MIRROR ONLINE, NOVEMBER 28, 2018
COVERAGE FOR GO FUND ME
Brits will get three bad Christmas presents this year – a waste of £1.4 BILLION
- Nearly a quarter of us would rather be given the gift of someone else washing up the pots
Brits will waste £1.4billion this Christmas on presents that will never be used, according to research.
More than half of us are given presents we will never even remove from the packaging.
From underwear to smellies and novelty gifts, each of us will receive three unwanted gifts worth £26 each – totalling a staggering £1.4 billion in the UK.
We are a nation of givers as data showed 8 in 10 Brits prefer to give than receive, with 34 per cent saying the very best present they could have is someone cooking Christmas lunch for them.
A kind-hearted 15 per cent would rather friends and family donated to charity than fork out on a gift for them, while a further 15 per cent said they would be happy to forgo a presents if it meant they could simply watch what they wanted on TV on Christmas day.
And nearly a quarter would prefer their present to be not having to do the washing up after Christmas lunch.
John Coventry from GoFundMe, which commissioned the study, said: “Us Brits are a generous bunch, the huge growth of GoFundMe in 2018 shows that.
“This Christmas, alongside those perfect gifts, it might also be great to put something aside for the charities and causes you love on GoFundMe.”
While the average Brit is planning to spend £113.20 on gifts for friends and family, over half said they were also planning on giving cash to charity.
Homeless charities came out on top with nearly half of those asked saying where they would donate, while 42 per cent plan to help out children and elderly charity groups.
Clinical psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd, who looked at the study findings, said: “Giving triggers the release of endorphins in our brain that make us feel good about it.
“The good feelings you experience when giving to others may be as important to your health as exercise and a healthy diet. There’s a strong relationship between this kind of activity and increased self-esteem and self-worth.
“We tend to channel this into the giving of consumer goods but charitable giving, made easier by technology, means more and more of us are getting this buzz by giving to causes we love.”