The unwanted Christmas gift

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Posted On January 07, 2015 / Posted In Gift Guides / Tagged regifting, gift guide, returning gifts, unwanted gifts

There are problems and then there are first world problems. Like the problem of too many Christmas gifts. Things you already have, gifts you don't want or gifts you have no use for. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia alone had about $ 520 worth of unwanted Christmas gifts this year. Gosh, what a waste.

If you happen to be one of those battling the problem of plenty, here are some ways to empty your stash. 

Anne from The Unique Gifter blog, offers some useful tips like donating to a shelter, selling on Craigslist or sharing the goodies by throwing a party. For more tips, check out her post on How to get rid of unwanted Christmas gifts.

In Where to swap your unwanted Christmas gifts, Lovemoney says if you don't want it, swap it. It names sites that allow you to swap what you have in return for something else you want. Check out the online swap stores in your location and swap away.

If, like me, you live in Denmark, you can always donate to charity shops like Røde Kors (The Red Cross) or give it away free on the  Facebook group Free Your Stuff Copenhagen. Your unwanted gift might be just what somebody needs. 

And if you're hoping the gifts you give won't end up in the surplus or unwanted pile, here's my earlier gift guide on How to choose gifts that won't be returned, regifted or resold

Here's to year of better gifting! 

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Sarita Rajiv is a writer, gifting specialist and founder of The Orange Gift Bag. She’s on a mission to uncover the ‘best gifts after love’. When she isn’t dreaming up unique gift ideas, she writes for The Copenhagen Post and The National Geographic Traveller India among others.

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08/01/2015 at 16:59

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed the sunshine of India. Wow! That's a lot of unwanted gifts. I was lucky this year and got stuff I liked (but I was very specific in what I said I liked), but usually every year I get at least 25% where I think "WTF".


The orange gift bag

11/01/2015 at 07:37

A happy new year to you too Shobha! I've stocked on my lots of vitamin D to get me through the grey and dark Danish winter. I think you've got the solution bang on...being very specific about what you like. Now to get everyone else around us to listen! I'd love to hear about the gifts that made you go WTF:-)

Fig @ Figuring Money Out

07/01/2015 at 18:29

Great ideas! There are usually a couple presents I get that I don't really want each year but I always consider the gift giver's feelings first then proceed carefully.


The orange gift bag

11/01/2015 at 07:40

Thanks! Glad you liked them. It's very sweet of you to be considerate...after all in gifting, the thought does count.

Anne - Unique Gifter

07/01/2015 at 17:02

What a waste indeed!!! Thank you so much for including me. I have a pile of things on my floor to the thrift store, or candy/chocolates to be brought ot work!


The orange gift bag

11/01/2015 at 07:41

Happy to include your post was spot on. Good luck with getting all those surplus gifts out of your home. Looks like you have your work cut out:-)