The holiday season is officially drawing to a close, and there are some tried and true rituals that still mark the end of Christmas and the start of the New Year. These include, but are not limited to, removing Christmas lights and putting them away properly so that they are ready for use next year. There’s also the disposal of the Christmas tree, unless, of course, you’ve joined the artificial Christmas tree camp instead. There’s also appreciating the awesome gifts you received from your friends and family who actually listened when you said “stick to the list” and, presumably, figuring out what to do with the few unwanted gifts that came along. always appear one way or another.

We’ve all been there: you’re cautiously intrigued by the gift your strange great-aunt gave you, or your neighbor dropped off for you, but when you open it, womp womp, it’s a disgusting sweater, a funky smelling candle or kitchen utensil that you have no interest in using. Receiving weird and unnecessary gifts is part of the holiday season, just like Christmas music and Christmas movies, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep them.

Now the question becomes, what should you do with these unwanted gifts? It seems wrong to just throw them in the trash, but the reframing comes with all these social policies …

Don’t worry, we’ve put together a guide to returning, giving, and generally getting rid of unwanted gifts in a way that reduces waste and spreads holiday cheer, because one man’s waste is another man’s treasure. , is not it ? Here are four methods to get rid of unwanted gifts after the holiday season in 2022.

how to return unwanted gifts

how to return unwanted gifts

Option 1: Regaffing

This is the most obvious and joyful option of all. In our opinion, regifting is a completely legitimate way to relieve yourself of unwanted giveaways and post-holiday clutter. You just need to follow a few good practices.

You should wait a reasonable amount of time between receiving the gift and delivering it, so it’s not entirely obvious to the new recipient that you’ve received it from someone else. Around the holidays, a few weeks in the New Year are a must, ideally an entire season. If it is something related to the holidays or to Christmas? We recommend that you explode one of the other options that we have outlined below.

The second best practice, which is arguably more important than the first, is that you should give a new gift to someone who doesn’t know the original giver, or at least has a few degrees of separation with them. The worst nightmare of a gift scenario is for the original giver to find out, so you should choose your new recipient carefully and consider the nature of the gift. A unique and obvious piece of decoration? Less gift than a bubble bath that no one will ever see.

You should also make sure that the gift itself is useful to the new person and minimize the chances of a double gift. Although there are items that inevitably pass between friends forever and get lost in the space-time continuum of the gift. We wish them good luck.

how to return unwanted gifts

how to return unwanted gifts

Option 2: Make a donation

Charities like The Salvation Army and Goodwill, as well as your local homeless shelters or foster homes are open year round and ready to accept donations of goods of all kinds, including weird gifts. . That random throwaway blanket, car accessory or charging bank you don’t want? Anyone in need may like it, and selling it will help fuel all kinds of community programs at both institutions that help people from all walks of life get back on their feet.

There are certain stipulations with The Salvation Army and Goodwill in terms of what they will and will not accept, and it is important to follow their guidelines to ensure a smooth process.

The Salvation Army accepts most items that are not broken, worn, or stained.

The Salvation Army accepts:

  • Clothes

  • Furniture

  • Household items

  • Appliances

  • Cars

Goodwill is a bit more particular in terms of what they will and will not accept. In fact, since November 1, 2021, they no longer accept furniture of any kind. They also don’t want bulky exercise equipment, chemical household cleaners, larger appliances like freezers and refrigerators, and personal care items like shampoo and conditioner.

Goodwill accepts:

  • Cars

  • Clothing, jewelry and shoes

  • Books, records, CDs and DVDs

  • Household items, including dishes, lamps, utensils and other small appliances

  • Hand tools and power tools

Most gift items like books, clothing, candles, and decorative items are free to play at most donation centers, and your contribution may be tax deductible!

how to return unwanted gifts

how to return unwanted gifts

Option 3: Reimagine or recycle

Maybe there is a way to reuse or reinvent the gift? Can you repaint it with a color you like? Break it down and remake it into something else? Exchange it for a different part from the same store, or receive a credit on a gift card? If your donor followed a certain gift tag, you should have a gift to use, and if not, get creative!

Otherwise, recycling is always an option. Plastic, metal or glass objects are recyclable and it is better to throw them in this trash can than in the trash.

Option 4: Recycle bin

Sometimes the best thing to do is throw something away. What if your gift is a perishable food that you can’t eat due to allergies? Trash can. A perishable item that you can’t eat because it’s bad? Trash can. What if your giveaway is broken, expired, or malfunctions in some way? First of all, we apologize, and second, you should just throw it away. Something with these descriptors is of no use to anyone, whether they are in need or have received a gift without knowing it.

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