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'A Gift For All'. How to make and donate a festive shoe-box Hamper

All you need to know about making and donating a festive shoe-box hamper.

We've teamed up with partners; Age UK Merton, Commonside Trust, Friends in St Helier, Merton Council, Polish Family, St John’s Church High Path, Sustainable Merton and Wimbledon Guild to bring you the 'Gift For All Campaign' to help spread a little festive cheer to those more in need.

There are a few simple steps to make your festive hamper

Find a box, with a lid. A shoe-box sized one is perfect. Wrap the box and lid separately in cheerful paper.
We will be doing a quick check on the contents before it is gifted so please secure it in a way which can be easily reopened - we suggest an elastic band or loosely tied string.


We have the following recipient categories, so select who your gift is for.
*Please bear in mind that the majority of our vulnerable residents we're hoping to gift with a hamper are adult female.*

  • Adult Female
  • Adult Male
  • Young Girl
  • Young Boy
  • Older Girl
  • Older Boy
  • Suits all

Find a gift tag and write the recipient details on e.g. Adult Female.
If you're making a hamper for a child then please also indicate the approximate age group your gift is for.


Please fill your shoe-box with a mix from the food and toiletry items along with a gift item bearing your recipient in mind.

Food items

Hot drinks including tea/coffee sachets/hot chocolate sachets
Festive treats; individual Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, biscuits, marshmallows, gingerbread
Confectionery – chocolates, novelty bars, small selection box
Wrapped sweets, novelty sweets, marzipan
Chutney, jams, relishes
Healthy bars – cereal bars, flapjacks, crackers
Jams, chutney, spreads, relish
Dry fruit, nuts

Toiletries                                                    A Gift

Soap bars/ Shampoo bars                 Warm socks                          
Bath bombs                                               Warm slippers/Slipper socks
Lip balm                                                       Hat/Scarf/Gloves/Mittens
Body spray                                                 Reusable water bottle
Deodorant                                                 Reusable cloth bag
Hand cream                                              Hair accessories - bands, clips, bobbles
Moisturiser                                               Puzzle books/word search
Hand gel                                                      Diary/calendar/note book
Tissues                                                         Stationery/Writing set
Face wipes                                                 Book/Jigsaw Puzzle
Anti-bacterial wipes                            Christmas cracker or ornament
Nail varnish                                               Colouring pencils/pens
Toothbrush                                                Lego/Duplo/Play Dough
Make up remover pads                       Paying cards/Board Game
Face cloth                                                   Soft toy
Sponge                                                          Activity book - stickers, colouring


Once you've filled your hamper, please secure it in a way that it can be easily opened to allow us to do a quick check before gifting it - an elastic band or loosely tied string is recommended.

You can donate your hamper at one of the following donation points. We're doing our best to add to the list so please keep an eye on the page. If you're a business or organisation that could act as a donation point then please get in touch

Commonside Community Trust
New Horizon Centre
South Lodge Avenue

Monday to Fridays between 10am and 3pm

Sustainable Merton
c/o Morden Baptist Church
Crown Lane
Morden SM4 5BL
(Please come to the car park at the back of Morden Baptist Church - entrance on Grasmere Avenue)

Wednesday December 9th  4pm -7pm
Thursday December 10th    1pm - 4pm
Friday December 11th          4:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday December 12th     10am-12pm

St John the Divine
High Path
SW19 2JY
Friday 27th November      9.00am-11.00am
Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th December 9.30am -11.30am

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