Christmas is over and you received every gift you could have possibly of wanted. Then there are the other gifts. The Christmas gifts that you cannot imagine anyone in their right mind ever wanting. What is worse than receiving a Christmas gift that you do not like? Having no clue as to how or where to return or exchange it. If you are too embarrassed or apprehensive about asking the person who bestowed this wonderful gift on you for a receipt, then here are some options.
Re-gift the Gift
There are several rules that go along with re-gifting an unwanted gift. First, make sure that the person who gave you the gift will never find out that you re-gifted the item. Second, the item has to be in its original, unopened container or box. Third, make sure that any identifiable marks are gone. This includes evidence of wrapping paper and gift tags.
A few years ago I received a Christmas snow globe that had a clown inside. Personally, I have never been a clown fan and one of my kids, at the time, was absolutely petrified of clowns. Putting it on display for even a month around Christmas was not an option. I stored it with all of our other Christmas decorations. We pulled it out the following Christmas and it made a perfect teacher’s Christmas present.
If you do not like the idea of holding onto an unused Christmas gift until the following year, you can always try one or more of the following options.
Donate the Gift
Places like Goodwill or shelters will take any kind of clothing or personal items. They will also take small appliances and kitchenware. Make sure you get a receipt for the items that you donate. Donated unwanted Christmas gifts are a tax write-off.
I am ashamed to say that I have donated unwanted clothes with the tags still on them. The items were either too small or just not my style.
I received a Halloween sweater for Christmas one year. It was apparent to me that the sweater was bought on clearance and could not be returned. The gift giver had my best interest in mind because she knew that I loved Halloween. However, I knew that I would never wear the sweater. I kept it for over a year before I donated it to Goodwill with the tags still on it.
Stash the Gift
Several years ago I received bright green coffee table vase. The giver of this gift was extremely excited about it because she got it on one of her vacations and bought it especially for me. Unfortunately, the color clashed with everything in my house. I keep it in a curio cabinet in the basement and make sure that I pull it out and display the vase whenever she comes over.
Gift stashing can also be used for homemade gifts that cannot be re-gifted or donated.
Sell the Gift
You can sell an unwanted Christmas gift at a consignment shop. In our area there are several children’s consignment shops which makes it easy to sell children’s clothes or equipment that they may have outgrown.
You can also sell an unwanted Christmas gift on eBay or Craigslist. It is simple to set up an account with either website. Be careful not to sell any gift that might be really unique. If the person who gave you the gift really liked it, she may be shopping for one herself at a discounted price.
Swap the Gift
There are many online swapping websites. One site is www.swaptree.com. I have never used Swaptree but another Associated Content writer has. Jcorn wrote an excellent and detailed article about this website. You can find that article by clicking here.
Gift cards can be sold at www.swapagift.com. You will not get the full amount for your gift card, but if you are not going to use it anyways, you might as well get something for it. If you see a gift card that you would like instead of the one that you have, you may be able to swap the cards and make both of you happy.