The best ways to donate to charity this Christmas

Wondering what you can do for charity this Christmas? We’ve got ten rewarding ways you can make a difference with a Christmas charity donation this festive season.

Big or small, your Christmas charity donations can enact real, positive change. Here are ten ideas of how you can make a difference this festive season.

1. Donate money

If you want to give back this Christmas and beyond, you can set up a monthly donation online. This will help to create real, lasting change for those living in ongoing crises. This could be providing essentials like food, clean water, and medical aid in emergencies or supporting refugees with friendly advice, financial help, and emotional support.

To give a special, one-off Christmas gift that makes a difference, make a single donation online today. You can donate to our general charity appeal, where your money will go towards supporting people wherever the need is greatest. Or, if you have a specific cause close to your heart, you can choose one of our current appeals.

Or, if you want to donate on behalf of someone else as a Christmas charity gift, try our virtual giving range. Donate to your chosen cause and we will send a greeting card or e-card explaining your generous donation, with space inside for your message. 

2. Christmas volunteering

If you have some spare time on your hands this December, you can make a real difference by joining us as a volunteer. No matter how much time you must give or the level of commitment you’re able to make, we have Christmas volunteering opportunities to suit everyone.

Whether you’re providing essential aid as an emergency response volunteer or working in a Red Cross charity shop, volunteering at Christmas is a rewarding experience.

3. Donate in memory of a loved one

While Christmas is all about celebration and enjoying the festivities, for many it’s also an important time to remember those we’ve lost. With the Red Cross, you can honour the life of a loved one by making a Christmas charity donation in their memory. You can do this by giving a one-off donation, arranging a funeral collection, or fundraising in their memory.

  • Donate in memory of someone and continue their legacy through our humanitarian work.

4. Shop for charity Christmas gifts with us

You can’t do Christmas without a bit of festive shopping, but after another year of the cost of living crisis, treating our friends and family may be more challenging. Luckily, we have a more affordable, sustainable, and meaningful solution: Christmas charity shopping.

The Red Cross has charity shops across the country, selling everything from preloved designer clothing to classic books to used electronics. Introduce your loved ones to the joys of charity shopping with a Red Cross gift card or find your festive treasures at your local charity shop.

If you want some inspiration for buying charity Christmas gifts, explore our guide for ethical and sustainable shopping.

5. Online charity gifts for Christmas

Alternatively, for unique handmade crafts and stocking fillers galore, you can browse our online Christmas gift shop. All profits made from our gift shop and charity shops go directly towards our ongoing efforts in the UK and across the world, so you can be sure you’re giving a gift that does good. 

You can also spread Christmas cheer with our Christmas cards and decorations. Our Designed by Refugees baubles are the perfect addition to any tree. 

If you're looking for meaningful gifts, try our Virtual Charity Christmas Gifts. Pick a cause close to your heart, choose your donation amount and we'll send an e-card or real card to the person who you donated on behalf of to tell them about your generous donation. 

6. Throw a Christmas bake sale

There’s no denying that one of the best parts of Christmas is enjoying scrumptious festive food, so what better way to spread cheer than by hosting a charity Christmas bake sale?

By whipping up and selling some classic Christmas goodies at a Red Cross Tea Party, you can raise money to support people all over the world living in crisis. Throw a festive bake sale with us and receive your free tea party pack, which will tell you everything you need to know about putting on an event to remember. 

7. Sign up to challenge event

Looking for a resolution that might stick? Taking on a challenge event near you with the Red Cross is the perfect opportunity to commit yourself to trying something new and raising money for a worthy cause.

What about signing up for the Brighton Marathon or the Great North Run? If that doesn’t appeal to you, kickstart your charity fundraising with streaming and gaming. You can support vulnerable people by going live, and doing what you love.  

8. Enter our charity Christmas raffle

One of the simplest ways to give back this festive season is to enter our Christmas raffle.

Not only is your donation making a difference to the people who need it most, but you’re also in with the chance of winning one of our exciting prices of up to £1,000. Enter today for as little as £1.

9. Host a charity Christmas party

Christmas is a time to celebrate the year behind us and raise a glass to the year ahead. So, this Yuletide season, why not host your very own Christmas party to raise money for the Red Cross?

Putting on a charity Christmas party is a great idea for fundraising for charity, all while bringing family and friends together at the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’d prefer a sophisticated dinner soiree or a Christmas jumper party, make your event a meaningful one with the Red Cross.

Find out about hosting your own charity Christmas event and get some inspiration about what you can do! 

10. Donate Christmas presents

As the Christmas season draws to a close, you may find yourself overrun with too many decorations or the odd unwanted Christmas present. Whether it's a jumper that doesn't quite fit, or you've received the same present twice, don’t let it go to waste. Instead, donate to your local Red Cross charity shop and let us find them a new home.

Your donation doesn’t just have to be unwanted Christmas presents, the holidays are the perfect time to have a proper sort-out. We’d love any preloved clothes, books, electronics, furniture, or toys. Find out more about donating items to our charity shops today.

However you decide to donate to charity this Christmas, there’s no better way to embrace the true spirit of the season than to help those who need it most. Give a gift that makes a difference this year when you donate to the British Red Cross.