woodland Trust
- Adopt an Animal with WWF
- Get Personal Safety Keychains
- This is Dementia T-Shirts
- Uniquely Local Yorkshire Experiences
Save the Children Homeware Collection
Save the Children have put together a collection of homeware that includes gifts for your pet, children’s toys, candles, craft sets, crockery, prints, and bits for the garden! 100% of profits from every purchase goes towards helping change the lives of children across the world.
Shop here: Home Gifts | Save the Children Shop
AllSaints X Shelter Charity Tee
AllSaints have partnered with the charity Shelter to fight against homelessness. All the profits from the sale of the collaborative t-shirt will be donated to Shelter – helping millions of people who are struggling with homelessness through advice, representation, support and campaigning.
Rhimani was set up in 2017 to make a difference for endangered species. All of their Jewellery is handmade in the UK by women, and 10% of all profits are donated to the Charity Tusk. You can read their full story here.
Shop here: New In – Rhimani
OddBalls Underwear, Socks & Pyjamas
OddBalls was founded in 2014, and The OddBalls Foundation was founded in December 2015 to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer. They now donate to lots of brilliant charities and aim to donate 1 million pounds to charities by 2024. Give a gift to raise money and awareness this Christmas.
Shop here: OddBalls – New Products (myoddballs.com)
Boys Get Sad Too Hoodies & T-Shirts
Boys Get Sad Too actively work to try and raise awareness for the struggles that men face with their mental health. Boys Get Sad Too are official supporters of the charity CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) and donate 10% of their profits to them. Read more about them here.
Shop here: All – Boys Get Sad Too
Re:Use Store Furniture
Community Works receive donations, give the furniture a bit of TLC, and then we re-sell the donated items at discounted prices. Re:Use have bikes, scooters, bird boxes, pictures and lots more furniture. Their Re:Use store is run by a team of staff and volunteers and also incorporates ‘The Sheds’ projects, providing a safe space for everyone to meet, chat and create. These projects are designed to promote positive mental health, as well as repairing and creating items to sell in our store.
Shop here: Community Works Re-Use Store (@cw_storethirsk) • Instagram photos and videos and in-store on the Market Place in Thirsk.
Wonky Coffee Subscription
Wonky Coffee are on a mission, battling to reduce waste in the coffee industry. They rescue rejected coffee pods, and tonnes of freshly roasted bean & ground coffee from select premium roasters that would have been going straight to landfill. You can then buy fully functional coffee pods from them on a subscription that saves you an average of 50% against the RRP. They only partner with the most sustainable coffee brands in the UK, and rescue thousand of kilos of coffee from going to waste.
Shop here: Coffee Trial (wonkycoffee.com)
Plant or Gift a Tree
Plant a Tree sapling with the National Trust, Europe’s biggest conservation charity and we look after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy.
Shop here: Plant a tree for charity | National Trust
Dedicate a Tree with the Woodland Trust to support their work standing up for woods, trees and wildlife across the UK.
Adopt an Animal
Adopt an animal as a fantastic and unique gift for animal lovers in your life – with options available for both kids and adults. Choose your adoption animal from a wide range of species, from penguins to orangutans, to turtles and rhinos. You will receive a cuddly toy, welcome pack, regular updates, and an adoption certificate.
Shop here: Adopt an Animal Today | WWF UK
UK Legal Safety Key-chains
GetPersonal keyshains were created to empower people to live life knowing that they have the means to protect themselves if necessary. Every feature on the safety keychains has been approved by UK police officers and abide by the rules of what is safe to carry, to enable people to defend themselves, legally, should they have to. Read more about their mission here.
This is Dementia T-Shirts
This is Dementia are a social enterprise based in London, raising awareness of dementia – particularly young onset, through the sale of unique, hand-drawn t-shirts. For every t-shirt 100% of the net proceeds goes to their charity partner Dementia UK, to help fund their Admiral Nurses who provide incredible specialist support to families across the UK affected by dementia.
Shop here: Full collection – This is Dementia
Yorkshire Handpicked Gifts & Experiences
If you are looking to gift an experience this Christmas, don’t use the big brands, shop local. Uniqyely Local was founded in 2016 by friends Rachel and Ema, both full-time mums living in North Yorkshire with young families. Uniquely Local is about creating connections with independent local businesses, promoting Yorkshire and offering excellent customer service. Their gifts include tours, food, drink tasting, courses and lots more!
These are just 12 ideas to make Christmas about more than just receiving gifts this year, but also giving back and making a positive difference to our communities and supporting small, independent businesses. Whatever the gift, think before you buy, and see if you can get it from somewhere local or more sustainable.
If you know of a business or product that deserved to be on this list too, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org