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Disposal of unwanted presents can be a tricky business

WITH an estimated 14.3 million unwanted Christmas gifts being received around the country this year, a recent survey by Gumtree Australia reveals as many as one in two Australians are guilty of re-gifting, and almost one in three will sell them online.

A quick survey of shoppers in Grafton this week revealed a mixed response to the idea, with some confessing they were happy to pass on gifts, if possible, while others denied ever having done so.

Yvette and Damon Cheyne from Brisbane have been visiting family in Grafton over Christmas and they say re-gifting is perfectly fine.

"Once we received an awful clock that featured photos in place of the numbers; we were able to re-gift it as a Secret Santa at work, so no-one ever knew who to blame," Damon said with a chuckle.

Marty Wells from Grafton said he recalled a bottle of banana liqueur doing the re-gifting rounds between families in the 1980s.

"Who DID end up opening that bottle...? Can't remember," said Marty.

Carla from the Central Coast said although she had never on-sold an unwanted gift, she was happy to re-gift items such as chocolates, alcohol and food.

Meanwhile, Marie Spencer from Mackay said she had never re-gifted, except for a wetsuit she once received from her husband.

"The wetsuit didn't fit me, but it was the perfect size for my husband," Marie said, "so he ended up with that one."

Gumtree spokesman Nat Thomas said the value of unwanted gifts this year was estimated to be $475 million.

"It's so much money that people spend with the best intentions for buying gifts, and unfortunately not all of those gifts find a loving home," he told AAP.

 

UNWANTED GIFTS - THE FACTS

  •  14.3 million unwanted presents received this year
  •  54 per cent of Australians are guilty of re-gifting an unwanted present
  •  27 per cent of people hoping for unwanted gifts they can sell online
  •  18 per cent of Aussies have sold a previous unwanted item for $100 or more
  •  13 per cent of unwanted gifts are from distant relations
  •  12 per cent of unwanted gifts are from work colleagues
  •  10 per cent of Australians have been caught re-gifting
  •  9 per cent of unwanted gifts are from friends
  •  $65 is the average cost of an unwanted gift
  •  $475 million is the value of unwanted Christmas gifts received

 

WEIRD AND WACKY CHRISTMAS GIFTS

  •  Inflatable underpants
  •  Bath plug
  •  A brick
  •  Worm farm
  •  Male chastity belt
  •  Toilet roll holder
  •  A ceramic taco holder
  •  Belly button brush
  •  A toilet seat
  •  Plastic bag holder
  •  Nose hair trimmer
  •  Soap on a rope
  •  Divorce papers

(Source: Gumtree GALAXY Christmas Survey 2012)

Topics:  christmas, online sales, re-gifting



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