What the $%%^#@ is it???

What the $%%^#@ is it???

OK, so it isn’t very often that the big fella gets it wrong … but think of the strain of keeping everyone’s wish list straight. Perhaps it was a clerical error on behalf of the elfing staff, or maybe Rudolph sneezed on Santa’s list right at your name, turning it into nothing but a blurry, illegible smudge. The fact is that inevitably we all wind up with gifts and stocking stuffers we don’t want and/or can’t really use.

This includes everything from gift cards to music, movies, event tickets, and even jewelry. Wondering what to do with your item besides letting it sit and collect dust?

GiftSwap.com would do Jerry, George, and Elaine proud! It’s the site that makes regifting a breeze. The best part is that it’s not really regifting, but rather gift-swapping. Meaning that you’re not only finding a new home for that Hooters gift card you’ll never use, but you’re getting cash or a gift card of equal value to a store or restaurant you actually do like!

The people who came up with this idea must be related to the same geniuses who created MeetUp.com. What a brilliant, innovative use for the Net.

How it works…

GiftSwap is easy. If you already know what you are looking for, simply search in the “I’m Looking for a…” category. If you have something you want to swap, search in the “I Want to Swap a…” category. Can’t decide? Just browse and see if someone has an item you want.

Once you’ve decided on an item you would like in exchange for your item, click on that item. You will be forwarded to the Swap Page where you can make a formal offer. This offer will be forwarded person who posted the item, who then decides whether to accept or reject your offer. Once your offer is accepted, you will receive the address to ship your item to, and the person who posted will receive your address. It’s that simple.

If your item does not fit into any of the existing categories, you can always create a new posting describing your item and let other users make you offers.

And one of the absolutely coolest features is GiftSwap’s inclusion of a section where nonprofits can place bids for donations of gift cards and other unwanted/unused items.

So if you were one of those unlucky souls for whom Santa botched your Christmas gift request, there are two things to do:

  1. Be grateful you’re lucky enough to have received the present in the first place.
  2. Log on to GiftSwap.com and trade it in so you can have the thing you really will appreciate.

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A late addition…

Another site where you can swap your gift card for another card of your choice is GiftCardRescue.com. Their Web site claims that unlike other gift card swapping Web sites, you do not have to wait till you find someone willing to do a trade with you. GiftCardRescue.com will buy your gift card for a percentage of the card value (usually between 60 percent and 80 percent, depending on the popularity of the card) and you can then use the proceeds to buy a brand new gift card of your choice.

GiftCardRescue.com offers gift cards from more than 35 national retailers, like the Home Depot, Target, Best Buy, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secrets, Ann Taylor and Brooks Brothers, to name a few. So the next time you find yourself stuck with an unwanted gift card, first say: “Thank you.” Then make your way to GiftCardRescue.com to trade yours in for a gift card you will use.

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And lastly … there’s actually a National Regifting Day!! The following is excerpted from their site:

In honor of holiday office parties and the “unique” gifts exchanged at them, the creators of Regiftable.com have declared the Thursday before Christmas to be National Regifting Day.

This date is particularly appropriate since, according to our unscientific research, the third Thursday of December it is the most common day for a holiday office party.  And, according to our very scientific research, four in 10 regifters (41%) target coworkers as the recipients of their regifts.