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Oxfam Unwrapped Charity Gifts

December 20, 2015

Archie the Goat - with Gift Tag

I am a huge fan of Oxfam Unwrapped Charity Gifts. It makes me feel good to buy gifts that really make a difference to people’s lives.

This year I bought a pair of goats (they have a special half-price offer on at the moment, so it was effectively two goats for the price of one!).

An Oxfam Unwrapped goat is a valuable gift, for the following reasons.

  • A goat can provide a family with milk to drink or help them set up a budding business selling their produce – giving them the chance of a secure livelihood.
  • The goats are sourced locally and fully vaccinated, which means they’re fit, healthy and ready to supply a family with milk to drink or sell.
  • Goats also produce crop-boosting manure.
  • Because this gift includes business training, a family is more likely to get the best possible price for what their goat produces.
  • When their goat has kids, they can go on to help another family or be sold to raise money for essentials.
  • Oxfam often provide two goats which allow breeding. Beneficiaries can then build, and grow a herd of their own.
  • Last year, Oxfam provided livestock to farming families in places around the world from Honduras to Somaliland.
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Photo credits: Abbie Trayler-Smith; Rachel Walsh; Oxfam AUS

Over the years I’ve bought a variety of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts to support education, beekeepers, vegetable plots and new mothers. Each year, new items are added to the range. For example, you can buy a ‘pile of poo’ to fertilise crops. The gifts are accompanied by training and advice so that the recipients can make the most of the items they have received.

So I hope you’ll check out Oxfam Unwrapped if you’re looking for last minute Christmas gifts. For more information on how it works, watch this video:

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Blogpost written by me. No payment or other inducement has been received. Photos, video clip and factual information provided by Oxfam Unwrapped.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2015 4:34 pm

    I sent a couple of people the poop gift as a Christmas surprise as part of a swap I ran. I think they are really clever ideas and definitely get people talking. x

  2. Kizzy Bass permalink
    December 21, 2015 7:32 am

    What a fantastic idea, I didn’t know they did this. Will be looking more into this, thanks for sharing.

    • January 3, 2016 6:25 pm

      I think I originally found out via a friend who always buys a charity gift rather than sending Christmas cards

  3. December 21, 2015 8:54 am

    What a fabulous idea – I had no idea they did this sort of thing

  4. nessjibberjabberuk permalink
    December 21, 2015 2:54 pm

    The pile of poo is a great gift all round for the people who benefit and the laughs you get when you give it!

  5. Cass@FrugalFamily permalink
    December 21, 2015 4:03 pm

    I love these ideas and have bought presents from Oxfam before – I like the pile of poo idea 😉

    • January 3, 2016 6:27 pm

      Yes a pile of poo is useful and makes people smile, plus it’s one the cheaper items in the range 🙂

  6. December 22, 2015 1:17 pm

    We have given Oxfam unwrapped gifts before. This year we have donated to a local charity instead

  7. December 22, 2015 7:33 pm

    Wow this sounds like an ace idea and one I am going to look into.

  8. December 24, 2015 2:49 pm

    this is such a lovely concept of giving 🙂

  9. December 26, 2015 9:36 pm

    This is such an amazing idea – a gift that helps so many is brilliant. Kaz x

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