Unwanted Christmas Gifts? Here’s Your Solution


January 12, 2023

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Unwanted Christmas Gifts? Here’s Your Solution

Tara Finn

12 Jan, 2023

Re-gifting is no longer taboo – pass it on…


While having drinks with my girls over Christmas, one of them revealed her hatred towards the shoes her boyfriend got her for Christmas. Of course, she doesn’t want to return them. Why? Because she would feel bad if his feelings were hurt. The reality is she will never wear them, and they’ll never see the light of day. Each of us gave our respective opinions on what the best thing to do would be and ultimately agreed that she may as well get rid of them, rather than having brand new (albeit ugly) shoes at home sitting in a box.

We’ve all been there. We’ve all opened a present with the gifter looking directly into our souls, eagerly awaiting our reaction. In typical Irish fashion, we say “Thank you so much, I love it! It’s exactly what I wanted.” All the while our internal monologue is saying, “This would look absolutely stunning… in the attic.” 

Usually, everything bought comes with the option of a gift receipt – so you can discreetly return or exchange the godforsaken thing, for something you actually want. One of the issues with that is, for the most part, returns are not re-sold. Another is the feelings involved; a poll by goodonyou.eco found that 43% of people surveyed will just keep the unwanted gift to save someone’s feelings or to avoid the general hassle.

Donating to charity is a great option. In Ireland, we have so many charity shops that are always looking for donations and brand new, unused items are like gold dust to these organisations. Why not donate your gift for someone else to have and to love? The likelihood is that it’ll go to someone who’ll appreciate it very much, or someone who could never afford it full price. 

If you’re a hustler, and a heartbreaker, you may try to sell it. I’m addicted to Depop and my mother is a Facebook Marketplace addict – between the two of us, we have the second-hand-sales game down to a tee. You can make money selling but also save money thrifting on these sites. If you didn’t get the gift you wanted, why not make some quick cash instead? 

Another great way of getting rid of unwanted gifts is the good old fashioned regifting method. Some consider it taboo, but when there’s a birthday coming up you forgot to get something for, you may be left with few options… and they might love what you loathe, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and all that jazz.

An increasingly popular trend is to invite your friends over for a glass of wine and a “swap-party”. Everyone brings something they don’t want, and the swapping commences. Best case scenario: you end up with something you absolutely adore while getting rid of something you hate, worst case scenario: you have fun (and get drunk) in the process. Just make sure you don’t invite the person that gave you your contribution… unless they have a great sense of humour. 

Hopefully, this article might inspire you to choose one of the many options that doesn’t result in your unwanted items being sent to landfill, spending their days in the back of a stockroom or sitting under your bed. Let’s move into the new year with a clean environmental conscience and a clean, decluttered home. 



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