Gift Return Etiquette
Not every gift is a good gift – that’s an unavoidable holiday fact. Well at least they were thinking of you right? But what is the best way to get rid of or return a gift that is completely hideous?
2) Re-Gifting: Re-gifting can be hurtful, especially if the gift giver is someone close to you who knows a lot of same people you do. That being said, re-gifting a gift to someone how can actually use it is a better option than allowing it to sit and gather dust out of obligation. Here’s a rule of thumb: Only re-gift to someone who has never met and is never likely to meet the original gift giver. That means you can give that terrible Secret Santa gift from your co-worker to your cousin who has “eclectic” tastes. No harm done.
3) Donating: One great way to get rid of an unwanted gift is to give it away. Locate a local charity that takes the kind of items you have and voila; you have the gifts off of your hands and perhaps even a tax write-off to boot. You can even take the extra step and donate to an international organization, if you want to feel fancy.
4) Finding the source: If you’re concerned about hurting the person’s feeling but still want to return a gift because it makes your eyes hurt, you may want to look on the product for a bar code sticker affixed by the retailer. Big places usually have their own bar code stickers to make it easier.
5) Just keep it: Who knows, maybe in a few years you will need the oversized snuggie that your Great Aunt Gladys made you. You don’t know! If all else fails, suck it up, put it in the closet and wait till you can use it.