What to do with unwanted Christmas presentsBy TheStudentGuide
Find, make or force a use for even the most distasteful of jumpers.
According to Gumtree.com, last year we gave and received unwanted Christmas presents to the astounding value of £2.4billion. Jeez, that’s a lotta crap. While most of us will just push them to the back of the cupboard / sock drawer / wardrobe, there are some ways in which these treasure troves of trash can be utilised. So have a read and see if that poor unwanted teddy bear from your Gran can find its happy ending.
1. Take it back to the shop
Shops are not obliged to take an item back unless it’s damaged or faulty, however most of them show a little compassion, especially just after Christmas. You will need the corresponding receipt or gift receipt and they generally like you to return the item within 14 days. If you have the receipt with the price stated then they should be happy to refund you; if the amount is not stated, you may have to settle for an exchange or store credit. But remember, more and more presents are being bought online and these items are harder to return — even if the store will offer the money back, they often specify that you must pay to return it yourself. Even so, it’s always worth a try so remember to retain those receipts!
2. Ebay it
Due to its ease and convenience, Ebay is one of the most popular ways of getting rid of those unwanted gifts. It costs next to nothing to list an item, takes next to no time to write up a description, and has fast become the go-to online marketplace for bargain hunters worldwide. Of course, because of this there can also be saturation so it might be worthwhile considering sites such gumtree.co.uk. eBid (ebid.co.uk) CQout (cqout.com) and PriceMinister (priceminister.co.uk) to list common items such as books and DVDs. Amazon offers the charmingly named ‘Fulfilment by Amazon’ http://services.amazon.co.uk/services/fulfilment-by-amazon/how-it-works.html where you send your products to them and they sell them for you.
3. Re-gift it
If the gift you’ve received is a genuinely nice present that you just can’t find the space or use for, then a great way to pass it on is to give it as a gift to someone else. However, don’t give away rubbish and always always always remember who gave you the gift in the first place — there is nothing worse than watching a friend or relative unwrap the gift they gave you last year. Oops.
4. Give it to the charity shop
Giving to a charity shop is a great way to clear out that wardrobe! With the exception of perishables, charity shops will take almost any item in a fair condition and the money made will go to worthwhile causes.
5. Swap shop
If there are a bunch of you and your friends who have all received Christmas presents which aren’t quite right, consider trying a swap shop where you all bring these gifts and swap them around to see if you can find something to suit you better. This is beneficial as presents will find people who want them, no money is lost and nothing goes to waste. Again though, just be sure not to take along something which one of your fellow swap-shoppers bought for you.
6. Learn to love it
If all else fails then you’re going to just have to put some serious time and effort into loving that gift — after all, socks are useful, soft toys are cute and that Christmas jumper can be shoved at the bottom of your drawer until next year. Hipster.