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What To Do With Those Unwanted Gifts

Updated on September 6, 2012

We’ve all been there – whether it’s a birthday gift or a Christmas present – we all dread those unwanted gifts.

Images of over-sized knitted jumpers with crazy and wacky patterns plastered all over come to mind. Put it this way, there’s no chance you’re getting any use out of that gift.

So, the question is, what can you do with your unwanted gift? This article will aim to highlight some of the ways you can dispose of the gift without simply dunking it in the nearest trash can – however tempting that may seem!

Just remember; always be graceful and appreciative of receiving any gift. As the cliché goes, it’s the thought that counts!


You may be surprised to learn that many retailers are willing to accept refunds on their items even if they don’t have the receipt with them. Of course, if you do have the receipt then even better and you’ll be able to retrieve the cash value of the gift instantly.

However, in order to get a refund, you must ensure that the gift is in its original wrapping and has not been tampered with – retailers are very unlikely to accept returns that have been used!

Sell it online

Selling your unwanted goods online has never been more straight-forward. A well-known online auction web site (I bet you can guess which one) reaches a global audience of millions and while you may not be totally enamoured with your gift, there’s always likely to be someone willing to take it off your hands for a reasonable fee!

Swap it

Perhaps you know of a family member or friend who recently received some unwanted gifts? Ask them whether they’d be up for a swap. There are also web sites online that offer swap services where you can list your gift and then search for others and propose a deal.

Use it as a present!

Yes, it may not be your idea of a perfect gift but perhaps someone you know would be delighted to receive that cheesy pullover. Is their birthday coming up? Well, you might just have yourself the ideal present without spending any cash! Just make sure that you don’t gift the item back to the original giver – now that would be embarrassing!


If you’re not overly concerned with the value of your gift and are feeling particularly generous then you can always donate the present to a charity shop. Your donation could make a real difference to somebody else.


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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      I think I'll go with donating it to people who we think find that stuff very useful.

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      webrevolve 4 years ago from Liverpool

      Agreed Paolo! It's much better than allowing it to go to waste!

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