The #1 Question After X-Mas is What to Do With Those Bad Presents
First of all is there such a thing as a bad present? Yes the bulky knitted green sweater for your 16 year old son, the ugliest red sweater with Christmas balls all over it, or the purple chip & dip dish and your house is in whites/cremes. Or what about a fruitcake that tastes like it has been sitting in a cabinet for years. OH Yes...they all taste like that fresh or stale!
You know what gift I am talking about as we have all had them. My grandmother always used to give me a box of soaps and I have been using liquid bath gel for years but it would hurt her feelings so I would just keep it under a cabinet. I think I still have 6 boxes of soap as I didn't have the heart to get rid of them but couldn't bring myself to tell her I don't like boxed soap and they all smell the same no matter what scent they say on the box.
So first of all what do you say if you continually get these bad presents? Normally I say "Absolutely Nothing" as I do not want to hurt someones feelings.
But what if you are a size Small and the person continueally gives you the XXL sweater every year and it happens to be her size! Do you think she might be re-gifting or just looking through her closet for something to give away to save herself some money. I had that happen over and over so I finally told my friend that this sweater was lovely but just way too big so if she could give me the receipt and the tags she had removed off it, I could gladly return it for a smaller size. She looked like I hit with a bat and said she would look. By April, I just donated it to the thrift store and never mentioned it again.
Once on a cruise to Alaska everyone was buying these round Ulu knives and bear salad fork sets. Everywhere we went, tourists were buying them for gifts. I personally thought they were ugly and did not buy either items and have never regretted it. I am so glad none of my friends have brought me them either. I would probably graciously accept them.
Sometimes it is an age gender gift. Great-Aunt Dee Dee buys a lovely ornate Christmas sweater for your 14 year old daughter that wouldn't be seen in public wearing it as it might ruin her repuation. You know how teens are? So what do you do with this? Wear it every Christmas for 5 minutes and then run and take it off so her feeling aren't hurt. Yes, that is a good idea if your child is willing or just get rid of it and never mention it again.
What about those Trout ties? How many guys just hang them in the closet and never touch them again until they are moving and into the thrift box.
So here are some places to take your bad gifts:
Sell on EBay or Craigslist.
Donate at the local thrift store after the holidays.
Give to the church who is sending clothing overseas.
Re-Gift your presents to someone who might really like it.
Put it in your closet or garage with all the other presents you hate.
Save it and wear it when there is an "Ugly Sweater Contest"
Try and return it to the store for credit and buy something you like.
Save it until your organization or church has a white elephant sale.
All i can say in summary as maybe there is not really any bad gifts and also remember one man's trash is another man's treasure.
So have you ever had a bad gift and what did you do with it?
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