Post # 1
Well the wedding is over and the presents are open….
Don’t get me wrong, we got a lot of amazing presents and I’m very grateful for all the supporta nd love, but here’s the dilemma..
We ended up with A LOT of duplicates and things that were not on our registry because we already owned them.
Unfortunately, it seems that most people that actually included a gift receipt with their gift gave us something from our registry that we actually needed… I was able to figure out where a couple of gifts went back to, but still have quite a few that we don’t need or don’t have use for.
Off the top of my head I can remember that two of the toasters we got were the brands Gourmet and Toastmaster—- so if you know of any stores that sell those brands let me know! I have already checked Target and Wal Mart!
What are your thoughts on regifting??? I feel like it might be pretty obvious to my friends that I regift to if I give them something without a gift receipt and I just got married….Everyone tells me it’s okay, but I feel stupid doing it– I’m one of those people that ALWAYS picks something from the registry.
Anyway, I’m also thinking of throwing a little party with some of my other friends that were recently married and maybe doing a gift swap of some sort. What do you think? What did you do, or will you do with the things you don’t want/need???
Post # 3
I wouldn’t regift it, but that’s just me… I’d be super uncomfortable with that. However, I LOVE the idea of a gift swap with other couples!
My shower was just yesterday and thankfully, there were only a few things that I think we’ll be returning and we have gift receipts for them. FMIL got us a TON of utensils in two different colors… and I’m not thrilled with one of them, but I also know she got them from QVC (or as she says ‘on the QVC’) so those were stuck with…
Since I’m such a picky person I always buy from the registry, too.
Good luck – I would definitely do the swap!
Post # 4
If you have a smartphone you can download a barcode reader app. If you scan the barcodes it will pop up with where it could be from. If it’s a store specific brand then you can return it there. I find no problem with returning things. Be aware that you’ll most likely only get store credit but you can always use it for things you actually need.
A gift swap is a great idea. That way there are no hard feelings and everyone can find something they need and declutter. Good luck!
Post # 5
It really depends on who the gift came from. If it was a close friends or family member I woudl keep it for sentimental value, otherwise I might consider regifting to someone.
Post # 6
I love the gift swap idea. My friends and I do that every year after Christmas (we call it a re-gifting party but it’s just a gift swap in game form) and it’s loads of fun.
Post # 7
I would try to figure out where it was purchased from and return it. Be careful with re-gifting. I know it seems so obvious but I was present at a baby shower for a cowoker where a specific gift was given by one of my friends (also a coworker). Then it was my friend’s turn to have a baby (6 months later), and the coworker re-gifted the exact same gift back to the friend that bought it for her. HOW EMBARRASSING! My friend called her out on it too and she swore she bought it (totally not true).
Post # 8
Very cool. I will have to try it for Christmas as well.
Just wondering about how the swapping works… Do you barter for them, or actually play a game to switch??
I guess I’m kind of just worried about some of the girls feeling awkward swapping, or maybe it will go the other direction and get hectic!
Any ideas on keeping it organzied?
Post # 9
We got some things that were obviously regifted, and for a reason. I would be embarrassed to give a gift like that. We decided just to donate those things b/c we didn’t want it just hanging around our house.
I love the gift swap idea.
Post # 10
@artbee: That is exactly what I was just about to say. I would be too embarassed to regift these items and therefore will donate or try to sell on Craigslist.