Buying Guide

We have compiled this buying guide to assist you in deciding what gift to purchase. It is based on the suggestions of partner organisations whose children have received gifts in the past.

This is just a guideline – please feel free to donate any gifts you feel are appropriate for the age/gender group on your tag!

Many of the children who will receive gifts through the Giving Tree live in families which struggle to afford Christmas dinner. In addition to the below suggestions, donations of vouchers which can be spent on food (such as vouchers for supermarkets) would be greatly appreciated.
Age Boy Girl
Up to 12 months Cuddly toys, baby clothes, 0-3mths toys, baby books, learning DVDs, walkers, baby hats and shoes.
12 – 24 months Early learning toys (such as button boards and push-alongs) and learning DVDs, puzzles, balls to throw, toy animals, small sports equipment, Megablox or similar.
2 – 4 years Crayons, Pre-school books, Early learning toys, toy trucks and trains, early board games (such as snakes and ladders). Pre-school books, Early learning toys, dolls, early board games (such as snakes and ladders), toy vehicles, dolls, crayons.
5 – 6 years Action figures (e.g. Dr Who), Play-doh, comic books, toy trains and cars, age-appropriate books and DVDs, colouring books, kites, costumes. Play-doh, toy vehicles, age-appropriate books, colouring books, costumes, dolls.
7 – 9 years Toy cars, spy kits, comic books, arts materials (such as drawing pads), construction toys such as Lego, Knex or Meccano, arts and crafts materials (such as drawing materials and airfix kits). Jewellery making materials, arts materials (such as drawing pads), crafts materials (such as coloured paper and stencils), Construction toys such as Lego, Knex or Meccano, dolls.
10 – 12 years CDs, DVDs, book vouchers, outdoor activity equipment such as kites and footballs, science kits, hobby kits such as diabolos, puzzles (e.g. rubix cubes). Art materials (such as drawing pencils), scarves, hats, gloves, CDs, DVDs, books vouchers, hobby materials such as diabolos, small accessories.
13 – 15 years Gift vouchers (Music shops, clothes shops and cinemas), book vouchers, remote control helicopters and cars, sports equipment (such as footballs and frisbees). Makeup, hair products (e.g. straightener), CDs, purses and handbags, perfume, books, DVDs, dressing gowns, slippers, scarves, hats, gloves, socks, hairbands.
16 – 18 years Gift vouchers (music shops, Primark, Cineworld, JB Sports), book vouchers, remote control helicopters and cars, art materials, deodorants and aftershave, socks, musical equipment (e.g. musical instruments or speakers), sports equipment such as basketballs (deflated), electricity vouchers, CDs. Gift vouchers (International, New Look, Claires, HMV, Primark, Cineworld), book vouchers, makeup, candles, electricity vouchers, hair products (e.g. straightener), CDs, purses and handbags.

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