Wednesday, December 26, 2007

£1.2bn' wasted on unwanted gifts

One of the reasons the wife and I only buy each other a handful of presents, and try to get the kids stuff they genuinely want as opposed just buying them stuff for the sake of it. I know people who have toys and games, things that the kids didn't even open still wrapped in cellophane the following Christmas.


£1.2bn' wasted on unwanted gifts

11 comments:

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Amen to that.

TimeWarden said...

Thank goodness for sensible people on this planet like your good self, Andrew!

paulhd said...

Now I don't feel guilty for being VERY specific about what I wanted. Aw hell, I didn't feel guilty at all. Now I just feel justified.

Steve said...

I'm lucky that Karen and I are very canny about sussing out what the other would like - having similar tastes helps. Not a single gift amiss this year... but all the packaging and cardboard has driven me mad yet again.

Annie said...

It's nice to give a few surprises though, don't you think?

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I'm quite happy knowing what presents I'm going to get. But then again I'm not a huge fan of Christmas ! Ba Humbug I say :)

I. N. J. Culbard said...

I referred people to an online wish list (Amazon) this year and came up top trumps.

It's a pretty nifty idea (an online wish list is) because if you make the wish list long enough, Christmas and birthdays can still be full of pleasant surprises and you get exactly what you wanted.

Just like writing a letter to Father Christmas again.

allen said...

This year I got EVERYTHING (lots of DVDs and books) I had hoped for...well, except for world peace and the chance to re-edit the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Merry Christmas (late) and (early) Happy New Year, Andrew!

Michael G Clark said...

This year I got.

A dalek cookie maker
A dalek bubble bath
A dalek & tardis shaker maker
A dalek sec
And - a dalek

The shaker maker tardis is pretty smart, unless you don't read instructions and get the mix wrong. My first attempt was a tardis shaped rubble thing.

Moonwatcher said...

My sisters kids had half of Toys 'r' Us in their living room on Christmas Day, and that was before presents of the grandparents etc...

TimeWarden said...

A very happy New Year to you, Andrew!