Around 120 Million unwanted Christmas gifts are given out every year and only one third of those find their way to resell and charity stores. The other two thirds, making around 80 million gifts, are either sent to landfill or thrown in a cupboard and forgotten about. There are several options for what you can do with unwanted Christmas gifts. Here are a few ideas:
- Donate them: Consider donating the gifts to a local charity or non-profit organisation. This is a great way to give back to your community and help those in need.
- Sell them: If the gift is new and in good condition, you could try selling it online or at a local garage sale. This can help offset the cost of the gift and give you a little extra cash. Check out our article with some tips on getting the best out of reselling!
- Re-gift them: If you know someone who would appreciate the gift, you could consider re-gifting it to them. Just be sure to remove any gift tags or personalisation before giving it away.
- Repurpose or reuse them: If the gift is something you can’t donate, sell, or re-gift, you could try finding a new use for it. For example, a vase could be repurposed as a pen holder, and a candle could be used to freshen up a room.
Ultimately, the best course of action will depend on the nature of the gift and your personal circumstances. There is always a better option than throwing it away and letting it go, unused, to landfill.