The gift of giving

Because Christmas is for sharing

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As the shopping madness continues in the build-up to Christmas, we have to remind ourselves that it's the season for giving and there are some people who are doing a stellar job of that. So instead of maxing out your credit card, maybe take a leaf out of these books…

Homeless charity Crisis has launched a range of T-shirts and canvas bags to raise over Christmas, designed by a Crisis member who has faced life on the street themselves. The charity works towards eliminating homelessness through education, employment and housing and the T-shirts have all been made by award-winning eco-brand Rapanui – produced using 100% organic cotton. 

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This season, Kurt Geiger has decided to forfeit Christmas decadence for a 'No Christmas Window' – dressed only with a lonesome red bauble. The brand has pledged to donate its Christmas window fund to Hope and Homes for Children, to help give children the gift of a family. Hope and Homes for Children is a charity that is working to end the institutional care of children globally and help children grow up with the love and protection of a family. The ‘No Christmas Window’ campaign will run during the month of December and every pound donated before 12 December 2014 will be doubled by the UK government. 

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St Martin's Courtyard, London, is surprising its Christmas shoppers this year with random acts of kindness. From the 12-24 December, it will be distributing 100 gifts, ranging from a 10-class yoga pass, gift vouchers to spend in stores in the area and a tea hamper from the East India Company. For each of the lucky 100 recipients, St Martin's Courtyard will also donate £10 to a charity of their choice and, on top of that (yes, there's still more), visitors to the Courtyard will be treated to a fabulous free live music on Thursday and Saturday nights to get into the Christmas spirit. 

And if all that isn't enough to warm your Christmas cockles, nothing will. 

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