Sunday, March 4, 2012

70. unwanted gifts

We all get them. Gifts that were bought for us with good intentions, but just aren't "us."

Today's items:
A plate and bowl sent by my mother that aren't even close to being my style. These have been riding around in my Jeep with the intention of trying to return them to Hobby Lobby where they were purchsed and get credit toward something I actually want... but the only Hobby Lobby is in an area of town I have no other reason to go to so these having been riding around for nearly two months now. By now, they very well may have made it to the clearance shelf anyway, if they weren't purchased on clearance to begin with.  I'm praying she didn't pay full price for these... I give up. They went in the donation box today. I'm sure someone else will absolutely love them.

4 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed that you're willing to post pictures of gifts you've given away. I've always been to nervous that the gift giver might see my post! It makes me happy that you're confident that decluttering is the right thing for you and aren't embarassed at all. Great post!

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    1. In all honesty, these were from my mother who doesn't even check her email, much less read a blog. I do appreciate the thought that went into the gift, but I also know that they'll be more appreciated elsewhere. She does know I'm donating/selling a good portion of my stuff as I downsize and she has said on several occasions that I've probably given away things she's given me. I don't confirm or deny. =) When she mentions starting to sort through things at her home, I always tell her to feel free to give away anything I've given her if it doesn't suit her needs. I feel once the item is given, the recipient is in control of its fate. These days I try hard to give gifts that will be used up - the best was a gift certificate to her local yarn/fabric shop since she's knitting an afghan through classes with them.

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  2. Our grandparents had a great idea when it comes to gift-giving. They told all their kids and grandkids (and even put it in their will) that when they die everything that has been given to them will go back to the original gift-giver. My granddad has joked that their presents have gotten more unique and thoughtful since that announcement, since everyone knows they will eventually have to bring back home whatever they sent in the first place...hehehe!! Fewer knick-knacks and more of their family's personality showing up. :)

    They also had gone through their house and gathered a bunch of trinkets (several tables worth) that they had accumulated over the years from all their travels and such and let all of us go through and pick out things that we loved. That way we all got the opportunity to bring home a little something that would remind us of them. This worked perfectly for our family as we are spread out all over the country and the world and, quite frankly, alot of us grandkids probably wouldn't be able to make it back in time for a funeral when they die. We were able to pick things without the experience being tinged with grief and we were really able to think about what we were choosing to bring home, or not.

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    1. What an interesting idea. I don't think that would work for my mother though... she loves the stuff she's gotten me and would be more than happy to add to her already overstuffed home. *sigh*

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