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Oxfam America’s Unwrapped Gift Catalog Offers Unique, Charitable Holiday Giving Ideas

Aziz Ansari, comedian and Oxfam celebrity ambassador, calls Oxfam’s symbolic gift-giving program a perfect way make a difference

BOSTON –This holiday season, global relief and development organization, Oxfam America, is offering shoppers a unique opportunity to give meaningful gifts for family and friends that will help communities break free from poverty. Across the world, more than 3 billion people live off of just $2.50 a day—nearly half of the world’s population.

Oxfam’s symbolic gift-giving catalogue features a list of charitable gifts that can provide clean water, life-sustaining crops, or education opportunities for children. Popular gifts include a $50 goat, $25 building tools, and an $18 pair of chickens. Additional gifts include school supplies, solar lanterns, emergency toilets, safe drinking water, and limited edition holiday peace cards.

“If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, you can head over to to cross those names off your list without even standing up,” said Oxfam America celebrity ambassador and comedian Aziz Ansari. “No wrapping paper, ribbons, or fighting for the last sweater at the mall required – and you can rest assured that your gift will help a family fight poverty and hunger.”

Oxfam’s Unwrapped gifts (available online at offer items that symbolically represent the organization’s lifesaving work. Each purchase is a contribution toward Oxfam’s many programs that help people living in poverty throughout the world. The online catalog allows shoppers to personalize their card and have it mailed directly to the recipient or to the shopper’s home. The shopper also receives a gift receipt for the tax-deductible donation as well as the joy of giving a gift that gives back.

“A gift from Oxfam’s Unwrapped catalogue is one that helps a person or community in need,” said Stephanie Kurzina, vice president for development and communications at Oxfam America. “By giving something as simple as a pair of chickens, you are helping a person provide for his or her family with food; the gift of a water pump can help a community during times of drought or emergency. For ten years, people from around the world have given the gift of helping others during the holidays with Oxfam Unwrapped.”

Oxfam Unwrapped has been helping those in need during the holidays since 2005. In ten years, it has raised approximately $130 million for families and communities in need worldwide.

Oxfam America’s 2015 holiday campaign will be featured nationally in an integrated marketing push that includes outdoor, print and online ads, as well as a social media presence on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. We save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. To join our efforts or learn more, go to

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