Giving Tree Appeal

Instant Neighbour were able to distribute over 10,000 gifts worth in excess of £250,000 during their 29th year of the Giving Tree.


We believe that no child should be without a gift at Christmas. Instant Neighbour’s Giving Tree appeal continues to be supported by many local businesses and the general public, to distribute new toys to children across the City & Shire who otherwise would not receive a gift at Christmas.



Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Giving Tree work?

Instant Neighbour works with social work departments, community projects, and other similar organisations across Aberdeen City and Shire as well as our own clients. Both Instant Neighbour and these organisations work with parents and families living in very difficult situations; many of these families are unable to afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children. The Giving Tree ensures that these children will not go without gifts at Christmas.

These organisations refer children to Instant Neighbour so that they may receive a gift through the Giving Tree. Instant Neighbour arranges for the printing of gift tags, each of which relates to one of the children referred to the appeal. The tag details the child’s name, age, and gender.

Supporters across Aberdeen City and Shire – businesses, schools, universities, and other organisations – take Giving Tree tags from Instant Neighbour and place them on their Christmas trees. Many supporters make the trees available to members of the public. People can then collect a tag from a tree, purchase a gift, and return the gift with the tag attached to the tree location (or another tree location).

Instant Neighbour then collects all of the donated gifts, arranges for them to be sorted and boxed, and then delivered to partner organisations and our own clients in time for Christmas parties and other events at which the gifts will be given out to the children.

Should I wrap my gift?

We can accept gifts unwrapped or in a gift bag.  We ask that all gifts have their gift tag securely attached so that we can clearly identify the age and gender or specific child they are for.  If you do not have a tag, please clearly label what age and gender of child the gift is suitable for so it can be sorted correctly.

Note: We would ask that all food related gifts (e.g. chocolate etc.) and aerosols remain unwrapped.

Where can I collect a tag and hand in a gift?

Here is a list of our tag collection and gift drop off points for 2020;

  • Giving Tree Sorting Location, Frederick Street School
  • Boots at the Bon Accord Centre
  • Instant Neighbour, St Machar Drive
  • Michies the Chemist, Union Street
  • Queen’s Cross Church, Albyn Place
  • Sainsbury’s Berryden
  • Trinity Centre, Management Office, Union Street
  • Union Square, Customer Service Desk (beside Costa)

What happens if I miss the deadline for handing back a gift?

The deadline for returning gifts to a drop off location for 2020 is Friday 4th December.  This enables us to sort the gifts in a tight turnaround time to distribute them to the children before Christmas.

If you miss this deadline we might still be able to accept your gift.  If it is after the return date please return it to us directly at either our office at 5 St Machar Drive or our Sorting Location which is the Frederick Street School, Frederick Street.

What should I do if I’m not sure what gift to donate?

If you don’t know what gift to buy, please have a look at our Gift Guide. It should give you some good ideas for all age groups!

How else can I help the Giving Tree?

If you would like to volunteer please see the Volunteering section of the website. If you wish to discuss block bookings for organisations please contact us at .