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  • 26 December 2012, 5:55

Unwanted Christmas Presents: 2.1bn Wasted

Britons spent about 2.1bn on unwanted Christmas presents this year, with clothing and ornaments topping the list of unwelcome items.

Adults will have typically received two unwanted festive gifts worth an average of 43.50, according to website Gumtree.

Clothing, accessories, beauty products, toiletries, trinkets and ornaments were most likely to have been unpopular, researchers found.

One-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 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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