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Get Rid of All Your Unwanted Gifts This Weekend

Adam Dachis , Gawker 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!

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