Oxfam Bookshop, Petergate York

This is the blog for the Oxfam Book Shop on Low Petergate in York

Feed a Family – 12th Day of Oxmas

On the final day of Oxmas, we’re sharing one of our Oxfam Unwrapped gifts.

By this time you’ve probably bought most of the trappings of your Christmas dinner, the mince pies are all bought, the sprouts in the fridge, and some chocolate coins on standby to stash in a stocking in a few days time. What this gift would allow you to do is not only feed your own family this Christmas, but also feed a family during a time of crisis.


For just £8 – a fraction of what most families will spend on food for the big day – your money will not only get a thoughtful last-minute gift for a loved one, but also pay for a food basket in a time of scarcity or upheaval for a family.



You can purchase this gift in our Low Petergate shop in York, or online here.

12 Days of Oxmas


Elfenroads – 11th Day of Oxmas

For our penultimate day of Oxmas we’ve picked Elfenroads!

In Elfenroads, players attempt to travel from city to city on the map using the resources of cards, gold, and transportation chits. The player best able to juggle the three resources and visit the most cities by game’s end wins. Elfenroads is three games in one; Elfenland, Elfengold and Elfensea!


It is a fun game but requires some strategic thinking and it isn’t easy but if you win it is very rewarding! You can play this game with family and/or friends and have lots of fun! It is in like new condition and is still in its cellophane wrapper!

Find it here!



Hot Chocolate Spoons – 10th Day of Oxmas

We’re nearly at the end of the 12 Days of Oxmas, so today we’re featuring a great last-minute stocking stuffer – hot chocolate spoons!


This gift set comes with a white, milk, and dark chocolate spoon, handcrafted in the UK in West Sussex. They’re organic and fairtrade, and are perfect for warming up a cold day.

To use, you simply put the spoon into a mug of hot milk, and stir until all the chocolate has melted into the milk. Perfect for chocolate lovers of any age, you can pick up this gift in store or on Oxfam’s online shop.HN501827_01.jpg

12 Days of Oxmas

Comics – 9th Day of Oxmas

For the 9th day of Oxmas we’ve selected comics!

Do you have an avid Marvel, DC, Judge Dredd or 2000AD fan in your family? If so we have a large selection of comics in our Low Petergate shop including all these for you to gift them! Even if you don’t know someone who’s into this stuff a comic is still a very interesting and entertaining thing to give!


We have Marvel, DC/Vertigo, 2000AD, Image and Indie sections that all have a large amount of comics in them that are constantly being added to with new donations! You can find things like; The Avengers, Spider-Man, Teen Titans, Fantastic Four, Star Wars, Batman.


Find them all in stand in the middle of the shop floor at our Low Petergate shop.


OneDice Universal – 8th Day of Oxmas

Although still a book, we’ve gone for something a little different for our 8th day of Oxmas – a OnceDice Universal RPG guide. Designed as a system to fit any genre, OneDice is a tabletop role playing game where you can be anything from an axe-weilding barbarian to a crime-fighting superhero using quick and easily adaptable rules and fighting systems.

This would make a great gift for someone you already know who’s interested in tabletop RPGs or board games, or even for someone who has been meaning to dip into them but doesn’t know where to start.









You can get your hands on this copy of the OneDice Universal guide through our shop website here, a steal at just £10!


Mulled Wine Mix – 7th Day of Oxmas

The 7th thing we’re bringing you this Oxmas is a bag of fairtrade and organic mulled wine mix!


Made in North Yorkshire by Steenbergs Organic, this mix allows you to transform a bottle of red wine into a lovely festive treat. Simply add the wine and mix to a pan and slowly heat, then serve in a mug and enjoy. With the tartan gift bag it makes the perfect stocking filler, or even just as a treat for yourself when you’re wrapping gifts for everyone else.


You can buy this mix in store or on the Oxfam online shop here.


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.


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