Gift Giving at Parties

A Short Guide to Declutter Unwanted Gifts

One of the biggest challenges of living a clutter-free lifestyle is giving and receiving gifts, and now that season of birthdays, weddings, and parties is about to start, the struggle becomes real. Most of the time, we receive gifts that don’t quite satisfy our needs or expectations, but, out of respect for the gift-giver, we accept them anyway.

But how can we effectively deal with unwanted gifts that don’t serve us any purpose? In this article, we will share some practical tips to declutter unwanted gifts.

Be upfront about not wanting gifts

If you’re planning a party or any other event, your guests will likely want to spoil you with a little gift. If you don’t want this to occur, you must be honest about it and add a little note to the invitations specifically saying “No Gifts Please.” While some etiquette experts advise against it, we don’t see a problem with mentioning it politely. To make it more cordial, you can add a message like: “Your presence is your present.”

Give people alternatives

Even if you specify that you don’t want gifts, there will always be people keen to skip the rule. In these cases, you must give alternatives that don’t take up space in your house. You can, for example, suggest that your guests donate to a charity in your honor.

Return the gift

If all of this fails, there are other options you can consider. If you have the gift receipt, why not bring the item back to the store and either exchange it for something you like or get cashback instead? Ultimately, it’s your choice what you do with a gift. By returning it, you have the chance to get something you really need and avoid cluttering your house with purposeless items.

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Make a donation

If we are honest, most of us already have everything we need. So why keep collecting and offering random items to people who likely don’t need them? An honorable and thoughtful way of letting go of unwanted gifts would be donating them to local charities, thrift stores, schools, and shelters.

Sell or Re-gift your unwanted gifts

In addition to donating, you can also sell the items or give them to someone else as a present. You probably have a birthday or party just around the corner, so take the opportunity to make someone happy. Besides, doing so saves time and money and simultaneously avoids additional trash!

Nowadays, most people yearn for more sustainable and minimalist lifestyles. However, weddings, birthday parties, and special celebrations like Christmas usually fill up our houses with gifts that have no value or utility. If that’s your case, don’t feel pushed to keep gifts you don’t love or don’t use solely out of guilt. That will land you in a house full of clutter and disorganization. Deal with unwanted gifts by saying thank you and letting them go. And if you need help during the process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a free consultation.