Last Minute Christmas ideas that give back from Oxfam & Anna Torv

| 22 December , 2010 | Reply

If you have left your Chrissy shopping to the last  minute (like me) and are keen to give something that’s not consumable and with a charity component to your gift giving, then look no further than Oxfam.

This Christmas, Australian Actress Anna Torv helped launch the Oxfam Unwrapped program asking Aussies to buy a Christmas gift that gives twice.

Oxfam Unwrapped offers over 40 memorable gift ideas, from buying a goat for a family in Mozambique, to sewing classes for women in South Africa that will help transform the life of people living in poverty.

When someone buys an Oxfam Unwrapped gift, the donation helps support Oxfam Australia\’s life-changing work around the world, while they receive a memorable gift card explaining how their special gift is helping others.

Most widely known internationally for her role as FBI agent “Olivia Dunham” in the Emmy nominated television series “Fringe,” Anna Torv said that she hoped Australians will get behind the Oxfam Unwrapped Christmas range.

“Christmas is about putting a smile on people\’s faces – not only friends and family but also those less fortunate. Unwrapped helps you do both.

“I often spend a lot of time trying to choose gifts for people that I know don’t need that extra T-shirt or pair of socks or whatever it is I finally decide to purchase…Oxfam Unwrapped is a way for me to do something selfless…and I get to chuckle when they find out I bought them a pile of poo,” Ms Torv said.

Oxform also share that Aussies are buying more fair trade pressies this year which is fantastic news, from December 1-12, Oxfam sold 18,500 more fair trade products (up 17.4%) and served 8.6% more customers through its 23 shops around Australia compared to the same period last year.

“It is heartening that more people are thinking about helping others by buying fair trade this Christmas, especially in this tough retail climate,” said Oxfam\’s Director of Trading, Nadine Silverberg.

“In addition, people are buying more products each time they shop with us compared to a year ago, which greatly assists the producers we work with in developing countries around the world.

Top-selling products in Oxfam\’s shops last week included:

  • A charming mouse-shaped cheese knife, which is hand-forged in Northern India
  • A unique wooden “big nose” spectacle stand – never lose your glasses again!
  • Coasters made out of recycled magazine paper in Vietnam, and
  • A number of unique, hand-made Christmas decorations from around the world

Oxfam\’s shops sell fair trade products from around the world, which assist communities in developing countries through improved market access and stable and regular income. Oxfam works with more than 60 fair trade producer groups in around 30 countries, helping to improve the livelihoods of thousands of producers and their communities.

More information about Oxfam\’s shops and fair trade products is available at and you can view what’s available in their Summer catalogue here and to see the full Oxfam Unwrapped range visit

And for more charity inspired gift giving, visit Sarah Wilson’s Blog.

Photography credit of Anna Torv Jeremy Goldberg

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