Having a post-birthday or post-Christmas declutter Too many toys which you just don’t know what to do with? At the Party Kit Network we are very passionate about reusing things and keeping stuff out of landfill, so here are some suggestions for giving toys a second chance.
If you have toys or books which are in a good condition, here are some places you could donate them:
🧸 Donate toys and books to your local playgroup (check your local community centre or church halls), a childminders or children’s services
🧸 Donate toys and books to your local Women’s Aid services who support families who have suffered domestic violence
🧸 Donate plastic toys and books to your local doctors surgery or hospital for their waiting rooms
🧸 Donate to a local baby bank
🧸 Donate teddies or soft toys to the Teddy Trust who send thousands of teddies every year to children in distress around the world, including Syria, Kurdistan, Malawi and Zimbabwe
🧸 Donate toys to The TOY Project who get toys to people who need them
🧸 Give to a local charity shop or local charities working with families including refugee families
🧸 Ask via the local Facebook parents group or community group if anyone is collecting for a family in need
Or if you’d like to sell your old toys and books try…
🧸 Facebook Marketplace or local Facebook selling group
You could even save the item and regift another child - just try not to regift back to the original gifter!
If the toy is broken but may be repairable try taking it along to your local repair cafe.
If the toy is missing a piece, try contacting the manufacturer. For example, Orchard Games have a free parts replacement service.
And remember this moment when next Christmas Eve you are panic buying because you're worries the kids won’t have enough presents to open!