Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish donated all their eldest son's presents to needy children at an orphanage after he was swamped with gifts during his first Christmas.

The couple is parents to two sons, Zachary, two, and Elijah, nine months, and the Rocket Man limits the amount of gifts they receive in order to keep them grounded. He even asks friends to make donations to charity instead of buying toys for the boys.

The music legend has now revealed the idea came about during Zachary's first Christmas, when they were so overwhelmed with presents, they decided to give everything away to kids in a Ukrainian orphanage.

Sir Elton tells Britain's Event magazine, "The first Christmas we had Zachary, we walked into the sitting room and it was full, floor to ceiling, with presents... Two hours later we had barely scratched the surface and David just sat back and said, 'This is obscene. No child should have this.' We had bought him a swing for the garden. We kept that and everything else was sent to a Ukrainian orphanage. From then on, we tell friends not to give gifts, but donate money to a foundation we set up for Zachary to give other children, so he'll actually understand what it is to give.

"Of course, everywhere we go he is given presents, so he knows that word very well. But we limit them."