What to do with unwanted Christmas gifts?

Christmas is over. Or is it? After the gift bonanza you’re probably left with a few items you are not necessarily keen on – the PJ’s your aunt got you that are one size too small, that gift set with a complete line of a fragrance you just can’t stand,  the Acupuncture voucher when you’re dead scared of needles. So here’s how to deal with those unwanted gifts and maybe even turn them into money.

What to do with unwanted Christmas gifts? - Street UK

Return them

If you have a gift receipt you can return the item. Most retailers will only give a refund if you have the card with which the item was purchased, so you might have to settle for a gift card or swap for something you like. Here’s a useful guide on your rights when returning a gift.

Sell them online

Cosmetics, fragrances, clothes, jewellery, gadgets are all very popular items to sell online. Stick them on eBay, Amazon Marketplace, Gumtree, Shpock or on the new Facebook Marketplace. You can also try Facebook Buy, Sell, Swap Groups.

Re-gift them

You can save some of those to gift other people on special occasions throughout the year, just make sure you don’t give it back to the same person who gave it to you in the first place (that could be awkward…).

Swap them

If you have unwanted gifts, than maybe your friends have unwanted gifts too. And you know what they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Gather some friends for a ‘Unwanted Gift Swap Party’, isn’t that a great excuse for a little get together in January?

Give them to Charity

If all of the above fail, give them away to Charity or to your children’s school raffle maybe. Those unwanted gifts can help raise money to a honourable cause! Plus – who has that much free space to be holding on to stuff you don’t even want, right?

Share