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Unwanted Gifts: What To Do With Yours

Unwanted Gifts: What To Do With Yours

Unwanted Gifts: What To Do With Yours

Let’s face it, every single year we receive unwanted gifts on Christmas Day that we don’t like, need, want, or have any use for. With nationwide lockdowns, it’s perhaps made it even harder this year to find presents for friends and family that they can actually enjoy.

As we’re left pretty clueless on what to get our nearest and dearest, it often means we end up purchasing pointless and meaningless presents that really have no value to that person.

So what do we do? Well, firstly you’ll flash a huge polite smile and say “Thank you so much I love it!” Then secondly you’ll hop onto Preloved and start to swap, shop, and sell your unwanted gifts. There’s no harm in doing so, and after all, it keeps them from ending up on landfill! By the way, 10 million unwanted gifts end up there every year- let’s change that!

Unwanted gifts- swap, shop, and sell


How to Swap, Shop, and Sell

  1. Swap: On Preloved, you can opt to swap your gift with something of similar value. This means NO money is required. A brand new gift and not a penny spent – sounds like a deal!
  2. Shop: Why not search on Preloved for the gift you actually REALLY wanted this year? And what’s better, you can buy from genuine community members who understand the importance of recycling and giving gifts a second chance in life.
  3. Sell: After the amount of money we’ve spent on gifts this festive season, we could all do with a few extra pennies. If something you’ve received is never going to see the light of day, then turn that trash into treasure and sell it on Preloved! Or if you don’t quite feel like making some cash from your unwanted gift, just pop it onto our Freeloved section.

* Be sure to specify in the title or description when setting up your Preloved advert that your item is for swapping or is an unwanted gift. This is the best way to feature your listing in our Unwanted Gifts section. 

Unwanted gifts- swap, shop, and sell


Christmas waste is a real issue with the average family throwing away 30% more during this period so anything we can do to reduce that is a bonus. Here at Preloved, we believe in the power of second chances and new beginnings, which is why your unwanted gift could be someone else’s perfect Preloved present! Swap, shop, and sell with Preloved today.

Swap, shop, and sell christmas presents



Zoe Allison

Zoe Allison

Writer and expert