Pelican Parcels is a charity that works with families in poverty in Brighton & Hove. Last Christmas we provided presents for nearly 2,000 children and their families across our city, ensuring that ‘Santa’ visited all local children.


Christmas can be a really tough time for families with the promise of ‘Santa’, so every year our ‘Secret Santa’ campaign supports families who can’t afford Christmas presents.


It is such a tough time of year, putting families under additional financial pressure. The cost of living crisis  means we’re seeing more requests for support than ever before, especially as the winter ‘heat or eat’ decision kicks in. With the challenges being faced by so many in our community, our Christmas campaign is more important than ever.


We want to make sure that no child or their parent/carer is left with nothing for Christmas.


We will be giving presents to children and their parents, ensuring everyone gets something to make them feel special on Christmas day. To do that we need your help.
We’re asking people who can afford it, to buy gifts ranging between £5 – £20 for children and adults.  Ideally toys and games won’t be battery operated (so we don’t add that expense to families). We also request that gifts aren’t too personalised eg no clothing, jewellery, makeup, perfume (pyjamas and hat/scarf sets being the exception, but not Christmas themed please). There is a suggested giftlist on Amazon to give you an idea of the types of things we need for families.

Amazon wishlist

You can shop online or we’re also working in partnership with local toys shops as we’d love people to shop local and support our local businesses.


103 Portland Rd, Hove, BN3 5DP


The wonderful independent toy store in Hove specialising in quality wooden and plastic-free toys, games and crafts.

IN-STORE and ONLINE: use the code PELICANPARCELS for 10% off your purchases for us, plus your gift will automatically be sent to us.



9 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UP


Whirligig the much loved North Laine shop specialising in creative toys that engage children in things to make and do.

ONLINE: use the code PELICAN for 10% off your purchases for us, plus your gift will automatically be sent to us.

IN-STORE: just mention Pelican Parcels at the till and Whirligig will put you gift aside for us to come to us.

Alternatively, you can also buy a voucher online (or in shop) and we can use the money to buy gifts for families.




Meg & Milo are a family run online business which launched in 2020.

This year, Meg & Milo will match 25% of all donations.

Use code PELICAN at checkout and you won’t be charged shipping, your purchase will be delivered directly to us.


If you are shopping at stores other than those listed above, please can your Christmas donations can be sent to us unwrapped – although gift bags, wrapping paper and cellotape are gratefully received as every family will get these to help them get ready for the big day.


🎄🎄 Donations can be dropped to us at Pelican Parcels, Unit 9, Industrial House, Conway St, Hove, BN3 3LW, every Wednesday 11-2 throughout November 🎄🎄


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