& Gifts

Help us bring joy

We need your help with gifts for South Australians who will otherwise go without this year. You can bring joy to someone this Christmas by donating a gift from one of the suggestions below.

Scroll down for details about how to donate.

What gifts can I donate?

Toys for children 0-10 years of age

  • Baby bath soap/toys
  • Soccer balls, basketballs, footballs
  • Lego or Duplo sets
  • Play-Doh single pots and sets
  • FurReal Pets
  • Frozen characters, colouring books and activities
  • Character bike helmets
  • Scooter, trike or bicycle
  • Disney character or similar dolls
  • Matchbox or Hot Wheels toys
  • Books/novels
  • Wooden puzzles – toddlers
  • Dinosaur model kits
  • Bug catchers
  • Board games like wooden Chess & Draughts, Jenga, Guess Who, Connect 4, tabletop Air Hockey, Scrabble – all ages
  • Disney/Harry Potter puzzles
  • Soft play mats for babies
  • Alphabet soft mats for toddlers
  • Summer/Christmas PJs
  • SunSmart items – bucket hats, UV protection sunglasses, UV-resistant swimsuits/rashies/Sun shades
  • Beach gear including towels
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Tweens & Youth 10-18 years of age

  • Travel size toiletries packs
  • Dreamcatchers
  • Flip flops/thongs/slides
  • Flameless decorative candles
  • Aftershave
  • Perfume
  • Make-up packs
  • A5 journals with a pen
  • Mindfulness-style colouring books that include set of pens
  • Books/novels/non-fiction/photography/mindfulness
  • Puzzles or board games
  • Lipstick/lip gloss and small mirror
  • Boxed chocolates & lollies like Favourites, Party Mix, Snakes
  • Summer/Christmas PJs
  • Bluetooth waterproof speaker
  • SunSmart items – bucket hats, UV protection sunglasses, UV-resistant swimsuits/rashies
  • Beach gear including towels and bathers/boardies/thongs
  • Bikes
  • Helmets
  • Basic unlocked mobile phones or phone credit
  • Gift cards – Kmart, JB-HIFI, BIG W, Platypus Shoes, Skechers, General Pants, Cotton On $15, $25, $50, $75 or $100
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Individual adults, parents & guardians

  • Travel size toiletries packs for adults and children
  • SunSmart items – bucket hats, UV protection sunglasses, UV-resistant swimsuits/rashies/boardies
  • Mirror and comb or brush
  • Flameless decorative candles
  • Aftershave
  • Perfume
  • Boxed chocolates & lollies
  • Lipstick/lip gloss and small mirror
  • Puzzles or Bboard games
  • Books/novels/non-fiction/photography/mindfulness
  • Mindfulness-style colouring books that include set of pens
  •  A5 journals with a pen
  • Make-up packs
  • Summer/Christmas PJs
  • Track pants size S, M, L
  • Zip up hoodies size S, M, L
  • Men’s short sleeve shirt size S, M , L – can be a polo style with a collar and a pocket
  • Ladies shirts size S, M, L – can be festive colours, floral cotton or viscose short sleeve shirt
  • Flat slippers, slides or thongs
  • Bluetooth waterproof speaker
  • Clock radio AM/FM
  • Basic unlocked mobile phones or phone credit
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Where can I donate gifts?

You can purchase any of the gifts suggested and drop them off to our Emergency Relief Centre at 58 Dale Street, Port Adelaide between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Donations are being accepted from now right up until Friday 23 December.

Your workplace or group can also become a Christmas Community Collector and host a collection point on our behalf.

Find out more about our Christmas Community Collector program here.

Here are just three stories of the 12,500 people we support each year.

Donate today and help us bring joy to South Australian individuals and families in need.

A young couple, both aged 19, were forced to flee their family homes with no belongings and ended up sleeping rough for months.

They are about to move into their own home together and your donation will help them purchase a toaster, kettle and new set of bed sheets.

A 51-year-old single person with no support network of family or friends is about to move into one of our affordable housing units and restart their life.

Following a long history of domestic violence and with no personal belongings since escaping over a year ago, your donation will help with essential items such as furniture, a microwave and comfy quilt.

A mum of two has found herself unemployed after escaping domestic violence and is starting the long process of rebuilding her life. She desperately wants to give her children the happy Christmas they dream of.

Your donation can help ensure each of her children receive a gift and stocking fillers, as well as a grocery voucher to help feed the family on Christmas Day.

Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something.

UnitingSA relies on the generosity of donors to help deliver innovative programs and support for people in need across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

“What I like about working here is it’s like a family. The workers here love their job, and the reason they enjoy it is because they are accepted.”

Wayne Loughhead,
WSE Supported Employee

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