Charity gifts for Christmas: six ways to shop responsibly this year

Charity gifts for Christmas: six ways to shop responsibly this year

It’s hard to find the perfect gift without breaking the bank – and even harder to shop responsibly in a world filled with Black Fridays, Cyber Mondays, and endless online discounts.

At Shelter, every gift or item purchased from our high street shops or online takes us one step closer to ending the housing emergency. Proceeds raised could go towards renting reform, demanding more social homes, paying for a call to our helpline, or even legal advice for someone who’s facing homelessness.

Here are six ways you can find the perfect present for friends and family – and feel good doing it.

1. Explore our new range of charity gifts

Whether it’s toys for a child, legal advice for a family in crisis, or a comfy armchair for someone’s home, each of our charity gifts will help someone in need this winter.

Simply choose your donation and personalise the card with a message, ready to give to a loved one – and you can put your feet up knowing that your thoughtful present will help change lives.

An unforgettable gift for friends and family, browse the full range of charity gifts online, or you can purchase them from your local Shelter shop.

2. Snap up a sweet treat

On the hunt for a Fairtrade stocking filler? Look no further than our delicious, organic chocolate bars. With five flavours to choose from – including two vegan options and our brand-new Salted Pretzel Milk Chocolate bar – we’ve got something for every taste this Christmas.

Need even more convincing? Our chocolate is palm oil free and comes wrapped in compostable packaging, making it the perfect ethical treat.

3. Have fun filling your own crackers

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to check off everything you need for the big day. ‘Fill Your Own’ Christmas crackers? Tick. They come with a snap, fact and hat inside – and you just add a personalised gift! Premium gift wrap? Tick. With a choice of bold and fun patterns, our fancy designs will make your presents stand out under the tree.

Get ready for the holidays and shop Christmas cards, crackers, gift wrap and more at your local Shelter shop.

4. Find your new favourite festive outfit

From stylish scarves to sparkling accessories, our shops are filled to the brim with high-quality, pre-loved clothes. Or you can bag yourself (or someone else) a bargain by browsing our womenswearmenswear and childrenswear edits online.

5. Shop our cool collection of artist collaboration t-shirts

Featuring art from Rob Ryan, Mawuena Kattah, Bespoke Binny and Morag Myerscough – plus a new design from fashion graduate student Shilah China – our Shelter-inspired t-shirts were each made in collaboration with an incredible artist, focusing on what ‘home’ means to them.

Crafted from organic cotton and created using renewable energy, they’re a brilliant eco-friendly Christmas gift. 

6. Spread Christmas cheer with an eco-friendly e-card

Missed the last post? Our animated e-cards are the perfect solution. With eight fun and festive designs to choose from, you can send unlimited e-cards to friends and family for just £3 – with all proceeds going towards the fight against housing injustice.

Visit your local Shelter high street shop now, or shop online for the new year.