(Closed) What do you do with Gifts you don’t love?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Luckily we only got a couple of those. One I gave to my mom and the other I donated to Good Will.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got a couple gifts like this. One my mom’s keeping, one I plan to regift when I have the opportunity, and a few were smaller wishing well things that I’m wrapping up as prizes for games we’re playing at my MOH’s shower.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Give them away for birthday gifts. 😀 lol

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Well we only got one gift like this. lol. So we tracked it down to where it was sold and returned it. It was from Crate and barrel (apparently the guests didn’t like our other registries??) and they were mean taking it back, but they did it.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Honestly….. I’d probably regift it, or give it to a friend or my mom or something.  We haven’t (yet) gotten anything that we didn’t either register for, or actually want…… but I am sure there will be a few of those. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have an app on my phone that by scanning the bar code it tells me who sells the product. One that we received was a Crystal Bowl, turns out that it is sold at Dillards so I will be returning it.

We also received 2 crock pots, we already have 2 at home, so one will be going back to Sears, the other we are stuck with as my aunt removed the UPC code, something that has always annoyed me, but she does it so the gift can’t be taken back.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Unfortunately the ones we got were either handmade or super specialty so we can’t return them anywhere, nor could we just yard-sale them because I would feel terrible about the thought they put in over the gifts. As a result, they’re sitting under our bed.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Spring Grove Park & St. George Banquet Center

We only had a few things that we really didn’t need or could use, and some of those didn’t have gift receipts (I swear they were even re-gifts to begin with). But we managed to track down where they came from to return them for store credit.

@clover32512: That’s so conniving that your aunt does that, lol. I’d much rather someone return my gift and get something they actually like instead of forcing it on them (or in the trash).

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

If we could return it, we did.  

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Many homeless shelters run a transitional housing program, where shelter residents live in apartmens provided by charity, and learn the skills needed to run their own household, learn how to dress for a career, go on job interviews, etc. Lots of battered women’s shelters do too. Since the unwanted gifts are usually household items, I’m sure the shelter programs would be happy to have them to help furnish the transitional apartments. Some charities (not just shelters) are particular about what they accept (“we won’t take bedsheets unless we can have a dozen” or “we will only take new dishes, not used”) which usually comes down to logistics (too expensive to sanitize one single set of dishes) so you might have to call around, but I find it very worthwhile to put these donations right into useful circulation. Goodwill is notorious for having employees who pick through the donations and take whatever they want, without paying, and I won’t give them anything any more.

In the DC area, try Central Union Mission on 14 th Street NW.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also had a couple of these, and they’re sitting in our coat closet. I’m thinking of regifting them, or donating them.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I got two things like this. The first is a bowl that I don’t like but I’m keeping because my husband likes it and the other things are some kitchen utensils that I know the girl got at the dollar store or somewhere similar so I’m just keeping them until they fall apart or whatever. 

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