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Christmas Gift Ideas with Treasure Trove Tales

Posted by Selina Celestine Oxfam Fashion’s PR & online content assistant

28th Nov 2014

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On the run up to Christmas we'll be featuring lots of guest blogs on the top festive gifts people have found in charity shops to give you some inspiration for a unique and thoughtful gift this Christmas.

We are so pleased to have a guest post by the lovely Christine Burns who is a self confessed Charity shop enthsiasist! You can see more of her on her her blog Treasure Trove Tales and make sure you follow her on twitter @chrissy_twit

Last year I set myself a challenge to buy as many Christmas presents as possible from charity shops. There were two reasons for this. Firstly, I love charity shops so much more than big chain stores. This is especially the case in November and December, when ten minutes in a giant shopping mall turns me into Queenie from Blackadder. I can't stand the queues, the indecisive shoppers wandering around aimlessly, and the general grumpiness around me.  Just thinking about those places makes me feel miserable! Charity shops are usually far more serene, (particularly on weekdays). 

The second reason I set myself the challenge was I wanted to give a slice of my Christmas shopping fund to charities. Christmas is such a commercial time and it feels good to contribute to worthwhile causes whilst buying presents. I'm lucky to live in an area with loads of charity shops and so it's usually quite easy for me to get to them. Most of them sell very good quality donated items, which means it's not difficult to find gifts that have never been used and have their original tags attached.  

You may be thinking it's a bit tight to give people presents bought from charity shops.  I don't share that opinion but, as it happens, I bought gifts only for people who share my charitable sentiments and are into the whole charity shopping vibe.  

Browsing for the presents didn't ever feel like a chore; it was exciting. For me, charity shops are treasure troves of hidden gems in which you never know what you might find.  

I'm pleased to say that the gifts I bought went down a treat. 

I bought this decoration from my mum as she loves all things Disney. As you can see, it came in its original packaging.

My mum loves cuff bracelets and the colour brown and so this was a double winner!  It had never been worn before.

The cufflinks went to my football loving uncle. I love the presentation box.

This new with tags Ollie and Nic bag was a pressie for my cousin. It's great for the party season. I was tempted to keep it for myself but I managed to overcome my greed.

My aunt loved this gorgeous smoky coloured necklace, which was unworn and with original packaging. I bought it in my local Oxfam shop.  

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't buy myself a little pressie (at least that's what I tell myself). For just £5 I bought this gorgeous watch on a chain. I don't know how old it is but I love its retro look and design. It has a little golden fleck in it, and is perfect for Christmas-time, plus I can't resist anything in this shade of green.

This year's Christmas shopping time is nearly here again. When the time comes I'll have a good look around my local charity shops. I'm confident I'll be able to find lots of goodies that will make gorgeous gifts.   

Remember to go and check out Christine's blog here >>> & follow her on Twitter >>>

If you would like to write a guest post on your fave charity shop gifts just tweet us @OxfamFashion and let us know.

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Blog post written by Selina Celestine

Oxfam Fashion’s PR & online content assistant

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