Last-minute Christmas shopping can be like, well, the nightmare before Christmas. But it doesn’t have to be this way! We’ve found solutions to your shopping gremlins this festive season - find out the top five.

Our charity Christmas gifts will make last-minute shopping a breeze this season
Our charity Christmas gifts will make last-minute shopping a breeze this season

Christmas shopping - we say we’ll start nice and early every year! But without fail, many of us end up in a dizzy panic, squeezing through the crowds as the Christmas bells chime ever closer to the big day. 

Don’t worry! Here are your top five last-minute Christmas shopping problems - with handy gift solutions to suit even the trickiest of Christmas customers. And remember - everything in our Gifts in Action collection will go towards changing the lives of women and girls living in poverty.

1. There's no time to go to the shops!


Just a matter of days left, but you’re all booked up with Christmas parties?

No need to panic! The festive season can be the busiest time of year, but there’s no need to be a Scrooge and miss the office do! 

Our Gifts in Action collection works around your seasonal schedule! Just choose your gift, personalise the message in your card, and we’ll deliver it direct to you, or even to your giftee. 

You can order online or call our friendly supporter contact team on 01460 238 000 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm).

2. I thought I'd finished... but I forgot someone!


It happens to the best of us! But your unlucky friend or family member needn’t know they were nearly left off the list, because we have a wide range of thoughtful, unique gifts that will show them you care.

From our new Beehives to Thrive collection, to our life-changing Farmyard Friend gifts, there’s something for everyone. And each comes with a stunning card that they’re sure to love.

3. The weather outside is frightful... I can’t go out in this!


The best bit about Gifts in Action? We’ve a great range of gifts that you can browse to your heart’s content… all from the comfort of your sofa. Hopefully in a pair of cosy socks, with a big hot chocolate.

And if you’re really feeling cosy, why not try our blankets gift for just £14 - a life-changing present that could provide four blankets for a family, so they can stay warm in the case of emergencies and disasters.

4. I forgot the stocking fillers!

Why not steer clear of the satsumas and chocolate coins this year, and choose a gift that really makes a difference?

At just £7, our school backpack gift won’t break the bank, and it can provide one child with a comfortable school bag, making it easier for them to carry their books, pens and other materials to school.

In an emergency or disaster, your gift can keep a child going to school, so they don’t miss out on all-important education.

And as an extra bonus, you won't have to bother with environmentally-harmful wrapping, giving a sustainable boost to your Christmas.

5. I'm part of an office Secret Santa!

With a small budget, and an even smaller idea of what Pete from Finance wants for Christmas... what are we to do about the office Secret Santa?

The great news is, there really is a gift for everyone in our Gifts in Action collection - from bumper bundles, to life-saving supplies like water (£15) and a shelter kit (£14).

So this year, why not skip the chocolate boxes, and choose something your secret giftee will remember?

A Christmas gift to remember

Whichever Gift in Action you choose this Christmas, you'll be helping to transform the lives of women and girls in poverty.

The denial of women’s and girls’ rights is one of the biggest causes of poverty worldwide, and a grave injustice. That’s why, at ActionAid, we put the rights of women and girls at the heart of all we do - and your support will make a huge difference.

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So good luck with your last-minute shopping, and merry Christmas!