Happy with gifts that keep on giv­ing

The Western Star - - MONEY SAVER - AN­THONY KEANE

SEC­OND-HAND gift giv­ing at Christ­mas is los­ing its stigma as more and more Aus­tralians say they are com­fort­able re­ceiv­ing presents pre­vi­ously owned by oth­ers.

New re­search by Gumtree has found that 65 per cent of con­sumers say they would be happy to get a sec­ond-hand present, up from 55 per cent a year ago.

How­ever, al­most one-third of peo­ple worry that they would be seen as cheap if they give some­thing sec­ond-hand, even though retro gifts are surg­ing in pop­u­lar­ity this Christ­mas.

Gumtree spokes­woman Kirsty Dunn said sec­ond-hand presents could be unique so “rather than look cheap you can look re­ally thought­ful”.

“His­tor­i­cally, there was more of a stigma … It’s good to see more peo­ple be­com­ing eco­con­scious,” she said.

Retro gam­ing was pop­u­lar, and elec­tron­ics brands had brought out new ver­sions of their retro con­soles, Ms Dunn said.

“But the old ones still work on your TV with the right ca­ble. We just bought a vin­tage Atari

‘Rather than look cheap you can look re­ally thought­ful’ Gumtree’s Kirsty Dunn

2600 from Gumtree and it works,” she said.

The re­search also found that:

• MORE than 60 per cent of peo­ple have been dis­ap­pointed by waste­ful or thought­less gift giv­ing.

• THE av­er­age Aussie spends $670 on Christ­mas presents.

• AL­MOST 60 per cent of peo­ple say the most stress­ful part of Christ­mas is find­ing the per­fect gift for ev­ery­one.

Ms Dunn said there was still time for peo­ple to make money by tap­ping into the sec­ond­hand econ­omy and sell­ing their own un­wanted items.

A Mon­eysmart.gov.au spokes­woman said a pre-Christ­mas home clean-up could boost peo­ple’s fes­tive budget.

“Spend a few hours clear­ing out any­thing you no longer need, like clothes, books, jew­ellery, fur­ni­ture, mu­sic, or sport­ing equip­ment,” she said.

“You could sell these items on­line, hold a garage sale, or find a lo­cal buy-swap-sell.

“Op shops, an­tique stores and sec­ond-hand bookshops can be a trea­sure trove for the thrifty Christ­mas shop­per.”

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