As part of my role as an Oxfam Ireland National Ambassador, I recently helped launch their Christmas campaign called Season of Smiles. This is a time when we need to remember those who need help or aid all over the world, and thankfully Oxfam Ireland haves some lovely ways that you can help.
Oxfam Ireland recently completed a survey on our spending at Christmas and it determined that 8 out 10 people would consider making a charitable gift at Christmas. Here comes the numbers bit! The Empathy Research survey of 1,004 people across Ireland also found that helping people in need was the reason why over two-thirds (68%) would choose a charity gift, with more men (72%) than women (64%) citing this as a reason. Almost 2 in 5 (37%) said they would buy an ethical/charity gift this Christmas if they knew the person they gave it to would love it, while a third (34%) said giving an ethical/charity gift as a Christmas present is unique and different.
I think it makes us conscious of what we can do to help, and guess what? It’s easy thanks to the lovely range of alternative gifts. Oxfam’s new Season of Smiles range includes new Unwrapped alternative gift cards like Chocolate (€5), Share in a Farmyard (€7) and a Goat Couple (€70), all of which raise funds for agricultural projects helping poor farmers to thrive. Available online and in Oxfam Ireland shops nationwide, the Unwrapped range also includes the ever-popular Educate a Girl (€25), Fix a Well (€32) and Feed 10 Families (€65).
The Season of Smiles range in store also includes festive food treats Fairtrade Divine Ginger and Mint Thins and Chocolate Advent Calendar, plus Mulled Wine Spices (all €5 each). It offers stocking fillers like novelty socks (€2), worry dolls (€3), retro games (from €4), angel in a bottle (€4), ‘make your own crackers’ kit (€5), knitted slippers (€6), candles (from €6) and nativity sets (€12). The shops also sell Christmas cards (from €1 to €5) and wrapping paper.
The best part is that all profits from the sale of the Christmas range will support Oxfam’s work worldwide.
The Oxfam Unwrapped alternative gifts are available as a printed gift card or as an e-card and can be purchased online at www.oxfamireland.org/unwrapped, over the phone by calling 1850 30 40 55 or at your local Oxfam shop. The food treats and stocking fillers are available in Oxfam shops nationwide.
Why not make a charitable gift this festive season. x