Stay young at heart with The Body Shop's Christmas collection

Stay young at heart with The Body Shop's Christmas collection

Play for peace

Text: Renée Batchelor

Feeling philanthropic this Christmas? Find out how you can give more via The Body Shop

Kids these days have way too much toys. We should know, as our three-year old tot keeps the living room littered with everything from toy trucks to Barbie and her gang. But the sad truth is that a lot of kids conversely have no toys at all. Sadder still, there are some kids who, due to circumstances like poverty and war, have no time to play. This Christmas, The Body Shop is making a change in two ways.

First, all its gift sets transform into games. From word puzzles to mazes to dice games, this is the ultimate in upcycling, as instead of throwing your used gift boxes away, they can be meaningfully repurposed. Also proceeds from each gift purchased goes towards International Alert's Peace Play Project that helps Syrian refugee children (now based in Lebanon) play. In fact each purchase ensures that they play safely for a whole year, as that is the commitment The Body Shop has undertaken.  If you want to make an impact even closer to home, selected stores will be displaying huge 1.5m tall stockings to collect brand, new toys alongside the Care Community Services Society for this project. Parents, it's a great opportunity to give away duplicate toys in an unused condition, while anyone can also spend a bit of time and money picking up gifts for those who would appreciate them greatly.

Need even more excuses to shell out for your gifts at The Body Shop? This year the quintessential Brit brand has tapped on designer Henry Holland to design an exclusive capsule collection. Says Holland, "I grew up with The Body Shop products in our house and my sister's first perfume was White Musk, so to be asked to work with them on the project was so exciting." Also lined up are nifty, gift ideas like a mask collection or even cartoon animal sleeping masks that make cute stocking stuffers. Check out the selection of our top picks below, and play on.