Are you still in the throes of a few holiday gifts that were way off the mark? Sure, it’s the new year, but some of last year’s presents are undoubtedly still lingering. It’s tempting to toss the itchy sweater into the back of the closet or shove the freakishly grinning gnome knickknack onto a very high shelf and deal with it “later.”
Why do we keep these items? I blame indecision and guilt. And speaking of guilt, I’m your girl. A relative (I won’t dare say whom) gave me a gold bracelet nearly a decade ago. It’s too big for my wrist and rolls up and down my forearm when I wear it (which is only when the giver visits). It’s not my style or my taste but I’ve been holding on to it because it was a costly gift and was meant to be significant.
Seeing gold prices spiking, my husband recently encouraged me to sell the bracelet and pick out something else I’d really like. Somehow hearing him suggest this made the idea of freeing myself of this “gift” much more palatable. So I’m going to do it and select something that’s more to my taste. Or maybe I’ll use the money for a Paper Source class or a massage or two.
I’m feeling less guilty about this because I thanked the giver many times and I sincerely appreciated the effort and thought that went into selecting this gift. And that’s what counts, really.
I’m giving myself permission to weed out burdens in disguise as gifts. And I’m encouraging you to do the same. Here are the options:
— Give it to someone who could use it AND would want it.
— Return it, if possible, for store credit.
— Donate it to Goodwill, Career Closet or an appropriate charity.
— Sit it on the curb outside your home with a big “Free to a good home!” sign on it.
Losing weight is always a popular New Year’s resolution, and it’s easy. You can drop five or 10 pounds in an afternoon just by clearing out gifts you won’t use, don’t want and don’t need!