Make Your Secret Santa Count With #GiveOrGift

Make a difference this year by choosing a charity donation over a Secret Santa gift.

The UK Money Bloggers have come together to launch a Secret Santa charity appeal for Christmas.

Secret Santa has become more and more popular in recent years and can be a great way to keep the cost of Christmas down between close friends and family.

But, it can also lead to an awful lot of money being wasted on small gifts that usually find their way to the bin, especially at work.

Being an enemy of all things waste, we’ve decided to throw our support behind the #GiveOrGift campaign by teaming up with BT MyDonate.

This year we’ll be supporting six charities, splitting the money we raise evenly between them.

Our charities are:

  • The Trussell Trust (food poverty)
  • Shelter (housing and homelessness)
  • Citizens Advice
  • Children in Need
  • Stand up to Cancer
  • DEC (humanitarian crisis)

A £5 donation plus Gift Aid would see each of these worthy charities receiving £1 each.

These guys need every penny they can get to help those who are vulnerable, unwell or living on the breadline.

BT MyDonate, unlike similar sites, doesn’t take a cut of your donation or charge the charities a fee to be listed, meaning more money going to the charities.

This year your Secret Santa really can make a difference to someone’s life by choosing to give, rather than receive a gift.


How do I get involved?

To get involved with #GiveOrGift simply download the UK Money Bloggers Secret Santa pack.

In the pack you”ll find sign up sheets so you can organise who is taking part.

Add all the names of the people in your Secret Santa and simply tick which option they are taking, give to charity on your behalf, or you’d like to receive a gift.

How do I donate my Secret Santa?

Anyone allocated in your Secret Santa who has expressed a wish to donate, simply donate the present fund to

If you want, you can download a certificate to give to your allocated Secret Santa when the day comes to exchange presents.

How much can I donate?

As a rule Secret Santa is usually given a £5 – £10 budget, but do feel free to donate as much as you want to our very worthy causes.

No Secret Santa?

If you are not running a Secret Santa this year you can still donate by going to the BT MyDonate page.

Final word

Many people will be dreading the thought of Christmas of this year, so if you can spare a few quid to help someone less fortunate than yourself it would be gratefully appreciated.

UK Money Bloggers are a community of leading personal finance  and money saving bloggers.

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David Naylor is the editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. An award winning personal finance and lifestyle blogger, he shows how it is possible to live extremely well for less.
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3 thoughts on “Make Your Secret Santa Count With #GiveOrGift

    1. Instead of an advent calendar this year I am going to grab a gift per day to make up a package for someone on Christmas day. It’s important we remember those less fortunate at Christmas time, it’s what it should be all about!

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