A recent survey carried out by Censuswide for The British Heart Foundation revealed that 33% of the country will be shopping with Charity shops this year. With the cost of living and the environmental challenges constantly in the news headlines, there is no doubt we are all looking for ways to make our money go further and help the environment.
Christmas shopping in our Retail Charity shops and/or our eBay and Depop shops will not only save you money, it will also reduce landfill and support local Hospice care. Every pound raised will help those people in our community who are living with a life-limiting illness. Our 18 Charity Retail Shops are treasure troves of undiscovered delights and affordable gifts at a fraction of high street prices, so here is a handy guide to help you have a wonderful Christmas time.
The Lead Up To The Big Day
Christmas Cards – Browse the fantastic range of traditional or fun Christmas cards available to purchase in our High Street shops, our Shop Locator will help you find your nearest Rowans Hospice Charity Shop. Maybe you would prefer to send an economical Christmas card via email? Please visit our Don’t Send Me A Card page where you can choose e-Cards to be emailed, and donate the cost of cards and stamps to the Charity.
Deck The Halls – You can find some truly unique Christmas decorations in our shops just waiting for a new tree to adorn. Alternatively, our Cowplain Craft Shop is a den of crafting delights and has all you need to make your own decorations. Perhaps your storage boxes that hold your decorations are getting a bit tatty, our bric-a-brac sections may have the storage solutions you are looking for.
Christmas Parties – Our shops have a fantastic range of womenswear, menswear, and all you need for the party season. You will be the belle of the ball and your purchases will be supporting the future of local Hospice care.
Secret Santa gift? – Show your colleagues that second-hand does not mean second-best by selecting your Secret Santa gift from one of our shops. How about a vintage tea cup with a packet of flower seeds for a homemade garden planter gift? Or a cocktail shaker and glass for someone who enjoys a tipple?
Book Lovers – A basket of books makes an ideal gift. Create a collection of crime books, find a few romance novels or maybe make a mix of different genres and then find a basket or box, in our homewares section, to gift your books in.
Outdoorsy People – You can never go wrong with hats, gloves and scarves, especially for those who love to spend time outdoors. Add a blanket, picnic basket and a couple of tea cups for a winter picnic present.
Stocking Fillers – If Santa needs some ideas to stuff the stockings, then please let him know to browse our fantastic range of books, children’s toys, games and clothes.
For the Newlyweds – or New Home Owners – Visit our Cosham Furniture shop for new-to-you furniture, mirrors, coffee tables, and other unique home accessories. Alternatively, our Emporiums in Southsea, Petersfield and Gosport have some fabulous smaller furniture, home accessories, and items that would make a meaningful gift.
The Social Butterflies and Busy Bees – Our 2023 diaries and calendars are the perfect gift for those busy people who like to be organised. With diaries priced at just £3 each and calendars at £5, these gifts are thoughtful and affordable. Diaries and calendars are also available via our eBay shop.
For the Fashionistas and Style Gurus – Our online Depop shop is the fashion marketplace of high-quality pre-loved items, and the perfect place to find a Christmas party or New Year’s Eve outfit and accessories: Start shopping on DePop here.
And finally for those tricky, hard to buy for people – Our eBay shop has a fantastic selection of unusual and affordable gifts. From vintage jewellery to prints and pottery: Start shopping on eBay here.
The Festive Season
Christmas Eve Boxes – A popular gift box given as Santa travels around the world. These pre-filled boxes can be pricey, so why not create your own for just a few pounds, and teach the children all about giving back to Charity?
Ideas for a Christmas Eve Box…
Story book Small mug for Christmas Eve hot chocolate
Christmas decorations to hang on the tree Small toy
Whilst we can not help you with your Turkey and trimmings, we can help you with your Christmas table.
Ideas for your Christmas Day essentials…
A set of prosecco glasses for Bucks Fizz
A new-to-you tablecloth with a festive table runner
Serving dishes for your roasties and vegetables
Table centre pieces – find a glass vase in our home accessories section and fill with Holly sprigs and homemade dried orange slices and cloves.
After the big day is over, Boxing Day is all about rest and relaxation. If you are planning a quiet day at home, we have all of the things you need to sit back and relax.
New-to-you pyjamas – perfect for a ‘stay at home’ day and if you are snuggling up on the sofa to watch a Christmas film why not add a cosy blanket. Not only will you be supporting local Hospice care, you can also save money by turning your heating down. Don’t forget some pre-loved bowls for the popcorn!
Board Games – keep the family entertained, its not Christmas without an argument over whose turn it is!
Filling up on food? – How about a set of glass pudding dishes for the Boxing Day Trifle.
Puzzles – Always popular, puzzles are great way to unwind. Our shops usually have both adult’s and children’s puzzles. Why not get a selection and encourage the kids to have some ‘tech free’ time?