Look familiar? Many people throw out, sell, donate or re-gift their unwanted Christmas presents.
Look familiar? Many people throw out, sell, donate or re-gift their unwanted Christmas presents. Georja Ryan

Residents sweat on quiz to re-gift

WITH almost every Christmas comes the awkward acceptance of a present we deep down despise.

And with every one of those comes a spontaneous decision to either toss it to the back of your wardrobe, throw it in the bin, sell it online or wrap it straight back up for next year.

The Daily News caught up with some locals to get their take on what to do with those unwanted Christmas gifts.

Steph Costello said she once received a present she re-gifted for a friend's birthday.

"My Nanna once bought me this body wash but it smelt disgusting so I gave it to a friend for her birthday," Steph said.

Steph may be down with the whole 're-gifting' thing, but Joanne Priester said she could not imagine anything worse. "I wouldn't ever re-gift," Ms Priester said.

"If that person who gave it to you came over and asked where it was, I wouldn't have the heart to tell them it wasn't there," she said.

A common response was to donate unwanted presents to charity.

Rosemary Gwynne said she often received the same present from friends and family.

"Casserole dishes, you only need one!" Mrs Gwynne said.

"We gave the other ones to St Vinnie's."

Neil Adam said his family had a motto around Christmas time that "you'll get what you're given".

Darcy Williamson said he once received a hat for Christmas, which came with a little extra surprise.

"It had sweat marks inside the rim!" Darcy said.

"You could tell it wasn't new, it was gross, I didn't wear it," he said.

It may come as no surprise that online retailer eBay experiences a boost of sale items during the aftermath of Christmas.

A spokeswoman for eBay Australia said not only do people sell gifts online, but also a lot of people tend to buy them.

"We find the most popular presents that people sell online after Christmas are duplicate presents, like kid's toys, and consumer electronics, and also clothing - items that have been bought that don't fit or don't suit, these are all popular items for people to sell online," she said.

 

Most popular Christmas presents to be sold on eBay

  • Toys
  • Duplicate presents
  • Electronics
  • Clothing

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