It's easy to feel like a bad person when we don't want a present we were given in the spirit of the season. Wouldn't it just be so much easier if we just loved it?
However, none of us have heaps of space for things we do not need or want, and it helps no one to use "but it was a gift" as an excuse to hold on to anything you don't need, use, or love. Doing so will only create clutter in your home or life—and that's a really non-feng-shui way to start a new year!
If you don't like the gift, accept the love and joy the gift-giver intended to come with said gift, write a lovely thank you note and then send the gift along its merry little way out of your house. Letting go of things you don't need or love has zero reflection on your feelings towards the gift giver, so let that gift go guilt-free!
Here are some simple (and easy!) things to do with those Christmas gifts you can't return.
There are a couple of options when it comes to gifts that can't be returned. The first is simple and you've more than likely done it before: Re-gifting.
Re-gifting is simple, easy, and doesn't cost you a dollar. Plus a lot of the time, it could be exactly the thing the other person wanted, so it really just works to your benefit. Remember, re-gifting is not ungrateful – t's simply knowing the item you don’t need is perfect for someone else (just make sure it doesn’t go back to the same person who gave it to you)!
Host a gift swap happy hour
Invite friends over or meet up somewhere to exchange any unwanted gifts from the season. Make sure to set the ground rule that nobody is allowed to get upset if you see a gift you gave someone. If you liked it then here's your chance to have it for yourself!
One person’s trash is another's treasure. You may not love that top, but there's someone out there who will consider it her new favourite thing. Thrift stores such as The Salvation Army, St Vincent De Paul, Goodwill, and many other places would be stoked to be the recipient of your good will (or disagreeable taste, whatever the case may be)!
We’ve all heard of eBay—but there are other options out there! Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are also good options! If you don’t like the gift, you might as well make a quick buck from it ;)