Christmas day: A time for giving, receiving, and plastering on a fake smile as you pretend to be pleased with yet another cheap bath set that smells sickly and causes you to come out in an unsightly rash. Unless you are incredibly lucky, chances are that this Christmas you will receive a gift that despite good intentions from the giver, is unwanted. Rather than shove the present under your bed and forget about its existence, here are a few ways you can make the most of those unwanted Christmas gifts.

Refund

Sometimes honesty is the best policy. If an item of clothing is the wrong size, or the gift includes an ingredient you are allergic to, it may be better to admit this to the gift giver, particularly if it is someone you know will not take offence. Quite often people will keep receipts, or even better, hold onto gift receipts which will allow you to return the item and exchange it, or refund it. Often people will not be offended if you want to swap an item of clothing for a different size, as they would much rather you have a present you can actually wear. If you feel like you cannot ask the gift giver for a receipt, figure out which shop it came from and bear in mind that labelled clothes have a better chance of being returned than electronics.

Regift it

Regifting is a thrifty way to pass on a gift that you may not want, but another person could. Perhaps you were given a copy of a book you already own, or a skincare set that would just add to an already impressive collection? Just because you may not have a use for a certain gift, doesn’t mean you can’t pass it on to a friend or relative in the future. Such gifts can be a lifesaver when you need to whip one out at short notice, or completely forget until the night before a big party. Just be careful- there is nothing more embarrassing than regifting to the person who originally gave you the present!

Sell on

The internet is full of opportunities to sell on unwanted gifts. The most obvious place to start is eBay, which has a huge audience that is likely to include at least one potential buyer for your unwanted gift. If it’s clothes that you want to get rid of, Depop is great place to sell on, particularly for branded goods. However, be aware that there may be several people trying to sell on the same items as you (particularly if it’s popular gift that year, or a particularly naff Christmas gift) so be prepared to sell the item for less than the retail price. Which shouldn’t really be a problem, seeing as you got the gift for free and making a personal profit isn’t really in the spirit of Christmas…

Donate

It’s the season of giving, so why not pass on your gift to a charity that could really benefit from your donation? Bear in mind they won’t want anything damaged or perishable, and electrical goods may also be hard to place. This website will list local charity shops within a five mile radius of your postcode: http://www.charityretail.org.uk/find-a-charity-shop/

If it’s food that you want to get rid of, there has never been a greater need for food banks than ever before. Often supermarkets will have collection points for local food banks, but remember they won’t take alcohol or gifts that that need to be refrigerated or frozen.

 

No matter how bad the gift you are given is (and this is coming from someone who one Christmas received not one, but two nail care sets and was a prolific nail biter at the time so basically had no nails) there is always a use you can find for unwanted gifts!

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