Alternatives to Physical Gifts

Looking for something that will let someone know you’re thinking of them … and help other people at the same time? Here’s a list of charities and organisations that provide alternative gifts with great positive impacts.

Your gift can help a person who has had to flee their home begin to rebuild their life in a new place.

All We Can

Donate to All We Can and support their work with partners who are responding to the needs of vulnerable communities living in refugee camps, including Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and Syrian refugees in Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Some of the work is specifically focused on helping children deal with trauma and get an education.

Asylum Welcome

Donate to Asylum Welcome and help them “offer information, advice and practical support to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants living in Oxfordshire … [and] help adults, young people and families to feel safe, respected and understood as members of our diverse community.” Whether it’s offering advice, supporting refugee groups locally, or coordinating help for people arriving from Afghanistan, they’re inspiring leaders.

Boaz Trust

Donate to Boaz Trust and help them “provide safe accommodation and holistic support to refused asylum seekers and refugees who find themselves homeless. ”


Buy one of CAFOD’s World Gifts – ‘Help a refugee child’ – and “give much-needed emotional and educational support to children who have fled the violent trauma of war. This compassionate charity gift can help the most vulnerable refugees to come to terms with the horrors they’ve experienced.”


Donate to NACCOM, the national umbrella network of over 140 UK organisations and charities working together to end destitution amongst people seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants without access to public funds and help them “campaign collectively for a fairer, more humane immigration system that doesn’t leave people destitute, and share…learning, innovation, and resources” to be able better to provide for people’s needs.

Reading Refugee Support Group

Donate to RRSG and you can help them support 500 Afghan men, women and children currently located in Berkshire, as well as 25 Afghan families who are due to settle there … or provide advice for refugees and asylum seekers from a variety of countries … or provide a Drop In Service that provides a safe space, social interaction, English lessons, and access to a Caseworker.

Refugee Council

Donate to the Refugee Council as it celebrates 70 years of working alongside refugees, providing practical support and acting as a chamption for refugees’ rights. Refugee Council offers phone helplines, mental health support for unaccompanied children, assistance for health professionals in finding employment in the UK, help with resettlement, powerful advocacy and much more.

Refugee Resource

Donate to Refugee Resource and help “relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Oxfordshire, by providing psychological, social and practical support.” Refugee Resource offers counseling, mentoring, specialist support for women, help with access to work and education, football groups and more.

Sanctuary Hosting

Donate to Sanctuary Hosting and help “refugees and vulnerable migrants find options for independent living across the Thames Valley. Sanctuary Hosting will match destitute asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people in the community with spare rooms and open hearts, to stay rent free for an agreed period of time.”

Welcome Churches

Donate to Welcome Churches and help realise their vision of every refugee who arrives in the UK finding a welcome from a local church. Welcome Churches offers training for churches in how to provide a good welcome, helps them prepare ‘welcome boxes’ of small gifts and local information, puts out materials for worship, and helps to raise awareness of our Christian calling to welcome those who come to our area.

Give the World A Shot

Donate to UNICEF’s Vaccinaid campaign and help “ensure health workers and vulnerable people in every country –not just wealthier ones –are protected, and patients get the urgent medical supplies and oxygen they need.”

Go Give One

Donate to Go Give One – the GAVI fund that helps to purchase vaccines that will be donated through COVAX to lower-income countries. Every $5 (about £3.50) donation purchases a vaccine.

Fairtrade Foundation

Donate to the Fairtrade Foundation and help to forward Fairtrade in the UK. Your donation “will not only support projects to bring Fairtrade to more farmers and workers, but also help them improve their farms, build demand for their produce and help strengthen their voices to negotiate a fairer deal – so they can truly trade their way out of poverty.”