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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Edible 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.
Gifts 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.
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 may have noticed if you’ve walked past the shop in the last week that we’ve fully embraced the cold weather and gotten into the festive spirit.
We’ve decorated our mini Christmas tree with Oxfam sourced decorations, which you can pick up for yourself in the shop, along with a lot of other festive treats. All the presents you see in the window are also wrapped in Oxfam gift wrap, as well, so if you do see a design you like don’t hestitate to come in and ask where you can find it.
We’ve also created a display of recommendations, either as a gift for a book-loving friend, or something for yourself to curl up under a blanket with this winter.
Our online book of the week this week comes in the form of an exhibition catalogue of the 2014 Diobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The exhibition mainly explored the use of objects in movements for social change, and how the ingenuity and creativity of political activists transformed objects into powerful tools for protest and progress.
As well as adapted every day objects, items from grassroots groups from across the world were displayed, such as banners, defaced curancy, political games, designs for barricades and protest artworks.
The focus lies on objects from the 1980s to present day, with all protests around the world still in recent living memory and covering protests over issues which are still ongoing today.
This exhibition catalogue can be found and is available to buy through our website here.
For this week’s online book of the week, we’ve chosen something a little different – although still a book, our decorative book stacks are purely for looking rather than reading.
We try our best to give the donated books a new lease of life on someone else’s bookshelves, but unfortunately some are not always suitable for this due to wear and tear or pages being missing. That’s the case with these books – although their contents might not be perfect, they’re still lovely in the way that all vintage hardbacks are.
Colour co-ordinated and tied with a ribbon, these stacks could act as bookends, a table centrepiece, or just a way to add a splash of colour and vintage charm to a room.