It happens to us all: in the post-Christmas tidy up we are bound to have a few gifts that aren’t quite what we wanted, or are duplicates of what we already have. However, there are a number of options available so that those unwanted presents don’t just sit taking up space on a shelf or at the back of a cupboard. Here are our 5 favourite tips this Christmas.
At this time of year many retailers have extended returns periods, to allow for returns of items bought by early Christmas shoppers and for getting to the other side of the busy festive period. If you have a receipt or delivery note you shouldn’t have any trouble returning your item for a refund after the holidays. If not, you might be offered an exchange or gift vouchers to replace what you didn’t need.
Re-gifting unwanted presents is a convenient way to find new homes for things while saving time and money on your own present shopping. If you have been given something you can’t use that would be perfect for someone else there’s no harm in doing this, but it would be wise not to re-gift back to the person who gave it to you in the first place.
One of the easiest ways to give unwanted gifts to charity is to take them to your local charity shop, although some will have restrictions on certain items so it pays to check first. There are also plenty of campaigns advertising for donations for particular items, such as toys for underprivileged children or clothes and shoes for those who can’t afford them. A quick look online will soon reveal current charitable organisations looking for donations.
If you can’t bring yourself to give away or sell your unwanted gifts, perhaps because you appreciate the thought that went into them, it’s often possible to find an alternative use for them. Try upcycling kitchenware into quirky garden accessories, paintbrush holders or candle holders, or remake unattractive scarves or jumpers into something less offensive such as a blanket edging, or let the children use them for dressing up.
There are many ways of selling unwanted items online that are likely to bring a greater return than traditional ways of selling such as car boot or garage sales. With the vast choice of local, general and specialist selling sites you’ll soon find someone who wants to buy your treasures. Here at We Buy Books, we specialise in offering a straightforward and hassle free way to exchange unwanted books, DVDs, games and CDs for cash, offering a free postage service and a choice of payment methods including PayPal, cheque and bank transfer. It really couldn’t be easier to sell your unwanted and duplicate gifts online, so head over to our selling basket now to receive an instant offer for the Christmas gifts you want to get rid of!
Whichever method you choose, don’t let your unwanted gifts take up unnecessary space or cause any unease between you and your loved ones. Next year, perhaps consider making a wish list or asking for gift vouchers to save any embarrassment.