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More than half give away unwanted Christmas gifts

Friday 29 December 2017

Research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has found that more than half of people surveyed have given away an unwanted Christmas present, either to a charity or to someone else.

In addition, more than three-quarters of people (78%) feel that Christmas in the UK has become too materialistic, and that 44% of people agreed that they had “too much stuff”. In addition, 58% of people had given an unwanted Christmas present either to a charity or to someone else.

Among the festive gifts people said they had donated to charity or given away were:

  • A Scottie dog cookie container
  • A slow cooker
  • Slippers that you heat up in the microwave
  • Cleaning cloths
  • A globe
  • An ironing board
  • An indoor fountain
  • Candle wick scissors
  • A 12 inch plush animatronic Spider-Man that sang Itsy-Bitsy Spider
  • A book about dogs for someone without a dog


About half those surveyed (51%) said giving to charities made them feel happy.

Sir John Low, Chief Executive of CAF, said:

“Everyone loves getting presents at Christmas but it’s also a time when we think about making a new start in the new year. As we count the pile of presents that we’ve enjoyed receiving from family and friends, we can also think of ways to help those less fortunate.

“Donating items to charity that we’ll never use is a great way of raising much-needed funds for a good cause.”

Notes for Editors

  1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,005 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20th and 27th November.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 16+).
  2. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is one of the largest charitable foundations in Europe and amongst the largest providers of philanthropic products and services to charities, donors and companies worldwide.  CAF’s Corporate team works with 3,000 companies including 66 of the FTSE100.
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