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To think it is ok to recycle unwanted/ unused gifts?

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AllThatJazzAgain Tue 14-May-13 08:53:28

I only do it every now and then, but for example my aunt and uncle buy me perfume every year, every year I say thank you very much but politely remind them I can't wear it as I react to it, still it comes through (they live in Dubai). So now I repackage it and give it to a friend / family member etc.
It is always really nice perfume and never even leaves the packaging with me. We're strapped for cash so its nice to be able to give a nice gift without worrying about costs.

HomeEcoGnomist Tue 14-May-13 08:55:29

Nope, NBU at all
There is too much crap in the world without hoarding it all!

Regifting is the way forward; I do it quite a lot with kids' stuff as 2 boys tend to get similar things over time

HousewifeFromHeaven Tue 14-May-13 08:56:18

No problem with reuse resend recycle here.

Or if you're skint just eBay it.

DeepRedBetty Tue 14-May-13 09:00:26

Of course yanbu. Bit bewildered by your aunt and uncle's inability to remember that you can't wear the stuff though?!

AllThatJazzAgain Tue 14-May-13 09:08:23

Hehe DeepRed, they are very well off and I have feeling it is my uncle's secretary or PA which organises all the family gifts!

fuzzpig Tue 14-May-13 09:09:59

No problem IMO as long as you make sure it doesn't end up getting back to the person you got it from!

ShadowStorm Tue 14-May-13 09:30:26

YANBU, so long as you don't accidentally give it back to them!

Rockinhippy Tue 14-May-13 09:39:12

YDADNBU - My mother used to do that every year, Xmas & birthday too - always the same perfume - one that I absolutely loathed - even if I loved it, there s no way in hell I could use that amount without causing a gas cloud over where I lived - I tried & tried to stop it, even quite blunt in the end - but still it came - I wasn't cash strapped & no one I knew liked it, so I used to pass it onto to charity shops or fund raisers, but if I was strapped for cash & it was liked I would have done the same thing.

These days I often pass on unwanted gifts to the PTA or other charities as raffle prizes, both DD & I can't tolerate chemical additives in soaps, bubble baths & the likes & we still often get those given, so we recycle them too

mrsjay Tue 14-May-13 09:41:42

nope nothgn wrong with it at all, I have a friend who works for a charity and gets loads of gifts that they will never use, she passes them on , it is a waste other wise sitting in a drawer, I have done it passed things on to raffles etc

DeepRedBetty Tue 14-May-13 09:45:23

grin In that case pass on the joy!

Bumpotato Tue 14-May-13 09:48:41

I do it. Though once I put an unwanted jigsaw DD received on the present pile and I think I stupidly managed to regift it back to the boy who gave it to her cringe

gail734 Tue 14-May-13 10:02:13

Yeah, you have to be careful. Last Xmas my MIL gave me a lovely gift that I'd given her several years previously!

mrsjay Tue 14-May-13 10:05:21

MY sister did that to me gail I gave her a make up bag I thought it was lovely I got it back 2 years later , shock

expatinscotland Tue 14-May-13 10:11:07

I sell it rather than re-gift it.

icklemssunshine1 Tue 14-May-13 11:44:43

Nope, I regularly do it! On Christmas Day I opened a present from my DB & it was a vase. We have plenty so I rewrapped it & took it to my MIL's later! She love it & now proudly sits on mantelpiece. I call it spreading the joy!

BrienneOfTarth Tue 14-May-13 13:34:07

That's what the PTA fundraising raffle is for!

OnwardBound Tue 14-May-13 13:45:49

I often re-gift. Only things that I am happy myself to give as gifts and only to those who I think would like that particular item.

I also 'gift' things I have bought myself but never used and still in original packaging, ie jewellery, scarves, perfume...

Again only to those I feel would like the item and make good use of it.

But I do feel uneasy about the thought of someone finding me out... I guess because it doesn't seem a very thoughtful gift or gesture, more like making the recipient take unwanted and unused stuff as a form of charity shop!

pussycatwillum Tue 14-May-13 13:49:04

I have a friend who gives me stuff she has bought cheap (at pound shops or charity shops) and I very carefully recycle it at charity shops a long way from home. A couple of years ago the same friend regifted me the present I had given her the previous Christmas. I wasn't offended. I just laughed and thought it was handy that I'd given her something I liked myself.

wigglesrock Tue 14-May-13 13:52:18

I do, my bil always gives me a particular brand of smellies that I'm not that fussed on, however my aunt loves them. So I usually do a Christmas present regift. They're different sides of the family.

hedgehogpickle Tue 14-May-13 13:56:04

YANBU - if you can't or aren't going to use it, there's nothing wrong with passing it on to someone who can/will.

I do try to put thought into who gets things and only regift to someone that I know will like the item. As a last resort will donate to school/church fundraisers so hopefully they'll end up with someone who'll get lots of use out of them. Feel vaguely guilty about it (but not much!) though I figure that's much better than sitting in a cupboard at my place never opened!

I think I'd feel weird about selling on an unwanted gift. I have no justification for this and absolutely no problem with anyone who does, it's just personal preference.

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 14-May-13 14:33:21

As you open it, and realise it is unsuitable, put a post-it on it with the giver's name on, to avoid embarrassing mistakes grin

I am mean because I regift things given to the DCs that we don't have room for. grin

LisaMed Tue 14-May-13 14:39:05

Search ebay on 26 Dec for 'unwanted gift' Some are scams but some are genuine.

I do wonder about the kids toys on ebay as 'unwanted present' on Dec 26 though. A lot of them are for littlies and I wonder whether it is desperation driving them.

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