Ballymena appeal for unwanted gifts

Christmas Family Appeal is launched. (Editorial Image).
Christmas Family Appeal is launched. (Editorial Image).

The most popular Christmas gift of 2015- the Selfie Stick is now also considered to be one of the worst presents to receive this festive period.

A new poll for Barnardo’s revealed that while 46 per cent of people in Northern Ireland said the selfie stick was the least wanted Christmas gift this year, unsurprisingly, musical socks (38 per cent), bathroom scales (34 per cent) and a set of saucepans (253per cent) were also high on the list of unpopular gifts.

The research also reveals that a quarter of presents are re-gifted to friends and family, while 39 per cent give their unsuitable gifts to a charity shop, another 28 per cent hide and forget about them and 7 per cent throw them in the bin.

Barnardo’s is appealing for all unsuitable gifts to be donated to their Ballymena shops at Church Street and Broughshane Street to help transform the lives of the most disadvantaged children in Northern Ireland.

Director Barnardo’s NI Lynda Wilson said: “Many of us may have received a festive gift this year that we didn’t like or was unsuitable.

Instead of hiding them in the wardrobe, take them to one of our stores where they can be sold to help make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people across Northern Ireland.

“Our stores are very grateful for all the donations they receive.

“What better way to start the New Year knowing that your unsuitable gifts will help disadvantaged children and families who can struggle over the Christmas period.”

The poll found that gifts were deemed ‘unsuitable’ because they weren’t something the person was interested in (38%), they disliked them (36%) or the item was the wrong size (23%).

Barnardo’s has over 35 stores in the Northern Ireland which sell donated items including clothing, accessories, quality homeware, books CDs and DVDs.

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