Five Christmas presents that keep on giving
Published 02/12/2010 | 05:00
Christmas presents with an ethical bent.
The charity catalogues
Choose Bóthar's dairy cows and goats, a share of the former costs €40 and a share of the latter €75. Concern's gifts include blankets for €28 and a HIV test and counselling for €50; at Trocaire you can give an olive tree for €25 or a beehive for €100, while at worldvision.ie you can buy a mosquito net for €10 or literacy classes for €60.
The charity pressie
Buy the Irish Cancer Society's vanilla scented Christmas candle for €5.99 exclusively through Tesco; the Irish Hospice Foundation's Thank You Journal for €17.99 or the book With Love from Me to Me at Easons, where €1 from each book sale goes to the Irish Youth Foundation. You can sponsor a star from €1,000 on Focus Ireland's special tree that is dedicated to people who are homeless.
The ethical gift
Check out Amnesty's shop or take a look in Oxfam's Fair Trade shops for beauty gift sets from €4 to €19 or a laptop sleeve for €23. Check your local supermarket for Fair Trade chocolates.
The eco choice
Keep the heat in with a chimney balloon for €29.95 or surprise your loved one with a gizmo called the 'flush wiser' for €28.55, which conserves 36 litres of water a day from your toilet flush, available at the eco-friendly www.purchase.ie. Or she may prefer a 100% eco-friendly ethical mulberry silk pillowcase, from €45 at the Irish site www.theethicalsilkco.com.
The big store gift
For every artificial Christmas tree you buy in M&S, they will plant a real one, and so far have planted 50,000 across the UK and Ireland. If you buy a soft toy in IKEA, €1 will go to help poor children through Unicef and Save the Children.