In many households, Christmas can consist of a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” over gifts that have no relation to your life. You may even find yourself wondering if these people (aka your family) even know you. Whether it’s a gift card to a store you would never shop at or you eye your child getting a completely unnecessary toy he/she already has, your mind is quickly calculating how to go about all of this by not hurting anyone’s feeling or wasting their money.
Here are a few of our suggestions on how to get some use of those unwanted Christmas gifts.
Although this technique has a bad rap and can be known as a social faux pas, “a whopping 92 percent believe it’s completely acceptable to re-gift items, and more than 87 percent believe they too have been a recipient of a re-gifted item,” reports Lisa Thornbury, a writer for Yummy Mummy. Just remember to keep note of who gave it to you and destroy all evidence by re-wrapping it.
Getting Refunds From Online Retailers
If you received a gift from a friend or a family member that was sent directly from an online retailer, you can just check for the order details and test your luck getting a refund or exchange. Sites like Amazon even have a return page specifically for people in this situation and promises not to tell the person who bought it that it’s going back.
The Guilty Re-Sell
One person’s unwanted gift is another’s dream-present-that-nobody-picked-up-the-hints-about, and you might find someone willing to pay to take it off your hands. You can sell your unwanted items on sites such as eBay and Kijii. Or you can even sell your gift cards on several different sites including, Raise.com, Cardpool.com or Giftcardzen.com.
Give Them Away
When all else fails, why not donate all of your unwanted presents to charity? Local charities and hospitals are always looking for clothes, DVDs, and books and will be grateful for anything you can give them.
Instead of tossing your gift out or letting it collect dust in your new “I-am-not-a-hoarder” themed space, consider hosting a white elephant gift swap with your friends. It’s the perfect way to re-gift an item that you can’t/won’t use while receiving something you actually might. Not only that, gift swaps are fun, right ladies?
Do you have any other ideas on what to do with unwanted gifts? I would love to hear about it. Please share.