No doubt you’ve been in that awkward situation before, in which you’ve excitedly unwrapped a gift and found that the ‘wonderful’ item underneath the colourful paper is something you couldn’t care less about. But what do you do with this unwanted but potentially valuable item? Although it was once destined for the back of the cupboard, eBay now seems to be a more viable option. But, according to research by shopping comparison site ‘Give as You Live’, one in ten of us are already planning to re-gift a present we are given this christmas.

People will criticise this heartless approach as being insensitive to the thought and care someone has put into buying a gift. After all,  Christmas shopping is one of the most stressful things about the Christmas period (after arguing about who gets the most roast potatoes with their turkey) so it serves as a massive slight to the person giving you something if it simply finds itself under someone else’s tree.

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For Lucie… Or is it? Rights; Jayne Annd

But at the heart of the issue this news shows more about the buying habits and how careful people are with their money than people’s christmas ethics. Although George Osborne claims that the recession is behind us, real working people have yet to feel the real benefit of the economy’s growth. Re-gifting an unwanted present shouldn’t be seen as a slight to the person who originally gave it but as a sign that although people may be careful with their money they still want to give people something this christmas. At its heart, re-gifting is – in many ways – a fairly selfless act. Sometimes it may be better to give than receive and if that’s what re-gifting does then surely it isn’t a bad thing at all.

Give As You Live is a shopping comparison site which arranges partnerships with big brands like ASOS, John Lewis and others to give a percentage of your order to charity without costing a penny to you. Find it at giveasyoulive.com 

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I am the Editor for the Evans Review. I have previous experience working as a writer and editor for dozens of publications, including The Daily Telegraph, MSN, the Editorial section of (now defunct) LOVEFiLM, Kettle Mag and Journalism-Now Politically right of centre.