Gifts In Kind

Gifts in kind can brighten the lives of many patients across the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, you can opt to donate the goods directly to Wishlist and we will distribute the goods to those who need it most.

Examples of gifts in kind:

  • Knitted bears
  • Knitted beanies & blankets
  • Boxes of crayons
  • Sensory pillows for dementia patients
  • Auction prizes for Wishlist events - such as gift vouchers etc.

We appreciate all gifts in kind - large and small - but please bear in mind that second-hand toys and goods cannot be accepted due to the strict health guidelines of the SCHHS hospital facilities.


Every Christmas our local community love to donate presents to patients across the local hospital and health service. Most people think of children in hospital, but did you know that each year more than 400 local adults spend Christmas in hospital? 

This Christmas please consider donating a gift to patients of all ages and abilities.

We have asked our local wards for ideas on what their patients may like to receive. Please see some ideas below.

How to donate

If you have a gift that you would like to donate to brighten Christmas Day for a local patient, please deliver it unwrapped to to the Wishlist office from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. 

*Please keep in mind that second-hand toys and goods can't be accepted due to the strict health guidelines of the SCHHS hospital facilities.

Why can't I wrap the gift?

We ask that we can see your donation as we want to ensure that your gift is directed to the most appropriate patient (taking into account their age group, ability and current health conditions).

Christmas Gift Ideas from SCHHS Ward Health Staff

Renal and General patients (patients of SCUH, Nambour and Caloundra Hospitals) 
  • Wheat Bags
  • Tea cups for their morning tea
  • Comfort cushions to ease of the pressure when they have to sit in the chair for 5 hours for dialysis.
  • Art supplies & canvas
  • Toiletry Gift Packs – Hair ties, Brushes
  • Reading Books – Novel, Magazines
  • Activity Books – Soduku, Find-A-Word, Crossword
  • Chocolate
  • Slippers / Grippy Socks
  • Reading Books – Novel, Magazines
  • Adult Colouring Books & pencils / pens
  • Fake plants/flowers
  • Food Hamper
  • Toiletry Gift Bags – Hair ties, Combs, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Meal or coffee voucher
  • CDs – Big Band or Classical
Cardiology patients (patients of Ward 3D and CCU, SCUH)
  • Eye Mask
  • Toiletry Bags – Combs, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shaving Set, Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Manicure Sets
  • Moisturiser
  • Christmas Tree & Decorations
  • Reading Books – Novel, Magazines
  • Activity Books – Soduku, Find-A-Word, Crossword, Adult Colouring Book
  • Games - Playing Cards, Mini Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Boardgames (small, travel size)
  • Herbal Teas / Speciality Teas
  • Christmas cake
  • Coffee voucher for local hospital cafes
  • Writing materials - pen & notebook
  • Lotto ticket / Scratchie
New Mums (patients of the Maternity In-Patient Unit, SCUH)
  • Mother’s pamper pack (for mum)
  • Food hamper
  • Meal or coffee voucher
  • Movie voucher
  • Massage voucher
  • Hand Cream
  • Cleaner Service (for home)
  • Nappy Service
Premature Babies (patients of Neonatal, SCUH)
  • Books – for children under 3 years of age
  • Small baby Clothes (singlets, onesies, 0000)
  • Singlets with snap buttons on top (for IV)
  • Muslin Wraps
  • Baby Socks / Hats – not knitted (T-shirt type fabric)
  • Memory Books – for staff to write in milestones or messages (ideally hardcover books)
  • A2 lined books – for children going into foster care or adoption
Women & Families (Maternity/Women's Health Gympie and Paediatric Unit)
  • Hand cream
  • Scented candles
  • Reading books/puzzles for children
  • "My first Christmas" t-shirts for babies
  • Newborn reading books
  • Children's Jigsaw Puzzles