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Ten charitable Christmas gift ideas

Do your bit for charity as you do your Christmas shopping with these gifts that give back

By Katie Rosseinsky

It's the season of goodwill to all men (and women, obviously) so why not swap your run-of-the-mill high street prezzies for something a little more charitable? We've rounded up ten of the best gifts that give back, so you can help raise money for some very good causes as you spread tidings of comfort and joy. Still stumped by Christmas shopping? Take a look at the best personalised Christmas present options, or peruse our bumper round-up of the 100 best shops in London.

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Charitable christmas gifts: headphones by Great Ormond Street Hospital and Skinnydip

Headphones by Skinnydip x Great Ormond Street Hospital, £30

Great Ormond Street is a cause close to Skinnydip's glittering heart: the brand invited kids from GOSH's Hospital School to produce some artwork earlier this year, resulting in a special collaborative range. We like these white and gold headphones, and we also like how £10.50 will be donated to GOSH for each pair sold.   Buy it here.

Charitable christmas gifts: best of L'Occitane gift set

Best of L'Occitane collection, £68

You'll find seven of L'Occitane's beautifully scented signature products in this covetable gift set, including the oh-so lovely shea butter hand cream. What's more, the brand will donate £10 from every set sold to Blind Children UK. Buy it here.

Charitable Christmas gifts: Wool and the Gang Vivienne Westwood hat

Crown hat by Wool and the Gang x Climate Revolution, £85

Our favourite knitting crew Wool and the Gang has teamed up with Dame Viv's climate change charity, Climate Revolution, to whip up this rather striking woolly hat. For each hat purchased, WATG will donate 25 percent of the price to support Cool Earth's work to protect endangered rainforests. Buy it here.

Charitable Christmas gifts: scarf by Brand of Sisters

Scarf by Brand of Sisters, £175

Brand of Sisters is a label with a conscience. This season, it's joined forces with designer Edeline Lee to produce a line of beautifully printed scarves. Half of the proceeds go to Women for Women, a charity helping women in war-torn countries. Buy it here.

Charitable christmas gifts: fix a well with Oxfam

Fix a well with Oxfam, £22

Oxfam's Unwrapped gift range helps to change lives around the world. £22 is enough to fix a well and provide an entire community with safe drinking water. Oh, and you get a chocolate goat with every order.  Buy it here.

Charitable christmas gifts: four penguins by Amnesty International

Four penguin Christmas decorations by Amnesty International, £9.50

Aren't these chaps the cutest critters you ever did see? This set of four charming penguin-shaped tree decorations was made in India, with all profits helping to support Amnesty International's humanitarian work. Buy it here.

Charitable Christmas gifts: Kat&George Senhoa hair comb

Hair comb by Kat&George x Senhoa, £145

Kat of east London indie jewellers Kat&Bee has teamed up with hairdresser to the stars George Northwood to bring us Kat&George, a line of tastefully sparkling hair bling. They've now joined forces with Cambodian charity Senhoa for a capsule collection. 50 percent of the profits will go to Senhoa - we like this bejewelled hair comb. Buy it here.

Charitable Christmas gifts: Basket by Marni

Charity basket by Marni, £110

This colourful basket-style bag from Italian fashion house Marni was hand-woven in Colombia, using traditional artisan techniques. All proceeds go to the Vimala Association, helping to restore and maintain a schoolhouse in India. Buy it here.

Charitable Christmas gifts: MAC Viva Glam lipstick

Viva Glam lipstick by MAC, £15.50

MAC's Viva Glam initiative has been helping support those affected by HIV and Aids across the world for over 20 years. We like this classic, brick-toned red shade - and the entire RRP goes to charity.  Buy it here.

Charitable Christmas gifts: St Mungo's Broadway and Beyond Retro Christmas jumpers

Christmas jumpers by Beyond Retro x St. Mungo's, various prices

This festive season, Beyond Retro have partnered with St. Mungo's Broadway to help the homeless. For every Christmas jumper sold online and in store, Beyond Retro will donate an item of much-needed winter wear to St. Mungo's residents. Buy similar here.

Gift inspiration for him and her

Christmas gift guide

Our Christmas gift guide is packed with ideas sure to satisfy even the trickiest of friends and family members. Seriously, even the really picky ones. Gifts for dads? Gifts for girlfriends? Totally sorted. And the rest? Whether you’re buying for those into food, fashion, furnishings or football, we’ve got Christmas gift ideas covered. 


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