This winter, help wrap someone in kindness and warmth

Download UK for UNHCR festive wrapping paper and donate to help wrap a displaced person in kindness and warmth against the freezing cold this winter #WrappedInKindness 

Did you know that on average the UK uses a staggering 227,000 miles of wrapping paper across November and December? Most of this is used once and then discarded.   

So we challenged ourselves to find a way to change this, to make wrapping presents more meaningful this festive season. A way to wrap displaced people in kindness and warmth while we wrap presents.  

We’ve worked with authors, artists and designers to create bespoke wrapping paper that is inspired by refugees’ stories. These designs have all been made with displaced Syrian and Afghan families in mind. Families struggling to survive a bitterly cold winter in the Middle East and Afghanistan with no one else to turn to. Families made up of individuals with their own hopes and dreams, and who can achieve great things despite the difficulties they face 

Take a closer look at each design and find out more about the people who inspired and created them.  

Download your favourite – as wrapping paper or for your mobile or desktop – and donate to help wrap displaced Syrian and Afghan families in kindness and warmth this winter.   

Photo: © UNHCR

Photo: © UNHCR

Did you know that on average the UK uses a staggering 227,000 miles of wrapping paper across November and December?

Most of this is used once and then discarded. So we challenged ourselves to find a way to change this, to make wrapping presents more meaningful this festive season. A way to wrap displaced people in kindness and warmth while we wrap presents.  

We’ve worked with authors, artists and designers to create bespoke wrapping paper that is inspired by refugees’ stories. These designs have all been made with displaced Syrian and Afghan families in mind. Families struggling to survive a bitterly cold winter in the Middle East and Afghanistan with no one else to turn to. Families made up of individuals with their own hopes and dreams, and who can achieve great things despite the difficulties they face.

Take a closer look at each design and find out more about the people who inspired and created them.

Download your favourite – as wrapping paper or for your mobile or desktop – and donate to help wrap displaced Syrian and Afghan families in kindness and warmth this winter.

“I tell you what we need, what we need is kindness, oh and blankets, same thing really, what’s kinder than giving a cold person a blanket, right?”

Award-winning author Max Porter spoke with Kalil, a former Syrian refugee.

“I tell you what we need, what we need is kindness, oh and blankets, same thing really, what’s kinder than giving a cold person a blanket, right?”

Award-winning author Max Porter spoke with Kalil, a former Syrian refugee.

One theme which really came through to me was this feeling of togetherness and supporting one another.”

London-based artist Ayesha Pearce wanted to create something that people would want to use, but would also nod to this feeling of everyone coming together. 

One theme which really came through to me was this feeling of togetherness and supporting one another.”

London-based artist Ayesha Pearce wanted to create something that people would want to use, but would also nod to this feeling of everyone coming together.

Designed by Alex Francis

Designed by Alex Francis
“It was really moving when Um Ismael said “I get afraid when winter comes,” it’s such a contrast to my life when I get excited about Christmas.

Bristol-based illustrator and designer Ruby Taylor reflects on the stories of displaced mothers.

Wrapped paper inspired by refugee stories, designed by Ruby Taylor

Wrapped paper inspired by refugee stories, designed by Ruby Taylor. Designed to support UK for UNHCR’s special appeal to help displaced families keep warm this winter.

“It was really moving when Um Ismael said “I get afraid when winter comes,” it’s such a contrast to my life when I get excited about Christmas.

Bristol-based illustrator and designer Ruby Taylor reflects on the stories of displaced mothers.

Designed by Kate Gibb

Designed by Kate Gibb

Here are more ways you can wrap refugees in kindness this winter.

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We’re working to provide the essentials refugees need to survive; shelter, food, water, healthcare and protection. Your donation today will help save lives. 

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Learn more

Over the coming months, hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced families will face sub-zero temperatures.

 

Over the coming months, hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced families will face sub-zero temperatures. We are on the ground distributing life-saving aid to help families survive the freezing cold winter months.

Stoves and fuel

to cook meals, generate heat and dry wet clothing

Emergency shelter

to protect a family from the harsh elements

Emergency cash payments

to help families buy what they need most

We rely on voluntary contributions to make our work possible.
Thank you for standing with refugees.

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