ECO-FRIENDLY Brits will have a ‘second-hand’ Christmas this year – with many planning on wrapping pre-owned gifts for loved ones.
A study of 2,000 adults who celebrate Christmas revealed 62 per cent think the climate crisis is a huge factor when they shell out for presents.
Brits may well receive pre-gifted presents from eco-friendly loved ones this year, according to a new pollCredit: Getty
Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) are changing their purchasing habits this Christmas to avoid waste, with 23 per cent planning to buy gifts that will avoid a future in landfill.
Consumers plan to spend as much as £76 on pre-loved gifts, with a third buying second-hand to support charitable causes.
Almost four in 10 adults are motivated to shop second-hand by the thought of bagging a bargain ahead of Christmas, while 31 per cent think they’ll find more unique gifts for loved ones.
When asked about their attitudes towards receiving a second-hand Christmas gift, 42 per cent are more open to it now than in previous years.
And 19 per cent said that they would feel ‘grateful’ receiving a used gift as a Christmas present.
Lorna Fallon, retail director for Oxfam, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s encouraging to see that Brits are more accepting of buying second-hand than ever before to protect the environment, with the climate emergency in mind.
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“World leaders met recently at COP26 to discuss how countries can tackle the crisis, but individuals can also effect change by making choices that are better for the world we live in.
“With Christmas just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to find a unique gift for friends or family, while striving to protect the planet and raising money to support Oxfam’s vital work in fighting poverty around the world.”
The study found second-hand gifting is far more acceptable now – with 31 per cent feeling they’re doing the right thing for the environment and 17 per cent ‘feeling good’ for much longer than when buying something new as a Christmas gift.
Looking at their Christmas wish list, 36 per cent would be happy getting pre-owned books as a present for someone as well as DVDs (21 per cent), toys (20 per cent) and jewellery (19 per cent).
Other second-hand gifts on the wish-list include ceramics and ornaments, home furniture and glassware.
The survey revealed that signed copies, rare and collectibles, first editions and fiction are the most popular type of book people would consider buying as a second-hand Christmas gift.
…BUT NOT EVERYONE WILL BE HAPPY
However, not everyone is keen in buying a second-hand Christmas gift this year with under one in 10 adults admitting they would feel ‘disappointed’ if they received a pre-owned present.
When asked why they wouldn’t shop for a second-hand Christmas gift, 23 per cent said they are concerned the person receiving the gift would turn their nose up.
When searching for used Christmas gifts, 71 per cent will visit a charity shop to find the present they want.
And 43 per cent would consider buying a pre-owned Secret Santa gift from the same place.
But six in 10 would still opt to find second-hand presents on an online marketplace with 35 per cent visiting a charity shop online rather than in store, according to the research via OnePoll.
Meanwhile, two in five (35 per cent) adults are likely to buy Christmas presents that are second-hand for their children this year.
We feel queasy at the thought of buying yet more unnecessary new stuff
When asked why, 58 per cent said the kids wouldn’t mind whether a gift was new or old and 54 per cent second-hand clothing is better as children grow out of everything so quickly anyway.
While three in 10 adults are keen to get their kids something pre-owned as a Christmas gift to get them thinking more about the environment.
And over half (53 per cent) generally feel ‘happier’ buying second-hand Christmas presents than buying brand new.
Author Mark Haddon, best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, bought The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: Krapp’s Last Tape and The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: End Game for his partner.
He said: “She’s not a big indulger so she’s hard to buy presents for at the best of times.
“This Christmas, post-COP26 especially, we both feel a bit queasy at the prospect buying yet more unnecessary new stuff, so buying something second-hand is the perfect compromise.”
Lorna said: “It’s great to see so many people embracing conscious consumerism this Christmas.
“The Oxfam Online Shop and high street shops are offering Christmas shopping if you’re after a good quality, unique gift that doesn’t cost the earth.”
Top second-hand Christmas presents
3. Toys & games
5. Ceramics & ornaments
8. Video games
9. Arts and crafts
10. Bags / purses
11. Home furniture (i.e. chairs, shelves, tables etc.)
12. Glassware (, drinking glasses, vases etc.)
13. Mobile phones
15. Game consoles
16. Women’s clothing
17. Kitchenware & crockery
18. Tableware (cutlery, plates, glasses etc.)
19. Hats, gloves & scarves
21. Men’s clothing
23. Sewing, knitting & haberdashery supplies
25. Record players