How to give back this Christmas with Clara from the Hamper Exchange

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without spending some time thinking about how to give back, which is why we’ve partnered with the Hamper Exchange this year.

The project runs for the first time this year, and supports local families in Lambeth. Here’s our interview with founder Clara, all about the project & how to give back in the festive period.

Could you explain a little bit about your project - the Hamper Exchange?

The Hamper Exchange is a 'buy one, give one' model: Buying a luxury hamper of local food products made by Lambeth-based businesses gifts a second hamper of great quality food to a local family who are at risk of food insecurity. These gifts are distributed to families with young children in the most deprived areas of the borough by the Lambeth Early Action Partnership. Christmas is about great food, showing kindness to one another and community. The Hamper Exchange is one way to celebrate all three. 

What inspired you to organise the Hamper Exchange?

The Hamper Exchange was founded on the belief that there can be models in which everyone wins! We pay our producers wholesale rates, we fill our hampers with wonderful local foods that have a retail value matching the cost of the hampers, and we put 100% of the profit back into serving low income families at risk of food insecurity. It's a triple-win.


What are your favourite local, sustainable brands for gifting?

I spend a lot of time at craft markets picking up unique and beautiful presents - the Crafty Fox market at Mercato Metropolitano is a great place to stock up.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

I have to admit that, as a vegetarian, I'm not really into the big Christmas dinner. Since I was a child I've had my favourite take away on Christmas Day instead! I buy it the day before and heat it up. It's usually pizza or Mexican.

What are the charities that you'd recommend supporting over the festive period?

Christmas is about being together, and so we're big fans of Age UK's Christmas dinner, which is organised for older people living in Lambeth and who would otherwise be alone.

How can I give back this Christmas?

There are lots of little ways to make a difference this Christmas. Whether it’s being more mindful and wasting less, making or gifting donations through organisations like the Big Give or by volunteering in your local community.

What are your favourite ways to give back at Christmas? Tag us at @OddboxLDN on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and use #WasteConsciousChristmas.

Learn more about the Hamper Exchange here. As it was only a trial project, the Hampers have now sold out, but we hope the project will return next year.

Happy Sharing!

The Oddbox Team

Oddbox Team