What Should You Do With Those Unwanted Christmas Gifts?

It happens every single year. No matter how many hints you drop, how unsubtle you are and how many links to gifts you send to your nearest and dearest, you inevitably get that dodgy looking knitted sweater or the set of steak knives you never knew you wanted. While you smile politely as you unwrap your perfectly coiffed gift, inside a little part of you is dying. However, it needn’t be this way. You need to change the way you think about your unwanted gifts so that you can get the most out of them. Take a look at the sorts of tactics you can employ for those presents that you don’t really want lurking under the Christmas tree.

Sell Them

If you still have your eye on a pair of trainers that you want, don’t feel like you have to make do with the garish yellow pair you’ve been gifted. Instead, list your new pair of sneaks on a well known online auction site. You can either choose to head to auction, set a reserve or even a buy it now price and reap the rewards. With the cash that you make, you can then put this towards your original sneaker choice. If your best pal who bought you the trainers kicks up a fuss, just tell them politely that you swapped them for your first choice. They won’t mind and will probably appreciate your honesty.


Everyone gets a lazy gift. These tend to be gift cards for a random store that you’ve never even heard of. The good thing about these voucher-style presents is that they have an innate monetary value. Even if you don’t want the gift card, someone out there will. Why not think about finding the sorts of places that will swap cash for gift cards near you. You can sell your vouchers for near face value. This means even though your gift card might be worth $20, you could sell it on for $17. It’s a win-win for both parties, and you can pump the cash into something that you really want.

Lump It

If you are too angelic or if the unwanted gift is from your dear old nan and you can’t bear to part with it no matter how unsuitable it is, you will have to learn to live with your present. It’s not the end of the world. So, the shocking pink pajamas don’t go with your complexion, or the set of cushions for your living room can cause seizures with their strobe-like effects. It’s ok. Utilize them for six months, and then they’ll be long forgotten. You can ship them out and swap them for new attire and interior furnishings.

Christmas is a time for giving rather than receiving. While you may feel like you purchase the finest gifts, the chances are you could be the very individual wrapping an unwanted present for somebody else. If you do receive something undesirable this year, smile through the pain, and spend Boxing Day working out what you will do to rectify the gift situation this festive season.