regifting http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8274/all en-US Ask the Readers: Do You Find Re-gifting Socially Acceptable? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-wrapping-christmas-presents-Dollarphotoclub_71836718.jpg" alt="gift wrapping" title="gift wrapping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="139" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable#comment-762638">momkeywest</a>, Christina, and Louly for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Re-gifting used to be a little taboo &mdash; we may do it, but we don't like to talk about it. Not anymore! In fact, the <a href="http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2014/last-minute-shoppers-spread-holiday-cheer.aspx">American Express Spending &amp; Savings Tracker</a> found that 76% of people think it's socially acceptable to re-gift &mdash; up from 73% in 2013 and 71% in 2012. Surprisingly enough, more of the affluent crowd is OK with re-gifting (and more of them have re-gifted) compared to the general population.</p> <p><strong>Do you find re-gifting socially acceptable?</strong> What personal rules do you have about re-gifting, if any? Have you ever received a gift that you found out was re-gifted, and did that affect how you felt about the giver or the gift?</p> <p>Tell us whether you think re-gifting is socially acceptable and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa160/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa160" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_zqx8it71">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, December 29th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 29th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you think re-gifting is socially acceptable and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-to-clip-or-not-to-clip-a-chance-to-win-10">Ask The Readers: To Clip or Not to Clip? (A Chance to Win $10!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-who-are-your-favorite-personal-finance-gurus">Ask The Readers: Who Are Your Favorite Personal Finance Gurus?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-gift-cards-make-a-good-gift">Ask the Readers: Do Gift Cards Make a Good Gift?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers regifting Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:00:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1270236 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Regift? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-regift <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-regift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-168710245.jpg" alt="gift" title="gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-regift#comment-736749">Carmen</a>, Jennifer, and Linda for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>We&#39;ve all received at least one gift that we can only respond with, &quot;Um...thanks?&quot; One way to deal with such a gift is to pass it along to someone who will actually appreciate it. But regifting comes with a whole host of dos and don&#39;ts, especially if you&#39;re worried about hurt feelings.</p> <p><strong>Do you regift?</strong> What personal rules do you follow when it comes to regifting? If you don&#39;t regift, what do you do with gifts that you don&#39;t want?</p> <p>Tell us whether you regift and we&#39;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We&#39;re doing three giveaways &mdash; here&#39;s how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d68/" id="rc-79857d68" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you&#39;re inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, December 23rd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you regift and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-regift">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-to-clip-or-not-to-clip-a-chance-to-win-10">Ask The Readers: To Clip or Not to Clip? (A Chance to Win $10!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-who-are-your-favorite-personal-finance-gurus">Ask The Readers: Who Are Your Favorite Personal Finance Gurus?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-gift-cards-make-a-good-gift">Ask the Readers: Do Gift Cards Make a Good Gift?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers regifting Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:24:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1100561 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Deal With Unwanted Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-deal-with-unwanted-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-deal-with-unwanted-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4214258173_7c4f9c9fe5_z.jpg" alt="opening gifts" title="opening gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone has received at least one horrible or laughably useless gift. But what should you do if you receive a gift that you don't want or can't use? Here are seven ways to deal with gifts that don't meet your needs. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">Wise Bread Gift Guide:&nbsp;Gifts That Save You&nbsp;Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Refuse</h2> <p>OK, this is really more of a pre-emption, and it's a tricky option, but a valuable one. If you have the opportunity to politely turn down an unwanted gift before receiving it, then you can stave off the hassle of finding a new home for it later. If your giver is an understanding type, you can simply describe how you are trying hard not to acquire new stuff in your home. Make sure to express appreciation for the gift (or at least, the thought behind it!).</p> <h2>2. Return</h2> <p>If your giver was kind enough to provide a gift receipt, then you don&rsquo;t have to do much explaining. Just take the gift back to the store and return it or exchange it for something that you want or need. You can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-can-you-do-with-unwanted-gift-cards">return or cash out most major gift cards</a>.</p> <h2>3. Regift</h2> <p>Some gifts are useful specifically because you have the option to give it to someone else. Perhaps that skull-shaped vase isn&rsquo;t really your cup of tea, but you know a person with more eclectic tastes that would love it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Regifting can be tricky</a> &mdash; if both the person who gave you the gift and the person you are regifting it to happen to know one another, then honesty is probably the best policy. Explain to your giver that you know someone who would be incredibly jealous of the gift and ask if it would be OK to regift it.</p> <h2>4. Resell</h2> <p>If the gift is of any monetary value and you can sell it without your gift-giver finding out, then by all means, earn some cold, hard cash on eBay or craigslist. Check out this article on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">where to sell common household items</a>. You can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/selling-your-groupon-coupons">sell Groupon coupons</a>.</p> <h2>5. Repurpose</h2> <p>So skinny jeans are in, but your aunt thought you&rsquo;d like a pair of extremely flared jeans. If you can&rsquo;t return them (and can&rsquo;t bear to wear them), <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/twenty-five-things-to-do-with-old-jeans">alter the jeans</a>. People still wear jean shorts in the summer, don&rsquo;t they?</p> <h2>6. Refinish</h2> <p>Sometimes, a gift just needs a new coat of paint to make the grade. Chairs can be recovered, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/repaint-your-old-furniture-for-a-budget-d-cor-update">furniture refinished</a>, clothing dyed, posters reframed, and brass chandeliers spray painted a brilliant shade of pink and hung in a funky bedroom or dining room. If you&rsquo;ve received a well-used (or simply ugly) gift that has good bones (and you&rsquo;re feeling a bit crafty) consider finding ways to shine it up and use it before getting rid of it.</p> <h2>7. Recycle</h2> <p>Donating unwanted things to Goodwill or any charity of your choice is a win-win. Non-profit organizations are able to fund their operations, and you get a tax deduction for charitable donations. If the unwanted gift is incredibly unique, make sure to donate it to an organization where the giver won&rsquo;t see it!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-deal-with-unwanted-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/soy-milk-tofu-and-veggie-burgers-for-pennies-anyone">Soy Milk, Tofu, and Veggie Burgers for pennies, anyone?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-an-easter-basket-for-a-grown-man">How to Make an Easter Basket for a Grown Man</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-silver-naturally">How to Clean Silver Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living Lifestyle Style regifting return policies unwanted gifts Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:24:31 +0000 Andrea Karim 959574 at http://www.wisebread.com Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-86538649.jpg" alt="regift" title="regift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve all been there. You open a present with giddy anticipation, ripping the gift wrap away like a 10 year old on a sugar high. And then, as you open the box and peek inside, your brain searches for a way to act really happy&hellip;because the gift you have received is just, well, awful. And when the dust settles and the event is over, it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about regifting. But be careful&hellip;there are rules to follow. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-deal-with-unwanted-gifts?ref=seealso">How to Deal With Unwanted Gifts</a>)</p> <p>Some people see a big stigma attached to regifting. Personally, I think it&rsquo;s fine if you follow a few simple guidelines. You don&rsquo;t want to hurt the feelings of the person who gave you the gift, or the person who gets the regifted item. But look at the alternatives; you can just let the offending item rot in your basement or garage; you can give it to charity; or you can put it out with the trash. So if you know someone who would really like the gift that just didn&rsquo;t do it for you, where&rsquo;s the harm?</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve combined my own rules with some research I did online and at my local library (yes, there are books and news stories on this&hellip;I kid you not). Generally, there seem to be some major guidelines that regifters follow to ensure everyone is happy. Here&rsquo;s what I have uncovered.&nbsp;(See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-avoid-awkward-moments-at-white-elephant-parties?ref=seealso">How to Avoid Awkward Moments at White Elephant Parties</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mum&#39;s the Word</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s amazing how often people have made it quite clear that I was receiving a gift that was from their reject pile. Sure, they dressed it up nice enough, with language like &ldquo;I just would never have used this cool gadget but I know how much you need one.&rdquo; It still makes you feel like you&rsquo;re getting crappy old hand-me-downs. Of course, if someone&rsquo;s giving me a brand new, state-of-the-art laptop or cool pair of sunglasses, my hurt feelings fly out of the window. But if it&rsquo;s a nasty crystal picture frame or a hideous painting, I&rsquo;d rather not know you hated it as well. Ignorance is bliss.</p> <h2>2. Beware&nbsp;the Previously Regifted Gift</h2> <p>Sometimes you&rsquo;ll receive a gift that doesn&rsquo;t quite feel right. Your Spidey Sense will tingle and you&rsquo;ll realize, perhaps after some investigation, that this gift has already been through the regifting process. Now you&rsquo;ve got problems. The last thing you want is for the gift to end up back in the hands of the person who originally gave it; not only will you look embarrassed, so will the person who gave it to you. And we don&rsquo;t want friendships strained. My best advice&hellip;if in doubt, regifting is out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-friends-and-be-happy-why-cultivating-relationships-is-good-for-you?ref=seealso">Why Making Friends Is Good for You</a>)</p> <h2>3. Keep Records</h2> <p>When you receive a gift that is destined to be a gift once again, label it as soon as you can with the name of the person who gave it to you, and when they gave it to you. This is a simple habit to get into, but an essential one for regifting. Log items in the same way you would to make thank you cards for wedding presents and baby shower gifts.</p> <h2>4. Keep Original Packaging</h2> <p>A dead giveaway for a regift are opened packaging or missing pieces. Even if you&rsquo;ve never used it, a coffee machine or spanky new DVD player is less impressive when something&#39;s rattling around inside the box (because you couldn&#39;t put stuff back in just right). Generally, if the packaging has gone bye-bye, so has your chance of regifting the item.</p> <h2>5. Some Gifts Cannot Be Regifted</h2> <p>Beware of the following gifts you&#39;re considering regifting: books that have no tie to the person you&rsquo;re giving it to; CDs or DVDs that are equally random, obscure or awful; clothing without the tags; shoes or sneakers (unless they&rsquo;re spot on for both size AND style); useless appliances (come on, who really wants a &ldquo;Clapper?&rdquo;) If you feel a little uncomfortable or guilty about regifting any item, probably best not to do it. Of course, if you really don&rsquo;t like the person you&rsquo;re giving it to, but have to give a gift (like those Secret Santa deals) I&rsquo;ll look the other way as you pass on a crappy DVD movie with a random autobiography taped to it.</p> <h2>6. Used Items Are Out</h2> <p>Sorry, but a sweater you&rsquo;ve only worn a few times is not a regifter, even if you do have all the tags and the original gift box. Same goes for all other clothing, most appliances, anything in fact that you can get actual &quot;mileage&quot; out of. Gift cards are also included here. It doesn&rsquo;t matter if you only used $5 of a $30 card, that&rsquo;s just tacky.</p> <h2>7. Don&#39;t Wait Too Long</h2> <p>Time may be a great healer, but it doesn&rsquo;t really do the regifter any favors. The older the brand new item becomes, the more obvious it becomes that this is a regift. If you can no longer find the product in the stores, if the packaging has been updated or if the company that made it went out of business ages ago, you&rsquo;re stuck with that item. By all means try to sell it or give it to charity, but as a regift it stinks of &ldquo;here&rsquo;s an old thing I found in my basement, but hey, it&rsquo;s never been used!&rdquo;</p> <h2>8. There&rsquo;s Always Craigslist or eBay.</h2> <p>The web has opened up a world of choices to regifters. Now, if an item does go beyond its &lsquo;&rdquo;regift date&rdquo; or has been gently used, there&rsquo;s the option of the free classified ads on Craigslist, or the wider reach of eBay. In some instances the item you have for sale could now be a collectors item and you could get back more money for it than it was originally worth. This is also a great way to attack the idea of regifting if you&rsquo;re just against it in principle. Simply sell an unwanted gift to raise money for a brand new gift for that special someone in your life. You&rsquo;re happy, they&rsquo;re happy, and the person who originally gave you that gift&hellip;well, what they don&rsquo;t know won&rsquo;t hurt them, right? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers?ref=seealso">Secrets of Successful Craigslist Sellers</a>)</p> <p>To sum up, regifting is a great way to pass on a gift if you&rsquo;re watching your budget or want to see an unwanted gift go to someone who could genuinely use it. And as my mum and dad always told me, it&rsquo;s the thought that counts anyway. As long as it&rsquo;s done with someone else in mind, I don&rsquo;t see the harm. Better to do that than throw it away or mindlessly chuck it in the spring-cleaning bag for Goodwill.</p> <p><em>What other regifting rules would you add to this list?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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I love Christmas. I really do. Well, parking madness, shopping terrors, and cold weather aside, I love Christmas. No really! But some of the things we <em>eventually</em> love about Christmas (like sitting around a beautifully lit tree on Christmas morning with the family and opening gifts and enjoying some Christmas cheer) gets clouded by what we have to go through <em>before</em> that beautiful day…<em>shopping</em>. There are a number of ways you can shop for your loved ones each year, and I think I’ve tried them all. Let me give you the run down:</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3>Making Gifts</h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">You can make all your presents. Ah. Right from the heart. You’ll save money, avoid all the darn commercialism, and people will really appreciate the beautiful gifts you spend all that time and energy making for them. Right? (heh heh)</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">One year, I decided to make all my gifts, when I was a starving artist. And we’re not talking popsicle-stick houses either. We’re talking high-quality gifts. I made porcelain flower arrangements, clocks, beautifully framed photo collages, things that my family and friends really appreciated. And they loved the things I made (at least they say they did, so that’s good enough for me)! Problem is, I spent <em>more </em>money on all the crafts that I then had to pour hundreds of hours into, than I would have if I had just gone out and <em>bought </em>my gifts for the year. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">And what if you <em>do</em> receive the shabbily made gift – that popsicle-stick house? We’ve all gotten these gifts that were made with love, and that really have no place in our homes. You know – the year you got the very colourful finger painting…made by your fully grown children…&quot;yeah, I’ll put that right up here on the fridge, with the alphabet magnets&quot;.<span> </span>I mean – what do you <em>do</em> with them? I have a box in my hall closet at home, filled with truly tacky gifts that my friends and family have made or bought for me, some so bad that I’m sure it was a joke. And every time these friends visit, I pull their creation out of my dusty box and find some prominent home for the object. I’m sure they can see through it, but it’s the thought that counts, right? At least, that’s what they must have been saying when they <em>made</em> the bloody gift!</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Okay, so making gifts have their place, but only if you’re willing to put some serious elbow grease and money into it. You can also…</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3>Re-Gifting</h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">C’mon…everybody does it! You receive this really nice bar of soap from some fancy store, one of 15 bars received this year. You really like it, but you’re still working on the soap you received six years ago. So…..you put it in a special place, and when you need to come up with a gift at the last minute – whamo! You have soap. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Okay – sometimes you really can re-gift and it can be a good thing. Maybe you really received a gift you have no hope of ever using, but that would be <em>perfect </em>for that somebody else in your life. But <em>beware</em>.......remember who gave you the gift in the first place.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">True story: It’s my second Christmas with my ex’s family. My mother-in-law, bless her heart, hadn’t quite figured me out in terms of what to buy for me, and since the relationship was still kind of new, we were both unclear as to what types of gifts we should get for each other. For our first Christmas, I got her…you guessed it…soap. (Everybody can use soap, right)? Guess what I got back the next year? That very same raspberry foam soap that I had given her the previous year. And I <em>know </em>that this was a re-gift, because she never would have been able to buy the same soap that second year; the store went out of business! </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">So…re-gift at your own risk. It’s a big bad world of soap out there. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3>Early Shopping</h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">You can also get all your Christmas shopping done early. Ah – to happily avoid the mad parking lots outside of shopping malls, the disgruntled crowds in the stores, and to be done by September. What could be wrong? Well…</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">If you are going to go to the effort to finish shopping early, stick to your guns and don’t go out again. For example, I (foolishly) decided to keep a friend company one year while she did her last minute shopping. The number of things I saw that were <em>even better </em>than the gifts I had all wrapped up at home were incredible. So I ended up going shopping twice anyway, and I bought twice as many gifts. My family liked it, but my pocketbook certainly didn’t.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Another year (I hadn’t learned my lesson yet), I was tickled pink to be finished all my shopping by the end of October. My family, however, doesn’t operate this way. So, a week and a half before Christmas, the decision is made that we’re all going to chip in for one big gift for my mother-in-law.<span> </span>Oops. And now I had all this soap I couldn’t give her! Ah well – off the soap goes to the “miscellaneous gift” pile. Which takes me to the next method of gifting you can employ.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3>Miscellaneous Gifts</h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">Ah – the “miscellaneous gift” pile. You know the one. You see a great sale on at a store, and some really funky items that are an absolute steal. You don’t really know <em>who </em>in your life would enjoy them, but you just know you have to have them, and that surely there’s somebody you forgot to add to your list who will appreciate this, and being able to whip this gift out at the last minute will save your butt from an awkward one-sided gift giving session. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">In fact, this funky item on sale is such a great deal, you know there’s <em>at least </em>two people who will enjoy this gift. You just don’t know who yet. So you buy four. And they sit in your miscellaneous gift pile for way longer than you had anticipated. Years, actually. You’re only able to give away one, maybe two each year. <em>Watch Out</em>! Remember who you gave it to. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">My best friend’s step-mother was notorious for doing this. And how do we know this, you ask? Because she got the very same wooden salt &amp; pepper shakers, two years in a row.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3>Really Last Minute Shopping</h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">And, of course, you can join the ranks of so many men (and I do stereotype men here, but I think you’ll agree that this is a somewhat established pattern), who do all their Christmas shopping…on Christmas Eve. They realize that in half an hour all the malls close and they <em>still</em> haven’t found something for that special someone in their life. Do you want a Christmas eve giggle this year? Stake out in front of a 24-hour drug store on Christmas Eve, and watch the mayhem. Men, pale faced and panicked, running around in a chaotic state, <em>begging </em>the staff at the drugstore to find them something for their girlfriend or wife. Drug store perfume, chocolates, soap – anything!</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span> </span></p> <h3>My Plan</h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">So here’s my plan for this year. I’ve turned over a new leaf. I’m going to join the ranks of December shoppers and shop for my family and friends in the last 3 weeks before Christmas. Sure, the crowds will be harrowing and the parking lots a complete disaster. But the Christmas decorations will put me in a numbed festive mood, and I’ll happily shop for my loved ones, secure in the knowledge that nobody’s going to hit me up at the last minute for a “group gift”, I won’t be in danger of re-gifting something back to the original donor or giving somebody the same funky item two years in a row, I won’t spend hundreds of hours crafting the perfect piece of junk for the hall closet, and I won’t be limited to the last dregs at the drug store either. I think it’s the perfect plan. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">What could go wrong? </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-techniques">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">Cheat Sheet: Retail Markup on Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-the-holidays">Best Credit Cards for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store">Cheap and Easy Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-art-of-the-group-gift">The Art of the Group Gift</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping gift giving holiday shopping making gifts regifting Wed, 05 Dec 2007 22:01:45 +0000 Nora Dunn 1470 at http://www.wisebread.com