What do you do with the Christmas gifts you don't want?

@daliaj (5689)
India
December 27, 2010 8:15pm CST
I am really pissed off about these Christmas gifts, which I didn't want. I told these people what I want and asked to get that for me. Instead, these people got me something which I think are ugly, which I don't want, and some jewellery, which I'm allergic to. Most of them don't come with a gift reciept. What am I supposed to do with these? I spend time, effort, and a lot of money, selecting the exact same thing others asked for and got the very good quality ones. Why can't they do the same to me? I'm very irritated even today, 2 days after the Christmas. What do you do with the Christmas gifts you don't want?
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11 responses
• United States
28 Dec 10
if they are nice but just not what you wanted save them and regift them next year or for birthdays. If they are worth something ebay them. But remember it is the season for giving not getting...just try to remember that and it will not be as bad.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
28 Dec 10
I understand that the season is for giving, but not getting, but I'm finding it hard to take it in that spirit. I got a fleece throw from somebody whom I spent more than 50 dollars to get a gift, and the important point is that she asked for that gift. The uguy fleece throw came with no reciept or gift certificate. What am I going to do with that? Give to goodwill?
@daliaj (5689)
• India
28 Dec 10
Those gifts are not worth a big money to save them or reuse it. I don't want to give somebody a gift which I hates. I better give it to poor people or goodwill. It irritates me over and over when I see the fleece throw. Another part of the same story is that I asked for a small scarf, which I really wanted and got a fleece jacket, which I don't want.
• United States
28 Dec 10
I feel your pain. I would take it because I like them LOL It is disheartening when others don't respond in kind to our thoughtfulness.
@terryt52 (245)
• United States
28 Dec 10
wow really, when I get gifts I do not like or want I never tell anyone. It sounds like you are a little spoiled. Don't get irritated. You can give them to someone who would really like something new and has nothing new. bring them to the woman's shelter. Regift them. Or sell them. I never tell any one what to buy me for Christmas. what I get I am grateful for. I try to use everything some one gives me because I care for that person and that present means alot to me. good luck with your unwanted presents.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
28 Dec 10
I don't blame you if you think I'm spoiled. I appreciate their effort to get me this gift. I still can't take the feeling that I care about them a lot and took a lot of care to get good gifts for them. Is it wrong for me to expect a little of that caring back? The sight of that stuff irritates over and over and drags me crazy.
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
28 Dec 10
No, I don't think so and to be honest, you didn't come off to me as spoiled. If someone is going to get you something you didn't ask for, they should include a gif receipt, if possible. I know if I bought a gift for someoone I cared for and they couldn't use it or they didn't like it, I woudn't want them to keep it just because i bought it for them.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
28 Dec 10
Thanks for understanding my feelings Marty. I am very irritated and I can't stop worrying about it even two days after Christmas. I think this people gave it to me without a gift recipet for two reason. One is that they think it is special and they want to keep it with me regardless of I hate or like something. The second point is that they would have bought it very cheap in a sale and they don't want to give the gift reciept of something which is less than 10 dollars. I'm crazily irritated.
@jennbart (1333)
• Philippines
28 Dec 10
Just keep it for other occassions.Donate the items to charity, or sell it to a garage sale. Just make sure that the people who gave the items to you does not know that you will do those to avoid hurt feelings.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
29 Dec 10
I think I am going to tell them. I don't know how can I keep my mouth shut from them. I am so irritated. I told them clearly what they want and they have given me this junk.
@meuji100 (198)
• Philippines
28 Dec 10
I just keep unwanted gifts in my cabinet. I pretend to like it in front of the gift giver. I don't get pissed off when I get unwanted gifts. I could just wait for the next Christmas and tell the persons who will give gifts to me what I really wanted. If you really don't want the gift, then give it to others.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
28 Dec 10
The fact that irritates me is that I have told these people clearly what I wanted and they would have got me the same with the same amount or a little more money. Now, I am ended up with this stuff which I don't want and which I don't have a gift reciept to exchange or get a store credit. It is very irritating since I have paid a lot of attention to select their gifts and delivered it properly.
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
28 Dec 10
depends. The one gift thtat I got that I really didn't want was given to me because he really thought I wanted, mainly because I said so. I got an automatic drip coffeemaker with a thermal carafe, a pretty nice one. I had one before and it started leaking. I did go out looking for one, but found nothing under eighty bucks. But what I did was found a percolator for fourty. it only lasted a few months. But maybe what he doesn't know is I e-mailed the company and they sent me a postage paid label and I sent it out and they are going to send me another one. I really like the percolator over automatic drip. I am waiting for the new one. In the mean time I found a used one for a few bucks. But he did give me the gift receipt. What I'm tthinking of doing is return iing it and getting another percolator in case thtis new one goes bad after a few months. But what I usually do is put it aside, sometimes forgetting about it and either discard it, or if I know someone that would like it, I'll give i away. fortunatly for me, that doesn't happen too often.`
@daliaj (5689)
• India
28 Dec 10
I don't know how somebody can forget the gift reciept. It is just normal that something I like may be hated by millions of people. Each person has his own opinions and intersts. Christmas is a big thing and it comes once in a year. Most of the people buy the gifts early in the month or in November starting with black Friday and they keep them under their Christmas tree. I don't understand how it is a lot of work to leave the gift certificates along with the gifts.
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Sell them, or if you know where the person bought them, you can try to take it back to the store and exchange it for something you actually want...
@daliaj (5689)
• India
28 Dec 10
The problem is that it is not worth a big money to sell them. I can't stand on the street where it is less that 10 degree Farenhiet to seel the stuff. I just don't understand how this people can completely turn down somebody who cares about them and takes a lot of time to select gifts for them. I asked this person for a scarf and I got some jewelry, which I'm allergic to and a fleece jacket. I don't know why these people get things I don't want for me. I don't know if they are trying to get something better or cheaper for me.
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Hi Daliaj, I have not made a Christmas list since I was a little kid and stopped believing in Santa. I think a great deal of the fun on Christmas is the element of surprise...having no idea what you are going to get. If I get nothing at all then I'm ok with that too. It is very rare that I get a gift that I don't like. I also do not give a gift with any expectations of getting one in return. "No expectations means no disappointments" ....quote by Winnie the Pooh.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
28 Dec 10
for me christmas or any other gifts are sacred, i find it so nice of someone to give me so if i don't use i'll just put in a box and look to it from time to time to remember the person
@Vaultar (95)
• Romania
28 Dec 10
Hi ! Well ... I think you should keep them a while for the respect of the people you got them from , probably many people don't think as much as you did before they get a gift from someone , that's maybe why you got the gifts you didn't want , maybe you can give them to someone else as a gift sometime next year. I didn't really get what i wanted this year either but it wasn't a total disaster either , the gifts weren't the ones i saw in my dream but I didn't hate them , I guess you just need to see the bright side in stuff , no matter how dark and nasty that may be ... Good luck and Merry Christmas !
@cherrc (666)
• Philippines
28 Dec 10
hi daliaj. it's really hard to keep things you don't like especially when you laid down the cards and told them what you like. the thing is, may be they just couldn't find it or they couldn't afford it. still, they could have told you so. but i believe regifting is the most practical way that we could do for things we cannot use. maybe it will be usable to others, we just don't know. as for the gifts you spent for others, i believe it is also your call whether you want to give it to them or not. what the recipient has is not a right but merely a privilege to receive it. :)
28 Dec 10
These gifts could be saved and given to people who are less fortunate in life than us. As the saying goes another man"s junk is the other man"s treasure.