Don’t panic! Shop last minute Christmas gifts at The Big Issue Shop

Christmas Gifts From The Big Issue Shop

Last minute shoppers rejoice! We’ve pulled together some of our favourite products from The Big Issue Shop to help you find that perfect pressie.

So you’ve left it pretty late to start your Christmas shopping huh? Don’t worry we’re not judging you. We’re here to help.

The Big Issue Shop 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.

We’ve picked just some of our makers here, but there are hundreds more gift ideas throughout The Big Issue Shop!

For the homebody

Based in Haringey, North London, Studio 306 collective is a creative project set up to aid recovery from mental health issues.

The studio empowers disadvantaged local individuals by offering a creative space to rediscover forgotten skills, develop new ones and boost their confidence within a working environment. Working across four disciplines; ceramics, jewellery, sewing craft and screen printed products, all profits from sales are reinvested in the collective.

Christmas Gift Mug

The Studio 306 ‘Fragile’ mug is perfect for when only a brew will do! Grab one for that frazzled friend who needs a cuppa to get them through.

For the eco-friendly friend

Make 2019 the year that there’s no excuse for single use! You’ve probably ditched your single-use plastic water bottle by now, you’re saying a big fat no to the straw (unless you need one, of course!), now it’s time to find an alternative vessel for that morning coffee.

2017 marked 30 years of the single-use “paper” cup, but with an estimated two trillion of them ending up in landfills, Ecoffee is here to get you on track.

Christmas Gift Ecoffee cup

Weighing in at just 135 grams, the Ecoffee cup is light, sturdy and best of all, biodegradable when you’re finished with it. Opt for a funky chevron print or a more contemporary take on a William Morris classic for true style points.

For the arty one

Our limited edition artist designed wrapping paper made it back to The Big Issue Shop for another year. Make the gifts for your arty friend extra special by wrapping it up in our paper. Or better still, grab one of our signed limited edition pieces for on their wall.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Paper

Back for a third year, the unique collection was designed in collaboration with our friends at the Jealous Gallery and Art Republic by renowned artists Pure Evil, Ben Eine, David Shrigley and Nick White.

Each signed piece is limited to just 250 copies, with profits helping us continue to give people on the margins a hand up.

For the jetsetter

Established in 2005 to save London’s decommissioned fire-hose, hoses that had become too damaged to repair and were going to landfill, Elvis & Kresse’s highly skilled craftspeople make beautifully designed bags and homeware from the reclaimed material. 50% of profits from the fire hose range go to The Fire Fighters Charity

Christmas Gift Bag

This weekend bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and the lining is made from old auction banners that once advertised products for upcoming sales events. Previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, fighting fires around the UK, the hard-wearing hose is perfectly suited for your travels.

For the little ones

And don’t forget the littles ones in your life. Their stockings might be little but they still need filled! Bright, fun and unique, Mini Stitches is the little brand having a big impact. Designed and made by East London charity, Stitches in Time, the collection are made entirely by marginalised women, giving them an opportunity to learn how to sew, receive support and make friends.

Christmas Gift Childrenswear

The unisex SPLODGE print sweatshirt is made of organic cotton and is perfect for keeping kids cosy while still looking cool.

For the fussy friend

If you’re still stuck for a gift, why not opt for the gift of choice AND a social echo! Every single brand in The Big Issue Shop puts people and planet first, with a Big Issue Shop gift card, your lucky recipient will get to choose a gift of their own, all knowing that somewhere across the world someone is benefitting from that purchase.

Shop the full Big Issue Shop Christmas collection here

Give the gift that gives back this Christmas with The Big Issue Shop

Christmas Gifts For Her

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

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.

Christmas Gifts For Her

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

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.

Christmas Gifts For Her Reef Diffuser

This Reed Diffuser had been made for ARTHOUSE Unlimited using natural, vegan and paraben-free ingredients. It’s presented in a stunning abstract box and ornate aquatic glass design boasting an uplifting black pomegranate infusion, inspired by the invigoration of the ocean.

House of Gharats

House Of Gharats brings together style, substance and sustainability to empower women and girls and help break the cycle of poverty through stylish scarves.

Christmas Gifts For Her Scarf

Designed in London and crafted in Italy from the finest silk twill, 21 per cent of the profits from each scarf purchased go to Food for Life Vrindavan, a programme that educates and empowers girls and women to create a sustainable future, free from poverty.

Give Hope

For 27 years The Big Issue has been giving people a hand-up by providing a magazine for anyone experiencing homelessness, living on the margins or in poverty to sell.

ALL of our vendors buy their copies of the magazine from us for £1.25 and sell them for £2.50, making them micro-entrepreneurs and meaning every transaction and sale that Big Issue vendors make is an important step in helping them regain confidence, build their skills in sales and build towards getting their life back on track.

Last year, we launched a new drive called Exit from the Streets – a campaign that aims to give meaningful employment to our vendors, on top of selling the magazine.

It was kick started with vendors in The Big Issue Cymru’s Cardiff office employed to fulfil the despatch of our subscription sales of the magazine each week – which means that every time someone receives a subscription copy of the magazine, they also get a personalised message from the vendor who packaged it and posted it to them

Christmas Gifts For Her TShirt

£10 from every sale from our Give Hope collection goes towards the Exit from the Streets campaign to help our vendors move on and explore new opportunities utilising the skills they’ve gained from selling the magazine.

There’s plenty more wonders to be found in our Gifts for Her collection in The Big Issue Shop – stocked full of unusual gifts, and even some of the usual suspects, but all packed with a social echo.

Shop Christmas gifts for her at The Big Issue Shop and give the gift of a social echo this year

Get your hands on tricky gifts for him with our Big Issue Shop collection

Christmas Gifts For Him

Whether it’s your dad, your father-in-law, your partner or just a friend, the men of the world are the most notoriously tricky group to buy a Christmas gift for. If another festive tie and giant Toblerone aren’t gonna cut it this year, don’t fret, we’ve got you the covered with The Big Issue Shop’s collection of gifts for him that put people and planet first.

Our collection is packed with pressies sure to bring delight on Christmas morning, and each gift you buy has a ‘social echo’ – meaning each purchase helps someone disadvantaged across the world, or right here at home.


If you’re brave enough to opt for clothing, pick up a 100% organic cotton tee from WAWWA. PETA vegan approved and with a 91% reduction in carbon footprint compared to a standard t-shirt, this heavyweight t-shirt is perfect for the stylish and eco-conscious man.

Gifts For Him - TShirt - WAWWA

WAWWA aim to make as high quality a product as possible, with as little impact on the planet as possible, and as big an impact on the planet’s inhabitants as possible. This tee makes up part of their 1+1 collection, meaning for every one bought, another is donated to someone less fortunate, with the latest collection making its way to homeless shelters and hostels.


Po-Zu vegan sneakers are ideal for the sneakerhead in your life, and even more so for the Star Wars fans.

These high-top lace up sneakers are emblazoned with the subtle yet striking Corellian Bloodstripe, synonymous with the legendary Han Solo.

Big Issue Shop Christmas Gifts For Him

Po-Zu shoes are made from natural and sustainable materials such as organic cotton, pinatex (leather made from pineapple leaf fibres), wool, cork and natural latex.


Swap your cut price aftershave gift-set for a build your own set from The Goodwash Company instead. The luxury lifestyle brand is on a mission to change the world one wash at a time. With ingredients sourced from the Welsh land and sea, and vegan society approved, each purchase helps support those in need, enabling people in their communities, and animals in their environment the chance to improve their lives.

Big Issue Shop Christmas Gifts For Him

Buy any two Goodwash Company products and a complimentary gift box is included too.  


If you’re still stuck for ideas, there’s much to be said for the oft-dismissed sock, its humble nature often the butt of many jokes. But we’re here to tell you the gift of socks is so much more than a cliché – especially when it comes to Jollie’s.

Christmas Socks Gifts For Him

For every pair of colourful and creative Jollie socks bought, a pair of hardy hiking socks are donated to a homeless charity in your local area.

Treat someone to a gift with a social echo this Christmas with The Big Issue Shop

Stuff your stockings with gifts under £20 in The Big Issue Shop

Stocking fillers under 20 in the big issue shop

It’s nearly December so we can officially talk about Christmas now, right? We’re here to take the stress out of filling those Christmas stockings with The Big Issue Shop’s collection of gifts with a social echo – all for under £20.

Ditch the tacky aftershave gift sets loitering around shop checkouts trying to lure you in, shop with a social echo instead! For every product purchased from The Big Issue Shop, a person in need is helped here in the UK, or across the world.

This silver purse from Damsel & Daughter is the perfect pressie for the fashion conscious friend. Handmade in Hackney from vegan leather off cuts, proceeds go towards producing feminine care kits for disadvantaged women in Hackney, and distributed through local night shelters; The Manna Society and the Hackney Migrant Centre.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Purse

If you want to opt for the traditional Christmas socks, why not do it with a social echo? These speckled socks come from Jollie’s. The “more-than-profit” enterprise is passionate about creating fun ways to support local homeless projects, so for every pair of their bright and cosy combed cotton socks bought, a pair is donated to a homeless charity in your local area!

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Socks

Complete that festive party outfit with this stylish bow tie in the official ‘Homeless’ tartan, designed by tartan giants Slanj. Profits generated by the Homeless tartan go to helping local homelessness organisations in Scotland to provide support and raise awareness.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Bowtie

And let’s not forget the little ones too, while their stockings might be much smaller they still need filled and nothing says Christmas like dinosaurs! This wooden set includes a T-rex, a Diplodocus, a Stegosaurus, a Saichana, a Triceratops and a Parasaurolophus (all present for the birth of baby Jesus of course). Made from eco friendly wood, each piece is handcrafted in Sri Lanka and directly supports the Lanka Kade Education Foundation, which provides disadvantaged rural schools in the area with books and more to ensure that pupils are better equipped for learning.

Once the Christmas madness is over, you’ll likely want to sit down with a good cuppa. Whether it’s a secret present for yourself, or gifted to a loved one, this fine bone china mug is perfect for a good brew. This fabulous Dogs mug was designed by Margaret Mace. Margaret works alongside ARTHOUSE Unlimited, a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. Artists work alongside instructors to create artwork which is developed into designer products.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Mug

And of course, wrap it all up with our limited edition artist designed wrapping paper from our friends David Shrigley, Ben Eine, Pure Evil and Nick Smith.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Wrapping Paper

Check out The Big Issue Shop stocking fillers here