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    • lilmiss1982
    • By lilmiss1982 13th Dec 15, 8:47 AM
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    Oxfam Unwrapped Charity Gifts half price
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    • 13th Dec 15, 8:47 AM
    Oxfam Unwrapped Charity Gifts half price 13th Dec 15 at 8:47 AM
    http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped?intcmp=shop-home-v3-unwrapped-slider-15-oct-2015

    Buy a half price gift
    A partner of Oxfam will pay the other half
    Oxfam recieves 100% of the donation

    Official MoneySavingExpert insert Tue 15 Dec: Oxfam has confirmed that this offer ends on Mon 21 Dec. It receives 100% of the gift price, as you buy a half-price gift and a partner of Oxfam pays the other half. Gifts include chickens, goats, a toilet and safe water – all of which go to help those less fortunate. You can send a personalised message card with your gift but little extras are not included in the offer, although they can be added. This offer is only available online or by phone, so you won’t be able to get it at Oxfam shops.

    Oxfam’s last order date for Christmas is 7pm Fri 18 Dec, but you can have your gift sent by email.

    Big thanks to lilmiss1982 for the original spot!

    This Forum tip was included in MoneySavingExpert.com's weekly email!
    Last edited by MSE Oliver; 15-12-2015 at 6:35 PM.
    For thousands of people this Christmas, their must-have gift is far more vital than the latest gadget or toy – it’s blood. Please don’t let the festivities and cold weather prevent you from giving them the ultimate gift… give blood.
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    • t-rexcellent
    • By t-rexcellent 13th Dec 15, 2:41 PM
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    • 13th Dec 15, 2:41 PM
    Thanks so much - great top up present that makes a difference!
    • malebolge
    • By malebolge 13th Dec 15, 7:59 PM
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    • 13th Dec 15, 7:59 PM
    Don't forget to tick the gift aid box at checkout if you pay tax; means Oxfam can claim the tax back. Great top-up gifts and I like that 100% goes to Oxfam.
    • Mrs Honey Badger
    • By Mrs Honey Badger 14th Dec 15, 5:45 PM
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    • 14th Dec 15, 5:45 PM
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    • 14th Dec 15, 5:45 PM
    Thank you for posting this!! Stocking filler for my husband and chicken loving friend sorted!
    • davelewis
    • By davelewis 14th Dec 15, 5:53 PM
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    • 14th Dec 15, 5:53 PM
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    • 14th Dec 15, 5:53 PM
    This is a brilliant idea - thank you. I've bought some chickens too!! Don't forget quidco - 20% cash back on Oxfam for next few days.
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 14th Dec 15, 6:42 PM
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    • 14th Dec 15, 6:42 PM
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    • 14th Dec 15, 6:42 PM
    I bought a goat...I'm sure my parents will enjoy it



    I'm choosing to edit the original post rather than add to the debate lower down.


    I was not seduced by the idea of a cute, santa-hat wearing goat being herded onto a boat and being let loose in Africa: I donated money to Oxfam - the "goat" being a virtual entity representing a set amount of money.


    There is a large and obvious statement on the form that reminds purchasers that the money will be directed to the areas/items most in need. I was happy to consent to that.


    My parents will enjoy the idea of the goat, Oxfam's projects will enjoy the money. That has to be better than buying an anniversary themed dust-gatherer.
    Last edited by luxor4t; 16-12-2015 at 7:00 PM.
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    • peewhyeff
    • By peewhyeff 14th Dec 15, 9:14 PM
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    • 14th Dec 15, 9:14 PM
    Just bought a loo.....my friend will be thrilled.
    • Corelli
    • By Corelli 16th Dec 15, 11:54 AM
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    • 16th Dec 15, 11:54 AM
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    • 16th Dec 15, 11:54 AM
    Such a good idea, a way to help change people's lives for the better. But if you are thinking of paying for an animal, please read this. I'm not posting this purely from an animal welfare perspective, many of these animals end up being more of a drain than a help to the recipient and their land and community.

    "Sean O’Neill of the Times of London explains that animal gifting organizations “are wooing the ethical shopper with pictures of cute goats wearing Christmas hats and promises of helping the poor in developing countries.” But organizations such as the World Land Trust and Animal Aid deem that “it is ‘madness’ to send goats, cows and chickens to areas where they will add to the problems of drought and desertification.”
    Former Indian minister for social welfare and animal protection, Maneka Gandhi explains that when goats are allowed or forced by consequences to graze: “each goat eats all the grass and shrubbery on two hectares of land a year. A goat destroys the fertility of land and [the value of] any milk or dung it may give is very little compared to the havoc it wreaks……within two years, the people who get goats have an even poorer lifestyle."



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    Furthermore, children who are supposed to benefit from animal gifts may be taken out of school to tend to animals. Some children have even had to sleep in the barn with animals to prevent theft. Ultimately, most of their animal “friends” will suffer painful deaths due to disease, deprivation, or slaughter."




    : http://awfw.org/no-animal-gifts/


    VEGAN for the environment, for the animals, for health and for people


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    • lilmiss1982
    • By lilmiss1982 16th Dec 15, 1:06 PM
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    • 16th Dec 15, 1:06 PM
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    • 16th Dec 15, 1:06 PM
    I'm not posting this purely from an animal welfare perspective, many of these animals end up being more of a drain than a help to the recipient and their land and community.
    Yes I think you are.


    Such a good idea, a way to help change people's lives for the better. But if you are thinking of paying for an animal, please read this. I'm not posting this purely from an animal welfare perspective, many of these animals end up being more of a drain than a help to the recipient and their land and community.

    "Sean O’Neill of the Times of London explains that animal gifting organizations “are wooing the ethical shopper with pictures of cute goats wearing Christmas hats and promises of helping the poor in developing countries.” But organizations such as the World Land Trust and Animal Aid deem that “it is ‘madness’ to send goats, cows and chickens to areas where they will add to the problems of drought and desertification.”
    Former Indian minister for social welfare and animal protection, Maneka Gandhi explains that when goats are allowed or forced by consequences to graze: “each goat eats all the grass and shrubbery on two hectares of land a year. A goat destroys the fertility of land and [the value of] any milk or dung it may give is very little compared to the havoc it wreaks……within two years, the people who get goats have an even poorer lifestyle."



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    Furthermore, children who are supposed to benefit from animal gifts may be taken out of school to tend to animals. Some children have even had to sleep in the barn with animals to prevent theft. Ultimately, most of their animal “friends” will suffer painful deaths due to disease, deprivation, or slaughter."




    : http://awfw.org/no-animal-gifts/
    Originally posted by Corelli
    The money that you, and thousands of others, spend on Oxfam Unwrapped gifts will support the full range of Oxfam's work around the world, from emergency responses to advocacy projects. Thank you!

    Every year, our fantastic programme teams work out what the communities we work in need the most. It's these must-have items that get featured in our gift catalogue. The gifts are grouped into categories according to their theme. We've added two-letter codes to the end of each product code to show which category they belong to. Your gift could fund any of the activities within the category. Oxfam Unwrapped supports four project categories in total.

    http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped/how-we-spend-your-money
    For thousands of people this Christmas, their must-have gift is far more vital than the latest gadget or toy – it’s blood. Please don’t let the festivities and cold weather prevent you from giving them the ultimate gift… give blood.
    • Crazyangel
    • By Crazyangel 18th Dec 15, 11:21 AM
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    Brilliant post, thank you - just bought some chickens as stocking fillers!

    Wins : McCains garden games set, 2xTickets to Alton Towers, Links of London friendship bracelet, 2xIdeal Home Show tickets, McFly album CD, Virgin Balloon flight for 2 with a case of ScrumpyJack cider and 2 ltd edition jackets, Powerboat racing experience, £50 Virgin voucher, Aerobie Pro flying ring & Rice Krispie squares, Tesco baby pack
    • Middlestitch
    • By Middlestitch 18th Dec 15, 12:44 PM
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    But organizations such as the World Land Trust and Animal Aid deem that “it is ‘madness’ to send goats, cows and chickens to areas where they will add to the problems of drought and desertification.”
    Former Indian minister for social welfare and animal protection, Maneka Gandhi explains that when goats are allowed or forced by consequences to graze: “each goat eats all the grass and shrubbery on two hectares of land a year. A goat destroys the fertility of land and [the value of] any milk or dung it may give is very little compared to the havoc it wreaks……within two years, the people who get goats have an even poorer lifestyle."

    [/QUOTE]

    Interesting to compare the above comment with one on Send a Cow's site:

    'Cows and goats provide milk to help feed families. Together with sheep, chickens and rabbits they give mineral-rich manure to improve the soil and its crops.'

    Clearly choosing the 'destination' area is vitally important - which is not the same thing as implying that sending animals is always a bad idea.
    • derms
    • By derms 18th Dec 15, 5:27 PM
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    I am an animal lover and vegetarian so would be very concerned about animals being mistreated. However I buy goats, chickens etc every year from Oxfam to give as gifts. I think Oxfam are the experts in this area and I trust their judgement with how they spend the money helping people. In reality I think the money is more widely used than buying a particular animal etc and is a clever marketing tool. If it helps people in developing countries, good on them for getting donations up this way.
    • Topcat1982
    • By Topcat1982 19th Dec 15, 3:51 PM
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    Everyone is entitled to an opinion Lilmiss, and this has always been controversial
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 20th Dec 15, 8:42 AM
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    70 years of committee famine relief

    And famine still exists?
    No one dreams of escape
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    • leanne2271
    • By leanne2271 22nd Nov 16, 3:53 PM
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    Does anyone know if they will be doing something similar in 2016? If so, when will it be available? I know they have the last few years, just got to time it right.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 23rd Nov 16, 1:15 AM
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    Does anyone know if they will be doing something similar in 2016? If so, when will it be available? I know they have the last few years, just got to time it right.
    Originally posted by leanne2271
    I thought it ran all year round ... http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 2 baby jumpers, 1 shawl, 2 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure ...
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 24th Nov 16, 5:04 PM
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    Presumably OP is looking for the unwrapped prezzies at half price- which is the title of the thread!
    I've never found them cheaper than normal! Obviously not looking closely at the weekly newsletter!!!
    Being polite and pleasant doesn't cost anything!

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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 24th Nov 16, 10:43 PM
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    Presumably OP is looking for the unwrapped prezzies at half price- which is the title of the thread!
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    I Must Read Thread Titles Before Responding.

    I Must Read Thread Titles Before Responding.

    I Must Read Thread Titles Before Responding.

    ...
    Still knitting!
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    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure ...
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 24th Nov 16, 10:45 PM
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    I Must Read Thread Titles Before Responding.

    I Must Read Thread Titles Before Responding.

    I Must Read Thread Titles Before Responding.

    ...
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    I love it!!!
    Generally 'though it should be 100 lines!!! That would certianly make it black Friday or even grey Thursday!!
    Being polite and pleasant doesn't cost anything!

    If you found my posting helpful please hit the "Thanks" button!
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 15th Dec 16, 10:30 PM
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    Is it safe for me to say I'm sure this is now on, having seen a link somewhere but no idea where???
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 2 baby jumpers, 1 shawl, 2 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure ...
    Current projects: 1 shawl, 1 baby jumper
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