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Left it late? Big Issue Shop stocking fillers will be a festive favourite!

There’s just time to beat Santa’s sleigh and ensure that your loved ones receive gorgeous gifts that give something back – with an incredible social echo, each purchase from The Big Issue Shop is truly special

The big day is looming large.

If Santa’s sleigh isn’t full of presents and you’re shy of stocking fillers, a dreaded day snowed under in the Christmas crowds awaits in the race to fill up that daunting space below the tree.

But, fret not, The Big Issue Shop has rallied the best of social enterprise’s little helpers to make sure that you’re a festive favourite for your family and friends.

The Christmas Gift Collection has plenty of last-minute crackers to ensure you avoid being this year’s turkey – while doing good to give back to others.

You’ll be the talk of the table when you sit down for Christmas dinner with Fine Cell Work’s quality stitch-work in tow. The rehabilitation charity works in 32 prisons across Britain, enabling 290 prisoners-at-a-time to foster hope and discipline through high-quality, skilled needlework.

And the results are stunning with comfortable cushions bearing the inspirational words of the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Audrey Hepburn, tongue-in-cheek swag bags and Christmas pudding decorations all on offer.

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Whether it is a white Christmas or not this time around, a little something to warm the cockles is never going to go amiss.

You can bag enough tea to get your loved ones through to the spring with London Tea Company’s 72-tea assorted gift tin. The giving doesn’t just stop there too – with 50 per cent of Cafédirect’s profits from each sale going directly to farmers.

UK charity the Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation helps farmers to take charge of their own livelihoods to develop innovative solutions to the challenges they face every day.

Now that really does warm the heart – or you could say that it leaves you with a glow inside.

If it doesn’t then GLOW will help. Their knitted snoods and hats are individually hand-made by disadvantaged women in London, providing them the work skills, fair wage and the chance to be a greater part of a wider community.

Perfect for man or woman, boy or girl, don’t miss the chance to light up your Christmas with these woollen wonders.

Jewellery can be tough to buy with months to pore over, let alone with the hours ticking down until Santa arrives.

Luckily, Studio 306 Collective offers the personal touch with their intricately jewellery.

Each necklace and earring is handmade by someone who is recovering from mental illness, meaning that every single one is different and a reflection of the person who poured their heart into crafting it.

Best of all, all profits are put back into the Collective’s studio in Haringey, North London to help even more people in 2018.

Short of a surprise for the little one in your life? Lanka Kade’s beautifully finished wooden toys make a colourful last-minute addition to the overflowing sack of toys and treats that are no doubt awaiting them on Christmas morning.

Each toy is a gift for children elsewhere too – with all profits going to the Lanka Kade Educational Foundation which provides books and daily milk drinks to several impoverished primary schools in rural Sri Lanka.

But don’t delay if you want to catch Santa’s sleigh – the final day to ensure your gifts make it on time is Monday December 18 for Royal Mail Standard Delivery or Thursday December 21 (by 1pm) for Special Delivery.

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