We all get unwanted gifts every once in a while. If you are like us, we feel bad about just throwing it away but don’t want these unwanted gifts collecting dust and cluttering our closets. There’s a solution! Get rid of stuff you don’t want and do some good at the same time.
Getting a gift that is more suited to person who gave it than the person receiving it is bound to happen at some point in your life. It’s important to remember the old adage —it’s the thought that counts! Be sure to acknowledge the giver for their thoughtfulness and express your gratitude. After all, they did take time and felt you were special enough to be given a gift in the first place.
Now that you have sincerely thanked your gift giver and have pondered long and hard about what to do with item, no matter how tacky, useless or ugly you may think the gift is, there are fun, useful or charitable ways to put that item to good use.
#1. The Art of Re-gifting
It’s really ok! For items that seem ridiculous, or toys (and you don’t have kids or pets), or just some dust-collecting silly thing, these might be a good candidates for your office white elephant gift exchange. Funny thing is that it could even turn out to be the most popular item! Just be sure that the person who gave it to you won’t witness your cleaver re-gifting (or hear about later).
Or maybe you know someone who would love the item. Pass it along to someone who would enjoy or use it. Just be aware of whether or not your re-gifting might be exposed. If necessary, head off any potentially awkward situations with honesty to avoid hurt feelings.
#2. Charitable Donations
Donate the item to a charity. Chances are good that there’s someone out there who will find your gift useful or beautiful. There are many worthy organizations that can either get the item to where it can do some good or sell it and use the money to help someone in need.
Think about your new possession as raw material for a project. Maybe with a coat of paint, a few stitches, or just a little craftiness you can turn the gift into something youll enjoy and use.
#4 Returning or Exchanging
Look into returning the gift. If the giver included the gift receipt, you can easily take it back and use the money to buy yourself something you’ll truly treasure.
There are almost endless options for turning an unwanted gift into something useful, beautiful, or entertaining. Just remember to look at the item’s potential, not just your opinion of it. You might be able to pass it along to someone else who ends up loving it, and that’s a gift in itself.