According to recent research conducted by ING Dreamstarter, $8.2 billion is spent on gifts during the festive season but 75% of Aussies admit they don’t use the gifts they receive for Christmas. If you are one of the 75%, Sara Keli shares four ways you can keep those gifts out of landfill and maybe even make some money along the way.

Regift

If you receive a double up gift or a present that is lovely but just not for you, there is no reason why you can’t regift it on to someone who will love it. There are a couple of rules of regifting that you need to follow.

1. Never regift to the person who gave you the gift

2. Always check inside boxes/books etc. for cards or personal notes. It is very awkward when you regift and include the original card to the new recipient

3. For anything perishable always check the expiry dates before you decide to regift

Onsell

Whether you decide to sell the gifts you receive or simply make room for them by selling some of your old things, this is a great way to declutter and make some money at the same time.

When you have lots of things to sell, getting a stall at a market is the perfect way to quickly do it rather than having to list the items individually online. For kids clothes, toys and books, My Kids Market NSW is the place to start if you are located in Sydney/Newcastle/Central Coast. A stall costs $65 and you will have a steady stream of interested shoppers ready to buy your good quality used and new kids clothing and toys.

If you only have a few things to sell, Facebook Marketplace, EBay and Gumtree are the best options. Be sure to factor in accurate shipping costs if you are offering shipping and also be prepared to negotiate the price.

Donate

There are so many families who simply can’t afford to buy gifts at Christmas time, so if you have surplus and have the means to do so, donating unwanted gifts is a good way to remove the clutter from your own home and to help someone who will truly appreciate the gift. Always check that a charity is able to accept your donation before sending it to them (most will have a list on their website of acceptable donations). If you aren’t sure where to look, start with Mummies Paying It Forward in Sydney or St Kilda Mums in Melbourne.

Store

If your problem is a lack of space but you want to keep the gifts you received, look into storage options. For the kids, especially younger ones, if they have lots of gifts, keep a selection of them at the top of the wardrobe and bring one out every month or so. They probably won’t realise that it was a Christmas gift and it will give them new things to play with throughout the year – what kid isn’t going to be happy with that.

A toy rotation system can also be helpful in this situation. This involves packing up the toys and rotating them out every 4-6 weeks. It keeps the kids engaged in what they are playing with, without overwhelming them for choice, and keeps them engaged with new things to play with on a regular basis.

 

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