Oxfam Ireland to the rescue of last-minute shoppers

Oxfam Ireland is here to come to the rescue of any last-minute shoppers who have missed the boat on delivery deadlines. With their range of e-cards which support the work of Oxfam worldwide and a host of quality gift ideas in their shops throughout Ireland, shoppers have no need to panic, according to the not-for-profit organisation who support millions of vulnerable people worldwide.

Speaking today, Mark Mellett, Director of Fundraising and Marketing for Oxfam Ireland, said: “Our range of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts are the perfect solution for those who have left their shopping too late, or are struggling to come up with a gift idea. Shoppers can choose a physical or online gift card worth a specific value. With more people on the hunt for ethical Christmas presents, an Oxfam Unwrapped gift is a gift shoppers can feel good about giving to someone they care about.

“The pandemic has made the most vulnerable even more vulnerable. For families already facing the threat of war, hunger, and life-threatening diseases like cholera, Covid-19 only adds to the daily fear and uncertainty they feel. By giving an Unwrapped gift this Christmas, you could provide a life-changing gift for a struggling family.  By buying one of our Unwrapped gifts such as ‘a wee gift’ or ‘soap-prise’, you are providing much-needed sanitation and hygiene education for families in need, or shoppers can also choose a gift that supports girls’ education, or livelihoods.  Whatever gift you choose, you’ll be helping to beat poverty for good this Christmas.”

Each Unwrapped gift is representative of Oxfam’s work around the world and the money raised goes into one of four specific programme funds:

  • Saving Lives- Oxfam Ireland uses the funds generated by the sale of these gifts to provide life-saving support to communities that are caught up in humanitarian crises.
  • Livelihoods – Oxfam Ireland uses funds generated by the sale of these gifts to work with poor communities to improve their livelihoods.
  • Water for All – Funds generated through these gifts provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities to keep communities safe from disease.
  • Investing in Futures – Funds generated by the sale of these gifts enable Oxfam Ireland to undertake vital work to ensure that poor communities have access to key essential services. Our goal here is to ensure that more women and men, boys and girls will exercise their rights to quality health care and education to build a sustainable future.

The deadline for Unwrapped postal gift cards is midday Monday 21st December to guarantee Christmas delivery.  E-cards are also available which can be printed at home.

Last-minute gifts in-store

Festive fairtrade fare, treats for tech afficionados, and stocking filler favourites such as candles, calendars, books, games, and homewares are just some of the gifts available to buy in Oxfam shops throughout Ireland, and online.

Urging shoppers to consider Oxfam Ireland this Christmas, Trevor Anderson, Director of Trading for Oxfam Ireland, said: “More and more, we see people wanting to purchase gifts for their loved ones that are not only high quality and unique, but also support those in need. Every time someone purchases a gift from Oxfam, they are directly supporting Oxfam’s work worldwide and supporting workers and craftspeople.

“We’re encouraging Christmas shoppers to pop into one of our 46 shops throughout the island of Ireland, or check out our online Christmas pop-up shop – it couldn’t be easier to buy a gift that means more this Christmas!”

Oxfam’s ethically sourced gifts are available in selected Oxfam shops only, and further information on Oxfam’s gifts and Oxfam Unwrapped can be found on their website, here: https://www.oxfamireland.org/.