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The Best Charity Christmas Cards That Make A Difference in 2021

Looking for the best charity Christmas cards to send festive tidings to your loved ones? Check out my guide to this year’s best buys of cards that give back in 2021.

Whilst some people call for the end of Christmas cards on environmental grounds, I have to admit, I love a Christmas card. I do get really excited when I see a handwritten card from a loved one appear on my doormat.

Christmas cards can be a really thoughtful way to spread festive cheer and to let those people special to us know that we are thinking of them. Especially when it comes to the family and friends that live further away. Even though we don’t see them as often as we would like, a handwritten card in the post is a simple way to show we care.

Rather than an environmental disaster, I think there are ways to send cards with people and the planet in mind. There are so many charities selling beautiful charity Christmas cards this year. And not only that. Some charities have made many careful and considered sustainable and ethical considerations. Look out for FSC certified cards printed in Britain and glitter-free cards. I’ve even found cards that can be reused in clever ways, and cards that can be planted in your garden.

The Best Charity Christmas Cards That Give Back In 2021

Image of a red Christmas card, with a blue text box that says guide to the best charity Christmas cards

Here’s a roundup of some of my favourite cards, that consider both people and planet, and support some very worthwhile charities this Christmas 2021.

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British Heart Foundation – Supporting Heart Disease Research

British heart foundation cards

If you would like to support the British Heart Foundation’s important work in funding research related to heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors then try this box of 30 charity Christmas cards at £8.75. The cards are made with sustainably sourced and FSC certified materials. What’s more, they are glitter-free, and so are completely recyclable. As well as being designed and made in Britain, they are packaged in a recyclable cardboard box, making them completely plastic-free.

The pack includes Christmas cards of all different sizes and designs, with matching envelopes.

10% of the purchase price is donated to British Heart Foundation.

Mind – Christmas Cards Supporting This Mental Health Charity

A selection of the best charity Christmas cards from Seasalt that donate to Mind, the mental health charity

If you are a fan of Seasalt, the ethical clothing company, then you’ll love these charity Christmas cards (£5). The designs have been illustrated by Seasalt artists, with five beautiful sets to choose from. Each pack contains 10 Seasalt Christmas cards (two of each design) and the inside is blank for your own message.

The cards themselves are made in the United Kingdom and are printed on FSC paper. What’s more, the cards have an uncoated finish and are free from glitter, so can be recycled.

All profits from the cards will go to support Mind, the mental health charity. This charity offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

Oxfam – Alleviating Global Poverty

Oxfam's charity Christmas cards

Oxfam has a really sweet collection of FSC-certified charity Christmas cards, that are all printed in the UK and are glitter-free. Find 10 packs of cards for £2.49 or premium single cards, available in a 3 for £5 deal.

What’s more, this year all of Oxfam’s Christmas cards contain crafty ideas for reusing them before you recycle them. Inside each card is a novel idea to give it another life – from puzzles and postcards to gift tags and tree decorations. It’s a clever sustainable touch that I really like.

All profits from the sale of the cards go towards Oxfam’s work in focusing on the alleviation of global poverty.

Traidcraft – Supporting Fair Trade

Traidcraft cards

Traidcraft sells a collection of glitter-free charity Christmas cards via their website, priced at around £3.75 for a pack of 10 cards. In keeping with Traidcraft’s Christian principles, most of their FSC-certified cards do take a religious angle. A small selection of non-denominational cards are available too.

With every purchase of Traidcraft’s charity Christmas cards, a donation is made to Traidcraft Exchange. Traidcraft is one of the original fair trade pioneers in the UK. They advocate the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world.

A donation is also made to Traidcraft’s partners – CAFODSCIAF, and Christian Aid. By working together with other charities, helps to combat poverty on a global scale and make as much change as possible.

MND Scotland – Providing Care and Support to People Affected by Motor Neurone Disease 

charity christmas cards from Etsy

Etsy, the platform for individual makers, artists, and crafters, doesn’t seem like the natural place to look for charity cards. However, if you want to support both independent artists and support charities at the same time, then it is in fact a great place to look for charity Christmas cards.

I found these beautiful packs of 8 charity cards* (£12), from Glasgow-based artist, Sarah Gibson. These sets of 8 cards, available in various stunning designs, are printed on FSC paper. The cards come in plastic-free packaging, and they also include kraft paper envelopes which are made from 100% recycled paper. The cards are also fully recyclable after Christmas.

10% of the profit from these Christmas cards goes to MND Scotland, a charity supporting those living with Motor Neurone Disease.

National Trust For Scotland – Supporting Heritage and Conservation

seed paper cards

Finally, if you are looking for something a little more environmentally friendly than a standard card, then try these seeded paper charity Christmas cards (£12) from The National Trust for Scotland. This charity protects Scottish castles, battlefields, gardens and glens, islands, and wildlife. In keeping with their conservation ethos, once your recipient has finished displaying their card they soak them in water and from then the seeds should grow.

These packs contain 4 cards each with a different design, and 100% of the profits go towards the Trust’s work in caring for Scotland’s heritage.

Now you’re sorted for cards, don’t forget to check out the last posting dates for Christmas 2021!

Other Top Sustainable Christmas Card Tips

Christmas cards don’t have to be single-use. Old Christmas cards can be reused and turned into gift tags. After Christmas is done, simply cut out shapes or elements of your card to reuse the following Christmas. I get my kids to do this – it’s one of their favourite post-Christmas tasks!

Do also remember that cards with glitter on them should not be recycled. Instead, these should be reused or placed in your general waste bin.

And whilst we’re here talking about green Christmas tips, do check out my guide to having the ultimate eco-friendly Christmas. You might just pick up some other clever eco ideas!

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The Best Eco-Friendly & Reusable Advent Calendars For All Budgets

Give single-use the shove this Christmas, starting with this guide to the best eco-friendly and reusable advent calendars. These refillable calendars will delight kids (and even grown-ups) for years to come.

About six years ago I decided to give single-use advent calendars the cold shoulder. After reading some scary facts about the excess waste generated at Christmas, I decided I wanted to lessen my family’s impact over the festive season.

One of the first things I did was to invest in a reusable advent calendar. As well as being friendlier for the planet than single-use advent calendars, can I just tell you how much joy it brings? Reader, it brings my kids so much joy. The whole process of looking in the pocket each morning in December to see what’s there is so exciting for them. More so than with a standard shop-bought chocolate advent calendar.

And do you know what else? It brings me so much joy. Yes, me! I find it so exciting picking out what items are going to go in the calendar. From little chocolates to notes of fun family activities to do, to the occasional treat – I find the whole process of putting it together one of the Christmas activities that I look forward to the most.

Guide to The Best Eco-Friendly and Reusable Advent Calendars

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If you are looking to switch to a reusable calendar, then let me share my favourite ones at a variety of different price points. And at the bottom of this post, I’ll also share some ideas of what to pop in the pockets of your reusable advent calendar, in case you are looking for any inspiration.

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Under £10

hessian stockings

Coming in at a budget-friendly £8.33 is this cute hessian reusable advent calendar*, available on Etsy. With this set comprising of 24 stockings, pegs, and 3 metres of string, you’re all set to begin the countdown to Christmas in a budget-friendly and sustainable style. Simply hang it up on your wall or mantlepiece, and slip a little sweet treat into each mini stocking.

Under £25

white felt advent calendar with pockets

This reusable advent calendar* (£22) features a hanging felt house with 25 pockets in varying shapes. Each pocket is embroidered with a number in gold, ready to be filled with tiny treats to enjoy during the countdown to Christmas.

Under £50

reusable advent calendar from Etsy

This personalised reusable advent calendar* (from £49.99) is available in two different sizes, depending on how large you want the pockets to be. This one pictured is the large size. And for an extra sweet touch, this calendar can be personalised with any name, siblings’ names, or just a surname. Your kids will love waking up to this calendar every day!

reusable bunting advent calendar

This pretty bunting style reusable advent calendar* (£32) features 24 numbered flags with pockets to add a little treat each day in the lead-up to Christmas. The calendar is made from natural coloured calico with Christmas patterned pockets, available in different designs. The pockets are the perfect size for chocolate coins or other small treats.

The bunting is approx 2 metres in length, plus there’s enough extra ribbon on each end for hanging. However, if space is an issue, you can buy two shorter lengths of 12 flags each.

Wooden house advent calendar

This adorable wooden house advent calendar* (£33) is something to be cherished for years to come. Simply fill the hollow centre of each house, with a sweet treat, to count down the days to Christmas in style.

As well as the 24 houses, you also receive the stand. In addition, there are four decorative green wooden trees and two wooden reindeer for an extra sweet touch.

The Reusable Advent Calendar With A Difference Under £50

build a Christmas village kit

For a reusable advent calendar with a difference, try this wooden Christmas Village advent calendar* (from £46). Instead of finding chocolates behind each door, open the suitcase to reveal numbered trays featuring beautifully crafted decorative wooden festive pieces. Day by day you’ll create a charming Christmas North Pole village scene. Here you’ll find Santa and his elves, reindeer, a snowman, a sledge full of gifts, and a beautiful Christmas tree.

After Christmas, the pieces can then be popped back in the suitcase and reused again the following year.

Under £60

Scandi style advent calendar

This Scandi style reusable advent calendar* (£55) has been quilted by hand and is decorated with various Christmas-themed illustrations. This is one advent calendar you’ll be excited to pull out year after year.

Do note that this wall hanging has three loops at the top for you to add your own wooden pole for hanging. Pick this up at any DIY store.

pom pom numbered bag kit

If you’d rather make your own reusable advent calendar, then try this pom pom advent calendar craft kit (£54)! First choose your pom pom colours (neon, pastel, or natural). Next, iron on the wool-blend felt numbers before sewing on the yarn pom poms. Then you are all set to fill the 100% cotton drawstring bags with treats!

Finally, this reusable advent calendar box* (£59) is another unique way to count down the days until Christmas. Featuring optional personalisation, The wooden box is individually made, hand-sanded, and personalised in the UK.

The box has 25 sections for you to fill with your own treats or gifts. You can choose to add 25 linen bags to the product for an additional £15, or you can simply wrap your 25 little parcels yourself.

What to Fill Your Advent Calendars With

You might be wondering what to fill your reusable advent calendar with?

I do mostly stick to chocolate. It’s cheap and easy, and it’s easy to find plastic-free chocolates. I go for foil-wrapped small chocolates, which are easy to find at Christmas time in any shop.

Some days I like to mix things up, and instead add a note about an activity to do that day. I find this helps to shift the emphasis away from stuff towards experiences at this often consumer frenzied time of year. For example, the day’s note might say things like:

I try to put these in the reusable advent calendar pockets on days when I know that I will have time to do the activity, or would correspond with when we plan to do a particular activity. Some evenings I have to admit that I have reorganised the order of notes to fit a change in our plans!

For more ways to green your Christmas, do check out my ultimate guide on how to have an eco-friendly Christmas. I have tons of ideas in there, taken from almost a decade’s worth of writing here on Moral Fibres. From the most eco-friendly Christmas tree, to zero-waste decorations you can make, to gift ideas as well as Christmas dinner ideas, it is all there!