Your guide to giving back this Christmas

Support your local community this Christmas by giving back, your way. We’ve compiled some fantastic ideas for gift giving, charity fundraising, paying it forward and spreading joy this holiday season.

  • 1 Nov 2023
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Have you been wondering how to get into the Christmas spirit? One of the most special ways to do it is by giving back to your community. It’s an important time to think of those less fortunate, and what better way than to make socially conscious choices when gifting. 

Whether it's through donating time, money, or second-hand goods, there are countless ways to make a positive impact during this time of the year. Head into Sunshine Plaza and get acquainted with the stores and initiatives that champion giving back this Christmas.

A more meaningful Christmas

Meaningful Christmas wishes gifts are a wonderful way to show your love and care while also supporting causes that matter to you most. These gifts go beyond the material and bring the spirit of giving to the forefront. Here are some ideas that will warm your heart:

  • Give the gift of time: One of the most precious gifts you can give is your time, especially during the busy Christmas period. You can volunteer at local shelters, community events, and retirement homes or help organise a charity fundraiser. A helping hand can make a significant difference.
  • Charity donations: Instead of giving a material gift, make a donation to a charity in your loved one's name. Many organisations offer holiday-themed donation certificates, allowing you to support causes close to your heart and share that feeling of doing a good deed.
  • Second-hand treasures: Round up your pre-loved items and give them a second home. You can donate clothing, toys and household items to local thrift stores or shelters. Not only will you declutter your space, but you'll also be helping those in need.
  • Something more meaningful: Choose products from companies that give back, like the Kmart giving tree. These kinds of brands support charitable causes with each purchase and have plenty of items that are good stocking stuffers.


Gift wrapping with a purpose

Add an extra layer of meaning to your gifts with our charity gift-wrapping service. Available at Sunshine Plaza, when you choose this option, a 100% of the donations go to support local charities and community services. It's a simple way to make your gift-giving truly special. 

Supporting Your Community

Looking for a charity to support at Christmas this year? While it's wonderful to support global charities, don't forget the power of giving back locally. Consider donating toys, clothes or food to nearby organisations — these types of contributions, big and small, can brighten the holidays for lots of families in your community.

Pay It Forward

The true magic of meaningful Christmas wishes is the ripple effect it creates. When you choose social impact gifts or engage in random acts of kindness, you inspire others to do the same. It's a beautiful cycle of generosity and compassion that can transform the holiday season for everyone. Consider buying something as small as coffee for someone at Coca Bar or participating in the gifting tree initiative at Target or Kmart this year.

This Christmas, make it about more than just material gifts — give back your way, spread joy, and create memories that warm the heart. Head to Sunshine Plaza and you’ll be filled with fantastic ideas on how to give back to your local community this holiday season.