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Don’t ditch it - shift it – Take unsuitable gifts to Barnardo’s Scotland stores

Release Date: 26/12/2017

It happens to most of us at Christmas. You put on your best delighted face as you unwrap a giant sized Christmas jumper, your third copy of the latest must-have recipe book or the leather-look leggings you know you will never, ever wear.

This year, rather than having to face the embarrassment of returning a set of bathroom scales or re-gifting that cook book, why not shift that gift to a Barnardo’s Scotland store near you, where it will instead raise money to support some of the most vulnerable children in Scotland.  

A recent survey* revealed that 31 per cent of adults have been insulted by a present, 13 per cent said they returned and swapped gifts they didn’t like and 18 per cent “re-gifted” them to someone else.

A poll** found that the selfie stick is considered to be one of the least sought after present by 45 per cent of us, followed by musical socks at 43 per cent, bathroom scales at 34 per cent and a set of saucepans or animal slippers at 26 per cent,

Other research has shown** that UK adults receive up to £2.6billion worth of unwanted gifts at Christmas.

The worth of all of those unsuitable gifts add up and could provide vital support for the children Barnardo’s Scotland helps in community-based services across the country.  

Barnardo’s Scotland Director, Martin Crewe, said: “When you get a present that is unsuitable for you, or that you don’t like, it can be awkward as you may not know what to do with it.  

“Instead of leaving them in the back of a cupboard, re-gifting or even throwing them away, why not donate these presents to Barnardo’s Scotland stores, as you really can make a difference to vulnerable children who need our support across Scotland.”

To find out more information about Barnardo’s work, how to donate or to find a store near you, please visit

Spread the word about your donation using #ShiftThatGift on social media.



Notes to Editors:

*Survey of 1,500 people by Voucher, December 2017

**Figures from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4,459 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 30 November – 2December 2016.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

***Survey of 2,002 adults aged 18+ on behalf of Triodos Bank by Opinium Research, November 2014

Barnardo’s Scotland work with more than 26,500 children and young people in over 130 specialised community-based services across Scotland and has over 100 shops.  We believe in children and we believe every young person has a right to thrive. Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need. Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young people leaving care; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.   

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Media enquiries:

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