When it comes to Christmas present shopping, buying both ethically and affordably can be a tricky business. While most of us want to buy gifts for our loved ones, doing so without breaking the bank can be difficult and cheap Christmas gifts that don’t exploit workers or damage the environment is even harder.
Luckily, there is a way you can buy cheap Christmas gifts guilt-free. The Big Issue Shop offers an online marketplace for ethical, sustainable products which put people and planet first.
All products on the site come from social enterprises, ethical traders or sustainable producers, meaning you can indulge your loved ones while helping others.
Better yet, there are products for every price range, from under £10 to £100. We’ve put together a gift guide with a selection of the best products on offer – from stylish clothing to home decor.
This will be a winner for anyone with a dog: stylish dog bandanas from Koko Collective. Koko collective make all their pet and people accessories with the charity Calcutta Rescue in India. The charity employs around 15 people who would otherwise find it difficult to seek employment.
Do away with the plastic baubles and disposable decorations and get sustainable with these Big Issue baubles. Each one is custom made from bamboo, so you know you’ll be doing your bit to protect the planet.
You can also choose from a range of different designs: a reindeer, penguin, Christmas tree, polar bear or robin.
Handmade from 100 per cent waste magazine paper, these earrings are stylish and ethical.
They’re produced by Quazi Design, a company started in 2009 in order to create much needed employment in Swaziland, Southern Africa.
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As a non-profit, every penny we make goes back into the organisation. With a gift subscription to The Big Issue, not only will your friend receive an award-winning magazine each week, but you’re also contributing to The Big Issue’s fight to dismantle poverty – from employing our frontline staff, who provide vendors with vital support, to enabling us to campaign for policy change on a national level… each subscription really does make a difference.
A water bottle that does good from social enterprise Leiho.
During the Summer, those experiencing homelessness are at high risk of dehydration and heat related illnesses. That’s why, for every Leiho bottle sells, it gives boxed and refillable cartons of water to someone in need.
Support The Big Issue and our vendors this Christmas
Every time you buy a copy of The Big Issue, subscribe or donate, you are helping our vendors to work their way out of poverty by providing 'a hand up not a hand out.' You’re helping Big Issue vendors achieve their #BigWish