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What do you do with all those unwanted pressies?

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Alan H
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What do you do with all those unwanted pressies?

#1 Post by Alan H » January 10th, 2009, 12:41 pm

For those lucky enough to get some xmas presents, what do you do with the unwanted (or useless) ones?
Eco worrier: Is it ethically acceptable to pass on unwanted presents to others? - Times Online ... 481569.ece

Eco worrier: Is it ethically acceptable to pass on unwanted presents to others?
A girl holding a present
Anna Shepard

This practice, known in the US as regifting, is supported by a website ( ) that includes advice such as “if you have to dust it off, it is not regiftable” and “never feel guilty about regifting once you've done it”.

As an eco-ending for an unloved pair of musical socks or an unwatched box set, it strikes me as a perfectly sensible way to ensure that things you don't want are passed on to someone who will appreciate them. What else would you do with them? Stuff them in the back of a cupboard? Take them to an overburdened charity shop?

Be careful, though. The ultimate regifting disaster is to give something back to its original owner. But so long as you follow the tips on the website - use Post-it Notes to remind yourself who gave you what and make sure that you wrap the gifts in good quality paper with a new gift tag - you shouldn't have any problems.

If you're still feeling uncomfortable, you could think about confessing and letting the recipients know that they are playing a part in the regifting movement, an exciting green phenomenon that will spare the world from being burdened by more stuff.

Next Christmas, be more explicit about what you want. Perhaps suggest a charity donation or a homemade gift, or set your friends and relatives a price limit. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of a friend of mine who hosts a party every January to which everyone brings at least one unwanted Christmas present. Guests turn up for mulled wine and mince pies to trade presents or simply donate them to a “free” pile, from which anyone can take. It's a bit like clothes-swapping with a festive theme.

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Re: What do you do with all those unwanted pressies?

#2 Post by Zoe » January 10th, 2009, 4:19 pm

I see nothing wrong in passing on unwanted gifts. I rarely get things I really dislike or wouldn't use but when I do I have no hesitation in trying to either find a happier home for it amongst family and friends or donating it to a charity shop.

That website sounds sensible. I've seen other forums facilitating the passing on of books and cds amongst users.

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Re: What do you do with all those unwanted pressies?

#3 Post by Beki » January 10th, 2009, 7:32 pm

Mine sometimes have a new lease of life as Raffle prizes. Especially chocolates or smelly stuff that I seem to get inundated with even though I tell everyone that I don't actually like chocolate and I naturally smell as sweet as a rose! :laughter:
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