We all know that Christmas is a time for giving! But giving a gift with more meaning to it should be something we should all be doing! Why not visit Oxfam today and do your bit for charity this Christmas 2011. They do much more than charity shops and second hand clothes, oh yes; Oxfam has an array of new gifts available that could fill all your nearest and dearest needs. The products are really lovely and you know that when you buy a gift from there, you will also be helping those in need. Oxfam say:-
â€œOxfam is a vibrant global movement of passionate, dedicated people fighting poverty together. Doing amazing work, together. People power drives everything we do. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts. That`s Oxfam in action.â€
Here are some amazing gifts from their shop that I think would make wonderful gifts.
There is an array of craft kits available, which would make any craft enthusiast happy. From making your own bunting to letter embellishments, all craft projects are well and truly covered with Oxfam`s help. The Heart decorations craft kit (£11.99) would make a great sewing project for both young and old. Well, they say that home is where the heart is, and with these gorgeous little hearts, it certainly is that! This craft kit will give you the opportunity to make five fabric hearts to hang around the home or give away to someone special. The kit contains everything needed to create wonderful heart decorations in a mixture of corduroy, felt and patterned materials. You could even try stuffing the hearts with dried lavender for a fragrant treat. The box contains fabric, ribbon, stuffing, buttons, thread, needle, patterns and instructions.
Another crafty gift could be this Vintage buttons craft kit (£14.99). Now people who love their haberdashery as much as Gok Wan does will appreciate this kit! It makes for a fabulous creative project for grown-ups to make accessories out of vintage buttons. You have everything you need to make one long necklace or a shorter necklace and bracelet, as well as a brooch. The pot contains 150 buttons in a variety of sizes and styles in shades of green. The recycled bit and bobs are from old garments and factory waste – very clever indeed! This pot contains buttons, ribbon, embroidery thread and a needle kit.
Now, from crafts to the garden! You could buy your cooking enthusiasts something that they can see grow and then use to make delicious meals! How about the Mini grow your own chilli pepper kit (£3.99) This makes a very affordable and little gift for those who enjoy it hot! This little box contains all that’s needed to start growing a chilli pepper plant. Great for growing on a kitchen window sill until it’s ready to harvest. The box contains: packet of chilli pepper seeds, coconut husk starter pot, coconut husk compost disc which expands when watered, wooden plant marker and instructions.
And, you can never get enough herb`s, can you? The Aromatic herbs GroBox (£6.99) is a fantastically clever idea! It quite simply is a garden in a box. It`s an incredibly easy way to grow an aromatic collection of edible herbs for your borders, tubs or window boxes. The biodegradable recycled box contains seeds already sewn according to how much room they need to grow. All you have to do is pop the box into a freshly dug hole, follow the simple instructions, and in about six weeks you’ll be seeing the results. The GroBox contains Basil, Chives, Mint, Oregano, and Parsley – Pesto, here we come!
With many other fabulous gifts from diary`s to clothes and accessories, Oxfam really could kit all your loved ones out this year. There is a fantastic range of children`s toys available too. From a Tug Boat for the bath to a Tool Kit for Bob the Builder projects – the kids are sure to love them. And when you buy something, knowing that you`re helping charity as well, you can be happy in knowing that you have done the right thing! For more information on Oxfam, and to see a selection of gifts, please check out www.oxfam.org.uk.