In an effort to address current issues faced in our community, this year we are serving as a collection point for Mission Christmas and Cash for Kids.

Mission Christmas is here to make sure that no child wakes up without a gift on Christmas morning; and Cash for Kids endeavours to support local children and young people navigating challenges such as poverty, illness, and disability.

The cost of living crisis has pushed families who were already struggling to make ends meet even more into poverty. But we can help! Mission Christmas is looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0 to 18. If you need ideas, we’ve put together a gift guide below. 

Your donations will directly impact the lives of those in need in our city, far beyond the festive period. Help us make a meaningful difference, provide comfort and support to those facing difficult circumstances.

We’re collecting for four weeks from Monday 13th November to Friday 8th December. Drop your gifts off to Baltic Creative Campus, 49 Jamaica Street, Liverpool, L1 0AH.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Gift Ideas

Sensory Toys

Encourages play that engages with one or all of the senses – perfect for neurodivergent children!

Examples: Stickle bricks, large building blocks, musical toys, light up toys, and fidget toys.

Great for: Any age

Baby Items

Donate vital items for babies and toddlers in their first years of life.

Examples: Bibs, teething rings, clothing, and blankets.

Great for: Under 3 years

Learning Toys

Give the gift of learning through play.

Examples: Science kits, LeapFrog, books, jigsaws.

Great for: 3+ years

Arts and Crafts

Encourage creativity with an artsy gift!

Examples: Colouring books, pens, crayons, pencil cases, craft kits, and play dough.

Good for: 3+ years

Winter Clothing

Important items for winter which many families struggle to afford.

Examples: Hats, gloves, thick socks, and scarves.

Good for: All ages


Take advantage of the classic ‘3 for 2’ offer to make a teenager’s day.

Examples: Toiletry sets, make-up, hair products, aftershave, and perfume.

Good for: Ages 15 – 18

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I donate food?

Unfortunately food donations will not be accepted. If you have food to donate, please give it to your local food bank.

Can I donate used or second-hand items?

We can’t accept any second-hand or used gifts, regardless of their condition, for health and safety reasons. Only new gifts are accepted to ensure that the children we support are getting something new for Christmas – especially since it may be the only gift they receive.

Do I need to wrap the gifts?

No need! All gifts should be unwrapped for safety reasons, and so the Mission Christmas team can work out which age group they are suitable for.

Can I donate wrapping paper?

Yes! Mission Christmas pass these on to other local charities and organisations who receive gifts so parents and carers can wrap their children’s presents.

What about presents that require batteries?

Batteries can be expensive for parents to buy, so if possible please do provide them. Please tape batteries to the side of the box so that children can play with their gift on Christmas Day.

Where do the gifts go and how are they distributed?

Gifts are sorted by a team of volunteers. The gifts are signed for and collected by the organisation who have applied on behalf of the children they work with. The organisation then wrap and distribute the gifts to the children they are supporting.

Can I donate cash instead?

Of course! You can donate online here or by texting MISSION to 70905 (£5 donation), 70910 (£10 donation) or 70920 (£20 donation).

For more frequently asked questions, check the Cash for Kids website.