Hamlin at Home: 10 tips for winter shopping at home

Hamlin at Home: 10 tips for winter shopping at home

As many of us find ourselves back spending time at home due to lockdowns, the Hamlin Shop is a safe space to shop from the comfort of your home. From candles to cosy blankets to spices, the Hamlin Shop has everything you need to help you take time for yourself during lockdown. Here are our top ten recommendations and tips to help you make the most of spending time at home! Not only will you be treating yourself, every purchase supports women suffering from obstetric fistula.

Face masks

A lockdown staple, face masks are a must for staying safe when going outside! Handmade with natural dyes and silk screening methods, our face masks come in a range of stylish colours and patterns to match every outfit. Face masks can be bought individually, or in packs of six or nine. Get yours today here.


Take time to yourself by losing yourself in one of the books available at the Hamlin Shop. Learn more about the day-to-day experiences of staff at Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in 'Catherine’s Gift', and follow the inspiring story of Dr Catherine Hamlin and Mamitu Gashe in 'Healing Lives'. For some inspiration, 'The Hospital by the River' gives a candid account of Dr Catherine’s 60 years of service to women suffering from fistula in Ethiopia. Get your copies here.


Spend time at home in comfort with a pair of our Shweshwe Slippers. Available in a stunning turquoise, these slippers are made from padded cotton fabric and feature traditional beadwork - perfect for keeping you warm and comfortable around the house. Click here to get a pair for yourself.


Perfect for keeping warm indoors this Winter, a hand-knitted Hamlin Blanket is the perfect companion for a cozy day inside! With proceeds of each blanket going to Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, our blankets are perfect for you to stay warm at home and support Ethiopian women suffering from obstetric fistula. You can buy one of our hand-knitted blankets here.


Make the most of being at home by spending some time for yourself to relax! Our Soy Tealight Lantern is the ideal accompaniment to any self-care routine. The soy wax lanterns house a tealight, which casts a rich, calming glow to help you unwind. Treat yourself to one of our lanterns here.

Shea butter

Treat yourself to our luxurious Shea Butter, the perfect addition to your skincare routine. Our Hamlin Shea is 100% pure and offers rich moisture to soothe and hydrate the skin; a must in the colder Winter months. The ideal gift for your skin, you can buy yours in a range of wonderful scents here.


Keep the kids occupied at home with our gorgeous range of hand-knitted Mama and Bub toys. Available in a range of adorable animals, these cute friends are handmade in Zimbabwe through a project empowering local women. The perfect companion for any child to play with, our Mama and Bub soft toys are available here.

Looking for something fun to do at home? The Hamlin Shop has plenty of ideas for activities, here are some of our favourites!

Growing plants at home

Why not try your hand at growing some of your own plants? The Hamlin Shop has a range of seeds that will bloom into stunning flowers, perfect for brightening up and bringing life into any space. Dr Catherine treasured the tranquility of the garden at Addis Ababa hospital, and our seeds are the perfect way to create such a place in your own home. Take care of these flowers over time and watch as they bloom! Now is the perfect time to plant our Forget-me-nots, which are easy to grow in part shade. Get your own Forget-me-not flowers and others here.

Why not try your very own coffee ceremony?

Did you know you can host your very own coffee ceremony from the comfort of your home? Coffee ceremonies are an integral part of both cultural and social life in Ethiopia. Using our ethically sourced Ethiopian Hamlin Roast Coffee Beans, you can follow the steps on our blog post to recreate your very own coffee ceremony!

Discover Ethiopian cooking

Cooking is the perfect hobby to take up as we spend more time at home. Featuring an authentic blend of Ethiopian spices, Hamlin Spice is perfect for cooking warm winter dishes. We recommend using it with meat and in soups and stews; including our ‘Lentil Wot’ recipe. A traditional Ethiopian curry, our wot recipe is fun to make and delicious to eat! Order your Hamlin spice here.

The Hamlin Shop has a range of different products to help you take time for yourself and keep occupied during lockdown. When you make a purchase from our online store, you are also helping restore the lives of women suffering from fistula through the work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Written by Anna Norden, intern at the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation.

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