6 Christmas gifts that are as meaningful as they are magical

Anya Meyerowitz
·4-min read
Photo credit: Red
Photo credit: Red

From Red Online

As we come to the end of a challenging year, the spirit of Christmas – valuing who and what we have – feels more significant than ever. And while uncertain circumstances may mean we’re not able to see all our friends and family over the festive season, we can show gratitude to those who’ve helped us navigate these toughest of times by giving more personal and thoughtful gifts.

This year, we’re definitely sticking to the motto ‘buy better, not more’ – with a little help from PayPal Credit, a great tool to help you stay in charge of your spending. If you already have a PayPal account, you can apply for PayPal Credit and take advantage of 0% interest for four months on all purchases over £99*, allowing you to spread the cost of those special gifts.

To inspire some feelgood gifting, we’ve curated a collection of gifts, all available through PayPal Credit, that are both considered and considerate.

1. Brindisa Christmas hamper

Photo credit: Brindisa
Photo credit: Brindisa

£150, Shop

Like many restaurants up and down the country, tapas deli Brindisa has had to adapt in order to roll with the punches this year (and they’ve come thick and fast for the hospitality industry). This bumper hamper is stuffed full of the team’s most-loved products, like hand-carved ham, truffle cheese, a fig and almond wheel, and a bottle of Mas Macià Cava Brut. It’s sure to put a smile on your foodie friend’s face, as well as the small team behind this brilliant venture.

2. Allbirds men’s wool runner Mizzles

Photo credit: Allbirds
Photo credit: Allbirds

£115, Shop

Allbirds specialises in rain-ready sneakers made from merino wool that keep your feet dry even in unpredictable weather – something we could all do with for those brisk Boxing Day walks. And as a certified B Corporation (a business that balances purpose with profit), Allbirds’ initiatives to give back are too long to list here. Not only is all their packaging recyclable, you can also send your worn trainers back to them to be distributed around the world, helping communities in need.

3. Pink City Prints Retro Olive Isabel dress

Photo credit: Pink City Print
Photo credit: Pink City Print

£170, Shop

After living in Jaipur for six months, Molly Russell set up the aptly named Pink City Prints, offering stylish day dresses with standout designs that will take pride of place in any wardrobe. Molly oversees the whole process from start to finish and each workshop she partners with in India has been vetted to ensure the employees are treated with care and respect, working eight-hour days with three breaks and earning more than double the minimum wage.

4. Sjöstrand coffee machine concept

Photo credit: Trouva
Photo credit: Trouva

£320.99, Shop

As the sun rises later and later, the need for that morning coffee becomes greater. For many of us, it’s a much-needed pause before we dive into our to-do list. So giving the gift of a perfectly made cuppa seems like a real act of kindness right now. Added to that, this machine uses fully biodegradable capsules containing 100% organic coffee, meaning the caffeine lover in your life can enjoy an environmentally friendly experience every time they get their fix.

5. Enchi woven dog basket

Photo credit: Enchi
Photo credit: Enchi

£115, Shop

Our furry friends have carried us through these tough times, so this stunning dog basket is the perfect gift for any dog parents in your life. Made from indigenous veta vera – also known as elephant grass – in northern Ghana, each basket takes up to three days to weave by hand. Agricultural work is the mainstay of most weavers’ family incomes, but poor rainfall and drought makes life extremely challenging. Basket weaving, and producing these exquisite woven Moses baskets, gives women and men the opportunity to earn a valuable second income.

6. Lockdown Liquor & Co Picante

Photo credit: Lockdown Liquor & Co.
Photo credit: Lockdown Liquor & Co.

From £12.99 to £79.99 per bottle, Shop

A company born amid, and because of, the pandemic, Lockdown Liquor has made quite a splash in the glasses of cocktail drinkers across the country. Its upmarket range of cocktail blends include Picante, a fiery favourite. The brand’s founding pre-blended cocktail, this tequila-based 1500ml bottle of joy boasts a sweet and spicy finish. The company has recently confirmed a collaboration with charitable organisation Founders Pledge, a community of entrepreneurs uniquely committed to helping finding funding solutions for research companies and charities with a focus on pandemic-related initiatives.

PayPal Credit helps you spread the cost of purchases over time, so you can shop more thoughtfully. *For any purchases that aren’t paid in full after four months, or purchases under £99, interest is charged at 19.9% p.a. (variable). Minimum monthly payments required. Subject to status. T&Cs apply. UK Residents only.

Representative Example: Representative 19.9% APR (variable). Purchase interest rate: 19.9% p.a. (variable). Assumed credit limit: £1,200.

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