’Tis the season to give away unwanted presents
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.”