How to get rid of unwanted gifts


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For nearly every holiday you can think of there are stores out there bursting at the seams with tacky gifts that our friends and family always seem to zero in on. Snuggie anyone? The lucky ones come with a gift receipt and allow for tactful returnage. But for those of us that tend to get reindeer thongs bought on clearance… things can get a bit tricky. The question is do you really want to outright tell someone that their gifting ability makes your eyes bleed? There are however a few ways to navigate around this veritable train wreck of disownment and hurt feelings that still allow you to chuck the junk.

1. Toys for Tots – A non-profit organization associated with the U. S. Marine Corps that aims to provide underprivileged children with toys at Christmas. It’s a great way to deal with the plushy animals your sweetheart ‘bear-ied’ you with on Valentine’s day. Why not make some kid smile with something that made you cringe?

2. Homeless Shelters – Homeless people need stuff too. The domicile-challenged of our society will get far more use out of your Aunt Bertie’s Christmas sweaters than you ever would.

3. Hospitals – For years they’ve been the place to send flowers after Grandps Joe’s funeral. They’ll take toys too but why not let them have the ‘I’m sorry’ flowers following a bad break-up or the ones left on your doorstep by creepy stalkers?

4. Goodwill – Aside from the fact that it’s the only place to gracefully foist off that reindeer thong, they also offer awesome tax deductions.

5. Re-gift – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You may not like it but there are people in the world who collect vintage Jello. So who’s to say that your friend might not mind getting a Justin Beiber backpack?

6. The Exchange/Game stop – You may not end up getting much money for whatever it is you’re trying to get rid of, but hey, we’re college students and money in your pocket equals pizza in your stomach.

7. Second Hand Stores – You won’t get much money but you can unload more than just holiday detritus. You can take the time to clean out your closet or just sell-off your good-for-nothing ex’s stuff.

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