Unwanted Christmas Gifts: Where to Give and Sell


The way we think about Christmas gifts is changing; the days of splurging on makeshift Christmas stockings are about to fade, and we are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of our festive purchases.

Instead, we’re opting for conscious gifting options: prioritizing utility overkill, choosing something we know our loved ones will get a lot of use out of, and cutting back on frivolous purchases (because your mother’s dog Probably does not need another advent calendar).

While we may have fallen for enduring gifts, there remains the question of what to do with the gifts we actually receive. Especially the ones that haven’t quite made it, whether it’s an unflattering sweater or a book you know you’ll never read.

This is valued that £42 million worth of unwanted Christmas presents end up in landfill every year, which is certainly do not something we want to contribute to. But does that mean we all have to cling to them? We don’t know about you, but the thought of clutter doesn’t exactly spark RN joy.

Fortunately, there are all sorts of options available to ensure that your unwanted Christmas gifts will go to a good home, where they will be treasured (or at least used). To sell your prezzies on sites like eBay and Depopdonate to charity shops on your local high street, Here are GLAMOR’s top four tips for repurposing unwanted Christmas gifts:

Gift to a friend or family member

It’s time to think tactically. If you received a nice pot that you just don’t have room for, think about who could really use some extra cooking utensils right now. Maybe your sister’s bare closets in her college hallways could use some love? Or if you’ve been given seven different Yankee candles, why not bring them to work and see if any of your co-workers fancy grabbing one?

Of course, try to be sensible when finding a new home for your wares. For example, if you want to relocate a Secret Santa prezzie from your wife at work, it’s probably best to avoid whipping him around the office. Just a thought.

sell it

In our humble opinion, selling gifts is one of the best ways to ensure they will go to a home where they will truly be cherished. If people are willing to part with their hard-earned cash (especially in traditionally frugal January) for the gift, it’s unlikely to end up gathering dust under their bed for the rest of its life.

For electrical items, household items and gadgets, sites like eBay and Gum are a good idea. Be sure to review each site’s fee policy before you start listing items, so you can prepare accordingly.

For unwanted pounds, try We buy books; just enter the IBSN number, post your books (free) and, if accepted, get paid the next business day. If your book is not accepted, We Buy Books will recycle it or send it back to you (your choice). To have the best chance of getting your book accepted, make sure it’s in good condition. Learn more here.


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