Support the homeless and wrap up Christmas with paper designed by iconic artists

Wrap Christmas in style this year by snapping up some exclusive designer wrapping paper courtesy of The Big Issue.

The Big Issue founder, Lord John Bird, said: "Last Christmas, The Big Issue launched a ground-breaking new initiative – designer wrapping paper, created by top artists, only available through The Big Issue Shop. They proved to be very popular. So, we are delighted to unveil this year’s unique collection of exclusive Big Issue designer wrapping papers, we know you’ll love them.

Leading the way with his 'Scary' wrap is Ben Eine, one of the most celebrated street artists in the world and a pioneer of graffiti letterforms. Already an iconic figure amongst graffiti artists, Eine crossed into the mainstream in 2010 when David Cameron presented Barack Obama with one of his works as a gift. Ben also designed the magazine's exclusive 'Celebrate' cover to mark the sale of the 200 millionth copy of The Big Issue in 2016 and has been a friend and supporter of the publication ever since.

Another contender is contemporary artist Sara Pope, known for her bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips. Taking inspiration from her experience working for several years in the fashion industry as a shoe designer, and in magazines as a designer and art director, Sara aims to capture the glamour and power conveyed by the lips and mouth – and gives it a seasonal, snowflake twist. Raising questions of beauty, consumerism, and the rise of image perfectionism Sara imitates the slickness of advertising, whilst provocatively subverting its themes.

Both of these are available in a very special, signed limited edition of 250 single-image sheets – and they look so good, you might want to frame them rather than use them as wrapping paper. Priced at £30, they come with an additional sheet of wrap.

That’s not all! There are another three fantastic exclusive designs available. Two are creations that The Big Issue commissioned from two of its most popular contributors to its Weekly Street Art section. Rene Robbins has designed big, bold, bright baubles, while John Sheehy has given us a brilliant stars and donkeys motif. And Big Issue founder and editor-in-chief, Lord John Bird, who showcased his artworks in a special edition of the magazine earlier in 2017 to great acclaim, has also offered one of his iconic paintings, titled ‘I never knew Walt Disney’, a truly unique wrapping paper.

You can buy all five of these designs in one multi-pack priced £9.99. All are available at bigissueshop.com now – and they are sure to sell out fast, so don’t hang about. Every purchase, you'll be glad to know, puts people and planet first.