(Closed) What do you do with gifts you can't return?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

A few weeks ago at my shower, someone got us this creepy figurine of a bride and groom. We returned it, but if it wasn’t returnable, I would chuck it. I really hate human figures without eyes, and it was so old fashioned. I get annoyed if someone gifts me something I didn’t want. I have a registry for a reason. 

Post # 18
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think that if you’re giving an off-registry gift it has to be something super thoughtful, and you must know the couple and what they like. Engraved champagne flutes for a couple that shares a tiny apartment is not a thoughtful gift, it’s a super common default wedding gift. I wouldn’t be surprised if they gifted everyone the same engraved flutes.

If you keep them in a closet where you can’t see them, what’s the difference with throwing them in the trash other than the fact that they take up space? I doubt you’ll find yourself in 20 years missing the engraved flutes. Don’t feel guilty.

Post # 19
2705 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@This Time Round:  I’m with you.

I vote you keep them and use them only on special occasions, like an anniversary.  If it had clearly been a regift (like they had someone else initials or names on them) then I’d donate them.  Or if it had been something large that you really don’t have space for (like a giant metal rooster or picture of a rooster), I’d understand pitching that too.  But clearly someone put a lot of time and effort and probably money to get those for you and I think it’s sad that you’d want to throw them away.  They might not be your style, but so what?  You keep them because of the sentiment behind them, not because they match the rest of your stuff…

Post # 20
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Also, I don’t believe in the “lot of time an effort” argument. It takes 120 seconds to order something online, whether it’s from the registry or off registry.

Post # 21
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I thought it’d be fun to have a gift swap… get a bunch of brides in the community together with their gifts they don’t want/can’t return and have swap.  Bring wine (lots of it!). And have a great party.  Given the right circumstances it might be fun.

Post # 22
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@bebero:  I’m with you.

I live in a small apartment.  We don’t have enough room for the stuff we actaully use regularly.  If someone gave me a set of glasses that I would never use I would donate them.  That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the thought, that I won’t send a thank you card, or that some how this means that I won’t remember the person. 

Also the more snippy side of me thinks that if this person really put so much thought into their gift maybe they would have gotten something that isn’t completely generic.  Champagne flutes are such a cliche wedding gift, if you’re going that way at least get something that is actually the couples style.  Unless you don’t know them well enough to know their style, and then this whole case of keeping them for the sentiment is a moot point.  But that’s just my rude opinion.

Post # 24
12246 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d stick them in a corner somewhere and see if you end up with a china cabinet or something in the future!

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