Take them back Santa! Unwanted Christmas presents total 2.1bn with average adult receiving two gifts they don't want
Top three most unwanted gifts were clothing, beauty products and trinkets
Those most guilty of giving unwanted presents are friends and mothersIn days after Christmas, one in five gifts end up in the back of a cupboard
10:28 GMT, 26 December 2012
Waste: Britons will receive almost 50-worth of presents that they dislike this year
It's an all too familiar scenario – family opens presents, dislikes several of them, and mother shoves gifts to the back of a cupboard, never to be seen again.
If there's a receipt, the presents are returned and if not, they are given to someone else the year after.
But don't feel too bad for giving the wrong gift – an incredible 2.1billion-worth of unwanted presents have been handed over this year alone.
The top three most unwanted gifts were clothing, at 30 per cent, closely followed by beauty products and toiletries at 29 per cent and trinkets and ornaments at 19 per cent.
Research by classified ads website Gumtree.com reveals the average UK adult will have received two unwanted presents, worth 43.50 in total.
Those most guilty of giving gift
bloopers are friends, who account for 19 per cent of givers, mothers, accounting for 11 per cent, work
colleagues, 10 per cent, and mothers-in-law at nine per cent.
But when it comes to showing our true feelings about presents, two-thirds of adults are too polite to say what they really think.
A brave six per cent will ask for the receipt, four per cent will politely admit that
they don't like the gift and two per cent will say exactly what they
In the days after Christmas, one in five unwanted presents find themselves hidden away in the back of a cupboard.
Online shopper: Nearly half of adults would consider selling unwanted presents online, putting the money towards something that they really want (file photo)
A further 22 per cent are given to someone else as a gift and two per cent are thrown away.
half of adults would consider selling unwanted presents
online, putting the money towards something that they really want.
Hamish Stone, from Gumtree.com, said: 'It's clear that some well-meaning friends and relatives have got it quite wrong.
'We'd urge anyone that wants to put their unwanted presents to good use to consider selling them online.'