A Gift that Keeps on Giving: Ethical Christmas Gifts For Everyone

There are lots of ways to help people and planet this Christmas, and choosing ethical gifts is one of them. Here are some of our favourites.

Charlotte May

Bamboo socks, Divine chocolate and a trinket ready to be wrapped as a gift

Ethical gifts are a great way to give at Christmas. Handy then, that sustainable Christmas presents come in all shapes and sizes. There really is something for everyone – even the trickiest and pickiest relatives. Personal and packed full of impact, the right gift can bring joy to your loved one. And help make the festive season as feel-good as possible.

For the homemaker

Ethical shopping doesn’t have to be limited to your wardrobe. These days, it can influence how you style your entire house. The Sourced By Oxfam range has brand new products for every room.

Want to help a friend feel extra cosy this Christmas? Check out our lovely range of snuggly throws and beautiful rugs to cosy up your home. Or, if they’re into bold colours, these baskets made using recycled saris will go down a treat.

If you're looking for smaller decor pieces, this brass rabbit photo holder or this elephant trinket dish can make the perfect stocking filler. We also stock cool statement pieces like these beautiful ceramic hooks. While this beautiful plant pot can be the perfect present for any plant lover.

If it’s festive you’re after, we have gorgeous Christmas decorations too. Plus you’ll find hundreds of unique vintage gifts in the Oxfam Online Shop. Including glassware, ceramics and textiles.

Colourful laundry baskets in a big home near the stairs and a large green tropical house plant

For the nature lover

The state of the natural world has come into even greater focus these past couple of years. And many of us want to do more to protect it. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to support wildlife from home. And some great ethical Christmas gifts that can help.

Friend into wildlife? Give this brilliant butterfly house or bee and bug house from the Eden Project. Or choose a beautiful bird-house, lovingly handmade from recycled paper or saris.

If your loved one enjoys reading about the wonders of nature, the Oxfam Online Shop has lots of preloved books on wildlife, gardening and more. We also have brand new nature-themed gifts like these butterfly and bee-friendly seeds. And don't forget to check out our range of books for a variety of nature related titles!

Packets of seeds for butterflies and two books on gardening with gardening equipment nearby outside

For the fashion and beauty fan

The options really are limitless with this one. The Oxfam Online Shop has extensive womenswear, menswear and accessories sections. And even some looks for the littles ones. As well as hundreds of designer and vintage items.

And if you’re after something brand new, then Sourced By Oxfam has some gorgeous ethical accessories. Like this beautiful handmade bee clutch. Or this lovely matching handmade washbag and pouch. Better yet, all the proceeds go toward fighting poverty.

You can also look out for items marked BNWT (Brand New With Tags) in our donated section to get some brand new bargains.

For the beauty and skincare addicts, our Sourced by Oxfam range contains a myriad of ethical and sustainable beauty products. Like this lovely Faith in Nature handcare set. And this bathroom bundle set, maybe the perfect place to start a low waste personal care routine.

Charlotte May

A sleep mask, scrunchie and soap on wrapping paper ready to be wrapped

For the foodie

Sweet treats always go down well at Christmas. Sourced By Oxfam has found some delicious stuff – we’re talking chocolate, dates, nuts, the lot.

If your loved one prefers doing the cooking themselves, these beer bread kits make great gifts. They also come in an olive and rosemary flavour. You simply add your brew, mix and bake.

For cooking aficionados, how about high-quality ingredients like this Zaytoun olive oil?

As for those who like to experiment with different cuisines, our range Spice Kitchen is the perfect place to start. There so many options to choose from. Like this African and Middle Eastern spice tin. Or this world spice tin for those who enjoy a little bit of everything. It comes in beautiful packaging, making the perfect gift.

You can also choose from hundreds of preloved cookery books in the Oxfam Online Shop. With options to suit everyone’s needs and tastes, from vegetarians to gluten-free. Keep your eye out for the likes of Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver and more. You can also find great preloved gifts for the kitchen and dining room.

Emily Stein/Oxfam

I tried Tony’s chocolate filled with caramel and sea salt. It was very nice. My mother likes chocolates and it will be a great Christmas gift for her.”

Darsh Shah, Oxfam shop volunteer, UK

For the eco-minded

Want to reduce your environmental impact? Or buying for someone who does? There are lots of eco-friendly gifts around.

If a friend’s keen to de-plastic their life, How To Give Up Plastic is one title to look out for in our books section. Or help them on their way with these handy bamboo cups and lunch boxes or reusable beeswax or plant-based food wraps.

The Oxfam Online Shop also stocks cruelty-free shampoo bars – a great way to reduce plastic use in the bathroom. Plus gorgeous gifts made using recycled materials, including a variety of shopping bags.

Alternatively, you might want to consider an Oxfam Unwrapped charity gift. With the likes of Super Seeds and Help For Farmers Facing Climate Change, you’re sure to find something that strikes a chord.

Charlotte May

Charity gift cards featuring people and animals and manure all ready to be wrapped with wrapping paper and ribbon