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What to Do With Unwanted Gifts?

Ever wondered what you can do with unwanted gifts? Try these 5 great tips from the Donestic CEO to help you solve all your present problems.

By
Amanda Thomas
January 9, 2014
Episode #092

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Tip #3: Sell the Gift Online

This next thing you can do with a gift you don’t want is to sell it online. This may sound harsh, but there are some items that can find a wonderful second life through online sites. Maybe you got two of the same DVD box set. Instead of waiting in line at the store for an hour to return one of them, you may be able to sell it on eBay or Craigslist in a very short amount of time. Just make sure you do it in a way that won’t offend the person who gave it to you. In other words, don’t go on Facebook and post that you have a brand new handbag that you want to sell for $75 if you know the gift-giver might see the post. Be discreet so you don’t offend the person who gave you the gift.

There are even websites specific to selling gift cards online. If you received so many Starbucks gift cards that you'll be over-caffeinated for life, sell the cards on websites like cardpool.com and get a check for about 90-95% of their value. You can also shop for gift cards at discounted rates on these websites. In other words, you can trade in the gift cards you don’t want for ones that you’ll really use.

Tip #4: Donate the Gift

The next thing you can do with an unwanted gift is to donate it.

Let’s face it, sometimes we end up with gifts that don't have much meaning attached to them. If you are a teacher, or know any teachers, you have seen the number of candy-filled mugs that one person can get over a holiday season. If you don’t have use for 10 new mugs, feel free to donate them to a local charity. Likewise, any item that you know would just get packed away in a closet, never to be used, is perfectly acceptable for donation. Much better than creating clutter in your home. If it makes you feel a little less guilty, use each item one or two times before donating. 

Tip #5: Swap the Gift

There are a number of websites that allow you to swap unwanted gifts with people who have items they no longer want as well. From clothing to kid items to books and DVDs, there are swapping websites available to help you trade the items you have for the things you really want. If you want to get an idea of what you can swap, here’s a list with 36 swapping or bartering websites to get you started.

Getting a gift that you don’t want or like can be awkward.

But by following these tips, you can ensure that you get what you really want, while still being able to look the gift-giver in the eye.

Happy gift-giving -- and receiving!

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.

Woman unhappy with gift and other images courtesy of Shutterstock.

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