If you’ve received a pile of gifts you simply don’t need or want, here are some suggestions for what to do with them!

We’ve all been there. You wake up on Boxing Day to find that you’ve received 8 candles and 5 boxes of hand cream that you could never possibly use even if you had the driest hands in the world. You don’t want to bin gifts that are in perfect condition, but you also don’t want a house full of clutter. Thankfully, there are plenty of options that will put a smile not only on your face, but someone else’s as well.


Perhaps the most obvious option for unwanted Christmas presents – regifting. Got a housewarming coming up in January? Maybe a friends birthday in February? Re-gifters get a bad wrap (see what I did there!) for being cheapskates, but so long as the item you’re regifting is unused and undamaged, we don’t see the problem! You’re simply passing on something that you just won’t have the opportunity to enjoy so that someone else can enjoy it instead. Just remember that if it’s something you would never consider buying for the person in the first place, it’s probably not worth regifting!


If your children’s school holds charity fairs, or you know a local women’s shelter that takes donations, consider packaging up your unwanted gifts and making a contribution. Giving to a charitable cause can be a great way to counteract the overspending and overindulging of the festive season. Unfortunately, many people donate broken, damaged or used products, meaning that charities are left with excessive amounts of rubbish to dispose of, so donate your nice new things instead and do some good!

Be Honest

Often, people are too afraid to simply say they don’t need or don’t like a particular gift, but honesty is the best policy. You don’t have to announce it over family dinner, but quietly taking the person aside and telling them that it’s just not for you isn’t as rude as it sounds. All you need to say is that it isn’t really to your taste, or you don’t have any use for it at the moment, but you appreciate their thought and generosity. If they’ve included a gift receipt, you don’t even need to have the conversation – simply return it for something you’d like instead.

Have you received a Christmas gift you didn’t want? Or had someone tell you they didn’t like your gift? Share your stories in the comments!

  • If I do receive gifts that I will not use I try to donate them, maybe to a womens shelter


  • I’ve always been taught it’s polite and respectful to be happy and appreciate whatever gifts I’m lucky enough to receive. I try and live by that and use gifts even if I’m not completely happy with them


  • Friends of ours got 2 electric frypans for an engagement present. What made it worse was the fact that her parents had move interstate and left her an as new one. Fortunately one couple offered to exchange the gift for something else they needed.


  • I’m lucky it hasn’t happened often but all three options are accepted I think


  • I re-gift or donate. I also buy my kids a lot of second hand toys from op shops or gumtree. Less waste


  • I’ll re-gift if I know it’s something the person would want or be able to use otherwise I donate. In fact, I probably donate most of mine.


  • I just donate anything I don’t want or can’t use.


  • I always ask people not to give me anything. I am lucky that most people understand I don’t like to have too many “things” and if they really want to give me something, they give me a gift voucher to put toward a big purchase. I re-gifted a lot of baby items that we didn’t intend to use.


  • I never have the heart to re-gift… I always hold on to the item and eventually give it away to a family member or donate it.. I mighy have to consider re-gifting in the future!

    • When you give it away to a family member you re-give as well :)


  • I have done all three options.


  • I regift but have had the unfortunate experience of being re-gifted a used gift :/ ……yep a birthday book with other people’s birthdays in it is a bit weird.


  • I regift and I make sure to let people know to regift if they don’t like or want something I have given


  • I don’t have this problem but I think it’s great not to let them go to waste.


  • I don’t think I would be able to be that honest with someone who had given me a gift to say I didn’t like it. But I think regifting or donating are a good idea.


  • My gifts are usually just what l want or need and l would not tell a person that l didn’t like their gift!


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