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’Tis the season to give away unwanted presents

Written by: Adam Lewis
With Christmas just three days away for some the last minute panic may be on to get those last minute presents, however one in three of us may be receiving second hand presents this year according to the parcel delivery company myHermes.

According to research from myHermes, 70% of people in the UK have re-gifted in the past and one in three (33%) would consider wrapping and giving unwanted presents in the future.

The survey of over 1,000 people revealed that more woman (72%) would re-gift compared with men (66%), while those aged between 25-34 are the most guilty of repurposing old presents.

Meanwhile the survey revealed that Bristol is the re-gifting capital of the UK, with some 76% of its inhabitants admitting to handing on their unwanted presents, followed by London (75%) and Birmingham (73%).

So what have people been handing on? It is quite a list; a bottle of half used foot lotion, windscreen wipes and a life-sized cutout of Prince are amongst the highlights.

At 49%, the most commonly used excuse for re-gifting was that the giver did not like the gift in the first place. Some 38% said they felt the re-giftee would appreciate the present more, while 19% said they simply could not afford something new.

Joanne Morley, head of marketing for myHermes, said: “Re-gifting is a great way of cutting the cost of Christmas and the time spent trawling around the shops for presents, but make sure you follow the correct re-gifting etiquette to avoid being caught out.”

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