What to do with unwanted Christmas gifts


CHRISTMAS is a time for giving and receiving gifts and a time to show someone how much you care.

However, for many of us, we may be tied to the business side of gifts and feel compelled to buy people gifts just for the sake of doing so.

If we’re really honest with ourselves, we often end up giving or receiving gifts we neither want nor need.

As a result, these items can end up unused and ultimately discarded – which is the worst fate of all.

Disclaimer: It’s always best to politely let the person who gave you the gift know that you wouldn’t like it, therefore they may have the option of returning it and exchanging it for something else or keeping their money safe. deserved.

Here are some things you can do with any unwanted gifts this year:

Donate them to charity

Perhaps the most respectful way to pass on your unwanted rushes is to donate them to charity.

Your local charity store is usually the best place to go and hand out Christmas presents.

However, with many people emptying their homes since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, some charity shops are overwhelmed with items, so it’s best to call and check before dropping them off.

Auction them on eBay

If you have a gift that is worth a lot of money, why not resell it on a site like eBay.

Once you’ve politely let the person who gave you the gift know that you won’t be keeping it, you can tell them about a charity you’ll be donating the money to or the item you’ll be buying from. the place.

If you use eBay, all you have to do to create a listing is follow the simple steps they provide.

You can add a few photos (you can add 12 for free) with a description – we imagine ‘unwanted gift’ will be the most used phrase after Christmas, then select a ‘reserve’ or minimum price you want your item sells for. You can wait to see how the auction goes or offer a “Buy Now” option for impatient bargain hunters. In some cases, using a smartphone, you can simply scan the item’s barcode and eBay will fill in all the details for you.

Facebook and Gumtree

You can also sell unwanted gifts on Facebook or Gumtree, allowing you to set a fixed price.

Obviously, if you live in the same area as the person who gave you the item, you should make sure to click “hide from friends” on Facebook Marketplace.


Although gift giving back is a hideous word, it can be a great way to pass on an unwanted gift as well as clear out your house.

It goes without saying that you should make sure you don’t “re-offer” your item to the person who gave it to you, or anyone they live or see regularly. Also make sure the gift is still in perfect condition and that you re-wrap it and use a new tag.

What do you think people should do with unwanted Christmas presents? Let us know in the comments.


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