How To Sell Your Unwanted Christmas Presents - A Fuss Free Guide!

How To Sell Your Unwanted Christmas Presents - A Fuss Free Guide!

Do you have any unwanted Christmas presents? You're not alone. Each year, millions of us receive Christmas presents that we don't want and will never use.

From dodgy branded beauty gift sets, to funky socks, gadgets that aren't compatible or gift cards for stores we'll never visit, we've all been victims of a bad festive gift.

While it sounds extremely ungrateful, it's good to know that there's a way to pass on your gifts and make a quick bit of cash to help with all those dreaded January bills. After all, one man's treasure and all that...

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In some cases, you might be lucky enough to exchange unwanted presents if you've been able to get your hands on a gift receipt. If this isn't an option, fear not! There are plenty of ways sell your unwanted Christmas presents.

List any unwanted Christmas presents on eBay

unwanted Christmas presents - eBay
This lot is going to take a while to eBay!

eBay is usually the first thought that pops into people's minds when they think of selling unwanted gifts. It is the world's largest online auction site, after all.

You can list up to 20 items a month, which is great if you have a good few unwanted gifts lying around.

List your items either as an auction or 'buy it now' and then send it to your buyer and receive the cash straight to your PayPal account. Simple!

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Unwanted Christmas presents - Flog bigger items on Gumtree or Facebook

If you're planning to shift a bigger item, chances are you'll be forking out on postage costs. A local buying and selling platform is going to be your best bet. Sites like Gumtree are great because the buyer comes and collects the item and pays on arrival.

Facebook also has local boards where you can list unwanted items for people in your area to come and pick up.

Unwanted Christmas presents -  sell your books on Amazon, We Buy Books or Zapper

Sell unwanted Christmas presents - books
people still love books!

These sites are amazing if you have any books that aren't your literary cup of tea. Amazon lets you scan your book's barcode on its seller app and will give you a rough idea of how much it has sold for recently. Once you've listed it, it's up to you whether you want to send

Once you've listed it, it's up to you whether you want to send it to Amazon to send onto the buyer or send directly to them. They will then take a percentage of your sale.

Sites like We Buy Books or Zapper work a little differently. You can scan your barcode and they will give you a quote for your book.

Pop your book in the post for free and they pay you directly once they've received your books. They also buy LEGO, games and more.

Send your games, DVDs or music to Music Magpie

Games tend to sell easily on any platform, especially if you've got anything unusual or rare. Sites like Music Magpie offer a pretty good deal on any unwanted Christmas presents like games, DVDs, or even CDs (yes, they still exist apparently) and they pay you as soon as they receive the item.

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Trade in your Gift Cards on Zeek

unwanted Christmas presents - gift cards
Soo many gift cards!

Zeek is a fabulous app that lets you scan and upload a photo of your gift cards and sell them online at a discount rate of at least 10%.

They feature all sorts of High Street brand favourites and if you have a few unwanted gift cards lying around, you can make a nice chunk of cash!

Throw a car boot for your unwanted Christmas presents

unwanted Christmas presents - car boot sale

If you're not into the whole selling online thing, why not get together a bunch of items, new or old, and check out your local car boot sale?

You can pack up your car on the weekend, take a flask of tea and sell on your unwanted Christmas presents in just a few hours for some quick cash.

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Donate any unwanted Christmas presents

If you're feeling extra generous, you always have the option to donate your unwanted Christmas presents. You can drop them off at a local charity or list them on Freecycle, a site that lets people in your area pick up any of your unwanted items.

Follow these steps and you'll be quids in in no time! Do you have any tips of your own? Share them in the comments.


Collette J


I'm a professional penny pincher who is obsessed with eBay and Pinterest. Always on the look out for multiple uses for favourite household items and a good bargain, of course!

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  1. Author margaret barrett on January 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    My family provide each other with lists of what we'd like for Christmas, and we contact each other to make sure we haven't accidentally doubled up. We can't understand why other people don't do this . Do you really want to waste your money on presents no one wants, I don't, I've better things to with it, I'd be happy if present giving wasn't a part of Christmas at all, just sometimes treating your friends and family to a surprise of something they'd really like at any time of the year. I assume trade wouldn't be keen on this.

    1. Author Stephanie C on January 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Hi Margaret. I think your family are very sensible for doing this! My sister particularly always likes an element of surprise, and always tries to surprise me too. This has led to many unwanted presents over the years which is not only a waste but disappointing and awkward too! Some people choose to just give scratchcards on Christmas, which I actually think is a really novel idea. It's cheap, small, and exciting! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Author Rosemarie Teves on January 3, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    There's also the apps shpock and wallapop which I've used to sell unwanted items.

    1. Author Stephanie C on January 4, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Hi Rosemarie. Thanks for suggesting these. I've tried Shpock before but Wallapop is new to me so I'll have to give it a go!


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