5 Ideas For Dealing With Unwanted Christmas Presents

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It’s been a week since Christmas, and if you’ve ended up with a few presents that you’re not too keen on, do not need, or just plain want to get rid of, then you might be wondering what the best course of action is.

Here are some ideas for dealing with unwanted Christmas presents:

  1. Bin It – if it’s so bad, and you’re never going to make use of it, why let it clutter up the house? Get rid of it, and forget you ever got it. A little ungrateful, yes, but sometimes you have to be ruthless. There’s no point putting it in the back of your wardrobe only to uncover it 3 years later and then binning it.
  2. eBay It – one man’s rubbish can be another man’s gold, and through eBay you can connect with buyers who may actually be interested in your unwanted gifts. Obviously, it’s more lucrative and easier selling certain items, such as electronics and DVDs, rather than things like jumpers and socks, but you never know, you could just make yourself a few quid. I’ve recently sold 3 Nintendo Wii games that we got as part of the Wii package and have made over £70 – enough to pay for a new controller and a game that we actually want.
  3. Freecycle ItFreecycle is “a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns”. I guess it’s a little like eBay but without the money involved. Check whether there is a Freecycle group in your area (UK).
  4. Donate It – another way to give your unwanted present a new lease of life is to take them to your local charity shops – they’ll probably more than happy to take them off your hands, and you can give yourself a nice warm feeling inside knowing that a good cause is benefitting. Locate your nearest charity shops.
  5. Exchange It – it can be awkward letting someone know that you don’t want to present they’ve bought you, but most people would rather that you get something you really want, rather than something that they think you want. If you’ve received something you don’t like or don’t need, why not ask the buyer if it could be exchanged for something else more suitable?

Do you have any more strategies for dealing with unwanted presents?

Photo by Desi.Italy.

3 thoughts on “5 Ideas For Dealing With Unwanted Christmas Presents

  1. You didn’t include an obvious – regift it.
    At any rate, be careful with the Ebay option. One of my friend’s discovered her daughter-in-law was selling gifts my friend had given her on ebay. It didn’t help their relationship any!

  2. I used to feel heartless when I got rid of stuff I didn’t want. Now I love it. I have come to hate clutter and love feng shui.

  3. What to do with unwanted Christmas presents?
    Is a question thousands of people ask themselves every year after receiving unwanted Christmas presents. Unfortunately most people hide them away in cupboards or the loft never to be seen again until they de-clutter many years later.

    Sadly most of these presents have a second hand value that is never realised due to these items normally ending up in the rubbish many years after they are received. This also has an environmental impact as they create thousands of tonnes of unnecessary rubbish that ends up in ever increasing landfill sites.

    So what can you do with all those unwanted presents you receive every year without offending the kind person who gave them? Well why not sell them through online Classified Ads, which helps reduce unnecessary rubbish and earns you some extra money enabling you to purchase the items you really want. The other big benefit with Classified Ads is that you may also save money by purchasing somebody else’s unwanted presents at a second-hand price, which will most probably not be used and still be in the original packaging. Again you have reduced the amount of unnecessary rubbish going into landfill sites making your decision to sell your unwanted Christmas present the most ethical choice!

    Now you have made the decision to sell all those un-used and unwanted presents, the next decision is where to sell them. These days there are many Classified Ad websites, some that specialise in certain items and some that are more generic. The best choice is to use a Classified Ads site that was easy for you to find on the web, if you can find it quickly and easily then in theory potential buyers for your items should also be able to find it quickly. Also consider using advertising sites that charge a small fee over the free ones for listing your items as these may offer a better service due to being able to promote their own site and your items more effectively.

    Remember, always create and catchy and precise advert for all your items and they will be sold in no time!


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