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Five ways to make sure you don’t waste your cash on presents people don’t want

Whether buying for your work Secret Santa or a searching for something for your close family, it’s not always easy to buy the perfect gift. And even if you think you’ve found one, it doesn’t mean the person you give it to will feel the same.

Get it wrong and your gift could end up resold, unused or even in the bin – a total waste of money.

In fact, nearly half of people admit to regifting unwanted presents, according to Amazon, while three in four people are disapointed by what they get for Christmas. 

Five ways to avoid wasting money on unwanted gifts

So how do you manage to get a gift someone actually wants? We’ve five ways you can help avoid wasting your money on gifts this Christmas and be #XmasReady.

Ask them what they want

This is the easiest option to guarantee your money will be well spent and your gift gratefully received. Of course doing this properly means you need to let them know your budget and your gift won’t be a surprise.

Make the thought really count

If you’re struggling to think of something to buy but don’t want to ask, the temptation will be to just grab something – often a novelty or ‘boring’ gift. And this increases the chance of it not being used.

Why not give to charity instead? At least then you know your money will make a difference somewhere.


Let them choose by giving them cash

One hassle-free option is to give some cash or a cheque. Yes, it might seem impersonal, but you can always suggest how it’s used. Perhaps you want the money to go towards clothes, or maybe a meal out.

Get a gift receipt

If you still want to buy something but really don’t know if it’s wanted, you can ask for a gift receipt which doesn’t show the price of the item. Include this with your present and it’s down to the recipient to swap it for something they will use.

Don’t buy anything

It’s amazing how often people exchange gifts by post with extended family members they haven’t seen in years. Or keep buying for friends’ kids even though those children are now fully grown adults.

Have a chat and see if they’ll agree to not buying presents this year. You could even suggest spending the cash on meeting up for a catch up meal instead!

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