Last minute Christmas charity gift guide for 2023

Monday 18 December 2023
A family sitting on their bed during the Christmas period. The two young sons open presents as their parents watch smiling

Left your Christmas shopping until the last minute? Why not give a gift that makes a difference? With our range of virtual charity gifts, you could support vulnerable children and families

It's a realisation lots of us know all too well...It’s a week till Christmas and you’re still looking for the perfect gift. If you need a last-minute gift – or an alternative to a traditional gift – buy one of our virtual charity Christmas gifts.

When you choose one (or more!) gifts from our range of virtual gifts, you could make a loved one a charity Secret Santa for a vulnerable child. The accompanying personalised gift certificate is the perfect cherry on the cake, meaning you also have something to pop under the tree for Christmas day.

Be a Secret Santa

Many children will wake up on Christmas to no stockings. No presents. No festive food. Your gift could change this.

Choose a gift

Buy a last minute Christmas gift

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A trip to visit Santa, £10

Your gift could pay for a trip to visit Father Christmas for a child who would otherwise miss out.

Donate £10


I was thinking about what to get for the Secret Santa at work, when I saw the Action for Children ad. I think being a Secret Santa will be far more satisfying for the recipient, rather than getting something they don't want!


Books and toys, £15

Books and toys are great tools to help a child learn and develop. This gift could give a child hours of learning and self-play at home.

Donate £15


Trip out for a child, £18/month

Your monthly gift could pay for a trip out for a child who would otherwise miss out, such as bowling or a meal out with friends.

Donate £18/month

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A Christmas present, £25

For some children, this Christmas will be like any other day. Another day to go to bed hungry and to wake up cold. Your gift could give a child the joy of opening up their very own Christmas present. Perhaps their first ever.

Donate £25

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Keep a family’s home warm for a month, £25/month

As the cost of living crisis worsens, this winter many families are struggling to pay their bills. Choose this virtual charity gift to help change that.

Donate £25/month

Could pay for warm winter clothes for a child

Warm winter clothes and bedding, £65

Children living in poverty may not have the appropriate winter clothes or bedding to keep warm. This gift could give a child the clothes and bedding they need for the cold months.

Donate £65

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A bed and warm duvet for a child, £150

Children across the UK are growing up without a bed of their own. A comfortable place to sleep would give them a decent night’s sleep and so much more. You could make a difference with this gift.

Donate £150

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A Magical Bauble, £10

Deck the halls with your very own Action for Children bauble.

Each sale of the unique bauble will raise awareness for Action for Children’s Secret Santa campaign, which could provide vulnerable children with warm clothes, a hot meal or a Christmas present just for them.

Be a Secret Santa

Donate and you could help put the magic back into a child’s Christmas

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