Christmas gifts: quick ways to get rid of unwanted Christmas gifts – and how to apply for gift help

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Whether it’s a garish sweater or a bottle of booze you just can’t stand the taste of, we’ve all had the experience of receiving a gift we hate – but that doesn’t mean we have to keep them.

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Nick Drewe, retail expert on online discount platform We Thrift, shares his top tips for getting rid of unwanted gifts.

It goes without saying that the best thing you can do with your unwanted gifts is give them to a good cause.

When it comes to charity shop donations, be sure to ask for gift assistance on your items.

This is a form of tax relief which allows charities to claim an additional 25p on every £1 donation at no additional cost.

In other words, your donation will be boosted!

Besides charity shops, you can also donate your unwanted toys to a children’s hospital, as well as books to a school or library.

These days you have more options than eBay when it comes to selling your unwanted gifts online.

For example, there are websites and apps like Depop, Vinted, Shpock, and Facebook Marketplace that allow you to sell a wide range of items.

If you decide to sell your unwanted Christmas gifts on these platforms, it is important that your item description is as detailed as possible.

Be clear about the condition of the items, and if you’re dealing with clothing, provide the correct measurements.

The more information you give about your product, the faster it is likely to sell.

You can also choose to do your part and help save the planet with your unwanted gifts.

Retailers such as John Lewis, M&S, Nike and H&M have programs in place to buy back your unwanted clothes or shoes.

If you want to recycle unwanted electronics, games and CDs, you can use websites such as MusicMagpie, which allow you to post your items for an agreed amount of money.

If you think the gift would suit someone else better, then you shouldn’t be ashamed to re-gift an item to a friend, relative or acquaintance that will give them a better home.

This will ensure the gift doesn’t go to waste, and not to mention you’ll also save money on buying something new on the person’s birthday.

Simply rewrap the gift in fresh wrapping paper or put it in a nice gift bag.

To return or exchange your items, all you need is proof of purchase to return them to the store.

If a gift receipt was left in your gift, you can use it to exchange the item for something else.

If there is no gift receipt, unfortunately you will need to request a receipt from the person who received the gift.

Likewise, if the gift was purchased online, it is up to the buyer to return it or exchange it for something else.

Of course, it all comes down to how easily you tell the person you don’t like their gift!

Alternatively, you can choose to keep the present and turn it into something useful for yourself.

For example, you can use that unwanted top as a hair mask or make a fluffy dishcloth out of that awful sweater.

On top of that, if you like the style of a particular piece of clothing but hate its color, maybe give it a makeover by coloring it.

The DIY possibilities are endless!

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