Shopping for Christmas gifts for the women in your life can fall into a bit of a routine. Perfume, beauty gift set, gym gear, jewellery… not that those aren’t often great, thoughtful and welcome gifts, but this year why not be a little more savvy and social with your spending?
The Big Issue Shop Christmas collection of gifts for her brings together wonderful makers across the country whose products put people and planet first, boasting an effect that ripples across the world. It’s what we at The Big Issue Shop like to call a social echo – for every purchase made, a disadvantaged person benefits somewhere across the world.
This collection brings together some of our top festive picks but don’t stop here! There are hundreds more incredible gift ideas throughout The Big Issue Shop.
Just Trade creates gorgeous jewellery using a combination of traditional craft skills and expert knowledge of contemporary jewellery and accessories. Everything is handmade using locally-sourced materials where possible by eight groups of artisans based in Peru, Ecuador, India and Vietnam who all receive training opportunities and a fair living wage for their work.
This ‘Naty’ pendant is handmade by Patty, Naty, Lizet, Diana and Lucie from the Hope Jewellery fair trade project in Lima, Peru. The brass elements are hand cut, textured and finished using traditional techniques. Working with Just Trade allows these makers to educate their children and secure a better future for their families.
ARTHOUSE Unlimited is a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. Working alongside instructors they create artworks which are developed into designer products.