3 Ideas For Handling
Unwanted Christmas Gifts
With the holiday gift giving and receiving among friends and family, someone is bound to get a present that isn't quite right. Of course, donating them to a worthy cause or selling them at a garage sale are options, but there are a few other ways to make use of the gift. Here are three ideas for what to do with your unwanted Christmas gifts.
Your friends probably received gifts they don't want either. Host a gift swap party where you and all your friends pool the unwanted gifts and exchange them. You may not need the slow cooker you received, but a friend might. She may have gotten a purse that isn't her style but is perfect for someone else. That friend may be giving up a set of sheets with a sham that would go really well in your kids' room. You may not want everything you were given, but that doesn't mean someone doesn't want them. A swap party is a way to make sure your goods go to a good home where they'll be appreciated.
Just because you won't use a gift for its intended use doesn't mean it is not useful. Almost anything can be repurposed into something you like or even need. Being creative with your gifts allows you to appreciate the sentiment of the gift. Whether it's a dollhouse your daughter is too old to play with or a sweater that isn't the right color, there may be a way to transform it into a gift you can use.
When you receive a gift you know was expensive, you feel doubly guilty if you don't like it--and some items can't be repurposed. In this case, bartering is an option. It's different from selling it or donating it in that you get something you value in exchange for the gift. There are websites like BarterQuest where you can browse what people are looking for or you can post something you want to trade. It's nice that someone gave you a gift, but it's a shame if you can't use it. Bartering it for something you want or need is a way to appreciate the gift rather than let the original gift sit in the attic and collect dust or be sold for a $10 at a thrift store when it's worth $100.
Not every gift is going to be a hit, but you can manage your gifts so they get close to the mark. You'll feel grateful rather than guilty when you make use of a gift you didn't want.