Millions of Italians ready to ‘regift’ unwanted Christmas presents

Italians spent over €3 billion on Christmas gifts this year, but many of the recipients are now readying to sell them on as they try to claw back the cash they spent over the period or buy something they actually want.

Millions of Italians ready to 'regift' unwanted Christmas presents
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Some three million Italians said they would sell unwanted gifts online, according to a survey carried out by eBay Italy.

The items range from clothing and accessories to tech gadgets and duplicate gifts. The trend of 'regifting' among Italians rose by 14 percent after Christmas in 2015, with 49 percent saying they received an unwanted present, eBay said.

And it looks set to be just as high this year. Fifty-four percent of those polled said they would sell their unwanted gifts in order to set aside cash for future expenses, while one in three would buy something new for themselves.

Sixteen percent said they would sell their gifts in order to make up for the money they spent over Christmas.  

Italians spent €3.1 billion on Christmas gifts this year, equating to an average €124 per household, according to figures on Tuesday from the consumer group, Federconsumatori. 

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Thousands more families in Denmark seek Christmas charity

A significant increase in families have sought Christmas help from the Danish Red Cross compared to last winter.

Thousands more families in Denmark seek Christmas charity

Higher process for food, electricity, gas and fuel are being felt by vulnerable families in Denmark, driving more to apply for Christmas packages offered by the Red Cross, broadcaster DR writes.

The NGO said in a statement that more people than ever before have applied for its Christmas help or julehjælp assistance for vulnerable families.

While 15,000 people applied for the charity last year, the number has already reached 20,000 in 2022.

“We are in an extraordinary situation this year where a lot more people have to account for every single krone to make their finances work,” Danish Red Cross general secretary Anders Ladekarl said in the press statement.

“For many more, their finances no longer work, and this is unfortunately reflected by these numbers,” he said.

The Red Cross Christmas assistance consists of a voucher worth 900 kroner redeemable at Coop stores or, in some stores, a hamper consisting of products.

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