Uncle Bob and Aunt Sally got you a new VCR for Christmas. While it’s the thought that counts and you’re certainly not ungrateful, you haven’t had a VHS tape in 10 years. On top of that, your neighbor gave you a bottle of wine, and you have resolved to not drink in the New Year. Now you’re stuck with these things. Here’s what to do with those unwanted holiday gifts.
First, consider re-gifting. While re-gifting has a bad reputation, sometimes it’s a very good thing. That bottle of wine would make a great housewarming gift for someone new in the neighborhood.
Second, consider resale. You don’t have to tell people you’re selling their gift. Go on eBay, online garage sale sites, and Craigslist and look up VCRs to see how much they are going for. Take the money you make and buy yourself something you want.
How about returning it? Chances are, you don’t have the receipt. If you know where the gift came from, you can go to the store and return it for store credit in most cases. If you don’t know where it came from, do a Google search, or just ask. “Thank you for the VCR Aunt Sally, I’d like to give one to my neighbor. Where did you get it?” I’m sure she will tell you.
Donate them. Maybe you looked on eBay and VCRs are only bringing in 5 or 6 dollars, and it’s just not worth your time to try to resell it. You can always donate. Churches, the Goodwill, homeless shelters, and Salvation Army will take almost everything. Believe it or not, there are people who have their own Aunt Sally that bought them the entire 10 seasons of Friends on VHS and they’d love to have a VCR to play it on.
Throw it away
Junk it. Sometimes this is your only option. Sometimes you get something that has been re-gifted 8 times already. Sometimes you get something from a Secret Santa at the office Christmas party that’s broken. Throw it out. No one wants a broken gift, and it’s not going to do anyone else any good. Giving it away will only give you a bad reputation. It’s better to just get rid of it.
Last, but not least, be considerate of the people who gave you the gift. Uncle Bob and Aunt Sally might be a little behind the times, but they meant well when they gave it to you. For the most part, people buy you gifts that they think you will like. Just because you don’t want it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t given with love. They don’t deserve their feelings hurt because of it.
Did you get any unwanted gifts this year?