Get your hands on tricky gifts for him with our Big Issue Shop collection

Christmas Gifts For Him

Whether it’s your dad, your father-in-law, your partner or just a friend, the men of the world are the most notoriously tricky group to buy a Christmas gift for. If another festive tie and giant Toblerone aren’t gonna cut it this year, don’t fret, we’ve got you the covered with The Big Issue Shop’s collection of gifts for him that put people and planet first.

Our collection is packed with pressies sure to bring delight on Christmas morning, and each gift you buy has a ‘social echo’ – meaning each purchase helps someone disadvantaged across the world, or right here at home.

TEES

If you’re brave enough to opt for clothing, pick up a 100% organic cotton tee from WAWWA. PETA vegan approved and with a 91% reduction in carbon footprint compared to a standard t-shirt, this heavyweight t-shirt is perfect for the stylish and eco-conscious man.

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WAWWA aim to make as high quality a product as possible, with as little impact on the planet as possible, and as big an impact on the planet’s inhabitants as possible. This tee makes up part of their 1+1 collection, meaning for every one bought, another is donated to someone less fortunate, with the latest collection making its way to homeless shelters and hostels.

TRAINERS

Po-Zu vegan sneakers are ideal for the sneakerhead in your life, and even more so for the Star Wars fans.

These high-top lace up sneakers are emblazoned with the subtle yet striking Corellian Bloodstripe, synonymous with the legendary Han Solo.

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Po-Zu shoes are made from natural and sustainable materials such as organic cotton, pinatex (leather made from pineapple leaf fibres), wool, cork and natural latex.

SOAPS

Swap your cut price aftershave gift-set for a build your own set from The Goodwash Company instead. The luxury lifestyle brand is on a mission to change the world one wash at a time. With ingredients sourced from the Welsh land and sea, and vegan society approved, each purchase helps support those in need, enabling people in their communities, and animals in their environment the chance to improve their lives.

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Buy any two Goodwash Company products and a complimentary gift box is included too.  

SOCKS

If you’re still stuck for ideas, there’s much to be said for the oft-dismissed sock, its humble nature often the butt of many jokes. But we’re here to tell you the gift of socks is so much more than a cliché – especially when it comes to Jollie’s.

Christmas Socks Gifts For Him

For every pair of colourful and creative Jollie socks bought, a pair of hardy hiking socks are donated to a homeless charity in your local area.

Treat someone to a gift with a social echo this Christmas with The Big Issue Shop

Stuff your stockings with gifts under £20 in The Big Issue Shop

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It’s nearly December so we can officially talk about Christmas now, right? We’re here to take the stress out of filling those Christmas stockings with The Big Issue Shop’s collection of gifts with a social echo – all for under £20.

Ditch the tacky aftershave gift sets loitering around shop checkouts trying to lure you in, shop with a social echo instead! For every product purchased from The Big Issue Shop, a person in need is helped here in the UK, or across the world.

This silver purse from Damsel & Daughter is the perfect pressie for the fashion conscious friend. Handmade in Hackney from vegan leather off cuts, proceeds go towards producing feminine care kits for disadvantaged women in Hackney, and distributed through local night shelters; The Manna Society and the Hackney Migrant Centre.

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If you want to opt for the traditional Christmas socks, why not do it with a social echo? These speckled socks come from Jollie’s. The “more-than-profit” enterprise is passionate about creating fun ways to support local homeless projects, so for every pair of their bright and cosy combed cotton socks bought, a pair is donated to a homeless charity in your local area!

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Complete that festive party outfit with this stylish bow tie in the official ‘Homeless’ tartan, designed by tartan giants Slanj. Profits generated by the Homeless tartan go to helping local homelessness organisations in Scotland to provide support and raise awareness.

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And let’s not forget the little ones too, while their stockings might be much smaller they still need filled and nothing says Christmas like dinosaurs! This wooden set includes a T-rex, a Diplodocus, a Stegosaurus, a Saichana, a Triceratops and a Parasaurolophus (all present for the birth of baby Jesus of course). Made from eco friendly wood, each piece is handcrafted in Sri Lanka and directly supports the Lanka Kade Education Foundation, which provides disadvantaged rural schools in the area with books and more to ensure that pupils are better equipped for learning.

Once the Christmas madness is over, you’ll likely want to sit down with a good cuppa. Whether it’s a secret present for yourself, or gifted to a loved one, this fine bone china mug is perfect for a good brew. This fabulous Dogs mug was designed by Margaret Mace. Margaret works alongside ARTHOUSE Unlimited, a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. Artists work alongside instructors to create artwork which is developed into designer products.

Stocking Fillers Under 20 Mug

And of course, wrap it all up with our limited edition artist designed wrapping paper from our friends David Shrigley, Ben Eine, Pure Evil and Nick Smith.

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Cyber Monday deals in The Big Issue Shop

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The busiest shopping weekend of the year is almost over! But the bargains aren’t over yet, with our Cyber Monday deals. As well as all the fantastic deals we’ve been offering this weekend, there’s a discount of up to 40% off books and magazines.

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Missing that all important Street Cat Bob issue? We’ve got you covered! Or fancy reliving some of our finest moments, including comedy behemoth Armando Iannucci’s guest edit which saw Malcolm Tucker and Alan Partridge go head to head on Brexit? They’re all here.

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Complete your Bob collection with 40% off back issues this Cyber Monday

If you’re still in the bargain spirit grab up to 30% off clothing and accessories20% off Big Issue Street Art and cover prints and up to 50% off homeware and gifts on Sunday.

Shop the entire collection here

Up To Half Off homeware in The Big Issue Shop this Black Friday weekend

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Black Friday weekend is nearly over! But there’s still time to get started on your Christmas shopping with prices slashed on homeware and gifts across The Big Issue Shop site including ARTHOUSE Meath,  a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities.

ARTHOUSE makers work alongside instructors to create stunning artworks which are developed into packaging for ethical, designer products like tea towels and tablecloths, soaps and candles. All of their profits are invested back into the collective to help them grow, with the aim to see ARTHOUSE Meath workshops appear all over the country.

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For the little ones in your life, colourful handmade toys, that not only look gorgeous (and are machine washable!) but create fairly paid and flexible jobs in rural Bangladesh, providing jobs for women that keeps them out of the sweatshops of Dhaka.

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With an exclusive discount of up to 50% off across home and gift in The Big Issue Shop it’s easy to find the perfect Christmas gift with a social echo this Black Friday weekend.

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Grab 20% off street art at The Big Issue Shop this Black Friday weekend

Black Friday up to 20 off

The busiest shopping weekend of the year has arrived in all its excess, Black Friday! But we’re asking why not support causes right here in the UK and around the world with your hard earned cash instead of opting for a sub-par supermarket 40” telly.

Today is your chance to brighten up the long winter days and spruce up your walls with up to 20% off Big Issue Street Art and cover prints.

Each week in The Big Issue our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression and now you can pick up prints of your own. This ‘Three for the Price of One’ print from Michael Crosswaite is sure to put a smile on your face.

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After years spent travelling and squatting, Michael ended up homeless in London with a drug habit. “I got into a hostel and eventually got myself clean,” he says. “Now I’ve got a Peabody Flat and things are cool. With my painting my thing is humour. The more ridiculous the better. I loved Monty Python and the whole silliness thing. I think the world is a very silly place and hopefully this comes though in my pictures”

And if that wasn’t enough, you can splash your walls with prints of your favourite Big Issue covers, including graphic designer Butcher Billy’s iconic Tucker VS Partridge cover, designed exclusively for comedy behemoth Armando Iannucci’s Big Issue guest edit in which two great British treasures, Alan Partridge and Malcolm Tucker square off a glorious Brexit debate.

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Buy Social this Black Friday up to 30% off clothing in The Big Issue Shop

Black Friday Sale up to 30 off

The busiest shopping weekend of the year has arrived in all its excess! But we’re asking why not support causes right here in the UK and around the world with your hard earned cash instead of opting for a sub-par supermarket 40” telly. Take a discount of 30% off clothing across The Big Issue Shop instead!

Be stylish, safe and seen with 15% off GLOW accessories. Each piece is packed with warm and protection, featuring light-reflective fibreglass fused with the fibres of the yarn.

Don’t worry, you can’t feel it, but you will see it when it catches the light. GLOW is the brainchild of London fashion designer and stylist Comet Chukura. Each designed is hand crocheted by disadvantaged women in London, enabling them to grow their skills and earn an income as part of a wider community. You’re spoiled for choice with money off across their entire collection, hats and snoods included!

If that wasn’t enough to help you stand out from the crowd, a gorgeous silk scarf from House of Gharats will certainly help. The design house bring together style, substance and sustainability to empower women and girls to break out of the poverty cycle. Each piece, available in either pocket square or scarf size is made from the finest Italian silk twill brings together timeless design with modern style to create these sleek designs. There’s a special Black Friday discount of up to 15% off across the collection.

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House of Gharats bring together style, substance and sustainability to empower women to break out of poverty. Take 10% off across the range this Black Friday

We promised you clothes, we’ve got clothes! Hopeful Traders collaborate with individuals who been affected by homelessness or mental illness to design clothing, with both the artists and a cause of their choice receiving profits from each piece sold. Feel hopeful in their own brand t-shirts or cosy up with an organic cotton sweatshirt designed by one of their artists.

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Artist David Tovey tried to take his own life in October 2013. Cancer, HIV, cardiac arrests and a stroke were just some of the extreme difficulties he had faced. In the years since, David has found his own home, his health has improved and his artistic talents and charity work have attracted the attention and admiration of the London community.

Let your tee do the talking with our very own #WearABigIssue collection with a discount of 30% off across the range. Grab the Pale Blue Dot design from Angry Dan in either roll or plain sleeves or Fight Like A Girl in one of our slogan hoodies. Every purchase of Big Issue products help us continue our mission to give a hand up, not a hand out to those living on the margins. There has never been a more stylish way to wear your heart on your tee!

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Be a Social Shopper this Black Friday weekend with The Big Issue Shop

The busiest shopping weekend of the year is almost upon us, in all its discount excess – Black Friday!

The bargain bonanza is back for another year, with retailers across the country slashing their prices to lure customers into splurging.

But this year, instead of queuing all evening for a big purchase you don’t even really want, why not spend your cash a little savvier and shop with a social echo thanks to The Big Issue Shop’s Black Friday discounts.

We’ll be cutting prices across the shop all weekend, from Black Friday right through to Cyber Monday, to help you use your spending power for good this weekend and support causes right here in the UK and across the globe.

Kicking it all off on Friday, 23 November, there a discount of up to 30% off clothing and accessories including best sellers, Big Issue classics and even some of our latest shop suppliers.

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Saturday is your chance to brighten up the long winter days and spruce up your walls with a discount of to 20% off Big Issue Street Art and cover prints. Each week in The Big Issue our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression and now you can pick up prints of your own.

Get started on your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your couch with a special Black Friday discount of up to 50% off homeware and gifts on Sunday. With money off everything from toys to candles, soaps and mugs there’s bound to be something for that special someone, plus your auntie, plus your granny, plus your mum, plus your colleagues… you get the picture, right?

Cyber Monday is your chance to relax after a hard weekend of shopping with our final discount of up to 40% off magazines and books, so stock up on your back issues and fill any gaps in your collection.

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Stay tuned for more details on all our Black Friday weekend deals in The Big Issue Shop!

Head here for a sneak peek at our upcoming Big Issue Shop bargains

House of Gharats is empowering women with The Big Issue Shop

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Vendor Spotlight: House of Gharats

The newest addition brings a passion for Indian arts to their stylish pocket squares and scarves

The newest addition to The Big Shop is putting the power to tackle poverty in your pocket. Fashionable family-run House of Gharats investigates and re-interprets the role of Indian art, craft and culture and gives it a twist in the context of contemporary British and global design.

Each of its scarves and pocket squares are designed in London using co-founder Neishaa Gharat’s passion for Indian culture as a template.

The beautifully intricate designs are then brought to life in the finest silk twill in Italy alongside custom illustrative art.

The rare opportunity to indulge in wearing and gifting a piece of art truly sets House of Gharats Limited Edition Silk Scarf Collection apart. As Neishaa Gharat explains: “House of Gharats was born out of the love of living an artful life with purpose. House of Gharats is a design house, fusing cultures and blurring the lines between art and fashion, producing a delightful approach to everyday dressing and living.

“We are driven by the values of art and craft in contemporary design and as a result, our designs are timeless objects that can be passed down through the generations.”

But the best bit about House of Gharats’ distinctively stylish, yet inherently classic designs is how it educates and empowers girls and women through supporting the Food for Life Vrindavan program.

With 21 per cent of its profits from supporting the initiative, the goal is to create a sustainable future, free from poverty.

Available now in The Big Issue Shop, House of Gharats’ scarves are the perfect size to act as neckerchiefs and pocket squares, making for an ideal gift for men and women, even offering the chance to team up for a unique ‘his and hers’ gift set.

View House of Gharats’ collection in our Shop here.

Get ready for the cold snap with GLOW’s nifty knitwear

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The temperatures are dropping and it is so dark outside that the light that bathed us throughout summer seems a long way away.

The autumn months and winter slog can get your down but the Big Issue Shop is here to light the way with the wonderful woollen creations from GLOW.

The social enterprise is the brainchild of London fashion designer and stylist Comet Chukura and offers knitwear that will make you stand out from the crowd, literally.

Each design is hand crocheted by disadvantaged women in London enabling them to hone work skills while providing them with a supplementary income and allowing them to become part of a greater community.

The goal is to change how consumers wear and interact with ethical, functional-fashionable pieces that look good, do good and feel good.

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And the results are packed with warmth and protection, featuring a light-reflective fibreglass fused into the fibres of the yarn. Although you can’t feel it on your skin, you will see it when it catches the light, living up to the GLOW billing.

This means every garment is ideal for helping the chic commuter, the dog walker or a parent or child who cares about their safety, their appearance and social impact in ethical fashion.

The luxurious and adaptable range is available from The Big Issue Shop with a colourful collection of snug snoods and insulating hats.

And as if you weren’t spoilt for choice enough, there are two types of snood to make sure you stay warm and on top of the trends.

You can play it classic with the Twist Snood, a knitwear staple that can be adjusted to be worn loosely or for a tighter, more snug fit. Or, if that doesn’t do the trick, then the Cuff Hood offers the snuggest fit of all, providing an optimum shield from the cold.

And you needn’t worry about your brain box either – with a selection of hats also on offer to keep the cold at bay.

Shop the collection here

How Jollie’s Socks is socking it to homelessness

Jollies-socks-The-Big-IssueVendor Spotlight: Jollie’s Socks

Socks are essentials that are often taken for granted – but take a moment to imagine walking a mile in a homeless person’s shoes and you’ll view them in a different light.

That’s what Ed Vickers realised while he was volunteering at a homeless shelter in Exeter as he completed a bioscience degree at the city’s university in 2012.

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Fast forward six years and he is the founder of Jollie’s Socks – a social enterprise with a simple ethos. For every pair of their colourfully patterned and ethically manufactured unisex socks sold they send a pair to a homeless shelter near you.

Jollie’s work with 26 shelters from all around the country from Aberdeen to Winchester so you can be sure that when you receive your recyclable tin complete with a pair of hardy hiking socks, so will someone who desperately needs them.

“I noted that socks were the most needed product and the idea stemmed from there really,” said Ed, whose products have become a Big Issue Shop favourite.

“I wanted to see if it would work as a social business. I wanted to take something that the consumer loves in socks and use it to start a conversation about homelessness.

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“We’re making a move to go online with a select few retail partners. We have always had such a big love of The Big Issue. I have always bought the magazine and it’s amazing to be able to partner up with them and partner with that brand because to us it’s perfection.”

Now 26, Ed is sharing the ‘wear a pair, share a pair’ but the success of the growing social enterprise has not distracted the young social entrepreneur from the core mission he set out to complete six years ago.

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He added: “It’s amazing to see people benefit from the socks. The main thing is we can take time to explain to people what our mission is and it’s great to see people enjoy Jollie’s socks in homeless shelters.”

See the Jollie’s Socks collection in The Big Issue Shop here.