Save Money in January: 20 Unwanted Gifts Being Unloaded on Ebay for Cheap

Caucasian man opening a Christmas present with disappointment.
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Americans spent like crazy on the holidays, with many landing in debt. But, alas, not every gift bought was wanted. According to a survey from Finder, 52% of Americans surveyed admitted to getting at least one unwanted gift over the holidays. Some may have returned or exchanged those gifts; others may have tried to make money off of them by listing them on sites like eBay. 

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Using Google’s product of the year list, which shows the most-searched-for gifts of 2022, Financial-world.org used data from eBay to see which items had the highest number of new auctions from Dec. 30, 2022 to Jan. 4, 2023.  

Based on those findings, these are the top 20 gifts of 2022 most likely to be sold on eBay right now. Since the site is currently saturated with listings for these items, chances are good consumers can find them for cheap — or at least cheaper than they normally would. 

  • Beanie hat: 4,800 
  • Messenger bag: 1,600 
  • Bath bombs: 927 
  • Aromatherapy diffuser: 785 
  • Bluetooth speaker: 638 
  • Cordless vacuum: 573 
  • Sweater vest: 516 
  • VR headset: 511 
  • Electric toothbrush: 507 
  • Sherpa jacket: 491 
  • Electric bike: 459 
  • Handheld gaming console: 455 
  • Quarter-zip pllover: 421
  • Huggie earrings: 418 
  • Fidget toy: 306 
  • Air fryer: 301 
  • Gaming keyboard: 248 
  • Electric scooter: 244 
  • Vitamin C serum: 166 
  • Trampoline: 161 
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“While we’re no doubt grateful for the gifts we receive during Christmas, everyone has had the experience of opening a present and knowing instantly that they wouldn’t use it, or they already owned it,” said a spokesperson from Financial-world.org in a press release.

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“That, combined with the fact that January can often be a time of financial stress, means that plenty of people will be looking to make some money from an unwanted gift, so it’s fascinating to see which items are most likely to be listed on eBay at this time of year.” 

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Nicole Spector is a writer, editor, and author based in Los Angeles by way of Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Vogue, the Atlantic, Vice, and The New Yorker. She's a frequent contributor to NBC News and Publishers Weekly. Her 2013 debut novel, "Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray" received laudatory blurbs from the likes of Fred Armisen and Ken Kalfus, and was published in the US, UK, France, and Russia — though nobody knows whatever happened with the Russian edition! She has an affinity for Twitter.
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