Every year offices across the country take part in Secret Santa gift giving.

Sometimes you get something perfect, other times you can’t help but feel the money spent could have gone to better use. That’s where the #GiveOrGift idea comes in.

Before names are pulled out of a hat, everyone gets to pick if they’d like their “Santa” to buy them a gift, or to give to charity on their behalf. It’s a really easy way for people to make sure the thought really does count at Christmas, and avoid unwanted gifts ending up in the bin.

The campaign is run by UK Money Bloggers, a collective of money saving, debt and money making digital writers, and is backed by BT MyDonate.

The charities supported are Shelter, The Trussell Trust (who run a number of food banks), Citizens Advice, Stand Up To Cancer, Children in Need and DEC. A £5 donation with Gift Aid means each will get around £1 every time someone picks Give.

Of course, you can run this with friends and families as well as colleagues – and even if you aren’t part of a Secret Santa you can simply just ask someone to donate.

For more information head to www.UKMoneyBloggers.com/GiveOrGift or to donate visit www.BT.com/GiveOrGift.