Bring a smile to a child this Christmas - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

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.

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Bring a smile to a child this Christmas

Thank you Queensland

We would like to thank our generous supporters for bringing a smile to thousands of children living in care this Christmas.

Queenslanders have donated 6,260 gifts to children in care!

Thank you to GIVIT and Road Boss Rally for their hard work helping to collect and deliver thousands of gifts right across Queensland.  

Thank you also to our dedicated foster and kinship carers who provide love and support to vulnerable children and young people every day of the year.

If you have purchased a gift for the drive, you can still deliver it to your local Child Safety Service Centre. Make sure you deliver it as soon as possible to ensure it can be gifted to a child in care before Christmas!

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.

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
  • magic set.

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.


    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.

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