You likely face getting unwanted Christmas gifts every year, but you don’t want to be unkind, so you keep them. Don’t let good money go to waste. You don’t have to let the gift giver know that you don’t want the gift. Just thank the gift giver and make your gift useful in one way or another. Forget packing your unwanted gifts in your closet. Here are 5 ways to unload your unwanted Christmas gifts:
Trade. You likely have a good friend who you can trust to keep your secret about unloading unwanted gifts, so why not swap gifts with your good friend, or maybe even friends. You can trade that extra salad shooter for the fun rug that your friend got for Christmas. Just make up a batch of hot cocoa to share with your friend(s) and play swap shop with your unwanted Christmas gifts.
Donate. Christian homes and other homeless shelters can use many different items, so think about donating those unwanted Christmas gifts that would normally clutter your closet. You can donate clothes, toys, cologne, or just about any other items to such shelters. Do call before you deliver, though. Shelters do have regulations in regards to donations and times of donations. Still, you’ll be helping the less fortunate.
Tax Deduct. Bag up all your unwanted gifts and take them to your local Goodwill. This will help you free yourself of storing these unwanted gifts, and you’ll also be able to get a tax credit. Just make sure that you get your Goodwill donation slip when you take the items to your local store. Ask the store to put a value on the donation slip. You can easily deduct $500 worth of Goodwill donations off your taxes.
Return for credit. Return any common items that you get for Christmas, if you don’t want them. For instance, if you get a set of bowls, shop the stores to find out where the gift giver likely purchased them. Wal-Mart is a good place to start. Once you find the store, just return the item for a credit. You can then use the store credit for something that you need now, or you can save the store credit for later.
Sell on ebay. Sell on ebay any item(s) that you cannot return for credit. Yes, you will have to pay some fees, but at least you’ll get a few bucks in place of the unwanted Christmas gift(s). The whole idea is to free up closet space, help someone get some use out of the item(s), and get something in return, if possible. Remember, hoarding the unwanted Christmas gifts is a big waste for all involved.