Secret Santa 2020

Your guide to cool charity gifts

It’s that time of year again and chances are you’ll be someone’s Secret Santa very soon. Which means you’re about to face the annual frustration of trying to find something for less than £10 which isn’t a bit of meaningless tat. This year, it’s even more important to spend responsibly, so can you bring good cheer to a charity as well as a classmate for under a tenner? Here’s a definitive guide to some charity Secret Santa gifts your friends will actually want to receive.

For eco-warriors: Natural Bamboo Drinking Straws from the National Trust £5.00

Cut down on single use plastics with these reusable, 100% natural and lightweight pack of four bamboo drinking straws, crafted from high quality bamboo sourced from sustainable panda free forests. The straws can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher and once used to their fullest, you can toss them into the compost bin as they are completely natural and biodegradable!

For bakers: Bake Off 2020 Star Baker Pack of 3 Tea Towels from Cancer Research UK £6.99

This set of three pure cotton tea towels proclaim you the star baker you really are and help you keep it spick and span when you’re on your marks, set and ready to bake!

For chocaholics: Emergency Chocolate Bars from Shelter £5

Indulgent bars of Fairtrade organic milk, white or Sicilian hazelnut and almond chocolate, wrapped in compostable foil and recyclable paper – a delicious and ethically conscious Christmas gift which helps end the housing emergency this winter. Vegan options also available in extra dark and extra dark with Cornish sea salt.

For coffee lovers: Reusable Bamboo Travel Cups from Oxfam £6.99

Take this stylish reusable cup out and about to cafes or to bring your favourite beverage from home! With a silicone grip band to help protect your hands when carrying your hot drink and a sturdy screw top lid to help avoid spills and splashes, this cup is dishwasher safe. Made from ethically sourced and recyclable bamboo and bamboo fibre, it comes in a variety of colours and patterns. The larger size costs £7.99.

For the cat lady: Cat Candle and Trinket Box from Amnesty £8.99

This beautiful pottery tabby is hand-painted by the cat crazy craftspeople of Merryfield Pottery in Torquay, Devon. It contains an earth-friendly soy candle that’s scented with pure lavender and geranium essential oils and can be used as a trinket holder once the candle is finished.

For dog lovers: Best in Show Cosmetics Bag from NSPCC £7.95

Keep your makeup protected and organised in this handy bag, made from durable and waterproof oilcloth and featuring an internal pocket with a pattern of adorable pooches.

For bathing beauties: Cactus Design Organic Soap from Arthouse Unlimited £5.95

A collaboration of artistic talents has created the beautiful design and explosive colours of this

luxurious and richly fragranced soap, presented in a stunning gold embellished, recyclable box.

Season’s Greetings to you all!

Amara VI