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How to avoid getting unwanted gifts

By Creative(54,965) Creative

Posted Sunday, January 13, 2008
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It happens every year whether it be birthday, anniversary or Christmas, we are all subject to receiving and giving unwanted gifts to those we love.
So how do we avoid this?
Well, we could be really devious and do what wedding planners do these days and create a 'list' with a local store (an online store might be preferable for those out of town relatives) and then let people just buy what they can afford from the list. This will of course remove the element of surprise and you'll know exactly what was spent. This may though be preferable to getting a  plastic cuckoo clock yet again this year. There are only so many of those you can give house room too afterall!
Alternatively, you can take the stress out of shopping for your friends and family and suggest they give you gift vouchers and you can of course do the same for them. I would recommend though if doing this that you give the vouchers before the event so that in the case of children, the parents can use them to buy gifts they know the children will want and enjoy, so they have a nice gift to open on the special day.
This year for my children, I offered to shop for all my relatives when it came to buying my children gifts. They told me in advance how much they desired to spend. I chose items from one store online (emailed the relatives the details) and then reserved the items for me to collect. I could have had them delivered but preferred this route on that occasion. The benefits of shopping for my relatives are many.
My children got everything they wanted for Christmas, no repeat gifts, unwanted gifts or broken gifts. I bought all the presents in November which gave me plenty of time to test the items and return any that were faulty. In the future if necessary, I can pool the money from the relatives to buy larger gifts that I may not be able to afford on my own.
My relatives benefited from not having to shop, wrap or post the gifts. I wrapped and left tags so that the children knew which relative each gift was from, so in that regard they still thanked all the right people.
I had all the receipts, should anything need returning in the future and the store is in easy drive distance. What could be easier?

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