Charity shops looking for unwanted Christmas gifts

Charity shops across South Tipperary are welcoming unwanted Christmas gifts as they resume business after the holidays.

Charity shops across South Tipperary are welcoming unwanted Christmas gifts as they resume business after the holidays.

Clothes, ornaments, toiletry sets, perfume handbags and jewellery are among the items charity shops are accepting from people doing a post-Christmas clear out that includes presents they haven't any use for.

Raimonda Baranauskaite, manager of the Irish Cancer Society Charity Shop in Clonmel, said their store received donations of unwanted Christmas presents every year but as the shop only re-opened after the Christmas holidays on Tuesday it was not possible to comment on the level of donations as yet.

She said there had been a noticeable change in the amount and type of unwanted Christmas present donations to the store in the past three years.

"We used to get lots of Waterford Crystal and Galway Crystal glasses, candle holders and lots of Newbridge Silver. People are still giving us Christmas gifts but not of the same quality or even quantity."

She says they now receive more donations of cheaper brands of perfume and soap and shower toiletry sets.

The recession is a factor but Raimonda believes also that more people are now selling their unwanted gifts on E-bay rather than donating them to charity.