Re-gifting unwanted Christmas gifts

December 29, 2011 0 By EngineerMommy

Now that Christmas is over, you may be thinking ‘What do I do with all those presents I have no need for’? If you ever find yourself needing a gift for someone on short notice, you may want to consider creating a re-gifting stash. This is a collection of knick-knacks and small items that can be used as filler gifts for others.

Start by getting a set of plastic storage drawers like this one below.

Designate each drawer of the set for one category of gift receipient. This set has three drawers, so you can dedicate one drawer to gifts for the adult, one drawer to gifts for the child, and one drawer to gifts for the home.

When you get a gift you don’t like, place it in the appropriate drawer. When you need a gift for someone on short notice, check the appropriate drawer.

Here’s a useful tip to make the stash more user-friendly. Place a little adhesive tag on each item in your stash, and label it with the name of the person who gave you the gift. This prevents the incredibly awkward and rude situation of re-gifting the same item back to the original giver.

We got mostly great gifts this year, but here are a few gifts that we added to our re-gifting stash, simply because we already had very similar items in the house.

If you feel strongly in favor or against the idea of re-gifting, feel free to share it in the comments.

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