Do you ever return gifts?

posted 2 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Do you ever return gifts people gave to you?
    Yes. No Shame. : (8 votes)
    38 %
    Once in a blue moon, but usually never : (11 votes)
    52 %
    Nope. Never! : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    16 posts

    I don’t usually return gifts, but I wouldn’t bat an eye if I did. I think this is because most gifts are thought out and meaningful to me; they aren’t objects I would want to part with! However, when you get those gifts which are so painfully oblivious…yeah, back to the store they go.

    Maybe I’m just not sentimental when it comes to objects and things. I routinely clear out my closets and throw away all sorts of paraphernalia. I guess I’m just sensitive to clutter. I guess it’s my practical side stomping on the side of me that would keep an item purely for sentimental reasons.

    BUT, like I said, I rarely return gifts. I usually love the items I receive and happily put them to use!

    Post # 3
    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    freshflowers:  I never return gifts. However, I honestly did after my baby shower. When you get 2-4 of the same item, I would rather exchange those for a gift card and buy some diapers than keep the items and never use it.

    Post # 4
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I very rarely return gifts, sometimes I exchange them though…like at my bridal shower I got a lot of red items for my kitchen from my aunt but I have no red in my decor so I exchanged them for green. No biggie. Same item, different color. I have also exchanged a few gifts my DH got me at times because he was trying to get me something specific I wanted for but got the wrong item and when he realized it he said I should exchange it for what I really wanted.

    Post # 5
    2792 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014


    freshflowers:  We got 8 of the same color towles for our wedding.  8!  6 of those ended up going back to the store because really, I have space for 8 towles and I don’t want them all to be the same thing.

    I would not normally return a gift if it’s useful, but I’m extremely anti clutter after cleaning out my “I lived through the height of the great depression” great aunt’s appartment.  I don’t keep things for the sake of keeping them.  I donate stuff I’m not using to Goodwill at least twice a year.  If you get me an elephant head with a mirror in it (A gift one of the groommen mentioned getting for a prior wedding) it will probably quietly make it’s way to Goodwill if it didn’t come with a gift receipt.   

    Post # 6
    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I return gifts sometimes, but I would never ask someone for a gift receipt if they hadn’t already included one. A lot of things can be returned without a receipt for store credit. I would almost never admit to someone that I returned or otherwise got rid of a perfectly good gift they gave me, I would shamelessly lie and say it was broken or lost or something if I had to. But if it was clothes that didn’t fit or something like that I might mention something about that if asked.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  ladyamalthea.
    Post # 7
    5160 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    freshflowers: Interesting perspective.  From your point of view, how long do you try to keep a gift that you don’t like?  Even if you don’t return it, you can’t hang on to it forever, right?

    I’m totally practical about gifts.  I return gifts frequently and alwasy include a gift reciept (where practical – not like for a bottle of wine or something) when I give a gift.  To me the thought still counts even if you decide you are better off without the item.  I’m a very practial person and have no tollerance for clutter in my life.  I just don’t like “things.”  If someone gets me something that I don’t need I’ll thank them graciously and return it quietly.  I’d never ask for the reciept though!

    That said, I also try not to encourage people to give me gifts.  I never hold birthday parties for myself, for example.

    Post # 9
    5160 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    freshflowers:  I couldn’t agree more with you on that!  A consumable is alwasy appreciated (wine!) but there is really no need to buy me gifts in general and I’d much rather enjoy the quality time with a friend than have to spend time and stress on going through a whole gift-giving ritual.

    Leave a comment

    Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

    Find Amazing Vendors