Season of goodwill: check out your charity shop for a Christmas bargain

Instead of buying expensive, unwanted gifts, you can help some great causes

Supporting a charity such as Barnardos enables it to help more children this Christmas

Supporting a charity such as Barnardos enables it to help more children this Christmas

 

I like to pretend I’m a charity-shop junkie just because I’m saving an item from landfill while donating to charity – but it’s also exhilarating to find something well-made and unusual after a good old rummage.

My mission was to hit the charity shops on South Great George’s Street in Dublin city centre to see what Christmas gifts and clothes I could pick up in my lunch break. These were the results:

Robbie Burns’ Poetical Works edited by WM Rosetti, €10, Enable Ireland
Robbie Burns’ Poetical Works edited by WM Rosetti, €10, Enable Ireland
St-martins jacket, €20, Enable Ireland
St-Martins jacket, €20, Enable Ireland
Vintage Arklow Pottery, jug and bowl, €5 each, Enable Ireland
Vintage Arklow Pottery, jug and bowl, €5 each, Enable Ireland
Selection of handmade Fairtrade organic chocolates, €6, Oxfam
Selection of handmade Fairtrade organic chocolates, €6, Oxfam
‘The Invisible Child’ and ‘The Fir Tree’, Two Moomin Stories for Oxfam by Tove Jansson, €6
‘The Invisible Child’ and ‘The Fir Tree’, Two Moomin Stories for Oxfam by Tove Jansson, €6
Leather-look bag, €6.60, Enable Ireland
Leather-look bag, €6.60, Enable Ireland
Bag, €4, Vincents
Bag, €4, Oxfam
Bracelet, €7, Oxfam accessories
Bracelet, €7, Oxfam accessories

Charity gifts

Barnardos’ Gifts for Good offer practical support to families at Christmas and beyond. You can buy a range of gifts, including pyjamas, bed socks and slippers, for €18, a food voucher to feed a family for €18, a filled soap bag for a family for €28, books for €35 and a duvet, pillow and covers for €50. shop.barnardos.ieThe Adopt a Donkey scheme run by the donkey sanctuary in Liscarroll, Co Cork, might offer the perfect gift for a special animal lover in your life this Christmas. The recipient gets a certificate of adoption, a pencil drawing and a bio of their chosen donkey in the post (for €25) – and they can also visit their new friend throughout the year. thedonkeysanctuary.ie

Adopt a donkey from the Sanctuary in Liscarroll, Co Cork
Adopt a donkey from the Sanctuary in Liscarroll, Co Cork

Concern works in 26 of the world’s poorest countries. For as little as €10 you can buy a piglet for a family in need; for €20 you can pay for a whole year of school tuition fees for five children; and for €1,200 you can provide a whole community with clean drinking water. gifts.concern.net

For €1,200 you can provide a whole community with clean drinking water
For €1,200 you can provide a whole community with clean drinking water

The Simon Community is appealing to businesses not to send corporate Christmas cards and gifts this year and instead to donate the money to the national Simon House of Cards Appeal. The charity will use the money to provide food, shelter and permanent supported housing to those who need it most. dubsimon.ie