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Subject: Re: My usual "gift giving" rant Date: 12/10/2012 4:12 PM
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(This despite my sister's ruthless, "you gave it, you get it" rule).

Most if not all of us have more stuff than we need. I can understand "you gave it, you get first choice", but gifts are to be used by the recipient. They may be of no use to the giver. If they don't have sentimental value, then it either Goodwill/donation or trash.

Our remodeling will be complete soon. All of our stuff, plus whatever I keep from my parents home has to fit. My husband was stressing that everything wasn't going to fit. It took awhile for him to understand that if it doesn't fit, it ships (to family or friends if they want it, donation if in good enough shape, or trash if unusable). Packing was done in a limited amount of time, and more than should have been kept was packed because not all family members were present.

I give gift cards when I think it's something a person really wants.

I understand. It is just that I really hate the idea of problems that occur with gift cards. In cases where a specific gift card would be appropriate, I use an image from their website and create wrapping for cash. It keeps me happy, and I haven't had any complaints. Thought I have started adding cardboard behind the cash. One present was opened by tearing the wrapping in half. The receipient worked in a bank, and had no problem replacing the damaged bills.
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