Over the last few months, many charities have suffered loss of income through the inability to hold their usual fund raising events. Smaller charities are particularly affected, as are animal charities who have seen costs outstrip income. As Christmas is the season of giving, we’ve rounded up ten top gifts which will not only bring pleasure to the recipient but also help to support a good cause. So we present to you the Fresh Design charity Christmas gift guide.
Tunisian handmade bowl in rainbow design, SPANA
This pretty and durable little bowl is ethically handmade in Tunisia using traditional methods that have been passed down over generations. An ideal size for nuts, olives or sweets, it costs £8 from SPANA. 100% of the profits will go to SPANA, who provide free veterinary care for working animals in developing countries.
Bee cushion kit and pattern charity Christmas gift, Paraffle
This lovely craft kit will be appreciated as a gift for the long winter evenings. It’s suitable for beginners and includes an organic and fair trade cotton cushion cover and a pack of bee friendly wildflower seeds and bee charm from the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association. For every bee cushion kit sold, Paraffle donates £14 to the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association charity
Chelsea Hotel retro art print, Fan Club Clothing
The inspiration behind this art comes from the creative New York landmark, a boutique hotel where many great poets, punks and muses from the 60s and 70s resided. £5 of every art print sale will be donated to Mind, the mental health charity, which helps support people with mental health problems. £28, available from Fan Club Clothing.
Beeswax food cover craft kit charity Christmas gift, Sue Ryder
A great little stocking filler, this kit contains everything you need to make five eco-friendly beeswax food covers. Beeswax is an all-natural, antibacterial, waterproof and eco-friendly super material. The amazing properties of beeswax are perfect for the preservation of food. The kit costs £8.99 from Sue Ryder, and 100% of profits will go to help their work providing palliative, neurological and bereavement support.
Tiger wash bag WWF charity Christmas gift collaboration, Accessorize
This wash bag, £20, is part of a collaboration with WWF. It was created with WWF’s environmental policies in mind and features organic cotton, hand embellished animal motifs and eco-friendly dyes. With purchases from this range, Accessorize will make a contribution to WWF’s global work protecting and restoring our planet, creating a world where people and nature thrive together.
Ruth Strauss Foundation mug, Sophie Allport
In collaboration with the Ruth Strauss Foundation, this beautiful fine bone china mug (pictured above and main image) is covered in coral red hearts and features the charity’s logo on the inner rim. The Ruth Strauss Foundation was launched 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. The mug costs £18 and is available from Sophie Allport, who donate 50% of the profits to the charity.
Knitted Falt throw, Sophie Home
Knitted Falt throw in multi by British brand Sophie Home, part of a collection of cushions and throws featuring colours and patterns that are inspired by the beautiful Swedish countryside and designed in East London. Sophie Home donates an emergency blanket to a refugee through Choose Love with every throw purchased. £69.99, available from Coffee & Cloth.
Upcycled candle in cedarwood and orange spice, Valley Mist
We love this zero waste, sustainable and innovative candle, which has been made using a small amount of upcycled waste oils and butters from years of product development and the general waste from making skincare goodies since 2014 at Valley Mist. 8.5% of profits from this candle will go to a green cause charity. £8, available from The Kind Store.
Hummingbird on a branch plate, Curated Pieces
This delicate bird plate shows the hook-billed hermit hummingbird on a branch. Showcasing a hand-drawn illustration by Sheryl Ellis, it is part of the BirdLife Collection and 20% from each unit of this product sold will be donated to BirdLife International. £19.99, available from Curated Pieces.
Thai Chef Growbar charity Christmas gift, Amnesty International
This Thai Chef Growbar is a great gift for the person who has everything! It contains seeds for the perfect herbs and spices to create your own delicious, authentic Thai dishes at home. A great gift for a friend or family member who is a lover of Thai food this growbar is super simple to grow, all you need is a small container and a sunny spot on a windowsill. Seeds include birds-Eye chillies, lemon grass and thai basil. It costs £11.95 and all profits go to support the work of Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organisation.1