(Closed) What do you do with a gift that doesn’t fit your style?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow. That sounds…interesting!

We got a crystal tray from a friend of Mother-In-Law (who we’ve never even met). We’re going to give it away to goodwill. She’ll never be in our apartment, so there’s no way for her to know.  It’s harder if it’s from someone who will be over and see whether you have it or not…

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We got a crystal bowl with a gold rim in an odd shape. It came from a fancy store that doesn’t accept returns. We are using it to store our junk at the moment…

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Some stuff we kept, some we returned.  One of my BMs gave us stemless wine glasses, and since we mostly drink white wine (and already have 18 wine glasses!), we returned them–luckily she included the gift receipt.  A personalized ceramic statue of a a man and a woman with a heart-shaped hole in between them? Kept, but put on the back of a shelf where I can’t see it.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

First I’d try to figure out what store it was from so I could exchange it or return it. If that fails I’d see if I could give it to a close friend or family member whose taste it might fit better.  Of course this would have to be someone who didn’t know the gift giver.

If all that doesn’t work out I’d either try to sell it or just donate it to good will.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We only got one “wtf” gift and I left it in our hotel room the day after the wedding for the cleaning lady to deal with. Our wedding was 2000 mi from our home so I wasn’t lugging some random thing around.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got a very weird bed set, it comes with a cushion covers, pillow cases and an odd bed spread overlay type thing. The weirdest thing about it is that its a for a king size bed but it only has one pillow case? And its black with some very weird embroidered design on it in a dark brown, its supposed to be tribal.. but I dont get it all and dont like it. So its just sitting in our closet right now. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We got this strange gift from some family of DH’s who live in California, so nooo idea where the serving plate came from. It is a silver serving plate with saying from the Bible and has a farmer and growing wheat on it. It apparently supposed to keep things warmer longer or things colder longer. As of right now I am not even sure where it is. It is somewhere in the house but noooo idea what we are going to do with it

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

We returned things that we could figure out – we didn’t really get anything too strange.  I’d probably donate it to goodwill or the like, if I wasn’t going to use it.

Post # 12
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5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Loribeth: The best part is figuring out how to write a thank you card for it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

From the same person we received: 1) a $800 vase from Neiman Marcus that looked like a $25 vase you could get at Target, 2) A set of $35 crystal heart shaped candlesticks and 3) A set of dessert plates with pictures of margarita and martini glasses on them. We did the following:

1) Returned the $800 vase to Neimans for a store gift card (that’s all they would give) and promptly sent it to Plastic Jungle where they gave us $725 cash for it. We put that in our “Europe 2012” Fund

2) Returned the candlesticks to a different store and got a store credit. Just spent the credit on a shower gift for a girlfriend who’s getting married in November

3) Took the dessert plates straight to Goodwill!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would probably regift, if I couldn’t return it. Find a person you know who would like a potato shaped covered dish and hunker down til their birthday! LOL. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I got a few things like that, and no gift receipt. (From a store I didn’t even know existed). We’re just keeping them in the box, and when we get older maybe we’ll use them. Who knows.

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