Every year people receive Christmas presents that they don’t want.
It might be clothes that are too big or small, DVDs that you’ve already got or CDs you don’t like the sound of.
And in recent days unwanted gifts have been spotted being put up for sale on Internet auction sites.
But one Preston based seller is taking things a little further and, in an unusual twist, putting mystery gifts up for sale that haven’t even been unwrapped.
The wrapped-up, unwanted gifts from a city-based seller have appeared on auction site eBay.
Described as “Four beautifully wrapped unwanted Christmas presents” the seller is advertising presents wrapped in shiny purple paper, complete with festive ribbons.
And the item description states: “Four beautiful unwanted Christmas presents, given to me by an unwanted admirer.
“They look beautiful and I have no idea what’s in them.
“But I am not interested in this man and I don’t want his presents!!”
The advert added: “No returns accepted, please remember I don’t know what’s in these presents, I only know they are from a man trying to win my affections.”
So far the mystery Christmas gifts have received six bids from intrigued shoppers who want to know what is underneath the wrapping paper.
The bidding on the gifts is already up to £18.
The Lancashire Evening Post contacted the seller to find out more about the reason’s behind the sale.
But the seller would only say: “Thanks for your question, however I would prefer not to divulge this story.”
These unwanted gifts aren’t the only ones for sale on eBay.
A search on the website pulls up 145 unwanted and wrapped Christmas items in a 200 mile radius of Preston.
Locally other gifts for sale on the website include, five wrapped presents for sale in Weeton, six wrapped presents for sale in Wigan and wrapped gifts for sale in Blackburn.
The bidding for the presents on sale in Preston was due to finish late last night.
It comes as charities across the county are also encouraging people to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to their shops to be resold.
Rachel Hewitt, head of trading at St Catherine’s Hopice in Lostock Hall, said she would encourage people to donate unwanted gifts for their 12 shops across the county.
She said: “We are always really grateful for every donation.”
Rachel said the hospice shops will receive a number of donations as people have their Christmas clear outs.
She added: “We have seen an increase [in donations] we have been really busy this week in particular.”
Preston’s Space Centre is also set to launch an appeal, where people can donate their unwanted Christmas presents.
The final details of the Pedders Lane centre’s appeal are expected to be announced in the coming days.