What to do With Unwanted Christmas Gifts

  • All Ages

So, you didn’t quite get what you asked for or perhaps the kids got SO many gifts from the relatives this year and you just don't have the room! 

It’s ok, we get it.

Every year we say to friends and family “Please, the kids get so much, just something small this year” which they of course, interrupt as “Please buy my child the Taj Mahal or bigger”. And then comes the awkward stage of deciding what to do with the aforementioned Taj. Don't stress, there are plenty of ways for you to dispose of (in as nice a manner as possible!) unwanted Christmas presents.

What to do With Unwanted Christmas Gifts

1. Do Nothing

Let’s start with the most important one of all, doing nothing.

Personally, I put a lot of effort into every gift I give. You should know your family/friends well enough to appreciate if they will need to see their gift in use or being played with. And only you can decide if it’s really worth hurting their feelings over. There are just some unwanted gifts you truly need to keep because, let’s face it, their feelings are more important than the gift itself.

2. Sell Your Unwanted Christmas Gifts

The top-of-mind choice for most is to simply sell your unwanted Christmas gifts!

There are several free ways you can re-sell your unwanted Christmas gifts these days: Garage Sale, Facebook Marketplace, Buy, Swap, Sell groups, and Gumtree, of course. Good old eBay is still an option, but they will charge you a fee to list your items. And the best part of selling unwanted Christmas gifts is that the funds can contribute to next year's present haul!

3. Pay it Forward

Mummy's Paying It Forward
Mummies Paying It Forward is a fantastic organisation to call on for unwanted Christmas gifts.

Again, Facebook offers a number of ways to donate your unwanted Christmas gifts through groups like “Mummies paying it forward” and “Single Mums (Sydney) Pay it forward”.

St Kilda Mums are also more than happy for you to donate your unwanted Christmas presents, just make sure you check their list of accepted items. You may also like to donate it via charity bins to The Salvos, St Vinnies or The Smith Family.

4. Regift Your Christmas Gifts

Unwanted Christmas Gifts
Don't be a gift tosser - pay your unwanted Christmas gifts forward!

Like my mum before me, I have a gift box full of unwanted Christmas gifts, mostly things that we received duplicates of, that I use as my gift box. There are many items in there from the newborn days, which is super handy when friends or neighbours have babies.

The trick here is to remember who gave it to you first so you don’t gift it back to them! This actually happened to a friend of mine (true story), needless to say, it did not go down well.

Whatever you decide, own it, embrace it and ensure you’re doing it for the right reasons because, after all, as they say, it’s the thought that counts.

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