60 million unwanted presents will be given this Christmas, charity warns
Almost 60 million unwanted Christmas presents will be exchanged this year, according to new research carried out by a charity which is encouraging consumers to make donations to a good cause instead.
The figure is based on a YouGov poll of more than 2,000 people carried out for the charity Send a Cow. The survey results were weighted to be representative of all adults in Great Britain.
Extrapolating from the survey findings, the charity estimates just under 60 million presents worth over £380 million will be exchanged.
The warning comes on 'Giving Tuesday', a day when people are encouraged to give to charity – whether through donations or time – in the wake of Black Friday.
What did the survey find?
According to the YouGov poll, 57% of those who celebrate Christmas receive at least one unwanted gift per year – and 48% said they struggle to find presents for family and friends.
The most uncommon unwanted gifts were:
- Bath products, with 38% saying they were unwanted.
- Film or box sets, with 18% saying they were unwanted.
- Candles, with 16% saying they were unwanted.
- Chocolate, with 16% saying it was unwanted.
- Socks, with 14% saying they were unwanted.
How to cut down on unwanted Christmas giving
We've long campaigned against tit-for-tat Christmas giving – which, as the survey shows, leaves many with unneeded tat.
Martin shared his thoughts about Christmas giving on the Martin Lewis Money Show earlier this year, along with some tips:
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