What to do with unwanted Xmas gifts

Maya Driver

Not sure what to do with the unwanted gifts you were given at Christmas? Instead of binning them, here are a few ideas to get you thinking.

Top unwanted gift searches:

  1. Regifting

  2. Gift exchange

  3. Cheap online auction

  4. Charity shops

  5. Online swap shop

  6. Refunds

  7. eBay auction

  8. Car boot organiser

  9. Online jewellery auctions

  10. Best online auctions

Start with the simple things. Begin by recycling your Christmas cards, most of the major supermarkets have bins in which you can deposit old cards (if your local council doesn't recycle). Again, recycle your wrapping paper and Christmas tree, check with your council to see what they accept.


You can deposit gifts at local charities, or you can go for the online website JumbleAID. It works in a similar fashion to eBay, but it's free to use and money goes to chosen charities. It's a win-win situation, as not only do you get to de-clutter, you raise money for those who need assistance.

If you really want to save money, you could recycle in another sense, by giving to another friend or relative when Christmas comes again. Make sure you re-do the wrapping paper, as crumpled presentation is a dead giveaway, and it's also advisable to keep a list of who gave you what gift. Avoid giving a bathset back to the person who gave it to you, as they will remember even if you don't.

Sell online
Every man and his dog knows about eBay now. It's a fast and relatively painless way to sell-off unwanted presents. But if you can hold-off, it may be worth waiting a few months, as everyone will have the same idea just after Crimbo.

Do you have any creative ideas of what to do with unwanted presents? Swap tips with others.