5 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Gifts

5 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Gifts



Do you secretly roll your eyes whenever you hear someone say “It’s the thought that counts?” The holidays are just about over and you’re stuck with a gift that you don’t like nor need. Don’t worry because it happens to the best of us. Thankfully, there are discreet (and some not-so-discreet, but oh well) ways of getting rid of that awful sweater or useless kitchen utensil you know that the person got last minute at the dollar store. Clear out your holiday cache through the following methods:

Return/Exchange It: This is one of the most obvious and usually best option since you have the opportunity to get something you actually want. Even if you don’t have the receipt, most retailers will take the return regardless because of fierce customer service competition between stores. If not a straight return, find something you’d like from the same store that is relatively the same value; most stores are more willing to do exchanges rather than returns, especially if you don’t have the receipt. Do be kind to your cashier though, as they may be more inclined to give you that return.

Regift It: The act of regifting has long been considered a taboo and an overall offense not just to the person who gave you the gift, but more so the new recipient of the gift. The reason for the taboo is that by regifting something you didn’t like to someone else, you didn’t put any thought into the gift and are therefore insulting the new person. The proper way to regift is to give your unwanted item to someone who would ACTUALLY LIKE said gift; if you think another person would make more use of the item, regift away!

White Elephant Party: These little parties are an awesome and (usually) inconspicuous way to get rid of a received gift you don’t wish to leave lying around post-holiday season. You can give away your item without much of an after-thought in a fun environment. However, it might be best to not have the same person that gave you the ill-fated gift unless your white elephant rules say that picking gifts is random; “Hey, what a coincidence” may be your only answer if they get suspicious.

Sell Online: If you don’t want to involve people you know, it may be best to surf the internet for an opportunity to sell the thing. EBay and Amazon.com are probably your best bets if you don’t want to get scammed or stalked; you don’t want to end up getting more than you bargained for from some sketchy person in cyberspace. There are also a plethora of swapping and bartering websites in which you can exchange your gift for something you desire.

Donate: If all else fails and you are in the giving mood, you can always donate your item to a local charity or rummage organization–call it the gift that keeps on giving. You may actually feel more generous and better about yourself for giving your item to someone in need who may not be able to afford such nice (albeit wrong) gifts. A few examples of such places is the Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and the Giving Effect online, so make someone else’s holiday this season with a bit of humanitarianism!

These are all better ways than simply throwing your unwanted gift in the trash, setting it on fire in a parking lot, or beating it up Office Space style (particularly if you feel enraged by the thing).


Do the economical, ecological, and efficient thing by putting it to better use. Do you have another fun or creative idea of getting rid of unwanted gifts? Let us know on our Facebook page!