1. Buy Christmas dinner for someone who needs it
For a donation of just over £20, Crisis will offer support, advice and three hot meals (including Christmas dinner) to a homeless person at one of its shelters this winter. Skip that night in the pub and direct the pennies you save to www.crisis.org.uk.
2. Choose a tree from The Christmas Forest
For every tree it sells, The Christmas Forest plants one in Africa. With the help of charity Tree Aid, it has planted a tree-mendous 128,114 in the Sahel region so far. Drop into one of its eight stores or order online at www.christmasforest.co.uk.
3. Shop at the Gift of Giving
They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Find out if that’s true at this temporary charity shop at the Southbank Centre. It’s open until mid-January, so you can donate those Christmas gifts that Santa didn’t get right. Find out more at www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Did you know that one in four of us spend Christmas alone?