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Thinking inside the box

With Christmas approaching, we asked Love and Wardrobe fashion blogger (and Oxfam shop fan) Isabella Stockwell for her festive shopping tips. Her advice? Visit your local Oxfam shop and create the perfect Christmas hamper.

Five steps to the perfect Christmas hamper

This year I decided to create a Christmas hamper for my Mum with unique items from Oxfam. Here are my five easy steps to recreating your own hamper:

1. First of all, find an unused picnic hamper or basket that you can use to display your gifts in. The person you give it to can then also reuse it for a picnic or as storage, so it's really two gifts in one.

2. Step 2 is my favourite part: hitting the shops! First of all, focus on finding gifts that match people's hobbies or interests. My Mum is an artist with a strong love of fabrics and prints, so I found her a Liberty of London photo frame (£5.99), an Orla Kiely address book (£1.50) and some vintage tins that she could use to store her paintbrushes in.

3. As I know my Mum is a fan of relaxing nights in front of the fireplace at Christmas time, I then decided to purchase some Divine Chocolate (£1.99), a tea pot for her evening drink (£3), The Notebook on DVD (£1.99) and an adventure story book (£1.99) to keep her entertained no matter how cold it gets.

4. Next I added the gifts that'll leave Mum feeling spoilt. I found a Radley phone case (£5), a Body Shop set (£1.50) and a Glittery Shrug (£3.99) for special nights out with friends.

5. After you've finished hunting for treasured items, simply place all of them in the hamper and decorate it with ornaments.

Share your unique gifts and win a hamper

  1. Visit any Oxfam shop (find your nearest Oxfam shop here), or shop online.
  2. Search for that unique gift for someone special.
  3. Take a photo of the gift - the more festive the better.
  4. Share it online on Twitter with the tag #uniquegifts and a link to this page (, don't forget to follow the OxfamGB Twitter account so we can contact you if you win.
  5. One lucky winner will win a hamper full of yummy Fairtrade goodies.

Terms and conditions

By entering the competition you are consenting to the following terms & conditions: 

  1. Entries into the competition will begin on 29 October 2014 and will close on 15 December 2014
  2. To enter the competition entrants must 'follow' the Oxfam GB Twitter account.
  3. Winner will be chosen at random on 16 December 2014.
  4. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary.
  5.  The winner will be notified on 16 December 2014 by a direct message on Twitter and requested to send their contact details, including a UK postal address to which the prize will be sent. Prizes can only be delivered to UK addresses.  Evidence of posting is evidence of receipt.
  6. The winner will have 14 days to claim the prize after which an alternative winner will be chosen.
  7. The judges' decision is final in every situation, including any not covered above, and no correspondence will be entered into. There will be no cash alternatives and the prize is non-transferable. Entrants under the age of 18 must get the consent of their parent or carer to enter. We reserve the right to publish the winners' names on and associated Oxfam GB social media sites.
  8. We reserve the right, in the event of circumstances arising outside of our control, which in our opinion makes it necessary, to cancel or change the promotion at any stage. You will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this promotion. Oxfam accepts no liability for any failures in the product.
  9. The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter.

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