Give that unwanted gift to someone else. Done properly and with some analysis on your part, recycling a gift can save you time, money, and stress. Done wrong, it can ruin relationships, give you a bad reputation, and make your life miserable. First, let’s be clear on what this means. Wikipedia defines gift recycling as giving a gift that you received from one person to another person, often disguised as a new gift. In the United States there is even a National Recycled Gift Day (December 18). Actually, chances are you’ve received a recycled gift.
1. Certain gifts cannot be recycled
The rubber and feather keychains that some companies give away should never be recycled as gifts, nor should the promotional gifts that you sometimes receive in the mail. These things are cheap and in bad taste.
2. Remember who gave it to you!
Nothing is as embarrassing as giving someone a gift that they gave you last year, or that they can recognize and know that someone else gave it to you.
3. Do not recycle used gifts, unless the recipient understands that they have already been used.
Getting rid of that old popcorn machine that you no longer use is fine, if the person who receives it knows you used it. Never try to give something used as new.
4. Analyze it a bit
Don’t give just for giving. Work on making the gift fit the container. Also, if you think an item has the potential for recycling, store it in its original packaging until you give it to someone else.
5. Use wrapping paper or a gift bag
Try to make the gift look like you’ve gone out of your way. Make sure it’s clean and, for God’s sake, make sure the old gift card isn’t still stuck!
6. Recycled gifts: Don’t spill the beans!
Never tell anyone that you recycled a gift. It’s your little dark secret.
7. Avoid collisions
Never give someone a gift if you know the person who gave it to you. You may want to keep a permanent list of where you got each gift and who you gave it to when you recycled it.
8. If you doubt, better not!
Recycling a gift is not always the best solution. Some circumstances call for new gifts. Those baby clothes you kept that your kids never wore might not be the ideal gift for your cousin’s baby shower, and you should never recycle gifts for special occasions, like weddings. Also, if you don’t like something, chances are your friends won’t like it either. Consider donating it to charity.
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