Along with everything else that’s been going on this year, many charities have lost millions of pounds in lost fund raising revenue and sales, meaning that vital research, preservation and care are compromised. We’ve picked out ten homewares gifts to help support various charities, and they’re all available online – so that you can get organised, and a good cause can benefit.
1. Recycled sari cushion cover and pad, Arawali
These cute little cushions (45cm square) are made from recycled saris by Arawali, a family firm based in Jaipur India. They are members of Fair Trade Forum India and work with many skilled artisans in Jaipur and the surrounding villages creating beautiful embroidered and blockprinted textiles, footstools and bags. These little cushions would add a splash of colour to any sofa, and cost £9.99 each from Oxfam.
2. Halen Môn pure sea salt jar, Royal Museums Greenwich
Perfect for the foodie in your life or for your own kitchen, this little salt jar is ideal for keeping by the cooker ready to season. Includes 100g of Halen Môn pure white sea salt. £18, available from Royal Museums Greenwich.
3. Under the snow wall print, The Natural History Museum
Part of a series of animal prints, this squirrel was photographed in the small Jura village of Les Fourgs, France by Audren Morrel. Prices vary according to paper type and framing options but start at £20, available from The Natural History Museum.
4. Tunisian ceramic bowl, SPANA
This pretty and durable ceramic bowl is handmade in Tunisia using traditional methods that have been passed down over generations. Each one is finished by a highly skilled craftsperson and is unique. £8, available from SPANA, a charity which helps support working animals in the world’s poorest communities.
5. Otter art print, The Wildlife Trusts
How cute is this little fella? The charismatic otter, a member of the weasel family, is found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Most are small, with short ears and noses. This eye-catching picture is printed on heavyweight 300gsm recycled paper that’s FSC certified and delivered in plastic-free packaging. £20, available from The Wildlife Trusts.
6. Mouse cheese cutters set, Amnesty International
Mouse handles and a cheese design knife make this a perfect gift for the cheese lovers in your life. Set contains a flat cheese shaver for hard cheese and a cutter. £19.99, available from Amnesty International.
7. Charity rainbow candle, ChilliWinter Isle of Wight Ltd
8. Hummingbird plate, Curated Pieces
Part of a set, this plate shows the hook-billed hermit hummingbird which is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. This species qualifies as endangered owing to massive deforestation threatening its habitat. 20% of the profits from the sale of the plate will go to Birdlife International, a charity which helps endangered species like the hermit hummingbird. £19.99, available from Curated Pieces.
9. Ruth Strauss Foundation mug, Sophie Allport
In collaboration with the Ruth Strauss Foundation, this fine bone china mug is covered in coral red hearts and features the Ruth Strauss Foundation’s logo on the inner rim. In December 2018, Ruth Strauss, wife of Sir Andrew Strauss the former England cricket captain, lost her life to a form of non-smoking related lung cancer. The Ruth Strauss Foundation was launched in her memory to provide professional emotional support for families facing the death of a parent from cancer – and drive the need for more research into non-smoking lung cancers. £12 (of which 50% goes to the charity), available from Sophie Allport.
10. Wild Things reed diffuser in Rhino Saw Us (violet and iris), Ashleigh and Burwood
This unusually decorated reed diffuser shows an unexpected observer watching from amid the fragrant blooms and fluttering wings. Part of a set of different fragrances, 20% of profits are donated to Helping Rhinos to help their rhino conservation work. £38, available from Ashleigh and Burwood.
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