Charity Christmas Gifts That Give Back

Shop ethical, spread joy and help tackle global poverty this Christmas.


There’s no time like Christmas for coming together and sharing gifts with loved ones. 

Especially when those gifts help empower people around the world who are facing the challenges of living in poverty.

By spreading joy with an Oxfam Christmas gift, you’re giving friends and family unique ethical gifts they’re sure to love, while helping vulnerable people lift themselves into a brighter future that will continue to shine long after the silly season is over.

Christmas goat

The gift of a Christmas Goat helps people living in places like Vanuatu to earn an income. Goats are easy to take care of, and they produce nutrient rich manure, milk and baby goats which can be sold at market for a good price. As part of your gift, Oxfam provides training in goat rearing, vaccinating and deworming, so that families and their goats can thrive for years to come.

Christmas chicken

Feeling clucky this holiday season? The gift of a Christmas Chicken helps people in places like Vanuatu to feed their family with nutritious and delicious eggs which can be eaten or sold for a profit. Your support also helps Oxfam provide training in raising livestock, building important skills that can be passed throughout the community and down generations.

Christmas duck

A Christmas Duck is the perfect gift for families in Bangladesh who can make a good income from selling their eggs and ducklings. By starting a small business, parents can afford to give their kids a better education and buy essential items like school supplies and household goods. Sounds like these humble ducks are full of Christmas cheer!

Three Christmas pigs

Three Christmas pigs are better than one, and that’s certainly the case in places like Vanuatu where a pig trio can help transform the lives of people living without basic needs like food, healthcare and education. Pig manure makes great crop fertiliser and when pigs produce piglets they can be sold at market. Through this important income, families are empowered to pave the way towards a brighter, more just future.

The power of a Christmas Charity gift card

When you purchase an Oxfam charity gift card this Christmas, your generosity makes an impact long after you’ve packed away the tree and polished off the last piece of pudding.

Your Christmas Duck, Goat, Chicken or Pigs don’t just help one family improve their opportunities, the ripple effect that comes from that steady income, education and good health goes on to ignite lasting changes in the social structures and democratic processes of the entire community.

Even the smallest donation can start a ripple in the fight against poverty and injustice— which just might be the most powerful Christmas gift of all.

Why buy an ethical Christmas gift with Oxfam?

Oxfam is a global movement of people who are passionate about changing the course of history. By purchasing an ethical Christmas gift with Oxfam, you’re joining our community as we tackle injustice and poverty through practical and innovative solutions. So far, we’ve come together to help more than 19.5 million people in 79 countries build better lives for themselves and their families.  

Our top socially conscious Christmas gift ideas in 2020

This year has been challenging for many of us. Which is why reflecting on what’s important and finding small ways to support those living in vulnerable situations is more important than ever. 

We’ve put together our top socially conscious Christmas gift ideas to help you feel good about making a difference in 2020.

Donate a farm animal as a charitable Christmas present

The gift of a farm animal such as a Duck, Goat, Chicken or Pig helps families in more ways than providing livestock to help their income. Farm animals produce food and manure for crops but they also build self confidence and sustainability as families learn about animal rearing and how to run a small, successful business.

Give the gift of education to disadvantaged children

The gift of education is one of the most important steps in the fight against injustice and gender discrimination. When you purchase a Girls Education Gift, you’re helping us rebuild schools, train teachers and improve facilities in places like Pakistan so that girls can have equal opportunity to gain an education. When girls go to school and learn their rights, they marry later in life, and have a stronger voice in issues that affect them.

Give a life-changing gift of clean water

The last thing we tend to worry about when cooking Christmas lunch is whether the water we use to wash our vegetables will make us sick. Yet, access to clean drinking water is a basic human right that millions of people around the world will live without this Christmas. With a Clean Water Gift, you can help us improve hygiene practices and install safe water facilities and toilets in places like Bangladesh, where people and the environment are vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change.

Empower a family through fruit and veggie seeds

From little things, big things grow. And with an Oxfam Seeds Gift or Veggie Patch Gift, you’ll be helping families to grow strong by providing fruit and veggie seeds that contribute to better nutrition and overall health. The seeds and training that your charitable Christmas gift provides will help bring big smiles to budding green thumbs in places like Timor-Leste where the fresh produce can be eaten or sold.

 

How to Buy an ethical Christmas Gift eCard

People around the world are facing many challenges, but change is happening, and communities are coming together to help fight poverty however they can. By purchasing an Oxfam Christmas gift ecard, you’re part of a movement of people tackling inequality in a practical and meaningful way.

Simply select a card type, choose your impact amount and we will post or email the gift on your behalf.

  1. Choose a gift card here.
  2. Customise your gift card with a personal message.
  3. Send it via mail or email to your loved one.
  4. Your donation goes to those who need it most.

Perfect for Corporate Christmas Gifts

Make a statement with an ethical corporate Christmas gift that reflects the good values of you and your business. And with a gift card to suit every personality and industry, why not surprise your colleagues with something a little bit different from the usual bottle of wine or chocolates this year. 

An Oxfam Well Gift provides water to a whole community, and our Pineapple Gift helps a family start their own farm so they can set themselves up and get ahead in life.

On top of giving memorable and meaningful corporate gifts, you’re spreading a message of compassion and Christmas spirit that will help those living in disadvantaged situations access the tools and support they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

 

Beneficiary's voice
Beneficiary’s voice

“When [Oxfam partner] FSA came, and I started with the pigs and chickens and now goats, I could see that there is more money coming in. … I see that I have more income when I sell the animals … If I sell an animal today, there is money, whereas in the past when I didn’t always have money when I needed it.”

— Unes (pictured), Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, where many families struggle with poverty, Oxfam is providing women with pigs, along with training in rearing and breeding. The gift of a pig this Christmas will help fertilise crops, breed with other pigs, and provide an important source of income once piglets are sold at market. With this money, families can pay for essentials like food and education.