Christmas Gifts that are linked to charities – give something back this season

It can be easy to get lost in the flurry of drinks, mince pies and fairy lights at this time of year. As you start to curate your list of gifts, whether for yourself or what you plan to buy for others, take a look at Margaret Hussey’s brilliant round-up of charitable gifts and cards that mean your present giving or receiving this season can also help someone in need. From great Christmas cards, to hand sewn home furnishings, there’s gorgeous charity linked presents for all the family in this gift guide.

We love this Christmas card range from lil wabbit. They’ve collaborated with StreetVet to support the charity’s work with pets and owners experiencing homelessness. StreetVet offers free vet care to pets and has recently launched a hostel accreditation scheme, to increase the number of pet-friendly hostels nationwide. Cards from £3, lilwabbit.co.uk

Light a candle and think of a loved one this Christmas. This cute ceramic dimpled tea light holder will cheer up the winter nights. Proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society. £9.99, shop.alzheimers.org.uk

This gift card helps communities have the clean, life-saving water they need to protect themselves against deadly disease. Oxfam works in some of the world’s harshest environments, digging wells and installing pumps, taps and water meters for families facing drought, or living in areas far from the nearest water supply. £25, onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk

Brighten up any room with this very cute plaid doorstep dog. It’s got a 100 per cent cotton outer and a polyester filling with sand. Proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support. £21, shop.macmillan.org.uk

How stylish will any baby look in this iconic Choose Love babygrow, designed by slogan queen Katharine Hamnett. Choose Love has raised millions to support refugees and you can do your bit to help too. £20, choose.love

Each item made by Fine Cell Work, like this beautiful handsewn cushion, is unique. Working in UK prisons, the charity teaches prisoners how to do high-quality needlework, which boosts their self-worth and encourages them to lead crime-free lives. £95, finecellwork.co.uk

Four leading artists and designers were asked by Shelter to create a design to reflect why a home is a basic fundamental need and a basic moral right. Pictured is Morag Myerscough’s t-shirt – the others are Bespoke Binny, Rob Ryan and Mawuena Kattah. £20, shop.shelter.org.uk

Sow the seeds of change with a gift card from Traidcraft. Farmers will learn how to nurture their soil and store their crops, and not just for one harvest, but for the long term. 100% of the cost of the gift card goes directly to Traidcraft Exchange, which supports development projects across the world. £10, traidcraftshop.co.uk

We’ve been very lucky to have had one of the best vaccine roll-outs. But just 3 per cent of people in low-income countries have had a jab. By donating £4 to Go Give One you can fund one COVID-19 vaccine for someone in need. The scheme has been created by the WHO Foundation: for more visit gogiveone.org

This Christmas marks the 50th anniversary of Crisis at Christmas, helping people who are experiencing homelessness at one of the toughest times of year. For under £30 you can help someone with a place to stay, food and festive treats as well as being connected to support from Crisis. A Christmas To Remember, £29.06, crisis.org.uk