Christmas is a time of giving and receiving gifts and it is an opportunity to show someone how much you care about them.
However, many of us can get caught up in the commercial side of gift giving and feel compelled to buy people gifts for their own sake.
When we’re truly honest with ourselves, we often give or receive gifts that we neither want nor need.
As a result, these items can go unused and eventually be thrown away – which is the worst fate of all.
Disclaimer: It’s always best to politely tell the person who gave you the gift that you wouldn’t like it so they have an option to return it and exchange it for something else or keep their well-earned money.
Here are some things to do with unwanted gifts this year:
Donate them to charity
Arguably the most respectful way to pass on your unwanted pressies is to donate them to charity.
Your local charity shop is usually the best place to give Christmas gifts.
However, with many people evicting since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, some charity shops are overwhelmed with items, so it’s best to call and check before handing them in.
Auction them on eBay
If you have a gift that is worth a lot of money, then why not resell it on a site like eBay.
Once you’ve politely told the person who gave you the gift that you won’t be keeping it, you can let them know about a charity you’re donating the money to or the item you’re going to buy instead.
If you use eBay, all you have to do is follow the simple steps to set up a listing.
You can add some photos (you can add 12 for free) along with a description – we expect ‘unwanted gift’ will be the most used phrase after Christmas, then select a ‘reserve’ or reserve price, you want to sell for your item Pro. You can wait and see how the auction goes or offer a “buy it now” option to eager bargain hunters. In some cases, you can use a smartphone to simply scan the item’s barcode and eBay will fill in all the details for you.
Facebook and Gumtree
You can also resell unwanted gifts on Facebook or Gumtree, which allows you to set a fixed price.
Of course, if you live in the same area as the person who gave you the item, you should click Hide from Friends on Facebook Marketplace.
Although regifting is a vile word, it can be a great way to pass on an unwanted gift and clean up your home.
It goes without saying that you should ensure that you do not give your item to the person who gave it to you, or anyone they live with or see regularly. Also, make sure the gift is still in pristine condition and that you rewrap it and use a new label.
What do you think people should do with unwanted Christmas gifts? Let us know in the comments.
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