All I want for Christmas is… hand-me-down presents? How 49per cent of people will recycle unwanted gifts this year

All I want for Christmas is… hand-me-down presents How 49per cent of people will recycle unwanted gifts this year

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22:45 GMT, 12 December 2012

Christmas gift shopping can be stressful, expensive and tiring. So many people are now turning to re-gifting as a way to avoid the present-buying experience altogether.

According to a Birchbox survey of 3,000 women, 49 per cent will re-gift unwanted presents this year.

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Re-gifting: According to a Birchbox survey of 3,000 women, 49 per cent will re-gift unwanted presents this year

The beauty company also revealed that the average holiday budget this year is $556, shopping for an average of ten people.

Although nine out of ten people say they would rather give a gift than receive a gift, people do expect to receive at least eight gifts on average.

While four out of five people say that gifting a personal training session or a gym membership is a definite no no, giving cash seems to be more acceptable.

Forty-seven per cent of people say will give cash this year.

And giving the same present to multiple people is seen as a total 'do', with 81per cent agreeing it is an acceptable and efficient way to give gifts.

Beauty products and cosmetics seem to make up a large part of female-oriented gifts.

While only one out of four people want receive gifts that are beauty related, many will be giving beauty products as gifts.

Fifty-six per cent of people plan to give their mothers a beauty-related gift this season, and 56per cent will give other women in their lives a beauty service.

When it comes to presentation, most will forgo the department store wrapping, with 83 per cent of people choosing to wrap their own gifts.