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Two women with Santa hats sitting on a couch. One woman is holding an open gift box and making a distressed face.



Giving everyone the perfect holiday gift isn’t always easy. But sometimes you’re so far off the mark it isn’t even funny. When you’re the one giving the gift, it’s no biggie. Sure, there might be a little embarrassment if the recipient is unable to hide their dismay. But then everyone goes their separate ways and you’re free to forget the whole debacle.

When you’re the one who unwrapped the bad gift, however, it’s a whole different story. Now you’re stuck with this thing and it’s your job to figure out what to do with it. This is even worse if the giver cluelessly thinks they’re ever going to see it in your home or on your body. If that’s the case, you’ve only got one option – move away. Otherwise, check out these ideas for parting with those unwanted holiday gifts and getting on with your life.

Regift It

Just because you hate it doesn’t mean everyone will. Still, you have to pick just the right person. Someone who controls your level of income or employment status, such as your manager, isn’t a wise choice, no matter how you feel about them. Maybe send it to your childhood bully, anonymously! Just be careful not to accidentally regift it to the person who originally gave it to you.

Return It

Did your gift giver include a receipt? This one may be a long shot. The givers of the most terrible gifts tend to be the most misguided. Chances are your dear-friend-turned-mortal-enemy immediately burned the receipt because they were so positive you were going to love it. But if you can sleuth out where they acquired it, you could always check with the shop and see if they’ll take it back without the receipt.

Retire It

Permanently, a la “Blade Runner.” The easiest option being any available garbage can. Or you could donate it and hope it brings someone else some sort of pleasure. Too bad the disaster that was last year isn’t a literal dumpster fire that you could toss this terrible 2020 gift into.

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