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What To Do With Those Unwanted Gifts

Send those unwanted gift to a loving new home, not to landfill


Didn't quite get what you were hoping for this Christmas? With limited space in the wardrobe, we can’t keep all of those ill-fitting onesies and bath bombs, there just isn’t the space. And throwing presents in the bin is definitely not the answer.

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!

We’ve got a few hints and tips up our Preloved sleeve to help you on your quest to get rid of those unwanted gifts.


Pass It On To Someone New

Pass It On To Someone You Love

  • Donate gifts to a charity shop

Charities need contributions all year round, and donating unused gifts that can be resold is a great way to help out those in need. You can saunter down to your local charity shop, or even fill up those bags that come to the door – this way you don’t even have to go anywhere!

  • Give it away for free, on your doorstep

Why not advertise unwanted gifts on Freeloved and give it away to someone in your local community!

  • Re-giving

Just because you don't want a gift someone has given you, doesn't mean it won't be unwanted by everyone! Make some space in a cupboard or invest in an "unwanted present box". No longer will you be stuck for a present at the next kids' birthday party your child is invited to, or be caught out if you forget to buy a gift for your distant relative.

The downsides to this one are that whilst you're giving someone a present that you don't want yourself (one person's gift is another person's treasure you say!), you are running the risk of giving a gift back to the person who gave it to you in the first place...awkward.

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  •  Return items to shops

It's unlikely that you'll be able to return an item to the shop it's from without proof of purchase - kind aunties often slip gift receipts into cards, so don't forget to check in there! Around Christmas time, most shops operate a policy which enables you to return unwanted gifts if they're resalable.

  • Swap it with another Preloved Member!

If you are reluctant to shift your gift for cash, then why not swap it for another gift! Advertise your unwanted gift for swap on Preloved, and who knows what you could get your hands on!


  • Throw an Unwanted Gifts swap party

Get your friends round, open a bottle of something sparkly, and as well exchanging tales of just how hectic your Christmas was, you can be exchanging those unwanted bits and bobs - your pals might fall in love with something that just wasn't right for you. Alternatively, brighten the post-Christmas mood at work by doing something similar there.

  • Recycling and upcycling

If all else fails, recycle your unwanted gift rather than letting it go to landfill! Better still, give it a new lease of life and upcycle it into something "brand" new and give something unique...or keep it all for yourself!


Sell It on Preloved!

There is money to be made to fund January sale shopping by selling those unwanted gifts on Preloved!

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