Buy Social Gift Guide

If you've ever visited the Eden Project, shopped at the Co-op or read the Big Issue, you're already buying social.

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people's life chances, or the environment. Social enterprises are different to regular businesses in that they make profit from selling goods and services, but then reinvest that profit back into the social cause. And so when social enterprises profit, society profits.

In the UK alone, there are 70,000 social enterprises, contributing £18.5 billion to the UK economy and employing almost a million people. This exciting movement is growing fast all around the world and we're seeing a boom in start-ups being launched that combine doing business with doing good.

Below we've pulled together some of the best social enterprise products in our Christmas gift guide so you can #BuySocial this holiday season.

To find out more about the Buy Social campaign visit BuySocial.org.uk

Divine Chocolate

Fairtrade chocolate that's 45% owned by cocoa farmers, who get slice of the profits to invest in their communities.

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From Babies With Love

100% of the profits from these beautiful organic baby clothes is donated to help orphaned children around the world.

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Miss Macaroon

Delicious macaroons made by a social enterprise that helps young care leavers, NEETs and ex-offenders back into work.

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Two Fingers Brewing Co

The only beer brand that gives back to the men that drink it, by donating all of its profits to Prostate Cancer UK.

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Alive and Kicking

Handmade footballs score fair employment for Africans from deprived communities in their stitching centres & promote HIV/AIDS awareness.

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Arthouse Meath

Buy original artworks and prints from this company that showcases the creative talents of people living with severe epilepsy and learning difficulties.

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Belgravia House of Gifts

These luxury hampers and gourmet gifts help support a charity that offers business skills and creative therapy to socially-isolated women.

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Better

From swimming lessons to group exercise classes, gym sessions and even spa treatments, a Better gift card offers endless possibilities for everyone to enjoy.

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Aduna

Give the gift of health and vitality this Christmas with Aduna’s award-winning superfood powders and raw energy bars. Feel Vibrant!

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Circle Collective

Get kitted out at this London sports store selling fashionable clothing and footwear with all profits invested in training for long-term unemployed youth.

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CLARITY

Luxury toiletries from an enterprise that’s been providing employment for blind and disabled people for over 150 years.

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Dartington Hall

Explore the historic gardens or visit the on-site barn cinema at this hotel/conference centre that actively supports the arts, social justice and sustainability.

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Fikay

Award-winning recycled and ethical fashion company that invests in its workers and funds school-building in Cambodia, Rwanda and Uganda.

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Goodbeans

This cold brew coffee company boosts local community projects with a percentage of their profits.

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Harry Specter's Chocolates

Handmade, premium chocolates using ethically-sourced, sustainable cocoa. Harry's provides employment opportunities for those on the autistic spectrum.

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House of St Barnabas

Proceeds from the sale of David Shrigley’s limited edition print support the charity’s Employment Academy to help people affected by homelessness into work.

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Pants to Poverty

Get your hands on these ethically-made pants that help farmers in developing countries get a fair deal for their cotton.

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Tea People

Buy this lovely Christmas gift pack and other quality teas that help educate children in the tea growing regions.

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RECOVER

Vibrantly creative, original furniture and cushions from RECOVER's artisan workshop, which aims to ‘up-cycle furniture and lives’.

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Cafe Art

A calendar creating by artists affected by homelessness.

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Global Seesaw

Global SeeSaw sells unique gifts to create sustainable employment for women who have been trafficked into prostitution.

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Jaunty Flaneur

Luxury shoe care and socks, creating employment opportunities for the homeless and donating socks to rough sleepers.

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Darlo

Darlo is an ethical babywear brand with a 100% organic cotton range. Each product provides a whole week's worth of meals to a child in India.

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The Soap Co.

The Soap Co. employ people who are blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged to make quality products.

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Bella Kinesis

An ethical women’s sportswear brand. For each item sold, we fund a business education for a woman in rural India.

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Buy Rice Back

Up-cycled rice bags for charity, 1 bag = 148 meals for kids in need. Breathing a second life into the rice bags.

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Accumul8

Delicious jams and chutneys made from surplus fruit that help fund creative workshops for the homeless

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Cafe Direct

This Christmas, fill your house with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and explore delicious flavors from around the world.

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Brigade

We are a social enterprise restaurant, helping homeless individuals develop skills and motivation to find employment.

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Mazí Mas

Mazí Mas is a restaurant dedicated to supporting women from migrant and refugee communities.

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Women Worldwide

Women Worldwide sells unique artisan products made by women around the world.

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Cafédirect Handpicked Coffee Club

The ideal gift for coffee lovers, a different premium coffee every month, freshly roasted and delivered straight through the letterbox.

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Simon Boyle's Christmas Puddings

In three delicious flavours, profits from these puddings go to help Beyond Food continue its work with those at risk of or have experienced homelessness.

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Old Spike Roastery

By roasting premium beans from around the world we are able to provide secure jobs for local homeless people in and around London.

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Champion - Great Brixton

We invited the people of Brixton to share images of what makes it great, with the simple aim of preserving its unique diversity in print. This is an independent, not-for-profit initiative.

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The Big Issue

Every purchase through our Shop directly supports the work that we do; offering a 'hand up' and a chance to earn a legitimate income to those affected by poverty.

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Zaytoun

Zaytoun supports the resilience and livelihoods of Palestinian farmers under occupation through fairly trading their artisan produce.

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Stand4 Socks

Award winning colourful socks utilising a 'buy one, give one’ model to support multiple United Nations goals in developing countries.

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LEAP

Support LEAP and The Feed to help vulnerable people find employment and accommodation by purchasing our British-made aprons.

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