(Closed) What do you do with unwanted house gifts?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

For inexpensive things that people won’t notice, I give them to Goodwill.  For the dolls, I would probably make some excuse to try and get them to not give them to me (not enough space to display them, afraid the pets would break them, etc) and possibly sell the ones I did have.

Post # 4
Member
46670 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You sound like me- I don’t want anything out that I have to dust!

I would give them to a charity, get the tax receipt, then tell the givers that I had done that so they would not give me any more.

Tell them anything you want- your doctor told you to put away all the chachkas so you don’t have breathing problems form the dust.

Post # 5
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

LOL I have some of these type of gifts also. My Future Mother-In-Law has a thing for baskets and gives me baskets for everything and I really do NOT want them….yet she gives me them for every gift.  WTF do I do with 50 baskets?

In your situation, I would say donate them or try to sell them on ebay if it is someone that isn’t going to know you gave it away. 

Post # 6
Member
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh man. My mom recently told me that apparently i have a collection of porcelein dolls at home. I’d rather sell them for the cash–i think they’re creepy. i vaguely remember them from my childhood! ha!

Post # 7
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would either sell the dolls or donate them to a good cause (little girls in the hospital? Holiday toy drive?). The Mikasa stuff i’d definitely sell on Ebay. I wonder what we could do if we rounded up all the money spent on gifts that people don’t like/never use? Probably feed the homeless until eternity. Such a waste….

Post # 9
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@FinallyMarried82: You can list auction style on ebay for free till Jan 7th…though it might have been better to try before Christmas, it couldn’t hurt to try now!

Post # 10
Member
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d be clear with the givers first that the dolls/mikasa really aren’t your thing and you’re concerned they’re collecting dust in the closet – do they have any suggestions?  For all you know, the dolls could be something special to the doll giver and s/he may be upset if you were to sell them before a consult.  I think this way, they’re A.) aware you don’t want anymore of their dustables and B.) might take them off your hands, or have a suggestion as to what to do with them!

Post # 11
Member
4485 posts
Honey bee

Yard sale, Salvation Army thrift store, etc

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