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. 

Why support 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.

FAQs

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.

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.

Here is a list of our tag collection points for 2021;

  • The Body Shop, St Nicholas Centre
  • Bon Accord Centre
  • Home Comforts, Great Western Road
  • Instant Neighbour, St Machar Drive
  • Michies the Chemist, Union Street
  • Queen’s Cross Church, Albyn Place
  • Sainsbury’s, Berryden
  • Strachan’s Toy Shop, West High St, Inverurie
  • Tesco Extra, Castlegate
  • Trinity Centre
  • Union Square
  • Virgin Money, Queens Cross
  • Virgin Money, Union Street
  • Yorkshire Building Society, Union Street

Here is a list of our gift drop off points for 2021;

  • Giving Tree Sorting Location, Centurion House, Russell Road Entrance, North Esplanade West [view map]
  • Boots at the Bon Accord Centre
  • Home Comforts, Great Western Road
  • Instant neighbour, St Machar Drive
  • Michies the Chemist, Union Street
  • Queens Cross Church, Albyn Place
  • Sainsbury’s Berryden
  • Trinity Centre, Management Office, Union Street
  • Union Square, Customer Service Desk (beside Costa)
  • Virgin Money, Queens Cross

The deadline for returning gifts to a drop off location for 2021 is Friday 3rd 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 main Sorting Location which is at Centurion Court, Russell Road Entrance, North Esplanade West.

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!

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 givingtree@instantneighbour.co.uk .

The success of The Giving Tree is not possible without our fantastic team of volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer your time, please use the online booking system or email givingtree@instantneighbour.co.uk

Gift Guide

Many of the children who will receive gifts through the Giving Tree live in families which struggle to afford Christmas dinner. We have compiled this gift guide to assist you in deciding what gift to purchase for a child.

Supporter’s Pack

Thank you for your support of our Giving Tree Appeal!

Here you will find all the information you need to support our Appeal.


Gift in Will

Leaving a gift in your will is one of the most powerful ways you can support our work. Your loved one’s memory will live on forever through the legacy of this very personal gift..

How to Donate

The Giving Tree Appeal is only successful due to the generosity of the people and organisations of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. We now have available different ways that you can donate to the Giving Tree appeal