Giving Tree

Instant Neighbour were able to distribute around 8,000 gifts worth £200,000 during their 26th year of the Giving Tree.

Giving Tree

We believe that no child should be without a gift at Christmas. Instant Neighbour’s Giving Tree appeal will continue to be sponsored by Chevron in 2016 and 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.

Success of the 2016 Giving Tree:-

Giving Tree 2016 x


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. 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 “tags”, each of which relates to one of the children referred to the appeal. The tag says 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. Staff and customers will collect a tag from a tree, purchase a gift, and return the gift with the tag attached to the tree (or another tree).

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

Should I wrap my gift?

We can accept gifts wrapped or unwrapped.  We ask that all gifts (especially those which are wrapped) 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 write on the wrapping 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 hand in a gift?

Here are a list of our drop off points for 2016 –

Aberdeen City Council – Marischal College Reception / Townhouse
The Ashvale Fish Resturaunt – Great Western Road
Bon Accord Centre – Boots
Books & Beans – Belmont Street
Clydesdale Bank – Queens Cross Branch
Codona’s – Queens Links
Market Village Aberdeen Market – Managers Office
Mark McDonald’s MSP Office, 825 – 827 Great Northern Road
Mothercare World – Berryden
Newmachar Primary School, School Road, Newmachar
Paragon Service Point, Greenbank Crescent
Sainsbury’s Berryden – Customer Desk
Slater’s – Bon Accord Street
St Nicholas Centre – Marks & Spencer – Customer Service Desk
Stewart Milne Show Homes – Call 01224 747400 for local drop off
Trinity Centre – Management Office
TSB Bank – Union Street

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

We do not have a deadline for 2017. However, 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 at our Home Comforts store at Great Western Road.

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 Buying Guide. It should give you some good ideas for all age groups!

How else can I help the Giving Tree?

We rely heavily on volunteers for the sorting and boxing process. These will take place Monday to Friday, though we hope to operate on Saturday also. Please contact us at if you wish to volunteer with us.


Some information about the success of our 2015 appeal is below:-


If you wish to support the Giving Tree, or if you are involved with families living on low incomes who may be looking for help this Christmas, please contact us to discuss working with the Giving Tree. You can email, or telephone our office on 01224 489955.