What to Do With a Gift You Don’t Want

29, Dec 2017

gift you don't want

This is always a delicate topic. But with Christmas over, did you get a gift you don’t want?  It happens to everyone at some point. Maybe you had to fake enthusiasm when you unwrapped it in front of someone or are now faced with sending a thank-you note to a long distance family member.

It is a shame to place a gift you know you’ll never use in a drawer and let it collect dust.  And it’s worse if you feel guilty about it.

Here’s what I recommend you do with a gift you don’t want:

Return it

Hopefully the one who gave you the gift has included a gift receipt.  Or, they mention to you, “If you don’t like it, please feel free to exchange it.” By all means, take them up on it.

Re-gift it

Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with re-gifting – as long as you follow some rules.  For example, make sure it’s unused/in good condition and you’ve kept track as to who it’s from.  It’s embarrassing to unintentionally give back a gift to the person you received it from!

Sell it

If it’s worth it, post it on Craigslist, Ebay or a Facebook Group (as long as the person who gave it to you isn’t part of that group of course). You know it will go to someone who really wants it. Plus, you’ll have the cash to buy something you’d really like.

Donate it

Think about who may appreciate the item.  You may have friends or family who would like it, so offer it up.  This is sort of like re-gifting- but you’re totally up front with them!  Alternatively, give it to a worthy charity.

As they say, “It’s the thought that counts.”  And it’s absolutely true.  But it’s also important you don’t start collecting things you’ll never use.  That just creates clutter!

If you are thinking of selling or donating an item, be sure to check out my Resources Page with an extensive list of organizations to help you.

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