Our top charity Christmas cards
At Christmas, the giving of gifts can be just as gratifying, if not more so, than receiving. Even a simple card can be gratefully received, and lets someone know you’re thinking of them. This historic tradition is thought to have started over 170 years ago, when Henry Cole, founder of the V&A, ordered 1000 copies of cards depicting acts of charity alongside his family raising a toast. Nowadays, we tend to combine celebrating with acts of charity, and the giving of charity cards is a great way to spread festive cheer while donating to causes close to our hearts. These are our favourites this year:
Co-founded by Liz, LiveTwice provides a range of helpful support for communities in need by offering ‘a hand up, not just a hand-out’. The stylish, simplistic design of these cards is inspired by the logo for Noah’s House, a young people’s respite care home in Dorset founded by LiveTwice. It’s a lovely way to spread a traditional message of peace this Christmas.
We love the fun festive snowball fight scene, watched over by cheeky angels, on these cards. William’s Fund was founded after a family tragically lost their young son William. The charity raises vital funds for research into children’s cancer. During William’s treatment, the family would send a Christmas poem in a card to family and friends to keep them updated on his situation. William’s grandmother, Elizabeth, designed all their charity Christmas cards until her death in 2016 – the cards are now a legacy for them both.
We have Battersea Dogs & Cats home to thank for rescuing our very own wellbeing wonder-dog, Basil, before Lily rehomed her. Their Christmas cards come in five playful designs, including a family of cats and dogs sitting down to a turkey dinner in front of a roaring fire. We’re sure Basil would approve!
All Friends of the Earth Christmas cards are printed on uncoated recycled board, certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As well as the adorable animal designs, we love that these eco-friendly cards come with a recipe on the back to help transform Christmas leftovers.
Back in Victorian times, Royal Mail postmen were clad in bright red coats, which earned them the nickname ‘robins’. It seems particularly fitting, then, that these cards should feature a robin on a post box, especially as the proceeds go towards supporting our feathered friends. Back in 1898, the RSPB actually became the first charity to sell Christmas cards – what trendsetters!
Our passion for botanicals spreads into all areas of our lives, so we can’t resist Kew’s Christmas cards which feature some of our festive favourites such as mistletoe, holly and winter red. All profits go towards supporting Kew’s valuable research work, which Liz has also been connected with in the past.