Luckily, there are now more options than ever for ethical shoppers on a tight budget, with plenty of outlets for buying Christmas gifts guilt-free.
The Big Issue shop is one such outlet: an online marketplace for ethical and sustainable products which put the planet and people first.
All the products on the site come from ethical traders, sustainable producers or social enterprises, meaning that your purchase for a loved one will go on to help others in turn.
Every product on the site comes with information about the supplier, meaning you can make informed decisions about who to buy from.
There are gift ideas on the site for all price ranges, whether you’re working with £10 or £100. We’ve pulled together the ultimate guide to help you pick the best of what’s on offer – from home decor to stylish clothing.
This delicate loose-leaf green tea is the perfect gift for the tea-lovers in your life. It comes from a London-based company which employs refugees in the UK to help them settle in their new home country.
One for the dog-owners: these stylish dog bandanas from Koko Collective would make an adorable gift for a furry friend (and their owner). The bandanas are made in India in partnership with charity Calcutta, which employs 15 people who would otherwise find it hard to secure work.
Do away with plastic on the tree this year and give the gift of sustainable Big Issue baubles. All decorations are made from bamboo, and you can choose from a range of designs, including a polar bear or a robin.
Every purchase will go towards helping the Big Issue dismantle poverty in today’s society.
Go stylish and ethical with a jewellery gift from Quazi design.
These earrings are handmade from waste magazine paper and produced in Southern Africa, where Quazi design creates employment opportunities for local people.
The gift that keeps on giving
The Big Gift
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.
During the hot summer months, homeless people are at particular risk of heat related illnesses and dehydration.
If you buy this brilliant water bottle, you’ll help someone in your life avoid plastic and help the homeless – with Leiho giving boxed and refillable cartons of water to someone in need with every purchase.
Want to buy a copy of the magazine? We have over 1,200 Big Issue vendors in the UK. Each vendor buys a copy of the mag for £1.50 and sells it for £3, keeping the difference. Visit our interactive map to find your nearest vendor and support them today!