Feel-good charitable Christmas gifts for friends and family

Change somebody’s life with the perfect present this Christmas

Charity presents can be genuinely life changing. They can also be bought online, so no queues, wrapping fiascos or tough decisions. You’ll find something for even the trickiest giftee in the list below

Winter clothes for a child

Winter without warm clothes is miserable – even life threatening for some children. Give them something to snuggle up in.

What the giftee gets: Choose to send them notification of their gift as a card (in which case they’ll get a cute fridge magnet), email or print out yourself.

Price tag: £10 for one bundle of cosy warm clothes.

Go to: Save the Children

Other ideas from Save the Children: Five mosquito nets, a bicycle for a health worker.

Adopt a beehive

Honeybees are dying out all over the world – which is very bad news for us too. These buzzing little workhorses are the pillars of the food chain. By adopting a beehive you help to ensure all our futures. You can also select where in the UK you would like your giftee’s hive to be.

What the giftee gets: Seasonal updates from your adopted beekeeper, a jar of honey or honey mustard, a pack of pollinator-friendly Habitat Aid wildflower seeds, a pocket guide to the honey bee and a lip balm from Burt’s Bees.

Price tag: £30 for one hive.

Go to: British Beekeepers Association

Get a goat

A locally sourced and vaccinated goat is less unusual and far more valuable than it may sound. The milk and fertiliser they produce can make an incredible difference to a poor family.

What the giftee gets: Personalised cards or ecards. Optional extras at the checkout include goat-shaped chocolates for £3.99.

Price tag: £25 for one go-anywhere goat.

Go to: Oxfam Unwrapped 

Other ideas from Oxfam Unwrapped: Safe water for ten people, sheep, chickens

Make wishes come true

A wish can be a magical and transformational experience for a seriously ill child and via the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s gift vouchers you can help provide that. You choose the sort of experience you’d like to help come true for a child – selections range from Make-A-Ballerina and Make-A-Superhero to Make-A-Trip – and your gift will go towards funding that experience.

Price tag: £15 to £200.

What the giftee gets:You’ll receive a gift card showing the wish you’ve chosen, which you can personalise and post or pass on.

Go to: Make-A-Wish Foundation 

Adopt a tree

Love trees? With over 130,000 of them populating London’s Royal Parks, each tree plays a vital part in boosting wildlife, protecting the environment and looking after our health and wellbeing.

What the giftee gets:A personalised certificate of support, information about the trees in the Royal Parks, a set of postcards, a tree pin-badge.

Price tag: £25

Go to: The Royal Parks Foundation 

Other brilliant tree adoption agencies: treesforlife.org.uk, worldlandtrust.org, treesforcities.org


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