I’m sure all of us have received the ‘wrong’ gift at some point in our lives. Sometimes it’s the wrong size, the wrong color, or the wrong style. Sometimes it’s something we already have. Most of the time it’s something we just don’t want cluttering our closets.
If you can’t return the item, the best thing you can do is donate it or re-gift it to someone who would appreciate it more.
Although there’s nothing wrong with re-gifting, I think there are guidelines to observe.
• Always know who originally gave you the gift. There’s nothing more embarrassing than giving the same gift to the original giver.
• Never give the gift in lieu of the gift you originally planned for someone. In other words, wait until after the holidays (or birthday) to give this gift. If you’re pressed for time, you can give it as the primary gift, but deep down you’ll always know you ‘cheated’.
• Consider being honest. Many times during the course of conversations, a friend will mention they wanted such and such. If you luck into this conversation, this is the perfect time to tell him that you have that item in storage and would love to give it to him.
• If it’s truly a hideous gift, recycle it or toss it. I hate throwing anything away, but I’ve actually received items that were so bad I couldn’t even give them to a charity. Sometimes it’s best just to end the misery and recycle it if it’s at all possible.
What’s the worst gift you’ve ever received? Do you re-gift? Has anyone ever given you a secondhand gift?