Four things to do with unwanted Christmas presents

Posted: 8 January 2016 3:09 pm

Christmas presents-450What to do with the Christmas present you don't want.

'Tis the season. It's time to start thinking about Christmas, including what to do with presents you don't want. Getting rid of unwanted gifts might be a morally gray area, but according to one survey from Menulog more than half of all Australians are doing it. Set your mind at ease, clear your conscience and consider these four ways to reinvest your unwanted gifts, and at least get some use out of them.

Sell it

Have you ever received a gift so hideous that you couldn't imagine anyone ever wanting it? Rest assured, someone does and they're probably a prolific online shopper.

Sell unwanted gifts on sites like Amazon or eBay and get money back in your pocket. If your number one priority is to get rid of the darn thing, just start the bidding low and let it walk out the door at whatever price it reaches.

If you're a first time online seller, remember to follow these four tips:

  1. Use clear, quality photographs.
  2. Fill in all the information prompted.
  3. Start the bidding at a low price.
  4. The title is one of the most important parts of any listing, so fit as much information into it as possible.


Re-gifting a present can bit a bit awkward, so make sure you take a few appropriate precautions.

  • Make sure that the initial gift-giver has no connection whatsoever to the gift recipient. If there is any connection at all, it is a universal law that the truth will come to light at the worst time possible.
  • Make sure the recipient can actually use the gift. If the gift clearly wasn't meant for them, don't give it to them. Anything else is better than an obviously-regifted present, so consider alternatives like a festive handshake, jokes relating to Santa Claus, or just sending a personalised Christmas card.


Just because you've ungratefully rejected the gift that someone poured their heart and soul into doesn't mean other people won't appreciate it. Australians are charitable on the whole, and organisations like the Salvation Army will be happy to receive any unwanted gifts as long as they are legal and useable. Drop your unwanted pressies at a donation drop along with old clothes and other donations, and enjoy knowing that it will find its way to someone who can appreciate both the sentiment and the gift itself.

Ask for the receipt

Depending on how well you know the giver, you can always just explain that you're (probably) allergic to whatever the present was and ask for the receipt so you can get a refund. If they like you then they'll probably be happy that you've been honest with them, and will be glad to know that you've traded up. If they don't like you, then the atrocious present was probably no accident and you might want to return the favour by giving them something a little different in return.

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