Updated: 19th December 2020

How To Give A Helping Hand This Christmas

Christmas in Victoria Street London

Christmas in Victoria Street London

With the unexpected Tier 4 in place in London and Christmas in full swing and suddenly life has changed yet again.

You may have made festive plans for the day only to discover that you cannot be with your loved ones due to Covid and government restrictions. If you’re a last minute shopper then one alternative will be to shop online and hope your gift will arrive on time.

2020 is no doubt a year we won’t forget in a hurry, with job losses, loss of lives and Covid affecting families on a large scale. There are various ways to give a helping hand this Christmas, which will help you divert your focus. Don’t be discouraged by the lockdown.

Various ways to give a helping hand this Christmas and staying safe

  • Shop online for those festive gifts. Amazon and other online stores have made it convenient for us to do so.


  • Suggest a budget for family members and friends to avoid going overboard. It’s worth being mindful of those on a low budget. Let them know you have their gifts and you will put them in the post or hand over to them at the end of tier 4.


  • The season is not all about turkey, Brussel sprouts and mulled wine. How about joining a charitable organisation virtually? Donate to a charity that serves a cause close to your heart. You can easily do this online.


  • Make up some Christmas hampers for the less privileged and vulnerable, like the homeless. You don’t need to invest in baskets. Simply use shoeboxes if you have some and fill them up with goodies. Have them delivered as soon as possible but confirm postage deadline first.


  • Volunteer to work with your local church for cold weather shelter, local food bank or a charity like Shelter. Check the websites and avoid social distancing rules. This option might not be possible due to the new restrictions in London.


  • Visit a neighbour or an elderly person online via Zoom or Google Duo and listen to their stories or share yours. Lift their spirits.


  • Donate to your local hospital if possible. Find ways to do this online


  • Avoid the crowds and observe social distancing measures in your country.


  • Are you a minimalist or do you prefer to buy in bulk because you feel you will need the items at a later stage?

How are you planning to give a virtual helping hand this Christmas? Drop me a line or two as always.