What do you do with your unwanted Christmas gifts?

28 December 2014

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I only managed to catch a few minutes of TV over Christmas, and one of the first things I saw was an advert for ebay telling us to sell our unwanted gifts. I wasn't really sure what to think except that it was a little thoughtless to be showing it while everyone was still sitting in the same room with everyone they had swapped presents with! Now we were all wondering if grandpa really did like his presents or if he had just been working on his poker face. Kids don't bother with this so much - last year my eldest threw a present on the floor saying "I told you I wanted Lego!"

No one wants to hurt anyone's feelings by saying that they are allergic to the perfume you gave them, or that they already have a copy of the game they just unwrapped, but if you find yourself in this situation what exactly do you do with the unwanted, disliked or unsuitable presents you have been given?

Many of us sell our clutter quite happily with no second thoughts on ebay, facebook, or gumtree, but with gifts do you still feel able to do the same? What if the person who gave them to you saw them up for sale?

Would you keep excess gifts aside to re-gift to another at a later date? And how do you prevent the unthinkable happening...that you give the present to the person who first gifted it to you?

Do you just give them away to charity, or just leave them cluttering up the cupboards up so that you don't have to decide what to do about them? Or do you take them back to the shop and exchange them for something you do want?

Incidentally, if any of my family are reading I loved every single one of my gifts, thank you. And I have eaten most of them already. ;)

So if you secretly hate the gifts you have been given would you sell them? We'd love to know how you feel about this.

TOPICS:   Christmas

2 comments

  • barhorne
    My birthday is the beginning of January and last year my friend gave me a Dove gift set which of course is lovely apart from the fact that I bought it for her at Christmas!
  • LuschkaPP
    My birthday is the beginning of January and last year my friend gave me a Dove gift set which of course is lovely apart from the fact that I bought it for her at Christmas!
    Oh my. That deserves an #epicfail hashtag! Did you tell her?

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