Make Plans For Those Unwanted Christmas Gifts

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We’ve all been there: eagerly unwrapping that amazing-looking Christmas present in front of the giver, only to have to hide the horror on your face when you reveal its contents. But there’s no point wasting the gift, find a way to recycle or rehome it.
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1. Give To Charity

Altruistic acts are especially poignant during the festive season. It’s a great time to both gather together unwanted gifts and have a loft or wardrobe clear out. You know the rule: if you haven’t worn or used it in six months or longer, consider giving it to charity!
 
Okay, so that doesn’t apply to those unwanted or unsuitable Christmas gifts, but rather than them gathering dust in a cupboard until the six-month curfew is over, why not benefit others by gifting them to a local charity shop? Things like  toiletry gift sets, home ornaments and hat and scarf sets will be snapped up after Christmas by keen shoppers. The result is that you feel good by doing something to help others and other people benefit through your charitable activity. Double whammy.
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2. Sell it online

Even though you aren’t keen on that neon pink fridge magnet shaped like a flamingo doesn’t mean someone out there won’t be hankering after it. To give that lonely unwanted gift the best chance of a new loving home list it on an auction website – this is where eBay comes into its own!

Get yourself set up with a seller login and off you go. Decide first whether you will be happy to auction the item for whatever price is offered, or whether you want to list it as ‘buy it now’ for a fixed price. Prepare in advance and take good photos and write an accurate description, including any flaws/condition issues, and how much postage you will need to charge.
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3. Regift for another occasion

The same goes for this situation: don’t give a gift back to someone on their birthday after they gave it to you a month before for Christmas! There’s nothing more hurtful or likely to cause family rifts or friendship upset.
 
If you receive a gift you really don’t want or already have, but you know it would do well for another person another time, write down who gave it to you and when. Keep the gift boxed up or packaged and your note firmly attached to it so you know who it might be ‘safe’ to give it to later in the year.
Continue the festive mood with a gift-swapping party
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4. Have a gift-swapping party

Invite your friends round, use up the last of the eggnog, nuts and general Christmas leftovers and entertain in style. If you want to keep those friends, however, you should make sure you aren’t swapping the gifts they lovingly selected and wrapped beautifully for you!
 
The party would quickly grind to a halt as eyes fell on the gift you triumphantly lift from a bag, with the exclamation, ‘And as for this, as if I’d have something like this in my house, tsk…’  Be sensitive and perhaps swap presents given by friends with relatives, to ensure no major social boo-boos are made.
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5. Return to the shop

If you receive duplicate items for Christmas or you just plain don’t like a gift, it may be possible to return to the shop. The outcome will often depend on whether you have the receipt. Some stores will issue gift receipts with purchases around this time of year, which mean you can include them with a present without the recipient knowing straight away how much the gift cost.
 
You may be able to get a refund if you have a receipt; otherwise you may be offered an exchange and possibly the value in vouchers to use another time. Shops are not obliged to exchange or refund on the basis of unsuitability, but many will out of goodwill during the festive season. You should think about a good excuse for not wearing ‘that’ item when granny comes round and asks to see you in that lovely  jumper  she bought you.
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