Recycle your unwanted Christmas presents for Barnardo’s

Recycling and re-gifting your Christmas presents can help vulnerable children in the year ahead, and help bring festive cheer to those who have gone without, says Barnardo’s Scotland.

Barnardo’s Scotland is appealing for duplicate and unwanted gifts from the festive season to be donated to their shops so they can be sold to raise vital funds.

Martin Crewe, Director of Barnardo’s Scotland said: “We’ve all received a gift at Christmas that’s not suitable, such as the wrong size clothing or two of the same items - by donating any unusable or duplicate Christmas presents to our shops you will not only be re-gifting, but also helping Scotland’s most disadvantaged children. Every penny raised in our shops plays a vital part in ensuring we continue to support these children.”

Barnardo’s Scotland can find a customer for all unwanted gifts that are donated. And as it is estimated that in the UK over £2.4 billion worth of unwanted presents are regularly received at Christmas, with a third of these ending up gathering dust in the back of a cupboard or loft, recycling is always a good option.

Barnardo’s Scotland has 78 stores across the country. Shoppers can buy quality collectibles, household goods, books, toys, fashions, books and accessories – perhaps even finding the present they really wanted to find under the tree!

To find your nearest branch visit our store locator at:

Barnardo’s Scotland’s list of the top most recycled Christmas gifts received in the shops each year:

1. Scarves – shops received a record number of new scarves of all shapes and colours after Christmas last year that were then snapped up by shoppers looking for a post -Christmas bargain

2. Toiletry and cosmetic gift sets - always popular whatever the season, which also proved very popular with customers shopping in advance for Mother’s Day

3. Double ups – If you receive more than one copy of a favourite DVD/CD the extra copies can be donated to our shops. Current DVDs are always popular sellers

4. Christmas jumpers – they never go out of fashion, even if it is for only two weeks in the year

5. Children’s toys

Barnardo’s Scotland has over 78 shops and works with more than 26,500 children and young people in over 122 specialised community-based services across Scotland. Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.

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