Charity’s appeal for unwanted gifts

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This Christmas, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland shops are urging people to give back by donating their unwanted festive presents to charity.

The profit raised from BHF Scotland shops goes on to fund lifesaving research into heart disease.

Over half of Scots said they receive two unwanted Christmas presents every year.

With the average price per Christmas gift at £21.75, there is potentially more than £2.7 billion pounds’ worth of unwanted presents could be donated to charity this year.

BHF Scotland shops accept everything from candles, Christmas jumpers, socks and games, to handbags, books and DVDs.

Deputy Retail Director, Diane Locke, said: “It’s incredible that there’s £2.7 billion worth of unwanted Christmas gifts in the UK this year. Every year people receive presents that are just not to their taste, are the wrong size, or even two of the same gift.

“These unwanted presents can make an extraordinary difference to BHF Scotland shops. We’re encouraging people to donate their unwanted gifts and help raise vital funds in the fight against heart disease.”

Information on BHF Scotland shops is available online at or call 0844 412 5000.