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What to do with unwanted gifts (besides return them)

What to do with unwanted gifts (besides return them)

Creative uses for gifts that don't strike your fancy
What to do with unwanted gifts (besides return them)
Make a pair of socks from that sweater that's too small.

The trembling and tearing sounds of wrapping paper can’t mask the awkwardness of unwrapping a gift you really don’t want.

Each holiday season everyone unwraps at least one gift that they either won’t use or don’t need.
No matter how great the intentions of the giver are, being on the receiving end of those intentions can be nothing short of uncomfortable.

But the awkwardness does not have to continue. It can stop here.

Now that it’s nearly a week after the holidays, the motivation to return most unwanted gifts has long since disappeared as most people head back to work and back to their busy lives.

Here’s a guide to unique ways to deal with those gifts, based on typical gifts:

  • Decorative gifts: Try incorporating it into a busier area of your home. If you have a hutch, use it as a background for everything else laying out on display. If the gift is really that bad and will in no way fit in (say it’s a geometric painting and your home has a more vintage style) hide it in the basement until the giver comes over. However, this is a last ditch effort and not recommended.
  • Clothing: If you are of the creative type, redesign it. A sweater is still fabric. Mom jeans are still denim. Cut and sew as you please. Make a pair of wool socks from that sweater that’s too small and use the scraps for trivets. If home economics was not your strong suit, donate it or sell it. Stores like Plato’s Closet will often give you cash for clean and modern clothing pieces.
  • Beauty product: The one that you’ll put in your medicine cabinet or in your shower and hope to forget about? Here’s something you can feel confident in regifting in case of an emergency. You can also sell unused beauty products on eBay and other sites. However, if the bottle or container has an interesting design, toss out the actual product and use it for a vase or an incense holder.
  • Book and/or journal: If you’re snowed in and have a bit of time, try one of these ideas, featured on right. If you’re a reader and already have some of the books you were given, organize a book swap or visit one of the Little Free Libraries in your neighborhood. To locate one, visit: https://littlefreelibrary.org/
  • Household tool: For these, you may actually want to keep them around. After all, you never know when you’re going to need a 10-inch adjustable wrench or a star screw driver. In the meantime, disguise it as a acky decoration (featured below). If you’re really strapped for space, regift it.

If the gift doesn’t fit into any of the above categories, there’s always the Salvation Army or countless other organizations that welcome donations of all sorts with welcome arms.


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