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Very special Christmas Cards

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Bringing the real meaning of Christmas to cards.

What do I mean?  Well, let’s see.  How about the fact that two cards were designed by a long time supporter Kate Holliday – a card designer.  She did so as she has done every year for ten years as a gift to us.  Exclusive designs at no cost.

The third card was designed by one of our Young Ambassadors – Tabby is 13 and went through treatment for cancer from age 6 to age 9.  She too designed the ‘Angels over the Stable’ card as a gift to us.

Or how about the fact that the cards, envelopes and packaging were donated meaning that, for the 8th year in a row, we an say that we get 100% of card sales.   We aren’t unique in doing this but we are in the minority!

Our cards are still good quality and good value.

Here are the three designs.  All are A6 size so that means it is an ordinary stamp for postage.  All are packed in 10’s.  One design per pack.  £4 per pack.  We can post to you for £1 per pack (UK only).  If you would like to buy any, please do get in touch.  And if you can help us sell out, we would welcome that help too!

Tis the season to be jolly

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It’s time! I have waited till October before mentioning Christmas merchandise!
This year we have two cards
One is a nativity scene and one is a Ripple Retreat scene.
Both are A5 sized and so just need a regular stamp for posting.
We have packed them as a pack of 10 of one design or a pack of 5 of two designs.
We are incredibly lucky once again to have no costs with them so that every single penny from the sales of our cards comes to us. Special thanks to our printers Captivate Creative for their generosity and to Kate Holliday for designing them.
So do you want a pack or two?
If yes, get in touch as soon as possible – we have limited stock and once they are gone, they are gone!
£4 per pack – we can post to you  in UK- at cost.










Our advent calendars are designed by a Ripple Retreat neighbour, Mia. The latest trend is for colouring in – it’s very therapeutic.
We have 200 to sell at a mere £1 each – a fantastic wee Advent gift for the little ones in your life.

They are A3 size
Again, get in touch if you want to buy one (or ten!)

Christmas Cards 2016

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It may only be September, but it’s time for us at It’s Good 2 Give to start thinking about Christmas cards! We all know how the festive season can creep up on you, so why not get ahead of the game and buy your Christmas cards early?

This year’s cards, two of which have been specially designed for us by Kate from Sunlight on Closed Lids and one which features the Wee Broon Dug, cost £4 for a pack of 10 cards. They are all A5 size.

They are in packs of 10 – all one design.

Email lynne@itsgood2give.co.uk to order yours and give to a good cause this Christmas!

Proud to let you know that every penny comes to us – printing was donated by Captivate Creative and envelopes, packing and labels donated by donor.

Evie’s boots and the shopfront cards both  have a little sparkle to them.

Wee Broon Dug is a photo taken by Nadia of Yellow Dog Photography.


Wee Broon Dug in Santa Hat Photo by Yellow Dog Photography – thanks Nadia

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ig2g goes shopping Thanks to Kate Holliday at Sunlight on Closed Lids for this design

Evie's boots

Evie’s sparkly pink uggs. Thanks to Kate Holliday of Sunlight on Closed Lids for this design

Christmas Cards 2015

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We have a lovely selection for you this year as always.

First up, Young Ambassador Victoria Stewart, designed these two cards for us

Victoria is now 8 but when she was very little, fought cancer for over 2 years.

There will be 5 of each design in the pack and are £4 for ten.

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Next up are our special Sunlight on Closed Lids cards – designed exclusively for us by Kate Holliday










£4 for pack of ten

And finally, we have a vintage feel to this pack of cards – there will be a mix of designs in each pack and these designs have been kindly donated to us by the Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh

Again, £4 for a pack of ten

You can buy direct from us – just let us know what you would like.  Collect only – you can pick up from a few locations

my home at Craiglockhart (by prior arrangement),  another Trustee’s home at Murrayfield (by prior arrangement)

Zest Skin Spa, Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh

More locations added soon – watch this space.

Get in touch with us now to place your order.


Christmas Cards 2013 – Meet the Designers

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Last but far from least – meet Kate  Holliday.

I first met Kate when she was working at a luxury stationery store in Edinburgh a few  years ago.  She offered to design me a christmas card and I loved it.

It is about friendship and support and each year our little girl, little boy, their dog, cat and the little wren do something different.  This year I asked Kate to include a toy bus to represent ‘our’ bus.   The result is spectacular.

As you know by now, I asked all our designers a few questions and  Kate’s answers are below.

I wanted  you to meet our designers properly because I am so proud of us getting support from people we know, and  having the cards printed here in Scotland (Perth to be exact) and wrapped and packed here in Edinburgh.

Shop local is something I support and so it seems ok to me to ask you to support us too!

Kate Holliday

“My best friend is a wonderful girl who I call Jim. We’ve been great chums for 12 years. Thanks Jim.

My favourite colour, or colours rather, are a red’dy orange and teal.

My favourite smells. Hard to choose, but off the top of my head……bread baking, cardamom and the smell of the outdoors after a good dose of rain.

Favourite puddings……hot sticky toffee pudding with cold vanilla ice-cream or just a simple bowl of fresh raspberries. Can’t think of many puddings I dislike though!

Something I would love…….I would love to travel north to see the Aurora Borealis. I hope to do this soon!”

check out Kate’s website here.

10 ways to help It’s Good 2 Give this Christmas

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In no particular order!

1.   Buy our fabulous Christmas cards – designed exclusively for us – by people we know and love – author and one of our Patrons, Cathy Cassidy, young cancer patient Tabby Lawson aged just 8, Kate Holliday of Sunlight on Closed Lids and award winning photographer Alexis Manson.  Printed in Scotland and packed right here in Edinburgh by our wonderful volunteers.  Amazing value at £4 for a pack of ten – Cathy and Kate’s cards and £3.50 for pack of ten of Alexis and Tabby’s cards


2.  Come along to our events – a few spaces left at all our events this year (close to sell out so don’t wait too long) or you can book a table at our 2014 Ball.  Join our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news.


3.  Help us at our bagpacking or giftwrapping days – Saturday 21 December at Asda, Chesser Avenue and Sunday 22 December at M&S, Gyle – 2 hour shifts – email to add your name to the rota.


4.  Shopping online this Christmas?  Please consider doing it via Give as You Live – we get a donation at no cost to you – join here.


5.  Join our Christmas Cookie Club – a social baking experience mainly but also a wee fundraiser for us.  This is our first year and we hope to make it an annual experience.


6.  Join Team Pedal 4 Paul 2014 – our cycling challenge – late summer.


7.  Buy a voucher or products from The Make-up Studio, West Preston Street, Edinburgh and we receive 10% of all you spend. (quote Itsgood2give at time of purchase) -Chris is the only stockist in Scotland to have the Young Blood mineral make up range.  (we love it)


8. Buy a limited edition Hard Rock Cafe Lapel pin – with our logo and the iconic Forth Rail Bridge on it.  Every penny of the £8 price tag comes to us.


9. 2014 is the year of fitness for It’s Good 2 Give – register your interest in joining our ten week Pilates course (very limited availability -max 12 per course) with Iain Dunn starts mid February. cost £120.  Or you can register your interest in taking part in our Red Face Run – a 5km run/walk suitable for the whole family. Join our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news


10.  For the jewellery lover – we have a beautiful hallmarked silver charm from Hamilton & Inches – perfect for a charm bracelet but also good (this is my way of wearing it) on a fine silver chain as a necklace.  £35 each and packaged in Hamilton & Inches signature purple boxes wrapped with ribbon.


I’m not going to add it on as number 11 but consider it a wee bonus suggestion!  We also have our Buy A Service option – do have a look here.  One of our supporters is buying three ironing vouchers as gifts for three of the mums who have children in treatment over Christmas.  Such a lovely and thoughtful idea.

Christmas Cards 2013

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As ever our cards have been designed exclusively for us, printed in Scotland and packed right here in Edinburgh!

Buy these and you can be sure that every penny profit goes to our projects.

Let me show you them…….

First up – stunning cards designed by our Patron and Childrens Author Cathy Cassidy.

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We have packed them 5 of the girl and  5 of the boy into packs of ten for you with white envelopes – these are size A5 and a pack of ten is £4

Next we have a card designed for us by professional card designer Kate Holliday of Sunlight on Closed Lids.












Size is 155mm square and a pack of ten is £4


Our little Robin card is a photograph by award winning photographer and long time supporter Alexis Manson.   (Watch this space for more greetings cards featuring Alexis’ photos) size is A6 and pack of ten is £3.50













and last but certainly not least a very special card featuring a picture drawn by 8 year old Tabby Lawson.  Tabby is year 3 of treatment for cancer and doing really well.  Looking at this card it is hard to believe an 8year old drew it and I love it.  Meet Tabby here.  size is A6 and pack of ten will cost you £3.50.









Our thanks to all those who have designed our cards over the years and especially this year.

We are very proud to have our cards printed right here in Scotland by Farquhar’s of Perth – it makes a real difference knowing the people who are involved in every stage of the process.  Andy is their driver and always has a smile and good chat when he delivers our printing.

Our volunteers who fold the cards, then pack and wrap and tag them are the salt of the earth as are all those who help us sell the cards at events, fairs, exhibitions.

We will have all the cards at our upcoming events and  can order them via me – payment will be by cheque, cash or BACS (internet banking) or by credit card (small surcharge applies).  We can post out and will charge post and packing at cost.

Two of the cards – Cathy’s cards and Kate’s cards are available online at the Lothian Buses webshop. 

Here is a wee photo of  the cards being delivered to Lynne by Andy from Farquhar’s printers in Perth.  Shop local!