What to do with unwanted gifts.
Christmas is over. How many of you got presents that you don’t want and need?
And now you are wondering what to do with them.
Maybe I can help.
But first think about gift giving and read my post: Gifts. To give or not to give.
Unwanted gifts. Let’s begin.
1. How can this be useful.
First think of alternative uses of your unwanted gifts.
Can you use them for something completely different?
Maybe you got a necklace that you don’t like and won’t wear. But it has a unique detail which you can use to decorate your bag.
Or you got a candle holder. You don’t like the colour of it, so maybe you can paint it.
I hope that you get my point.
2. Don’t think too long
Ok, so you have decided to utilise your unwanted gifts and use them somehow.
But don’t procrastinate. If you want to use your gifts for something completely different, just do it.
Don’t put them in a wardrobe and forget about them. Be a grown-up and make a decision.
Give yourself a specific deadline and stick to it.
If you don’t meet your deadline, chances are you will never use this item.
In this case, it’s time to get rid of it.
3. Second thoughts
Ok, so you have decided to get rid of your unwanted gifts.
But I bet that you are still thinking: “Maybe I will use it someday”
If you think about it that long, believe me YOU ARE NOT GOING TO USE IT.
If you were to use it, you would have done it already. There’s a reason that you don’t want it.
Don’t try to convince yourself that you may use it someday.
Don’t lie to yourself and be honest.
Where are you going to use it? When? Give a specific time and place.
If you can’t think of anything, this gift is not for you.
4. Don’t feel guilty
You shouldn’t feel bad that you don’t want a certain gift.
Remember that people and feelings are not inside things. Items are only items.
Even if you don’t need a jumper that your uncle gave you, this doesn’t mean that you don’t like your uncle.
If you get rid of something that someone gave you, this doesn’t mean that you get rid of that person.
Don’t attach your feelings to things.
You don’t have to keep every single thing that someone has ever given you.
Your house is a home, not a dumping ground.
Can you see my point?
5. Hand it on
This is one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted gifts.
Think of someone who can use this item and who will benefit from it.
Don’t keep something to yourself just for the sake of it. Don’t be egotistical.
Be kind to others. Even if you don’t want something, think of someone who will be happy to get it.
You will find them sooner or later.
And even if you don’t, give your unwanted gifts to charity. Go to a children’s home and ask if they don’t need clothes, toys, books or anything you want to give.
You’ll see how happy you’ll feel when you get rid of unwanted gifts and things in general.
And when you see how the things you gave made other people happy. It’s a wonderful feeling.
- Be kind.
- Be generous.
- Share with others.
- Hand your unwanted gifts on.
- Give them a second life. Not the one in the depths of your wardrobe.
- Things are supposed to be used.
“Love people, use things. The opposite never works.” The Minimalists.