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Poll: Would you feel guilty about returning a Christmas present?

Have you switched a rubbish gift? And did you feel better afterwards?

Oh thanks Grandma, how did you know?
Oh thanks Grandma, how did you know?
Image: Shutterstock/Tagwaran

WE’RE COMING INTO December, which means this: ‘Tis the season of figuring out what to do with your unwanted Christmas presents.

Why did your aunt get you that Twilight calendar, even though this is 2017 and you’re 25? Why would your dad, who has known you literally since you were born, buy you National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets on DVD?

We can’t answer these questions. But we all know that come December 26, there will be a lot of terrible Christmas gifts that need to be dealt with. So today we’re asking: would you feel guilty about returning a Christmas present?

To get you started, we asked some of our colleagues about their present-switching experiences. Turns out everyone has done it.

From perfume:

I swapped gross weird perfume for a nice one. No money changed hands, so I didn’t feel guilty at all.

To technology:

My dad got me a Garmin fitness tracker watch that I hate wearing because it’s so huge. I would have returned it but I know he’d find out, so now I just wear it in his presence every so often. I live in fear that he’ll ask to see my ‘stats.’ There are no stats.

To, er, cycling fashion:

I returned a cycling jersey for one I liked more and lied to the person that that was the one they bought me.

And those that didn’t switch the gift? On the whole, they’re experiencing regret:

No, I’d feel too awful for whoever got it for me so I just keep the stuff and it inevitably ends up in a charity shop a year or two later.

And best of all:

My dad got a jacket off my mam once and spent the day in bed sulking over it. He definitely should have returned it.

So tell us: Would you feel guilty about returning a Christmas present?


Poll Results:

No, not at all. It's a waste otherwise. (3894)
Yes (1826)
I don't know (397)



Feel free to share your own switching stories in the comments.

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