For Celebrations

Wondering how to ask for donations instead of gifts for celebrations like a wedding, birthday, graduation, anniversary, retirement party or another milestone? Learn more with UNHCR Canada.

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Donations Instead of Gifts

With UNHCR Canada, you can ask for donations from your loved ones in honour of a celebration. Asking for donations instead of gifts is a generous and inspirational way to mark a special occasion like birthdays, baby showers, weddings and holidays such as Christmas. Here are a few ways that you can ask for and receive donated gifts while helping support refugees:


Support UNHCR Canada in celebration of your birthday. Making a birthday gift donation to UNHCR is a great way to mark a milestone and help displaced communities. You can also start a birthday fundraiser!

children at a birthday party
A couple kissing at their wedding

Donations In Lieu of Wedding Favours

You can also donate to UNHCR Canada in lieu of providing wedding favours. You can download our fillable place cards below to display at your wedding venue. Please note: Before printing on card stock, ask your printing house to add a fold in the middle in order to avoid creasing when the card is folded in half.


By asking your guests to donate to UNHCR Canada instead of giving a wedding gift, you can help make a long-lasting impact on the lives of refugees and displaced communities around the world.

A baby shower

Other Celebrations

From retirements and baby showers to graduations, there are so many occasions that offer the chance to help raise money for UNHCR Canada. Check out our fundraising toolkit for more information.

Looking for a perfect gift?

At UNHCR Canada’s gift shop, you can purchase a symbolic gift in honour of a loved one for those most in need. With no idea if or when they’ll be able to return home, refugee families are forced to flee with few to no belongings. Your gift could help provide refugee families with essential life-saving support.

children at a birthday party

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