More than six in ten (65 per cent) East Anglian people receive at least one gift that they don’t want every Christmas, according to new research by East Anglian British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops as they launch their annual Unwanted Christmas Gifts Appeal in the fight against heart disease.
The onesie came out top of the charts for East Anglian people, with 36 per cent admitting this would be their most unwanted gift.
Coming in at a close second was celebrity weight loss DVDs (33 per cent) followed by the Christmas jumper (nine per cent).
Other unwanted items include a celebrity cook book and socks.
The main culprits for giving unwanted Christmas gifts were also highlighted with Mum’s coming out on top (14 per cent), followed by Mums (11 per cent) and partners (seven per cent).
East Anglia BHF shops are urging the public to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts this year to help fund life-saving research in the fight for every heartbeat.
Unwanted presents provide valuable stock to the BHF’s network of over 700 shops.
Last Christmas, East Anglia BHF shops received a surge in donations of candles, toiletries, clothing, accessories, books and DVDs.
Sonya Pringle, BHF shops area manager, said: “It’s interesting to see that as many as 65 per cent of East Anglian people receive unwanted Christmas gifts every year.
“People often receive perfectly good gifts that are just not to their taste, are the wrong size, or even two of the same gift.
“We encourage people to donate these items to East Anglia BHF shops so that unwanted Christmas gifts can help in the fight against heart disease. Heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer with 2.3 million people currently living with the devastating effects.
“Every penny of profit raised from East Anglia BHF shops helps to fund vital, life-saving research into this deadly disease.”
For more information on BHF shops and to locate your nearest shop or to book a free collection visit bhf.org.uk or call 0844 4125000.
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