(Closed) What do you do with unwanted/unusable gifts!?

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Post # 2
15015 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d give it to her if Mother-In-Law won’t see her using it.  I used to be someone that kept things around for sentimetal reasons or because someone gave it to me, and I still do, but to a MUCH lesser extent.  Mother-In-Law gave me a Kate Spade bag too, I’m 75% sure it’s a knock off and I’ve NEVER used it (well, I did once right after she gave it to me before we came home), and I feel bad cause she did try, but it’s not my style at all.  I gave it to my moms cousins kid.

I’d give it to someone who would appreciate it, sell, or doante it.  I am trying really hard to live a simple, non cluttered life.

Post # 3
4160 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Give it to her.  If your Future Mother-In-Law finds out, just say you weren’t using it as much as you thought you might (white lie) and your cousin really liked it so you decided to give it to her.

Post # 4
437 posts
Helper bee

def give it to her if your Future Mother-In-Law won’t see it! 


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pinkshoes: i’ve been working to declutter for the last year and it feels AMAZING! 

Post # 5
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would give it to her. 

I hang onto gifts I don’t like or use for wayy too long and then usually end up donating them to Goodwill. But if I’m given a gift receipt, then I’ll return it for something else.

Post # 7
9422 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


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MeandMyLouboutins:  put it in a box in my basement that i call the regift box.  anytime i need a gift for something, i look there.  obviously i’m not giving my good friends a gift from this pile but if i need a hostess gift or someone i don’t care about and can’t go empty handed, i already have something on hand to give.

and yes, you should give the bag to your cousin. she wants it and you don’t.  it will just be collecting dust in your house.


Post # 8
2509 posts
Sugar bee

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MeandMyLouboutins:  Definitely give it to her! If you Mother-In-Law sees tell her she thought it was as gorgeous as you think it is and she asked to borrow it 🙂

Post # 9
677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB



Give it to her, Just make sure your Mother-In-Law DOESN’T EVER SEE IT

I had almost the same thing happen to me about two years ago. I was into Uggs at the time and I wanted a grey pair. My Mother-In-Law bought me a fake pair from Payless. I smiled politely and put them in my husbands trunk. They are still there to this day.

Post # 10
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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MeandMyLouboutins:  You are so much nicer than I am about unwanted gifts! I would definitely pass along the bag and use
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Ryansgirl: ‘s advice if she asks. My ILs gave me some sweaters this past Christmas but they guessed on my size (too small!) and the style (really thin and transparent!) and I’ve just been shuffling them around in my closet because they came from a catalog and didn’t have a receipt. I think most people don’t care about the gifts they give someone after a few months, although I do understand feeling inclined to hold onto them forever.

Post # 11
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I would give it to your cousin. I feel bitchy saying this but I’m a VERY picky person and I dislike most gifts that people give me. I’m not saying I don’t appreciate the thought and sentiment, because I do! But at the same time if it’s not my taste I just won’t ever use it, and I hate clutter. I used to feel really guilty about it and keep things stashed in a closet, but now I’m getting over it and donating/returning things. 

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