Struggling to think of fun and unconventional Christmas gifts this year?
If you’re fed up of purchasing festive socks, new pyjamas and boring old boxes of chocolates, then why not try something a little different?
Gifting your time through volunteering or buying for a charity gift, such as a donation or sponsored animal, is the perfect way to give a special and thoughtful gift, while also giving something back.
Below we’ve rounded up some of our favourite fun and unconventional Christmas gifts, from farm kits to lions, and donations to a charity that’s close to you or your loved one’s hearts.
We love the thought of giving back this Christmas and think that you will too.
Unconventional Christmas gifts
The gift of volunteering
One of the greatest gifts that you can give this Christmas is your time. Today’s International Volunteer Day (IVD) marks the perfect opportunity to give a Christmas gift that truly means something.
Designated by the United Nations in 1985, the day celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism. Along with helping people in need, volunteering has also been shown to increase your own health and wellbeing too.
So, how are you going to give back this festive season?
Volunteering opportunities near you
Share the love and turn it into a Christmas gift for your friends and family too – bring them along to discover the joy of volunteering.
Charity Christmas gifts
Another slightly unconventional Christmas gift, charity gifts help you do good while putting a smile on a loved-ones face this Christmas morning. With so many charity Christmas gifts to choose from, do a little research and chose something that will truly mean something to your recipient.
It could be the gift of a goat for a family in need via Oxfam or a set of festive jams from Macmillan Cancer Support – either way, your money will be used to help people in need, both in the UK or much further afield.
Which charity Christmas gift to choose?
Charity Christmas gifts from Oxfam
Oxfam has really pulled it out of the bag this year, with a huge variety of charity Christmas gifts aimed at helping people all over the world.
With prices from as little as £5 for a Fantastic Farm Kit where Oxfam will provide pigs and chickens to help farmers get started, up to as much as £500 to provide Safe Water for a Village. The gifts are all printed on fun looking cards, can be personalised at check out, and then sent online or through the post.
You can even add little extras to your order at check out, like a beautiful bag of chocolate penguins.
Charity Christmas gifts from Macmillan Cancer Support
Another charity that’s no doubt close to many of our hearts, Macmillan Cancer Support offers a couple of different ways to gift through them. Make a donation in your recipient’s name and they will receive a beautiful card, or purchase some of the Macmillan branded Christmas goodies, including festive aprons and delicious treats.
However you chose to give this Christmas, your money will help people affected by cancer all year round.
Charity Christmas gifts from WWF
Donations are acknowledged with a thank you letter and range from £25 to pay the salary for a rhino ranger for ten days, while you can adopt a lion from as little as £3 per month. Adoption includes an optional cuddly toy, regular updates and a fact pack on the chosen species that you adopt.