Charity’s appeal for unwanted gifts to help support Scotland’s children

Barnardo's is hoping to benefit from a bonanza of unwanted gifts.
Barnardo's is hoping to benefit from a bonanza of unwanted gifts.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s is offering a solution for what to do with unwanted and duplicate gifts now that the dust has settled after the festive season.

As a direct alternative to selling items online, the charity is appealing for gifts to be donated to its retail stores so they can be sold to support its vital work with some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged families and children.

Martin Crewe, director of Barnardo’s Scotland, who received a couple of ‘doublers’ himself, said: “I’m delighted to support Barnardo’s Scotland’s retail appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts.

“It’s a great idea to turn something that you don’t want or will never use into a positive donation to charity, instead of it taking up valuable space in the back of the cupboard.”

To help potential donors, the charity has devised a list of the top four ‘Most Unwanted’ gifts received in the stores last year; double ups - extra copies of DVDs or CDs can be donated and are always popular sellers; toiletry gift sets are always popular, whatever the season; household items including vases, tea sets and dressing table sets and scarves, which were received in record numbers and in all shapes and colours after last Christmas and were snapped up by shoppers looking for a post-Christmas bargain.

Some of the more unusual donations received by shops have included a complete, full-sized suit of armour; a bishop’s mitre; a real-life adult stuffed Bison and a 10-man canoe.

Barnardo’s Scotland says it can find a customer for all unwanted gifts that are donated and, as it is estimated that more than £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, the charity says that recycling is always a good option.

Barnardo’s stores are dependent upon the public’s donations and their profits go directly into the charity’s work.

Donations can be made at one of Barnardo’s Scotland’s 73 stores across Scotland.