Virtual Christmas gifts that give back - Women's Running

Virtual Christmas gifts that give back

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  December 14, 2021

If you've still got some people on your Christmas list but don't quite know what to get them, these virtual charity gifts are ideal

Lots of us like to give something back at Christmas, so we’ve put together some easy ways to do it with nothing more than an internet connection. From running to online shopping, there’s a way for everyone to share what they can spare.

Looking for more Christmas present ideas? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide!

Socks saviour

We runners know that you can never have too many pairs of socks, but of course, some people don’t have any at all. Enter Stand4Socks. They sell colourful and oh-so-comfy socks, and for ever pair bought, they donate a pair of their purpose-built thick donation socks to a homeless person in need. These stripy socks are made from bamboo, so they even tick the eco-friendly box, and have a Comfit Arch that supports your foot for extra comfort.


Click and collect

A simple switch is all it takes to turn an evening perusing presents online into a charitable act. Everyclick is a clever search engine – type in the name of the shop you’re after, click on their ‘Give to Live’ shopping link to visit the website and they’ll donate money to charity if you purchase something. With shops from eBay to John Lewis on there, you’ll be able to tick off your whole gift list while also giving back.

Get choosy

If you love the buzz of finding the perfect purchase, consider checking out the Choose Love online store. Just like any other online shopping experience, you get to browse their curated collection of products, but buying them comes with a twist – whatever you choose will be sent to those in need around the world this winter. You can buy bundles of warmth, love, pandemic protection and more, and you can also buy on behalf of a friend or relative too – perfect for those ‘tricky to buy for’ people on your list.


Choose Love bundle

Take action

If the gift that you can give is time, then this one’s for you. Charity Miles is a free app available all over the world that donates money to charity for every mile that you move, whether walking, running or biking. Simply download the app, choose a charity to support and start tracking. For each mile, money will be donated from the app’s corporate sponsorship pool. We can’t think of a better reason to lace up our trainers – it’s a win-win!


Go direct

Make a donation directly to your favourite local charity. Many smaller charitable organisations desperately need help this year, and sending what you can spare their way will make a huge difference. Our charity partner is Bath Mind, who always appreciate donations to help fund their mental health support. They have also created a wellbeing calendar for 2022, which includes wellbeing prompts and gorgeous photography – perfect for keeping track of your races for the year.

Bath Mind Christmas appeal

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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