Unwanted Gifts: 3 Simple Steps to Deal

Unwanted Gifts: 3 Simple Steps to Deal

As we creep further into January, a question lingers on your mind.  What should you do with those unwanted gifts?  

Sadly, unwanted gifts are a common challenge in North American households.  In a sobering survey, 61% of Americans admitted they got at least one unwanted gift over the holidays.  Finder.com reports a staggering $15.2 billion dollars is spent on unwanted gifts each year in America alone.

In fact, I’ll write a separate article on mindful gift-giving, to improve these sad statistics.  But the current problem still remains:  you’ve got gifts adding to the clutter in your home.

Unwanted gifts come in many forms.  

fondue pot you’ll stash in a guest room closet.  A set of strawberry scented body washes that smell like a scratch and sniff sticker from grade 7.  Or the classic seasonal gifts that arrive 5-6 times a year: holiday-themed tea towels that clash with your newly adopted minimalist aesthetic.  

Why not just hide them away?

Karen Kingston, author of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, addresses the energy of unwanted gifts in your home:

“Some people keep unwanted gifts out of loyalty to the person who gave it to them, to which I say, if it’s a genuine friendship, then keeping the gift can get in the way of it. Every time you look at the object or think about it, you remember your disappointment and your energy drops. As the old saying goes, it truly is the thought that counts. It’s far better to accept the love that was given with the gift and let the physical item go.”

If you received gifts that didn’t spark joy this holiday season, follow the tips below:

infographic with 3 steps to deal with unwanted gifts

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Unwanted gifts are tough to deal with because of the emotions tied to them.  However, you’ll find with practice the more you release them, the better you’ll feel.

Do you have an old unwanted gift hidden away in your home?  Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Kitty

    Ooh, spot on! I get gifts before and out of guilt, they never leave their “hiding places”. Yes, not that I am not grateful to the giver; it is just that I do not like them (not my style) or I cannot use them. Thank you for the short yet very practical advice!

    1. Jen

      Hey! Thanks for reading and the comment. And you’re so right, it’s complicated – you can be grateful to the giver and still not need those gifts in your life 😉

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