Something Spare to Share: Send Your Unwanted Gifts

Whether it’s a jumper that’s not quite your style, a book you’ve already read, or more toiletries than you’ll ever be able to use, we’ve all experienced receiving a gift that ends up gathering dust. 

Every year around 4 million Brits will return at least one unwanted Christmas gift. But, even with festive returns policies being more relaxed, only 69% of us manage to get an exchange or refund.

 So, whilst you might be tempted to relegate those lack-lustre presents to the back of the wardrobe, why not do something great with your unwanted gifts by donating them to charity?

Charity shops are always keen to receive high-quality gifts, and if they’re still in the packaging that can help them raise even more money for their causes.

So, if you’ve got something spare to share, read on to discover details of some charities that are accepting donations by post.


The Sick Children’s Trust 

Giving parents who have a seriously ill child in the hospital a friendly and welcoming place to stay when they need it most, The Sick Children’s Trust’s ‘Homes from Home’ appeal is a great place to donate your unwanted gifts too.

Gifts are gratefully accepted by all the charity’s ‘Homes from Home’. Typical gifts they like to receive are things like calendars, diaries and selection boxes or sweets.

All of the ‘Homes from Home’ have their own wish lists too.

Take a look at their FAQ section to find out how to send your gifts in the post.


(Source: Blue Bird PR)


British Heart Foundation

You can support the British Heart Foundation’s vision to create a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases by getting your unwanted Christmas gifts posted to them. 

Although some of the British Heart Foundations shops are currently closed due to the Coronavirus restrictions, you can still send your donations using their Freepost donations service.

They’re looking for branded clothing, jewellery, books and ornaments amongst other things.

Find out more here.




Cancer Research UK

There are a few ways you can donate your unwanted gifts to Cancer Research UK without even having to leave home.

You can find the details of what to do if you’ve got gifts to send here.

They’re grateful for any donations that will help them raise vital funds, and are particularly looking for shoes, handbags, clothing, and homeware.



St Teresa’s Hospice

St Teresa’s Hospice provides palliative and end of life care to those living in South Durham and North Yorkshire. 

They’re desperately in need of high-quality prizes for their fundraising activities which helps them raise much-needed money for the Hospice. Find out how to send gifts here.


 (Source: Northern Echo)


CLAN Cancer Support

Based in Aberdeen, your donation will help those who have been affected by cancer to access free support and wellbeing services across the north-east of Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Take a look at their website to find out what gifts to send.


(Source: Charity Choice)  


eBay for Charity

Another great way to support a good cause is to sell your unwanted Christmas gifts on eBay.

You can decide to give between 10-100% of the proceeds of your sale to good causes, and you can even choose the charity you want to support.

It’s the perfect way to make a difference to a charity you care about whilst ensuring those gifts that aren’t quite what you wanted don’t go to waste.




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