4 Things to Do with Unwanted Clothing Gifts
The holiday season has come to an end and now is the time to take down the decorations, toss out the cookies, and find a home for all of the clothing you were gifted. Some items you love and can’t wait to hang in your closet. Others you can do without—whether you have no use for them or they just don’t align with your style.
Now the question is: What should you do with those unwanted clothes? If you can’t return them—or just don’t want to waste time at a crowded mall—consider these ideas to give them a second chance at a useful life.
- Sell to Consignment
- Return It
As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Donate your unwanted gifts to a local charity and give back to those in need. Chances are there’s someone out there who will appreciate the gift much more than you did. Most charities have a drop-off center where you can quickly swing by and hand over your items. Don’t have time to swing by? Request a donation clean-out bag from thredUP, an online thrift store, and they’ll send you one for free. Just pack up the bag, send it back and they’ll take care of donating everything for you. They’ll also give you a receipt so that you can write off the donation during the upcoming tax season.
Share the love! You may not like the gift, but you probably can think of someone who would. Hold on to it until the next holiday season, or save it for another occasion. You can never have enough “thank you” gifts tucked away for those last-minute party invites. Just avoid re-gifting items to someone in the same circle as the person you received it from—it could come across as hurtful, whether intentional or not.
A recent report by thredUP states that 38 percent of women prefer to send unwanted gifts to consignment stores because it’s more convenient than trying to return the items. After all, there is no harm in making money off of your unwanted gifts! Send your items to a consignment store and make a commission, ranging from cash to credit, when they sell. Afterwards, use that money to treat yourself and purchase something that you love!
Approximately $70 billion in merchandise may be returned either during or immediately after the holiday season, according to Optoro. If you’re willing to brave the crowds at your local mall, try to return the gift from the store where it was purchased. Most stores are willing to accept returned items with no receipt in exchange for store credit for the current selling price of the item. Keep in mind that almost all stores have major sales after the holidays, resulting in a price tag that is discounted tremendously.
The great news is that you have plenty of options when it comes to getting rid of unwanted gifts. It’s safe to say that this is probably not the first unwanted gift you will receive, and won’t be the last. Appreciate the time, energy and money spent on the gift, and then become determined to find it a happier home.