Ethical Christmas cards and present ideas

Want to make sure the money you spend on cards and presents this year goes to good causes? More and more Catholic charities are selling cards and presents this year. The following charities have a good selection available on-line. If you can recommend more please let us know.

Aid to the Church in Need have a large selection of cards, books, gifts and music. For a catalogue contact: Tel: 0845 241 6068 Email : or see their on-line shop at: ACN also offers to arrange Christmas Masses for a stipend of £5 per Mass, which includes a Christmas Mass card to send to your loved ones.

CAFOD has a superb range of fair-traded gifts, clothing, jewelry and books. You can also give gifts certificates that will provide people in the developing with useful items such as seeds, chickens compost worms and gardening kits. Call 0207 733 7900 for a catalogue or visit the on-line shop at:

The Catholic Children's Society, Westminster has a range of cards and gifts, For details call: : 020 8969 5305 e-mail: : or visit their online shop at:

HCPT the charity which takes young people with special needs to Lourdes has presents for children and adults as well as a good selection of cards. Call them on : 01788564646 or visit their on-line shop at:


The Pattaya Orphanage, a Redemptorist charity which runs projects in Thailand with street children, the blind, deaf, disabled and Aids orphans has an on-line shop at:

Wine from the Holy Land
For a present with a difference you could buy wine from the Cremisan Monastery in Bethlehem, For more information see: or call Della Shenton on 01579 340844 or 07808 957604 email:

Finally, Independent Catholic News is opening a shop this week, selling books, CDs, DVDs, Fairtrade toys and religious gifts. Most goods are delivered anywhere in the UK within 48 hours. As a franchise of Amazon, prices are the same but for every purchase you make, a 5% commission is paid to ICN. To visit the shop click on

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