There will always be someone in your family or your group of friends who says they don’t want anything for Christmas – they don’t need anything. It’s the answer you’ll be dreading as you tentatively ask the question because it’s the answer that leaves you with the most work. Of course, you want to get them something, but with no clues and no ideas, it becomes a difficult task.

Unless you don’t actually get them anything at all. Instead, you can buy a charity gift that will help someone else who really does need something, make you feel good, and certainly put a smile on the recipient’s face.

Macmillan //

Macmillan Cancer Support offers help and advice to anyone affected by cancer, whether that is the patient themselves or their carers, family and friends. Since one in three people will get cancer at some point in our lives, the numbers of those affected are rising, and Macmillan is here to help. Macmillan has access to a number of trained professionals such as financial advisors and counsellors who can assist with any problem that arises. Buying from the Macmillan shop this Christmas will allow this hugely important work to continue.

Gifts include:

Christmas cards

Advent calendars

Shopping bags

Mugs & reusable coffee cups


Unicef //

Photo credit: © UNICEF/UN0199391/NooraniWith Unicef there are dozens of different charity gifts you can choose from, and each one, from the bicycle that means a little girl can now get to school, to the bowl of porridge given to a starving child, makes a huge impact on the lives of the young recipients. Once you have chosen your gift, you can create a personalised card or e-greeting to give to the recipient so that they know exactly what you’ve bought, and who it’s helping. There is even a ‘most needed’ section, making your decision that much easier.

Gifts include:

School backpacks for five children: £13.50

Malaria treatment: £22

10 foetal stethoscopes: £11

Vaccine kits: £25

Plus plenty of beautiful handmade gifts, jewellery and fashion items such as earrings, Christmas decorations, shawls and placemats.


Refuge //

Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of Refuge, says: “For many of us, Christmas is a precious time spent with our families and loved ones. But for thousands of women, the festive season offers only intimidation, violence and isolation. No-one should live in fear of abuse, not at Christmas, never.

“For those living in refuges, spending the festive season away from family and friends can also be difficult. Women often leave their abusive partner in the middle of the night, too afraid to risk collecting their belongings. Many women arrive with no more than the clothes they and their children are wearing and little, if any, money.”

Give a gift to a woman or child at a refuge this Christmas, including:

Gloves: £5
Hairbrush: £3
Teddy Bear: £10
Backpack: £15
Children’s Winter Coat: £35


Centrepoint //

Helping the homeless is something that Centrepoint has been doing for decades. They work on housing, education, support, health, and moving on once it is time to leave the hostel and make a fresh start. This is how those who are young and homeless – those who are just like our own children but for a quirk of fate or loss of family or one poor decision – can find hope once more.

Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 7,800 young people, aged 16-25, every year, but they need donations and help to do even more.

Gifts include:

Christmas Dinner: £10

Health Check: £20

Study Kit: £95

A New Baby Box: £50

Christmas Success Box: £250


IMPACT Foundation //

IMPACT’s vision is of a world free from needless disability. They believe that no one should become or remain needlessly disabled through disease, lack of knowledge or shortage of medical services. The IMPACT programme, across 11 countries of Africa and Asia, prevents and treats needless disability, improves health and as a consequence, alleviates poverty.

Gifts include:

The Gift of a Birthing Kit: £10

The Gift of Restoring Sight, Hearing, or Mobility: £40

The Gift of Training a Health Worker: £100



Animals are family for many people, so buying a charity gift from the RSPCA could be exactly what to get the animal lover in your life. The RSPCA is the oldest animal welfare charity in the world, but despite its high profile, it’s not well funded. It needs as much help as it can get to give assistance to animals who don’t have a voice.

Gifts include:

Nurse A Dog Back To Health: £25

Help Stamp Out Badger Cruelty: £15

Break Up A Dogfighting Ring: £15

Animal Rescue Kit: £100


RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) //

Photo credit: RNLI/James Hope

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, providing a 24-hour emergency lifeboat service in all weathers around the coast of the UK and Ireland. It was started back in 1824 by Sir William Hillary who was devastated by the news of shipwrecks that seemed to be reported every single day, and the destruction he could see from his home on the Isle of Man. Originally called the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, his charity was later renamed the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Since then, the RNLI has saved thousands of lives.

Gifts include:

Crew Sea Boots: £45

Fuel A Lifeboat With 41 Litres: £20

Teach Children Across The World To Swim: £29

Crew Food Package: £20


World Land Trust //

The World Land Trust works to protect threatened habitats across the globe by buying the land wherever possible. The WLT was one of the very first charities to do this, and through its work, habitats and the wildlife living within them can be saved. If the land is purchased outside of the UK, local partner organisations manage it, offering communities the chance to protect what is on their own doorstep.

Gifts include:

Keepers of the Wild (funding more park rangers): £25

Plant a Tree: £25

Buy an Acre of Rainforest: £100

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