It’s difficult knowing what to do with an unwanted Christmas gift: do you ask the person who gave it to you for a receipt and risk coming across as ungrateful, or guiltily throw it in in the trash? Luckily, you don’t have to do either of those things – there are plenty of ways to dispose of presents you don’t like in a way that benefits everyone involved.
One of the most popular options is selling items through sites such as eBay. This gives you the chance to unite your gift with someone who will appreciate it more, while also allowing you to make money that can be spent on something you love.
In order to ensure you get the best price possible, avoid opening the packaging and explain in the description that your item is an unwanted gift – buyers often like to know why things are being sold. An informative title, thorough description and plenty of photos can also help boost the price.
If you think that your item could be a collectable – perhaps you received a signed poster or an antique – then it’s important that you have it valued before putting it up for auction, as failing to do so could leave you unwittingly underselling it. Value My Stuff offers quick and easy online valuations.
When it comes to inexpensive items, or if you’re simply feeling in the giving mood, then you might prefer to donate your gift. Charity shops will welcome your unwanted gifts with open arms, and children’s hospitals often happily take toys and books.
Another option is to recycle, repurpose or regift your items. You could send an unwanted mobile phone to a company like Envirofone, turn that ill-fitting T-shirt into a bag or give those unwanted socks to an appreciative grandmother.
The final option is to swap. This could be with a family member – siblings often find that exchanging gifts works a treat – or with a stranger through an online portal such as Read It Swap It, Posh-swaps.com or FilmCircle.