Top 10 gifts to support a charity this Christmas

With many charities struggling for funds, it’s nice to give them a helping hand at Christmas. Buying charity gifts for the people on your list means that your hard-earned cash is being given twice over. We’ve put together a list of charity gift finds to inspire you.

Bee barn, SPANA

Bee barn, SPANA

SPANA is an international working animal charity that works all over the world, providing support from emergency care and aid to free veterinary services. This bee barn from their online shop provides a safe home for solitary bees and other pollinators and insects in your garden. £15, available from SPANA.

2. Fairtrade handpainted mug, Amnesty International

Fairtrade handpainted mug, Amnesty International

Amnesty International is an international non-governmental organisation focused on human rights. This detailed floral mug is handmade and hand painted in Palestine by skilled artisans using techniques that date back to ancient Phoenician times. The mug is made by a local women’s group that strives to alleviate poverty and unemployment. £18.95, available from Amnesty International.

3. Elephant charging print, Art UK

Elephant charging print, Art UK

Art UK is committed to free access to the nation’s art for everyone to enjoy and learn about. Elephant Charging by Dez Quarréll (b.1955) is available to purchase framed or unframed in a variety of sizes, with prices starting at £15. Purchases support collections and the Art UK charity.

4. Small bowl, Camphill Village Trust

Small bowl, Camphill Village Trust

The small size of these makes them ideal for nuts, dips or a communal pot of sea salt in the middle of the dinner table. Every item is made by hand, in small batches by residents of one of the Camphill Village Trust’s communities and could well have the maker’s initials on the bottom. The charity means adults with learning difficulties and autism can live independent lives within a caring village setting. £15, available from The Different Kind.

5. South West gift box, Little Local Box

South West gift box, Little Local Box

A consciously curated regional gift box, showcasing earth-friendly British independent businesses in the North region of the UK. Every gift box purchased plants a tree and a portion of the profits are donated to a chosen charity each year. Other regions and themes are available! £40, available from Little Local Box.

6. Discovery gin, Cooper King Distillery

Discovery gin, Cooper King Distillery

The Natural History Museum in London is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items. They’ve teamed up with the Cooper King Distillery, makers of England’s first carbon-negative gin to create a truly pioneering spirit, available exclusively from the Museum. What’s more, £1 from every bottle sold is donated to the distillery’s tree-planting charity partner, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. £39, available from the Natural History Museum.

7. Recycled sari flower bunting, Oxfam

Recycled sari flower bunting, Oxfam

This colourful flower bunting has been carefully handmade by skilled artisans using recycled saris. A beautifully unique addition to a home to enliven any room. £14.99, available from Oxfam.

8. Wild bird gift pack, Wildlife World

Wild bird gift pack, Wildlife World

Charity Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives, including illness and bereavement. From their shop comes this wild bird gift pack, including a nest, wld bird food, nesting wool and conservation guide. You’ll also be supporting the Artisan workers in Bangladesh who make the nests. £24.99, available from Sue Ryder.

9. Taste of Christmas hamper, The National Trust

Taste of Christmas hamper, The National Trust

The National Trust is a charity and membership organisation for heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Exclusive to the National Trust,, this Taste of Christmas Hamper (above and main image) offers a hand-picked assortment of festive favourites to share including Christmas pickle, Cheesy Bites nibbles, brandy butter, mini Christmas pudding, chocolate, jam, gingerbread and a salted caramel hot chocolate spoon. £40, available from The National Trust.

10. Mug and coaster gift set, Urbee

Mug and coaster gift set, Urbee

This white fine bone china mug is handmade in the Staffordshire potteries, England. Choose from a range of designs. The coaster is made in the UK from sustainable hardboard with a natural cork backing and a satin finish melamine top. 10% of the profit from the sale goes to the conservation charity ‘Buglife’. £22, available from Urbee.

Main image shows the Taste of Christmas hamper from The National Trust.

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