Gift giving season just passed. Now many of us find ourselves with unwanted gifts. What should we do with them? We should learn from our unwanted gifts!
In a perfect life, you will only be surrounded by all the things and people you cherish. But this is naturally part of what you would call a dream. Life isn’t perfect, and sometimes, unfortunately, things we don’t like find their way in the middle of our path. You have a different way of reacting to those, of course. Some people share their disappointment, some others fight back and try to send back the bad news or the wrong item where they believe it belongs. Finally, an another part of the population learns to make the most of everything that life has to give even if it is something that they didn’t want.
The Meaning Behind Gifts We Don’t Like
It would be difficult to list all the things you don’t like, and it would be a pointless exercise too. It is far more interesting to understand why you might find yourself surrounded by things and experience that you didn’t want to have. The most simple explanation, unfortunately, is that you attracted it to yourself.
This doesn’t mean that you deserved to receive any unwanted gifts that you never wanted in the first place. It might not have happened randomly. Take for example that awful jumper that your parents got you for your birthday. You smiled and thanked them, but inside, you were screaming in horror. Instead of blaming them for their poor choice, it’s important that you try to see what might have led to it.
Could it be that your parents are not aware of your fashion interests because they don’t see you often enough to gain an insight into your style? Or maybe they are trying to be supportive because they saw your favorite actress was wearing something similar?
I Really Hate That Jumper/ I Don’t Use My Gift Card: Getting Rid Of Presents You Don’t Want
Even when you have understood the reason behind the ugly present, you still can’t stand the sight of it. It has to go! This is a tricky process because the person who gave it to you might wonder where it has gone. Be careful before you get rid of your ugly present. There are thankfully a variety of ways to giving an unwanted item a new life: You could start by giving it to a charity foundation.
For clothes that are in good state – even if they have been used -, unused toiletries, or even pieces of furniture, going down the charity route means that you can make sure that the item will serve a bigger purpose than cluttering your house pointlessly. You could also consider selling it online, such as on eBay, for example, where you can even make a profit out of it.
There are plenty of smart ways to use eBay in order to maximize your sales, such as targeting typos in descriptions so that your item will appear first for users who mistyped their research. As they are more numerous than you think, this is always a good tip to remember! Finally, sometimes it’s not an item per say, it could be concert tickets or even a gift card. Those can be resold, or given away.
What Can I Do With My Bad Experience: Share It!
A bad experience is a lesson in life. The best way for you to make the most of your experience is to share it. For this, there are different ways to approach it.
Your experience is a form of knowledge that you can sell to others. While this may not make you immediately a wealthier person, you will find that it is a very effective way of clearing out your mental blockages and traumas. Talking about it for the benefits of others makes you genuinely stronger, and this is something you can be proud of. Some people choose to be an adviser in a certain type of services, for example in a professional milieu; you will soon find out that the experts are those who had got it wrong the most in the past. This is part of the process of experiences: You learn from your mistakes so that you can help others to avoid them better!
To sum up, whether it’s a gift card, an ugly present, or a bad experience, there are plenty of ways of creating a gain – whether it is monetary, mentally, or even emotionally – from things that you don’t like. So, analyze the stuff you don’t want anymore and see how they can make you a richer person now!
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.