I know, it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas - still trying to be summer in some parts of our rainy island - but the new Christian Aid Christmas catalogue is now available and always a good first choice when browsing for gifts in advance.
Aside from the usual beautifully designed cards and gift wrap, there are new and unusual gifts to be purchased this year. Most of the gifts in the catalogue are made by workers in the developing world, under fair-trade agreements, and profits are ploughed back into funding development projects around the world.
To entice you further, the sort of gifts you can buy through Christian Aid this year include a handcrafted miniature copper church from Peru, silken Christmas baubles from India, a Balinese Batik holder made of split bamboo, a Festive Chest of Chocolate Coins from the Philippines, and wonderfully aromatic Arabica coffee beans in a calico drawstring bag, packaged in Bangladesh.
To receive a free copy of the Christian Aid Christmas Selection in good time for seasonal gift-buying ahead of the rush, you can telephone 020 7523 2229 or visit www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas.