Gifts for Kids

Share the joy of giving. Help us give thousands of disadvantaged Australian children a gift for Christmas.


Barnardos Gifts for Kids
Christmas appeal

Each year with Barnardos Gift for Kids Christmas appeal you can help share the joy of giving.

Your gift will give the thousands of children and young people in our care, some of whom have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness, a chance to receive a gift for the very first time on Christmas Day.


Share the joy this Christmas

Gift for kids donation

Make a donation

Thousands of children depend on our services every day. Your donation will help ensure they have the long-term care and support they need
Gifts for kids online

Pick a gift online

We have a range of popular gifts to suit children of different ages. Simply choose your gift, and we’ll deliver it to a child in need this Christmas

Hold an online toy drive

Create your own personalised online toy drive page. A great option for workplace giving


Gift cards for teens

Gift cards are a great option for teenagers. Choose a gift card online and we'll send them to our frontline staff to share with the young people they support

To find out more information on how your organisation or school can help with our Barnardos Gifts for Kids Christmas Gift Appeal


Set up a Gifts for Kids online page

It just takes a few clicks for businesses, community groups, schools and families to set up their own Gift for Kids Appeal online donation page.

We’ve partnered with Simply Giving – Australia’s most used and trusted online toy drive facility to make the process as simple and efficient as possible. Through your own Gift for Kids page, you will be able to track how many gifts your group has donated to Barnardos.


Check out some ideas and inspiration here
on how your company can get more involved this Christmas and spread the joy of giving further.

We have also created some assets to help you promote the Gift For Kids appeal.
The pack consists of logos, email banners, social media posts and Christmas tree decorations.


We are delighted to announce Flowers Across™ as our 2023 Barnardos Gifts for Kids Sponsor

During December Flowers Across Sydney and Flowers Across Melbourne will contribute 10% of the sales generated from the profits of their True Delight Bouquet to the Barnardos Australia Gifts for Kids Appeal.

We’d like to thank Flowers Across™ and their customers for their support, in helping us to make sure that vulnerable children don’t go with out a gift during the festive season.

Gift for Kids FAQs

Gifts for Kids is an annual appeal run by Barnardos Australia, with the aim to deliver at least one Christmas gift to over 10,000 children and young people who are recipients of our services and care. This initiative invites organisations, schools, community groups, volunteers, and individuals to donate Christmas gifts online in the form of presents, cash or gift cards. All Christmas donations help Barnardos Australia provide critical and practical support for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and families during the holiday period to give them a brighter future.

For many kids, the festive season is not a time of happiness or celebration and sadly, many are without their families. By supporting Barnardos Gifts for Kids, you will be sharing in the true spirit of the festive season, by providing disadvantaged children and young people the simple joy of receiving and unwrapping a present.  A gift shows these young people that there are people in the community who care and want to contribute to providing a better future for them. Children and teens facing homelessness, poverty, neglect and abuse need your help.

You can make a Christmas donation in the form of a gift card, cash donation, or by buying a Christmas donation gift from our online Christmas gifting platform.

There are three ways to become involved:

Our preferred option is Number 1. By choosing a cash donation we can ensure families are supported to suit their individual needs – with a toy, gift card or Christmas dinner supplies for example.

The appeal runs from mid October 2023 until Friday 24 December 2023.  Deliveries to our centres commence from mid-November and the majority take place through December. This allows our front-line staff to deliver in time for Christmas.

All gifts online have been pre-selected by our Centre Managers, they know our kids the best!

If you are choosing to donate a gift card. We have teamed up with Prezzee and will be sending out pre-loaded gift cards to our young people via their case worker. They will be able to choose from 20 retailers!

In 2020 and 2021 our annual Gifts for Kids campaign went online. In previous years we offered the possibility of donating a physical gift however we are no longer able to accommodate this due to storage and sorting facilities. Donating Christmas gifts online makes the process easier for you the donor and Barnardos staff with logistics and spacing requirements.

By donating cash online, you are enabling our front-line staff to purchase gifts, gift cards perhaps even a Christmas dinner for the families in our care.

It also means that we can maximise the number of children we can support. The Christmas gifts online are pre-selected by our Centres, and this also helps minimise our costs of sorting, packing and delivering the gifts from our storage facility. By donating Christmas gifts online, they are shipped directly to the centre by our partner, Simply Giving.

As a donation on Simply Giving goes directly to purchasing a gift for children in need and not a cash donation to a charity – it is not tax deductible.

However, donations of products may give rise to tax deductions in certain circumstances depending on tax advice you may be given. You may wish to obtain tax advice in this regard.

Cash and gift card donations can be submitted for a tax deduction.


See the difference you make

"Two young brothers, 3 and 4 years old, in Out of Home Care received a red, metal wagon for Christmas from Barnardos. Their Carer reported that this was their favourite present, and they spent hours out in the garden using it to move rocks, dirt and stuffed animals as passengers. When they moved to their long-term placement, it was the first thing the boys packed. A big thank you to Barnardos."
"A single mother with 5 children in severe financial stress recently moved over from New Zealand, and had no way of getting Christmas gifts. When I spoke with the mother after Judy had dropped the presents off, she was very tearful and thankful."
"One family whose father recently died had no other way of getting gifts for Christmas and were very thankful for the gifts. The mother didn’t expect to get anything, but when we dropped them off, she was in tears and the kids were very happy with the presents."
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