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Bring a smile to a child this Christmas

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and this is particularly true for children who cannot live with their own families. Be part of the village this Christmas, and give a gift to children and young people in care.

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for children and young people in care who can’t live with their own families. We can all play a role to ensure they feel important and valued.

In addition to the gifts purchased by our wonderful foster and kinship carers, we are asking you to donate a Christmas gift for a child or young person in care to show your support.

Donations are accepted at donation points across the state until 7 December 2018.

If you can’t deliver a gift in person, you can still bring a smile to a child this Christmas by donating via the GIVIT website. We are working in partnership with GIVIT to deliver the gift donation drive.


The elves at GIVIT and our donation points have been busy counting gifts. Here’s the statewide tally:


gift target


gifts received


Gift ideas

When you choose a gift for a child or young person, think about what you might buy if it was for your own child, niece, nephew or grandchild. What sort of gifts would they like?

To help you decide, here are some tips:

  • Gifts need to be age and gender appropriate. Toys/games often have an age rating on the packaging.
  • Safety is always a consideration in choosing gifts and toys for children of all ages.
  • Used items or food are not appropriate to donate.
  • Select gifts that are easy to transport.
  • Don't wrap the gifts, as this will make it easier to match donations to each child.

We've compiled a list of gift ideas for each age group:

0–1 year olds

Newborns and 1 year olds learn about their surroundings through the 5 senses— sight, smell, touch, taste and touch. Gifts that appeal to the senses are good gifts for this age group because they encourage learning. Gift ideas include:

  • rattles
  • mobiles
  • teething rings
  • pop-up books
  • stacking toys
  • squeeze toys
  • soft toys without button noses and eyes
  • activity quilts.

1–3 year olds

Children aged 1 to 3 years are learning and practising mobility by crawling, toddling, climbing, pushing and walking. They also learn about manipulating objects.

Gift ideas include:

  • simple puzzles
  • large building blocks
  • stacking rings
  • colouring books with crayons
  • play dough
  • picture books
  • sand and water toys
  • balls
  • push-and-pull toys.

4–5 year olds

Four and 5 year olds are learning to associate with children of their own age.

Gift ideas include:

  • storybooks 
  • puppets
  • simple board games
  • dress-up games
  • bath toys
  • music makers
  • cuddly toys
  • bubble maker
  • face paint
  • magnetic letters.

6–9 year olds

Six to 9 year olds enjoy new experiences and challenges.

Gift ideas include:

  • construction sets
  • sports equipment
  • a bicycle helmet
  • simple model kits
  • craft kits
  • board games
  • books
  • Lego
  • toy cash register
  • toy tools
  • train set
  • skipping rope
  • hula hoop
  • toy medical kit.

10–12 year olds

Pre-teens enjoy playing with other children and expanding their skill sets.

Gift ideas include:

  • gift voucher
  • sports equipment
  • art supplies
  • model kits
  • science project kits
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • card or board games
  • books
  • water pistols
  • walkie talkies
  • small beach tent
  • remote control cars
  • kites
  • bug catchers
  • boogie board
  • fishing rod
  • hula hoop.

13–17 year olds

Young people may appreciate:

  • gift cards
  • movie tickets
  • wallets
  • books
  • totem tennis
  • journals/diaries
  • T-shirts
  • caps
  • bracelet–female or male
  • watch
  • planning calendar
  • simple recipe book
  • tie dye kit
  • sketch book and charcoal
  • make up bag
  • lava lamp/plasma ball
  • ear phones
  • manicure set
  • card making kit
  • picnic set.


Download the following digital resources to use at your work place or organisation:

Donation points

Please drop off your gift at a donation point near you.


Please contact your local Child Safety regional office or Child Safety service centre if you have any questions.

If you can’t buy a gift and deliver it in person but would still like to make a donation, visit the GIVIT website.

Thank you for bringing a smile to a child and young person in care this Christmas.