We’re calling time on unwanted Christmas presents

Over the Christmas season, millions across the country will be scratching their heads over what to do with their unwanted gifts. Here’s a way of doing some good with them.

| 11th Dec 15
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The festive season brings with it a number of certainties: hearing the same Christmas song in the third department store in succession, dry turkey, and, of course, receiving unwanted gifts.

The unwanted Christmas gift presents both an etiquette minefield and a guilt trip for the giftee that the gifter’s sentiment just didn’t land. It doesn’t have to be this way.

But what does this have to do with charities?

A well-trod route to salvation upon receiving a less-than-perfect parcel (other than regifting in next year’s office Secret Santa) is to donate the item to your local charity shop – everyone’s a winner.

However, there’s a way charities can make donating unwanted items even easier for their supporters.

eBay for Charity lets charities ask their supporters to sell unwanted gifts on eBay on the organisation’s behalf. Supporters list their items and can choose to donate part or all of the sale to a charity of their choice. With 100 million active users on eBay, the item is bound to find a loving home and the charity gets a handsome return.

As a thank you, the seller gets a proportion of their fee – depending on how much of the sale they chose to donate – waived by eBay. And they can do this all from the comfort of their own home, say, as they’re polishing off that Christmas turkey.

Visit the eBay for Charity website for free toolkit that helps charities communicate with their supporters, and a step-by-step guide on how to get started.