If you are like most people you received a good number of holiday presents. I’m hoping that your family and friends bought you things that are useful, and well-loved. Chances are likely that you received at least one present that is nice, but just isn’t for you. Gifts like holiday decor, a gaudy sweater, or a knick-knack. If you have children it’s likely you got something LOUD and battery operated that you’d like to throw in the trash (or maybe hit with a hammer).
Yes, these gifts were given with love, and as such take a minute and think about the person who gave them to you. Send them some positive energy, pray for them, or just imagine their face. (whatever works for you)
Read more: Is Giving Always A Good Thing?
Remember not to fall into the trap that you have to keep it because it was a gift. The intention of the giver was to be give something to you to show you how much they care or love you, not to weigh you down with stuff. Imagine if you got 2 gifts like this each year (one for your birthday, one for the holidays), now imagine you have a spouse or partner, parents, or children living with you. Multiply the number of people by 2 gifts for 10 years. In my house we’d have 120 things. That’s enough to fill a room! I sure don’t want to be the one to clean that room out!
I’m in favor of regifting, giving away, donating, or returning things you received if they don’t suit you or you don’t need them.
A really wonderful thing to do would be to pass on the giving, since that’s what this season is all about. If you have something you can return and get a gift card in place of more stuff, you could purchase food or toiletry items to donate to a local shelter or food bank.
Not that I’m doing that this year. Everything we got we loved, and they all already have homes. More on that later.
How about you? Do you regift? How would you feel if someone regifted something you gave them?