What to do with your unwanted Christmas gifts? Boxing Day sales, gifting experiences and the most eco-friendly presents

After a difficult and odd year, many Australians have gone out of their way to spoil loved ones during this festive season by splurging on all kinds of gifts for others.

However, new research from Gumtree found that more than half of the country (53%) received at least one unwanted Christmas present.

This means that a total of 18.7 million unwanted gifts were received across Australia.

Research also found that one in five Australians admitted to having an argument over giving or receiving an unwanted gift.

This has left many people wondering, what do we do with our unwanted Christmas presents?

Shoppers walk the streets during the Boxing Day sales in Sydney's CBD on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The National Retail Association has predicted that shoppers will spend $ 2.62 billion during the sale period, including one quarter will be purchased online.  (AAP Image / Steven Saphore) NO ARCHIVE
Shoppers walk the streets during the Boxing Day sales in Sydney’s CBD on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The National Retail Association has predicted that shoppers will spend $ 2.62 billion during the sale period, including one quarter will be purchased online. (AAP Image / Steven Saphore) NO ARCHIVE Credit: STEVEN SAPHORE/AAPIMAGE

Here are some of the things Australians try to do to keep their gifts from going to waste.

Gift experiences

After one of the biggest years of online shopping driven by COVID-19 lockdowns across the country, many Australians have opted for giveaway experiences over more physical giveaways.

After a long time at home and away from loved ones, people are eager to reconnect with family and friends and make new memories.

A new study from RedBalloon finds that 54 percent of Australians opted for a one-off experience or a gift certificate over a traditional physical gift this Christmas.

Hang gliding.
Hang gliding. Credit: Stuart Westmorland/Getty Images

According to RedBalloon, some of the best experiences bought through Christmas Eve include:

Sell ​​gifts

Australians have also chosen to sell their unwanted gifts to earn money to spend on other things they want.

According to research, those who sold their unwanted gifts earned an average of $ 88, up from $ 81 the previous year.

Of those who sold their unwanted gifts, a fifth (21 percent) sold them right away, 17 percent sold them on Boxing Day, and more than one in four (28 percent) sold them at some time during the holiday season.

Almost one in three (31 percent) said they sold unwanted gifts to buy something else they liked, while more than one in five (21 percent) did to start the year with a little extra money or to be able to finance a vacation.

Regifting

Many Australians have also been found guilty of re-giving unwanted Christmas gifts.

Study finds that three in five Australians (62%) admitted to cropping an unwanted Christmas present for someone else.

This option saves money that people would normally spend on buying another gift and avoids waste.

Boxing Day Sale

Shoppers walk the streets during the Boxing Day sales in Sydney's CBD on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The National Retail Association has predicted that shoppers will spend $ 2.62 billion during the sale period, including one quarter will be purchased online.  (AAP Image / Steven Saphore) NO ARCHIVE
Shoppers walk the streets during the Boxing Day sales in Sydney’s CBD on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The National Retail Association has predicted that shoppers will spend $ 2.62 billion during the sale period, including one quarter will be purchased online. (AAP Image / Steven Saphore) NO ARCHIVE Credit: STEVEN SAPHORE/AAPIMAGE

Australians are also indulging in post-Christmas retail therapy as they hit Boxing Day sales online and in-store.

The masks, the rising number of COVIDs and the uncertainty of Omicron haven’t put off the country’s bargain hunters who will spend $ 2.9 billion in stores and an additional $ 1.2 billion online.

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