Get Rid of All Your Unwanted Gifts This WeekendShopping

Get Rid of All Your Unwanted Gifts This Weekend

Adam Dachis , Gizmodo Media

Get Rid of All Your Unwanted Gifts This Weekend

By the time Christmas passes, regardless if you celebrate it or not, you probably wound up with a bunch of gifts for some holiday. Unfortunately, not all gifts can be great. Some of them downright suck. If you don't want some (or all) of the stuff you got, here's how you can turn it into cash (or better stuff).

Return It (Receipt or Not)

During the holidays, stores expect a lot of returns. Sometimes you don't even need a receipt. If you're worried about offending a particular gift giver and want to return an item without asking them for a receipt, you can usually do so if you act quickly. Just hop online and check the store's return policy to find out if they accept non-receipt returns. At the very least you should be able to get store credit or make an exchange. For more suggestions, read our complete guide.

Sell It (or Have It Sold For You)

If you don't like what you've got and returning isn't your ideal option, you can sell your gifts for cash. You might not get the full value back, but seeing as you didn't pay for them in the first place you're still coming out ahead. The same goes for gift cards. There are plenty of marketplaces that allow you to sell them at a slight discount for cash.

There are two simple ways to make this happen: the Fulfilled by Amazon program and eBay My Gadgets (which is less comprehensive). Both programs allow adding lots of stuff quickly by simply searching for product pages. Listings will be created with just a few clicks and then you just have to wait for a sale. In the case of Fulfilled by Amazon, you just send them a box of everything and then they take care of the rest. For more selling options, check out our complete guide.

Trade It

You don't have to return an item or sell it for cash to get something better. Thanks to Craigslist, you can just post a classified ad to trade it up for something you'd rather have (or allow people to suggest an item for trade). You might not get what you want, but it's worth a shot as you might wind up with something cool you didn't expect.

Regift It

If you received something you don't like, that doesn't mean nobody will like it. (Probably.) Regifting is a way to save yourself money in the future by simply reusing a gift you didn't care for. You just want to make sure you don't hurt anyone's feelings in the process. Just remember who gave it to you (so you don't give it back to them), make sure it's a suitable regifting option (e.g. not fruitcake), give it to someone who isn't likely to interact with the original gifter, and do it quickly so it doesn't sit around your home forever. If you have trouble remembering all of that, just remember the four Rs: record, reconnaissance, remote, and rapid. They cover all of those points very simply.

Have a great weekend and a happy holiday!

Contribute to LifeHacker

Write for Us

Comments ()

X
Sort By:
Be the first one to review.

Suggested for you

  • Give Up Your Morning Coffee For Three Days to Rekindle Your Appreciation For It

    Give Up Your Morning Coffee For Three Days to Rekindle Your Appreciation For It
  • If You Haven't Yet Ordered Valentine's Day Flowers, Now Is the Time

    If You Haven't Yet Ordered Valentine's Day Flowers, Now Is the Time
  • Rice Cooking Showdown: Stovetop vs. a Rice Cooker

    Rice Cooking Showdown: Stovetop vs. a Rice Cooker
  • Three Ways to Make Sure You Pick a Good Tailor

    Three Ways to Make Sure You Pick a Good Tailor
  • The Debts That Don't Go Away When You File for Bankruptcy

    The Debts That Don't Go Away When You File for Bankruptcy
  • How to Squeeze More Battery Out of Your Phone With Android Doze Apps

    How to Squeeze More Battery Out of Your Phone With Android Doze Apps
  • The Government Just Suspended A Move That Would Have Made Mortgages More Affordable

    The Government Just Suspended A Move That Would Have Made Mortgages More Affordable
  • How to Protest Safely and Legally

    How to Protest Safely and Legally
  • Explore the Best Brews of 2016 With This Interactive Periodic Table of Beer

    Explore the Best Brews of 2016 With This Interactive Periodic Table of Beer
  • How to Watch the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Online

    How to Watch the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Online
  • Call and Ask to Have the Interest Rate Reduced On Your Credit Cards

    Call and Ask to Have the Interest Rate Reduced On Your Credit Cards
  • The Throwback Thursday Playlist

    The Throwback Thursday Playlist

Editor's Pick

  • How to Squeeze More Battery Out of Your Phone With Android Doze Apps

    How to Squeeze More Battery Out of Your Phone With Android Doze Apps
  • 10 Fashion Hacks That Will Change Your Life Overnight

    10 Fashion Hacks That Will Change Your Life Overnight
  • Unlock Your iOS 10 Devices without Touch ID or Home Button

    Unlock Your iOS 10 Devices without Touch ID or Home Button

Subscribe to latest stories

Trending on social



Subscribe for latest stories