Xmas gifts worth $980m will go to waste

Sometimes the Christmas spirit is hard to find. Photo: Getty
Sometimes the Christmas spirit is hard to find. Photo: Getty

ALMOST a billion dollars will be wasted on Christmas gifts this year, a survey has found.

More than seven million Australians say they don’t expect to use some of the Christmas gifts they receive this year, representing an estimated $980 million, a survey by The Australia Institute has found.

“Christmas is a time for giving, but almost half of Australians would prefer that others do not buy them Christmas presents, even though most of us enjoy buying presents for others,” deputy director Ebony Bennett says in a statement on Monday.

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