Make the most of your giving

What to do with unwanted gifts

According to research, three out of five people have received unwanted Christmas presents. But you don’t have to hide them in the cupboard - you can do some good with the gifts that leave you uninspired.

Sell

They say ‘One man’s rubbish is another’s treasure’.

Sites like eBay, Amazon and Gumtree let you sell almost anything - and you can choose to donate that money to the charity of your choice. Or you could set up a stall at your local car boot sale.

Donate

'Regifting' presents is becoming more popular, so if you don’t have time to sell them yourself, why not donate your unwanted Christmas gifts to your local charity shop and let them do the work for you.

You can donate some items straight to charity. For example:

  • Children’s toys can be gifted to a children’s ward in a hospital (don’t forget to check what they can accept)
  • Books can be gifted to a library, school or any other literacy-based charity  
  • Sports equipment can be donated to local sport clubs
  • Clothes can be donated to a homeless shelter

Some charitable organisations will accept gifts such as furniture, bikes and computers but be sure to check with the charity that they have a need for the item. Our charity search can help you find a new home for your unwanted goods.

Recycle

You won’t make any cash from recycling, but you will make a positive impact on the environment by helping to reduce waste, use of raw materials and energy usage.

How about using UK freecycle.org - a network that matches people who are in need of something particular with individuals who have that item? All items listed must be free, but it’s a great, direct way to help someone in need.