Help a child by donating unsuitable presents to Barnardo’s gift amnesty


If Santa didn’t quite get it right this year, delivering the wrong size jumper or multiple copies of the same DVD boxset, don’t hoard your unsuitable presents – deliver them to Barnardo’s gift amnesty.

It can be difficult to buy presents for friends and family and there are times when gifts are wonderful thoughts – but just not right.

So, with a new survey revealing that more than 60 million unwanted presents are given every year, at a cost of £380 million*, leading children’s charity Barnardo’s is urging people to donate the presents which aren’t quite their cup of tea.

Simply donate those leather-look leggings or cartoon slippers to the charity’s gift amnesty at your nearest Barnardo’s shop. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that you are helping to support vulnerable children across the UK.

The value of those unsuitable gifts really does add up and could provide vital support for the hundreds of thousands of children Barnardo’s helps every year:

  • An £18 cookbook could pay for three young carers to enjoy an afternoon of respite from their caring duties, giving them the chance to relax and meet other children.
  • That £20 DVD boxset you’ve already got could help to pay for an outreach worker for a vulnerable child
  • The £50 too-big jumper could help pay for a senior specialist to spend an hour working one-to-one with a child to help them recover from sexual exploitation
  • £180 worth of unsuitable console games could help cover monthly travel card costs for nine children, so they can afford to come to Barnardo’s to see their child sexual exploitation specialist.
  • The £250 television that doesn’t fit on your television stand could help buy clothing and baby essentials for a care leaver with a new born baby.