How To Make The Most Out Of Unused And Unwanted Christmas Gifts

make the most of unwanted christmas gifts

Your children's toy boxes and cubbies are already overflowing and Christmas has not arrived yet. Your display shelf and storage cubbies are also filled with an array of items received as gifts. You just know that once Christmas is here, there will be more toys and other items to fill these overflowing spaces. So what do you do with all the other gifts received through the years? How do you make room for new things and how do you get your home organized? Here are some ways for you to organize, store and recycle Christmas gifts.

1. Be Prepared To Receive Christmas Gifts

Just after Thanksgiving, go through your children's cubbies and toy boxes, as well as your display shelf and cupboards. Make space for new gifts by tossing out things that are already broken, donate those that are not being used any longer, or have a garage sale to profit from things that are still in good condition.

2. Invest In More Storage Baskets, Cubbies And Bins

Look for more storage solutions you can use in your home. Organize them by designating a basket, bin or cubby for each type of item and get everyone in your family to help get everything cleaned up. If you are dealing with items that are larger in size, opt for larger storage solutions.

3. Sell Unwanted Items

Learn to recycle on a large scale, as you can actually profit from it. Remember that things you no longer need, can be useful to others. As mentioned, you can set up a garage sale, or opt to sell them online as well.

4. Give Away To Charity

If you do not want to sell gifts that you either find useless or hardly use, you can donate them to charity shops that sell them to raise funds for their charity. However, you must avoid choosing charity shops that are located near the people who gave you the gifts and come up with a suitable excuse to tell them when they visit.

5. Recycle Gift Packaging

"Waste not, want not" - this is what we have been taught and want our children to grow up by. All the packaging used for Christmas gifts - fabric bags, craft boxes, cosmetic bags, plastic containers and paper gift wraps can be recycled. You can use these old packaging items to wrap new Christmas gifts, thus saving you time and money each year.

6. Look For Other Uses

When you just can not use the gifts for their respective purposes, consider the alternative purposes they may have. Do not be afraid to be creative when you look for different uses for common and unique items.

7. Put Them In Storage

The piles of unused and unwanted gifts in all shapes and sizes just continue to increase, but you might not want to part with them, lest you might need them in the future. In such a situation, look for other storage solutions you can invest in then. Click here to learn more about the different external storage solutions available to you.

8. Opt For Hidden Storage Space

You can also move your children's board games and other larger toys into hidden storage spaces to make room for new toys. All you need to do is be creative when selecting potential storage spaces that can hide your children's toys. Consider bookshelves, furniture drawers and entertainment cabinets that can hold books, board games, toy cars, dolls and small toy displays.

9. Save Gifts That Have Built-In Storage

As you go about choosing and organizing gifts that you and your family received in previous years, make sure that you save those that have built-in storage. These will be very useful to you and your children.


    • Maggie@SquarePennies

      Maggie@SquarePennies 11/22/2013 12:31 p.m. #

      All good ideas! When I was an elementary school teacher all the teachers pooled the gifts they did not want and they were delivered to a nearby nursing home or retirement home. They rewrapped them first so that residents could get gifts for Christmas even if they had no family who sent them things.

      So many of these gifts were things we just couldn't use, so why not let someone else enjoy them?

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 11/22/2013 12:36 p.m. #

        Oh, I so love what you guys did with your gifts. The elderly are often overlooked at Christmas. People assume that by that age they have everything. But a pretty wrapped up gift means so much, esp to those without any family visiting them at the holidays.

    • Get Rich With Me

      Get Rich With Me 11/23/2013 2:57 a.m. #

      Sell your unwated gifts on Ebay - thats what I'll be doing this year.
      The proceeds will be put towards paying down debts

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 11/23/2013 4:59 p.m. #

        A smart idea too. So much better than the gifts going to waste.

    • Corinne

      Corinne 11/25/2013 3:05 p.m. #

      These are great tips Sicorra! This year I have been making room for the upcoming holiday (with 2 little ones and a huge extended family, we get overrun with stuff after Christmas) but I need to come up with more creative ways to store things.

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