It was intended to be the greatest gift ever, now it sits discarded under the tree. The days after Christmas are a time to take stock and decide what’s important in life and what to do with all those socks and cologne that you’ll never use.

Don’t fret; not wanting a gift does not mean that you don’t appreciate the giver’s and their efforts. It’s just that the gift, while intended for me, does not appeal to me or benefit my life, which is what a gift is supposed to do.

According to RetailDIVE, about 45 percent of holiday shopping will return unwanted items, and five billion pounds of returned goods will end up in the trash each year.

If you get a gift you don’t want, here are some options on how to deal with it.

The dreaded re-gift: As the saying goes, one person’s junk is another’s treasure, just be careful with holiday re-gifting. First and foremost don’t forget and give the gift back to the giver.

Stay organized with your re-gift pile. Tag items with who gave it and think ahead to who might need it in the future.

If you can keep it until next year, be sure that the item isn’t labeled with anything designating it as this year’s gift.

Avoid re-gifting trendy or seasonal items, or better yet, be up front and let the new recipient know that it’s a re-gift.

Give to charity: If you have ever attended an angel tree distribution event, you have seen the joy on children’s faces at getting the simple things that many take for granted. What is just another sweater or warm coat can make someone else’s winter bearable. 

Local charities include Hope House, a ministry of Trinity Baptist Church, 1517 McArthur St. Manchester Good Samaritan, 1 15 Park Pl. and Goodwill, 2161 Hillsboro Blvd.  

Sell them: Items that are of value may be of interest to others to purchase. Short of holding a yard sale, items can be listed on Ebay. Locally, Facebook marketplaces provide sales opportunities that Manchester people will see.

“Middle Tn buy, sell, trade marketplace” and “Manchester, TN USA - Buy, Sell & Trade” are social media groups. Simply ask to join the group, then post pictures and a description of your items for sale.

Hold a swap: At the risk of offending the giver, hold a swapping event. This would especially work for young adults who will likely receive several presents from an older (possibly out of touch) generation. Remember to be considerate of other’s feelings.

Return it: While this is the obvious solution, it is often the last choice because of the perceived hassle of returning a gift.

According to Walmart.com, many gift items have extended return timeframe allows time to return unwanted gifts.

As a guideline, media such as books, movies, music and video games must be unopened and returned within 90 days. Refurbished game hardware must be returned within 15 days.

Clothing from the superstore, along with electronics and jewelry may be returned within 90 days. See customer service or walmart.com for complete details.

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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