Every year your normally tend to get one (if you’re lucky) straight up strange Christmas present and every year I think, “geez, what on earth am I going to do with this hideous bag/shocking blue eye shadow/ill-fitting t-shirt/thing that I can’t even describe?”
If it’s from my parents, I gently let them know that I already have one (or if it’s clothing, that it just doesn’t fit) and I attempt to maybe skim the receipts to do a swap for something I can use – which is easy, cause they’re parents, you know?
But that’s not so easy if the gift is from a friend, a colleague or your grandparents. Nope, those gifts take extra time and effort to subtly remove from your life, especially if, god forbid, they’ve had your name written in coloured, bottled sand.
Luckily though, the worst offenders are colleague Secret Santa gifts and in-law gifts, making terrible gifts much easier to repurpose, as these people aren’t usually at your house every weekend like your best friend. So how do you get rid of these unwanted gifts without the gifter catching on?
If the store the gift is from is obvious, you can try your luck at swapping it for something you actually want. If you’re polite, most stores are pretty good at swapping things that were obviously gifts, even if you don’t have the receipt. However, don’t expect a refund – because a store sees letting you swap the unwanted gift as them doing you a huge favour. If there’s nothing in the store you want, try looking for something you can gift on to a friend or family member at their next birthday.
There are a lot of risks in re-gifting: accidentally re-gifting it to the same person who gifted it to you, re-gifting it to a mutual friend who then shows it off to the original gifter, gifting it to someone else who will equally hate it… the list goes on. Things that are easily re-gifted include wines (I don’t drink reds, so they will be passed on to friends who do), books (just check for inscriptions), kitchen appliances and anything cosmetic (just find a friend who suits blue eyeshadow!) For best results, ensure that the person you’re re-gifting the gift to will appreciate it in a way you just couldn’t.
Sell It Online
This needs to be done subtly and you should wait until a few weeks or even months after receiving the gift before listing it online. When listing the gift online, make sure you include lots of photos, share all product specifications and sell it at a fair price – this isn’t the time to make a quick buck. If you choose this path, do not share it on your social media feeds – you don’t need your sister to know you have no use for the heavy-based crock pot, except to possibly store instant noodles in it. (BTW: if you got a crock pot for Christmas, I will take it off your hands…)
This one seems like a strange one, but unless it is a hideous, ill-fitting article of clothing, something can be said for hanging onto gifts you didn’t think you liked at first. This especially applies to something special or thoughtful, like a piece of jewellery. A great example of this is the silver bracelet my mother bought me once, when I was at the height of my angsty-tomboy phase, cargo shorts and all. It then sat in its box until I graduated, when it became an ‘occasional’ piece I’d wear. I now wear said bracelet every day and never take it off. These kinds of gifts, that you grow in to as you get older, are rare, and sometimes it’s hard to notice one when you receive it, but learning to notice them is a gift in itself.
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