Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Do you re gift? A quick straw poll with friends suggests that this question has a clear yes or no answer.
Some people consider it rude but on a practical (and frugal) level it makes sense to pass on gifts you know you won't use. The tricky part is not offending the gift giver or, as in the extreme cartoon above, the recipient!!
For example, I was given lots of lovely gifts from the children in my class, many of them edible things that I cannot eat. So when I was making up some Christmas baskets with my marmalade and chutney I was able to add in some posh biscuits and chocolates as well. Win/win!
I was also given red wine. I've never been able to drink red wine (it triggers a migraine) so I took it to my lovely mum who does like it. And I told her it was a gift I couldn't use. She doesn't mind, she likes nice wine!
Other presents I know I won't use I generally pass on to the charity shop. They might be just what someone else wants and the charity benefits too.
In recent years I have told my family not to buy me anything. I genuinely don't need anything. I'm still sorting through the last of my boxes from moving house over a year ago which is full of stuff I've been given. The easiest way to avoid clutter is stop it from making itself at home in the form of unwanted gifts!