Green Tips to Reduce Christmas Waste

Tips on how to dispose of unwanted Christmas gifts

An expert shares tips on how to dispose of unwanted Christmas gifts

Many people have received thoughtful gifts over the holidays that they don’t like. It’s Christmas season, and it’s a time to give and receive gifts. But what happens if you get a gift that you don’t want to keep?

Tips on how to dispose of unwanted Christmas gifts


We have many options in this situation. It is a staggering 33% increase over 2020, as Irish Christmas shoppers spent more than EUR700 this year on Christmas presents.

We are all trying to save money this year so it is important to avoid waste. If you receive a gift, it is a good idea to ask for a refund or exchange.

Ask for a refund in the store

If you get a Christmas present this year that you don’t like, it is worth asking for a refund or exchange. Although you are not legally allowed to return a gift, some shops will allow you to return it and give you a credit note or a refund.

Examine for possible faults

You may not have the same legal rights you had when you bought the gift. However, if the gift is defective or damaged and the receipt is available, you should be able to return the item or get a refund. Make sure you inspect your gift for obvious faults. If there are, send it back to the shop that purchased it for a return or exchange.

Ask if the gift was purchased online

It is worth asking the person who gave you the gift. In Ireland, online shoppers have a 14-day cooling-off period. They can’t see before they pay and cannot return it. If you are comfortable asking, verify that your gift was purchased online.

Online selling of your gift

You can either sell the unwanted present online through Amazon, Adverts, or Done deal if the shop won’t give you a refund or exchange. This will allow you to make some money and get rid the unwanted gift in one easy step.

Giving your gift as a gift

If we are honest, most of us have regifted unwanted presents to family members or friends on special occasions and birthdays. This is also true for Christmas. Instead of regifting your unwanted gift, you can give it to a friend or relative. This could help you save a few dollars.

Donating your gift

It’s possible for people to donate their Christmas gifts to local charities, schools, and community groups. It is best to verify that they will accept your gift.

Swap gifts

Swapping gifts is a great way to help a friend get rid of unwanted gifts. Other apps, such as Nuw, allow you to swap or lend like-new clothing or attend a swap shop.