€2.57bn worth of UK presents ‘unwanted’

€2.57bn worth of UK presents ‘unwanted’

An estimated £2.1bn (€2.57bn) worth of unwanted Christmas presents were given by Britons this year, with clothing and ornaments among the popular gift gaffes.

Adults will have typically received two unwanted festive gifts worth £43.50 (€53.16), according to website Gumtree.

Clothing and accessories, beauty products and toiletries, and trinkets and ornaments are the most common presents that people would prefer not to have received, researchers found.

A fifth of people said their friends had most commonly got it wrong, while one in 10 blamed work colleagues and 9% said their mother-in-law had made the mistake.

Londoners have the most expensive hoard of unwanted gifts, worth £51.75 (€63.24) on average, and they are also the most likely to end up in the bin, with 4% of people there saying they would throw them away.

Only 2% of people questioned said they would make their feelings clear if they did not like a present, while 6% would ask for the receipt and two-thirds would mask their disappointment and thank the gift giver enthusiastically.

The research was taken from a survey of 2,000 people.

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