Ditch the corporate Christmas gifts this year – become a #socialmediasanta


Nobody wants a desk-sized LED Christmas tree with your company logo on it. Do your clients a favour this year and ditch the corporate Christmas gifts. Instead, become a #socialmediasanta and give a homeless child a Christmas to remember. So instead of ordering 50 of those tacky trees give a present to a child on behalf of each of your clients.

That’s exactly what I’m doing this year. If you’re a Third Sector Lab client you’ll each be giving an amazing present to a kid at Shelter Scotland’s Blantyre Families Project. No nasty branded desk calendar for you, I like you to much.

It’s a dead easy concept:

– Pick an online retailer who sells toys.

– Most of the kids are aged 7-12 so pick a gift you think they’d love.

– Add to basket, use the project’s address at checkout (below) and add a wee message.

– Voila. You’ve made a kid who might not have otherwise got a present this year very happy.

Here’s the full address for your orders, if you live nearby you can drop off your present in person:

#SocialMediaSanta, Shelter Families Project, 66a Victoria St, Blantyre, G72 0BS


The project received 20 presents last year, can we increase that number in 2012? 

You can let your Twitter followers know about it by sharing this blog post and using the hashtag #socialmediasanta 



Thanks to all the social media santas

Well it seems a fair few of you got in to the Christmas spirit and read my blog post about Shelter Scotland’s Blantyre project. Over 20 gifts were received just in time for Christmas, staff at the service had feared they would not be able to provide a gift for every child.

Linda Dickson, Service Manager at Shelter Scotland’s Support Service South Lanarkshire, said:

“We are overwhelmed by the level of support we have received and it just goes to show the positive impact social media can have. Homelessness can have a devastating effect on children’s lives and Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for them and their families.

On behalf of everyone at Shelter Scotland I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to those who donated a gift and made Christmas Day a very special time for the families and children we work with.”


Help give a child a Xmas to remember


Shelter Scotland have 73 boys and girls – aged from 6 months to 16 years – at their South Lanarkshire services who might not get a present this year.

Does your house have any art supplies no longer being used? Or a Ben 10 action toy needing a new home? Or when Xmas shopping you could maybe pick up something extra to make a child’s Christmas one they’ll never forget.

Donations can be made to the families project at the Blantyre office – in person or via post (why not pay Amazon a wee visit).

I’ll be sending a toy to the Blantyre project this week, I’d urge everyone who follows me on twitter to do the same. Lets make it a really special Christmas.