1 in 4 'dump a present' in NI

Published Wednesday, 26 December 2012
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One in four people in Northern Ireland have admitted to throwing out at least one unwanted gift this Christmas, a poll by retailer Marks & Spencer has found.

1 in 4 'dump a present' in NI
Father Christmas goes Shwopping after a busy night's work. (© Marks & Spencer Shwopping.)

A huge 71% surveyed would not ask for a gift receipt for a present they didn't like while even more people - 85% - would not tell someone they hate their gift to spare their feelings.

When it comes to the age old trick of re-gifting, more than two in five have admitted handing out a parcel that was originally presented to them.

Mums in NI buy the best festive presents, while dads are the hardest to buy for.

Meanwhile, one in ten people polled in the region claimed to own a Santa outfit.

The red and white suit is being targeted in Marks & Spencer's latest Shwopping campaign with the aid development charity Oxfam.

It is estimated that millions of pounds worth of unwanted Father Christmas suits are being dumped annually - or stored away to be forgotten about.

M&S is calling on the nation to realise that Santa suits are 'not just for Christmas, but deserve a new life'.

The major retailer wants its customers to take up the past-time of 'shwopping' by leaving suits in their stores. They will then be re-used, resold or recycled.

Cutting down on the amount of clothes waste needlessly going to landfill in the UK is a primary aim of the project, however, donors are also helping Oxfam alleviate poverty around the world.

Adam Elman, Head of Delivery, Plan A with the retailer, said: "Everyone enjoys the fun and novelty of dressing up during the festive period, whether delivering presents or dressing up for office parties, but these festive season-only items of clothing are likely to go unworn and unused after Boxing Day when they could be doing so much more."
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