So, you didn’t like the sweater Aunt Mary gave you for Christmas or the nickle plated earrings that you could never wear due to your allergies. You can admit it. You are among friends. Over the years, I have received my share of unwanted gifts and instead of putting them away deep in my closet, I decided to hunt down ways to give them a new wanted home. And we aren’t talking about re-gifting.
Well, the holidays are so hectic that I didn’t want to re-list my 18 ways to leave your unwanted gifts (of course sung to the tune of Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.) So, I narrowed it down to my top five which includes a newcomer to the original 18 list. Add to my list in the comments below. (I know you are pretty darn crafty so don’t hold back with your ideas.)
Drum roll, please….
It is my number one site for giving away items I no longer want or need. Your “unwant” is someones’ new love. Over the years, I have given away many items and met some really amazing people. At the end of the day, it warms my heart to give away something I know someone else wants.
There are chapters all over the world. Read my article about Freecycle here.
Girlfriend, how many pieces of clothing have you received over the years that you have no idea where it came from? Swapstyle is your personal fashion haven for swapping clothes you no longer want or simply can’t exchange.
3. Barter Place
Bartering can be lots of fun. Check out Barter Place and see what you can barter for your unwanted gifts.
4. Plastic Jungle
Not loving where you got a plastic gift card? (Yeah, I know. You told them no plastic for you.) Check out Plastic Jungle, a newcomer to my list where you can buy, sell, or exchange gift cards.
5. Have a Swap Party
Have an excuse to have a party and ask all of your friends to bring unwanted gifts or items from their home. Then swap. Gifts that no one wants can be donated to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Be sure to check out my many other suggestions on my prior unwanted gift blues article.
If you want to re-gift, please read 8 simple rules for regifting. Hopefully it will keep you out of hot water.
Join the Conversation:
- What do you do with your unwanted gifts?
- Do you swap your gifts? If so, where?
- Are you a re-gifter and what are your rules? (Maybe you will get a post of your very own on Green Talk. *hint, hint*)
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- ECHOage Eco-Friendly Birthday Parties: Teaching Children to Give Back