Gifts of Love 2019 will be December 8 - 14th!

How it Works

City Impact sets up a Christmas store for income-qualified families to spend their own money on gifts for their kids. Parents buy new gifts at 70% off retail prices.

The store is stocked with new donated gifts, collected at various sites throughout Lincoln. Donated money is also used to purchase gifts for the store.

City Impact kids also have the opportunity to shop the Gifts of Love store, using points they earn at program. Our kids buy gifts for their parents, siblings, and other family. It helps make Christmas even more special for them!

The Gifts of Love store is staffed with volunteers from local businesses, church and philanthropy groups, student clubs, families, and other groups large and small. Volunteers spend a few hours setting up the store, helping shoppers select gifts, wrapping presents, or sharing treats. They are both blessed and a blessing!

Ultimately, the goal of Gifts of Love is to provide Christmas with dignity to families who need a hand up, sharing the love of Jesus with our community.

Get Involved

Donate new, unwrapped gifts

Gifts can be dropped off at City Impact or at a number of locations around Lincoln beginning November 8th.

Make an online donation

$40 is all it takes to sponsor the purchase of new, Christmas gifts for a child. 

Volunteer

Gifts of Love is supported by hundreds of local volunteers helping our shoppers, wrapping gifts, and much more.

Send a gift donation with just a click!

Gifts of Love Registration is Closed

If you missed registration, but would like to shop the Gifts of Love store it’s still possible! Check out Walk Up Shopping.

Gifts of Love is one of Lincoln’s largest and longest running Christmas outreach programs, providing Christmas with dignity to families in need.

Last year the Gifts of Love store provided quality presents to over 3,300 children and their parents, at a small fraction of retail prices.

Gifts of Love 2019 Collection Sites are receiving gift donations November 8 – December 2.

Wish List

Youngest Students: Pre/k-3rd

Girls

  • Play kitchen toys
  • Disney toys
  • Arts & crafts items
  • Baby dolls
  • Squishmallows

Boys

  • Star Wars toys
  • Super hero gear
  • Cars (Hot Wheels, Tonka, accessories)
  • Sports balls

Girls

  • Barbies
  • Disney items
  • Scooters & bikes
  • Craft kits
  • Young adult fiction

Boys

  • Star Wars action figures
  • Nerf toys
  • Beyblades toys
  • Movie-themed LEGOs

Girls

  • Bluetooth headphones
  • Fashion items (makeup, jewelry, hair appliances)
  • Cozy blankets
  • Clothing gift cards (H&M, Forever 21)

Boys

  • Cologne sets
  • Pro-sports team gear
  • Sports balls & accessories
  • Drones
  • Name-brand sweatshirts

Our City Impact program students have the opportunity to shop for their parents!

Moms

  • Kitchen items
  • Makeup and perfume
  • Coffee gift sets
  • Exercise trackers
  • Home spa items (lotions, manicure sets)
  • Candles

Dads

  • Thermo mugs
  • Hot sauce sets
  • Gift cards
    (Wal-Mart, Target, Scheels)
  • Car accessories
  • Tools

FAQ

New gifts and monetary donations (to buy gifts) are collected from the Lincoln community. Last year, $120,000 allowed 3,300+ children and their parents to receive new personalized Christmas gifts.

Students purchase items for adult loved ones using vouchers earned through participation in City Impact programs.

Gifts of Love 2019 will be held December 8 – 14. All donations (items and financial support) need to be received by December 6th.

  • Donate gifts: We’ll be accepting new and current unwrapped gifts and wrapping supplies through December 6th. Donations are tax deductible. $25 – $50+ items are greatly appreciate. We appreciate your gently used gifts, though we are strictly only taking new and current items. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Volunteer: Sign up to be a Gifts of Love volunteer here!
  • Donate: Offer a financial contribution.  Check, cash, and online donations accepted.

Family Registration

Registration for Gifts of Love 2019 is closed. If you missed registration but would like to shop the Gifts of Love store it’s still possible! Come to

Walk Up Shopping on December 14th at 3:30pm.
Walk Up Shoppers shop the remaining merchandise in the Gifts of Love store. We will accommodate as many shoppers as we can. The exact number is determined when the regular store closes, and the merchandise is assessed.

Walk Up Shopping is a first-come first-served environment. Select of merchandise cannot be guaranteed.

When/ Where:

Saturday, December 14th at 3:30pm at City Impact – 1035 N 33rd St.

Breakdown:

  • Items in the store are not free, but discounted 70%. Selection is not guaranteed.
  • The Gifts of Love store can only accept CASH payment. Up to $20 can be spent per registered child (plus tax), on up to 3 items per child.
  • Free gift-wrapping is available!
  • Children are not allowed in the store. We cannot have them wait while you’re shopping.

Requirements:

  • You must be the legal guardian of each child (under 19 years old) being registered, and the child must live in your home.
  • Your current photo ID
  • Social Security card for each child. Also acceptable: 2018 tax return, passport, government issued ID.
  • Proof of income eligibility. Any ONE of the following:
    • LPS letter stating free or reduced lunch eligibility
    • HHS letter stating SNAP case number
    • Most recent pay stub of each adult in household

Family registration for Gifts of Love 2019 will be at City Impact 1035 N. 33rd St.

Thursday, November 14th from 4pm – 7pm

Friday, November 15th from 9am – 7pm

Saturday, November 16th from 9am – 1pm

*See below for what to bring.

Shopping will be December 13 & 14. Shopping time slots are selected at family registration.

Walk-up shopping will be the afternoon of December 14th at 3:30pm.

1) You must be the legal guardian of each child (under 19 years old) who live in your home. Each child may only be shopped for once. So if parents are not together, you must decide which parent will register and shop.

2) Your photo ID

3) Social Security card for each child. Also acceptable: 2018 tax return, passport, government issued ID.

4) Proof of income eligibility, any ONE of the following:

  • LPS district office letter stating free or reduced lunch eligibility. If you do not have, do not contact LPS; we will handle at registration.
  • HHS letter stating SNAP case number
  • Most recent pay stub of all adult household members

Contact Information

Questions? Email Lisa Guill at lguill@cityimpact.org