It happens every year. You get a gift from a coworker or your aunt that you just can’t make use of, no matter how hard you try. Rather than collecting a closetful of old trinkets, make a plan right away to unload those unwanted Christmas presents. Here are a few of our ideas:
Sell It Online
There are so many options for quickly and easily listing personal items for sale online that this may be the go-to option. If you have hot items, like electronics, you can quickly turn an unwanted gift into cash. Try Amazon, Craigslist or even Facebook, which may have an online sales page for your town.
Find Another Use for It
If you’re at all creative, you may be able to envision other uses for unwanted items. Maybe that ugly bowl would look better holding nails in the workshop. Or that shirt that’s two sizes too big could make a great painting shirt. Sometimes, with just a little thought, an unwanted gift can turn into just what you need.
Re-gifting gets some bad press, but plenty of people do it around the holidays. It often happens that the unwanted gift from a neighbor is perfect for someone else. Nothing wrong with that!
If the gift came with a receipt or a gift receipt, this is a no brainer—take it back. If not, and you’re not bold enough to ask the gift giver for a receipt, there’s still hope that the store will let you return it for a store credit. Items such as clothing have better odds of being accepted for return, but this is a chore you can’t put off. For a couple weeks post-Christmas, stores are a little more lenient on returns. Wait too long, and you are likely to face more hassle.
When all else fails and you’re at your wit’s end, it’s time to just give up and donate. After all, there are plenty of people out there who could use a helping hand. Try a local thrift shop or Goodwill to lighten your load while making someone else very happy. Donated items can also be used as a tax deduction if you itemize your taxes.
And, don’t forget to earn back the money you spent on gifts by going to SideMoney. You can watch videos and download apps to earn gift cards to your favorite stores. Check out the SideMoney blog to learn about other ways to save money.