Holiday Gift Exchanges and Returns

Holiday Gift Exchanges and Returns
It happens to all of us. I promise. We unwrap a gift and behold, we've just received something we already have, we didn't want, wouldn't want, and will never use. What should YOU do when this happens?

First, please thank the person who gave you the gift. Seriously, this is important because someone took time out of their life to pick out a gift, wrap it and either send or personally give it to you. Also, keep in mind, more than likely, they really gave some thought as to what to give you. If they got it wrong, maybe they just were not sure of your taste, or what you already have.

Secondly, before you do anything, take a quick of inventory of what you have — your "stuff". Maybe you do need some new socks, maybe your wallet is a little worn out, or maybe you would wear those earrings if you had the right color shirt. You never know when that gift you were not too excited about at first, could later be exactly what you wanted!

I can hear you, "But, I really don't want this!" Okay, that is fine. You can exchange the item for something you do want, return it (this depends on the store as to cash and store credit policies), or you can trade it. Do not confuse trading a gift to re-gifting a gift. We will talk about that a little later. Trading a gift is best saved for silly gift exchanges where all givers and recipients agree that trades are okay.

What about re-gifting? Honestly, I don't have any divine advice. I will tell you that this can be tricky. You don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, it might be uncomfortable to ask the giver if you can give his or her gift to someone else, and what if a few years later you give the gift back to the person who gave it to you. It might be best to exchange this gift rather than just give it to someone else. Unless, of course, you have such an understanding with the giver. Re-gifting is a personal choice, and one you should definitely give much thought.

Let's talk about one last thing — gift cards. Some people don't like gift cards, they might think they are the easy way out. I don't think so. I think gift cards are nice because you can indeed get exactly what you want. However, I would advice you not to spend your gift cards all at one time. It's fun to have some extra shopping credits to spread throughout the year!

Enjoy your celebrations and your gifts. I wish you Happy Holidays!

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