Oxfam Bookshop, Petergate York

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Vintage Children’s Book Stack – 6th Day of Oxmas

For the 6th day of Oxmas, we’re sharing a Vintage Children’s Book Stack from our online store!


We’ve already talked a little bit about these book stacks when we made one online book of the week last month, but this one works so well as a gift idea we’ve decided to share it again!


Made from books that are either damaged or unsuitable for reading, this stack of classic children’s books would be a great decoration for a childs bedroom, a bookend, or just a way to add a little vintage charm to a livingroom or bookshelf.


You can buy this book stack (and others in different colour schemes and themes) from our online store for just £19.99!



Pile of Poo – 5th Day of Oxmas

On the 5th day of Oxmas we’ve chosen an Oxfam Unwrapped gift!

We all know that smellies are a staple gift at christmas and this Oxfam unwrapped gift keeps to that tradition, but in a slightly different way.  These smellies are literally piles of poo.


This isn’t just your common pile of poo, it’s the ideal mix of manure, organic fertiliser and training in eco-friendly farming techniques that can help a family super-size their crops. This pile of poo is unlike any other; it could help a family in poverty to put food on the table and earn a living.


You can get them for £10 in our Low Petergate shop or between £10 – £30 on the Oxfam website. This charity gift would make an awesome present for someone this Christmas!


Charity Gift Wrap – 4th Day of Oxmas

We’re taking a break from gift suggestions today to share what you can wrap them with – Oxfam gift wrap!










We have a huge selection in store of gift wrap and tags, from the traditional shiny red and green to the more subtle illustrated style on brown paper.


We’ve also got a great selection of tags in various wintery designs, meaning you can mix and match to get your ideal gift wrap combination (or at least one that complements the decorations on the tree you’ll be putting them under).









Depending on the design, our gift wrap is either made in part from recycled paper or sourced from FSC approved trees, meaning not only does using our paper to wrap your presents in mean your money goes towards fighting poverty all over the world, but it’s a better choice for the environment, too.


Specter of the Past – 3rd Day of Oxmas

We’re looking to our AbeBooks store today to find something for our 3rd day of Oxmas, and with The Last Jedi coming out later this month, a Star Wars novel might be the perfect gift for the Star Wars fan in your life.

Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn makes his triumphant return to the Star Wars universe in this first of an epic new two-volume series in which the New Republic must face its most dangerous enemy yet–a dead Imperial warlord.

The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn–the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history–has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. Facing incredible odds, Han and Leia begin a desperate race against time to prevent the New Republic from unraveling in the face of two inexplicable threats–one from within and one from without. Meanwhile, Luke teams up with Mara Jade, using the Force to track down a mysterious pirate ship with a crew of clones. Yet, perhaps most dangerous of all, are those who lurk in the shadows, orchestrating a dark plan that will turn the New Republic and the Empire into their playthings.


This is the first in the Hand of Thrawn series, and could be a great entry point into the Star Wars novels for a fan of any age.

Find it here.




Charity Christmas Cards – 2nd Day of Oxmas

Today we’re sharing just some of the beautifully designed charity Christmas cards Oxfam have on offer this year!



This pack of ten stained glass inspired cards are a gorgeous nativity scene which are especially thematic if you’re local to York, given the Minster’s world renowned stained glass windows.






These folksy flora and fauna cards are fabulous for any animal lovers in your life, as well as bringing something a little more unique to everyone’s mantle piece this winter.






And finally we wanted to share this Twelves Days of Christmas card, great if you need some sneaky hints for remembering the lyrics to the carol.




All of these cards are printed on cardboard sourced from well-managed sites working to preserve natural resources, so as well as your purchase going towards fighting poverty with Oxfam, they are a great choice for the environment, too.

The cards can be purchased through the links provided or in any of our York shops, while stocks last!

12 Days of Oxmas

BTS Young Forever – 1st Day of Oxmas

To kick of this year’s Oxmas we’re starting with BTS Young Forever Album!

As Christmas is a time to find new music or to get that album you’ve been wanting all year long, we’ve chosen world famous kpop group BTS’ third compilation album Young Forvever!

BTS is a massive sensation from South Korea, leading the way for kpop representation in the world. They recently had their US TV debut at the American Music Awards, is the only kpop act to have won a billboard award, they have the highest charting album ever on the UK album charts and the BBC are making a documentary about them! Kpop is becoming more and more popular throughout the world and BTS is opening the doors for this!

This album is a compilation of 2 of their mini albums, The Most Beautiful Moment In Life parts 1 and 2. It contains songs such as Fire, which has garnered 236 million views on Youtube; Dope, which has 235 million views; and I Need U, which recently hit 100 million views. There are 2 versions of this album, Day and Night, which we have put together in a bundle for you to buy! They are both in like new condition and include 2 cds, a folded poster, and a photobook. Find them on our store here.

We also have a large selection of other kpop albums on our online store! Find them all in the music category here.



12 Days of Oxmas

Back again for the third year in a row, here on the blog we’ll be celebrating 12 days of Oxmas!

Between the 1st and 22nd of December we’ll be sharing 12 gift ideas from both our store and online shop, hopefully giving you some unique present ideas that will do their bit to make the world a better place.

Keep an eye on the blog over the next few weeks to see what we have in store!

Ways to Have a More Eco-Friendly Christmas

Although it may seem too soon to be thinking about Christmas for some, a lot of us have already started planning if not buying our presents by this time of year. Although Christmas is a wonderful time spent with family and based around giving, it can also be one of the most wasteful times of year. As Oxfam is dedicated to fighting climate change at its source, we’ve put together a list of some ways your Christmas can be a little bit kinder to the planet.


Wrap presents differently

The amount of wrapping paper used and wasted every Christmas is enough to cover Big Ben 260,000 times, and due to plastic coatings and glitter a huge amount of this cannot be recycled.


You could opt for gift wrap made from recycled paper, like this snowflake and mandala design produced by Oxfam. This way less energy and resources have been used to make it and it can be recycled again, meaning this wrapping paper has a much lower carbon footprint.





You could also explore the Japanese art of Furoshiki, where you use fabric to wrap gifts, meaning it’s both unique and re-usable. Pop down to your local charity shop to pick up some cheap vintage scarfs and you’ve got yourself something that’s budget friendly and beautiful.


If any of your presents come in gift bags, simply fold them up and keep them for next year. They will most likely be Christmas themed already, and are great time savers because you’re cutting out the inevitable fight with finding the end of the sellotape.

Reduce food waste


Each Christmas 2 million turkeys, 17.2 million sprouts and 74 million mince pies end up in the bin due to their being too much food being bought over the holiday period.

image: BBC goodfood

Although it’s difficult to cater for large groups (and you don’t want to run out of turkey halfway through Christmas dinner!) making sure that leftovers are used up in time and not too many pre-packaged treats are bought if people don’t usually end up eating them. And the leftovers don’t have to be turned into soggy turkey sandwiches on boxing day – you could throw them into a warming turkey curry, or bake your unwanted sprouts into savoury scones.


If some items don’t end up being cooked, or you still have an unopened packet of mince pies knocking around at new years, if food is in date you can always donate to a local food bank so that you’re not only putting edible food to landfill, but you’re helping to feed those with less at Christmas.


Buy second-hand gifts

By buying second-hand items as gifts, you’re not only saving a little money, but it also means that no new materials are being used to create new products. Unless it’s the latest gadget or something consumable, you can get almost anything lightly used, weather it be a cosy new jumper, a DVD or game, or a copy of a book you think your friend will love.


Our Petergate shop is a great place to come and shop for something for the bookworm in your life, but we also have an online shop with everything from board games to KPop, to CDs and films. You can also shop every Oxfam store online, too – just search for what you’re looking for on the website and you don’t even need to leave the house to find a fabulous second hand gift.




Give consumables

HN501407_01.jpgEdible gifts are always a safe bet, as you know they will get eaten and won’t end up on eBay in the new year. You could spend an afternoon baking biscuits or decorating Christmas cupcakes, or you could buy a ready-made gift sets such as this gift tin for the tea connoisseur, or a selection of sweet jams to brighten up someones boxing day breakfast.

HN501833_01.jpgGifts that get used up such as someones favourite perfume or a festive scented body wash are also ways to make sure your gift will be used and appreciated without creating excess clutter for the receiver.


Online Book of the Week: Build Your Own Website by Nate Cooper


Part comic, part how-to guide, Build Your Own Website by Nate Cooper (with art by Kim Gee) is a painless guide to HTML, CSS and WordPress, giving you all the tools you need to create a website.


You can follow along with the comic as it introduces you to Tofu the dog, the Web Guru and Glinda, the Good Witch of CSS. This book would be a great gift for the tech nerd in your life, or perfect if you’re making your own website for a blog or as a shop front for your business.


You can buy Build Your Own Website from our online store here for just £4.99!


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