The Best Charity Christmas Cards That Give Back in 2023

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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 2023.

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 appears 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. One way is to make your own Christmas cards, prioritising using recycled materials. Alternatively, you could turn to one of many charities selling beautiful charity Christmas cards this year.

As well as being able to support the charity closest to your heart, 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 2023

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 the planet, and support some very worthwhile charities this Christmas 2023.

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Oxfam – Alleviating Global Poverty

Oxfam's charity Christmas cards

Oxfam Online 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 from £3.99 – available in Oxfam’s 3 for 2 deal. You can also find premium single cards, which you can purchase individually for £2.50 each or through Oxfam’s 3 for £5 deal.

What’s more, Oxfam’s Christmas premium single 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.

Age UK – Supporting Older People

Age UK festive cards

This year, Ethical Superstore, the online eco shop, has a great collection of glitter-free charity Christmas cards that support Age UK.

Priced £4.99 for a pack of 10 cards, these are all printed in the UK on paper from responsibly managed forests. The cards are also packaged in compostable PLA film.

With every purchase of these charity Christmas cards, 10% goes to Age UK. This charity works with older people in need. Whether it’s older people who are living in poverty or just above the poverty line, without the care and support they need or are socially isolated, Age UK works to provide support, companionship and advice.

Mind – Supporting Mental Health

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 Christmas cards for charity (£5). The designs have been illustrated by Seasalt artists, with six beautiful sets of cards to choose from. Each pack contains 12 Seasalt Christmas cards and the inside is blank for your own message.

The cards themselves are made in the United Kingdom and are printed on FSC-certified 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.

Macmillan Cancer Support – Supporting Those Living With Cancer

Polar bear Christmas card supporting Macmillan Cancer Support

If you would like to support Macmillan’s important work in providing support to those living with cancer then try this box of 20 charity Christmas cards – available from Macmillan’s own Amazon shopfront.

These cards are made with sustainably sourced and FSC-certified materials and natural soya inks. What’s more, they are glitter-free, and so are completely recyclable. As well as being designed in the UK, they are packaged in a recyclable cardboard box, making them completely plastic-free.

Packs are available in different Christmas designs – from Christmas trees and robins to festive village scenes and dogs. And if packs of 20 are too large, Macmillan also offers packs of 10 cards.

100% of the profits go to Macmillan Cancer Support, helping the charity to provide physical, financial, and emotional support to people with Cancer.

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 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 from National Trust For Scotland

Finally, if you are looking for something a little more environmentally friendly than a standard card, then try these seeded paper charity Christmas cards (£6) from The National Trust for Scotland.

This charity protects Scottish castles, battlefields, gardens and glens, islands, and wildlife. In keeping with its conservation ethos, once your recipient has finished displaying their card they can soak it in a little water. After a few days, the seeds will sprout, and the card can then be planted in compost.

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 2023!

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.

Did you know you can also collect any used stamps from Christmas cards that you receive in the post? These stamps can be donated to charity to help raise vital funds.

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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