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Style with substance: three awesome London gifts that give back

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Flo Wales Bonner
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Like us, you may not have started your Christmas shopping yet (we’re not panicking! Who said we’re panicking?). But when you do get round to it, why not make a beeline for pressies that give back? Here are three ace ways Londoners can splash out for a good cause this festive season.



1. Get your paws on one of these adorbs jumpers by Wild at Heart Foundation (£50 each). All profits go to supporting the London-based charity’s work caring for stray dogs around the world – making these tongue-in-cheek jerseys pretty much the mutt’s nuts.

2. Buy one of these neat unisex beanies by new London label Edit Hats, which was founded – brilliantly – by an ‘avid hat wearer’, in the brand’s own words. Not only will it add a touch of cool to your loved one’s bonce, for every hat sold, another is given to a homeless person. From £14.

3. Nip to House of Voltaire, a pop-up art fair in Mayfair hosted by Studio Voltaire (rhyming incidental). Not only is it selling art, homewares and more by famous names like Ed Ruscha and Roksanda, proceeds go toward funding the Studio’s work supporting emerging artists. We’re all over these patches by Matty Bovan, £25 for three. 31 Cork Street, W1S 3NU. Until December 18.

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4. You’ve got the presents (you’re welcome) – but what to wrap them in? To increase your dose of warm and fuzzy feelings even further, snap up some of this limited edition wrapping paper created by street artists Pure Evil, Magnus Gjoen and John Dolan in collaboration with the Big Issue. It’s £1.50 a sheet, and money raised will help the charity deck out their vendors in brand new threads – plus, it looks great. www.bigissueshop.com/collections/greetings-cards

Need more inspiration? Check out our Christmas gift guide.

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