Unwanted gifts 'should be recycled'

5 December 2008 — 2:00 PM

Unwanted Christmas gifts are often kept aside in cupboards and drawers, but one expert advises these should be recycled.

A spokeswoman for the 3V Visa Internet Shopping Gift Card said this week that it was often tricky to guess exactly what people need - and this can lead to festive disappointments.

Melissa Porter, who is also known as a TV lifestyle expert on BBC Two's Get A New Life, said unwanted items often end up held in reserve as a potential future gift for others.

"Half of us recycle presents because we really don't like what we are receiving and it is getting more and more difficult to know what to buy people," she said.

However, for those who receive unwanted handsets this Christmas - or even for those shopping for a new model - it is becoming increasingly easy to recycle old mobile phones.

A recent survey from 3V found 48 per cent of people in the UK have given away gifts they received because they did not want them.

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