Frequently asked questions about our Barnardos Gifts for Kids Christmas Gift Appeal.

What is Barnardos Gifts for Kids?

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 that are in our services and care. This initiative invites organisations, schools, community groups and individuals to donate cash and gifts online or to fundraise on our behalf. If you would like to fundraise, please contact Barnardos on the details provided so we can issue you with an ‘authority to fundraise ID’. All 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.

Why support Barnardos Gifts for Kids?

For many kids, the festive season is not a time of happiness or celebration and sadly many never get to experience this as a family gathering, let alone the joy of receiving and unwrapping a present. By supporting Barnardos Gifts for Kids, you will be sharing in the true spirit of the festive season, the joy of giving. By helping to make this time of year a special celebration for children and young people in our care, the simple act of giving makes a difference to those that are in disadvantaged communities.  Children and teens facing homelessness, poverty, neglect and abuse need your help.

What can I donate?

We ask that any toys that are donated are new. This ensures safety and allows each child to feel truly special on Christmas Day. We also request that they are not wrapped as this allows our managers to select what is the best gift for each child in their care. Gifts are then wrapped and labelled. We also don't accept any soft toys.

The most asked for gifts are vouchers! Movie vouchers, iTunes, department stores etc, they are a hit with our teenagers. 

How do I get involved in Barnardos Gifts for Kids?

There are three ways to become involved:

  • Choose a gift online
  • Organise your own gift drive
  • Make a donation

Our preferred option is Number 1. By choosing a gift online, this ensures that the gift you choose goes to the centre and program that has made that particular request. All gifts online have been pre-selected by our Centre Managers, they know our kids the best!

Becoming a volunteer 

If you would like to volunteer by helping in our storage facility to help sort and pack gifts for our centres, or if you have your own car and would like to be part of our pick-up and delivery crew, please send an email to: and outline how you would like to become involved. We do ask that if you would like to be one of our Santa ‘packers’ that you are fit and healthy as there is a bit of lifting and packing to do!

When is Gifts for Kids on?

The appeal runs from 8th October 2020 to Friday 20 December 2020. Our aim is to have the majority of our deliveries take place through mid to end November, however, deliveries will still be made throughout December.

How do I know what gifts to donate?

The gifts available online are selected by our Centre Managers for the kids in our care. Please exclude plush toys, toy guns, knives and swords (due to safety reasons).

Why do you prefer me to donate gifts and cash online?

By donating cash online, you are enabling us to buy the gifts our centre managers have requested. It also allows us to purchase vouchers that can also be used throughout the year for special events, like birthdays or special achievements at school or in sport.  It also means that we can maximise the number of children we can support. Purchasing gifts on-line 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 purchasing gifts online, they are shipped directly to the centre by our partner, Simply Giving.

Where can I get further information?

You can contact our Gifts for Kids team at email or call 02 9218 2417.