Don’t forget to check out the first part of our blog on wedding gifts.
Decluttering Wedding Gifts: She’s crafty She’s crafty
In the funny meme I read on Facebook they detailed gifts people get and no one really desires. One was homemade craft items. DISCLOSURE: I usually make things like handmade soaps, essential oils and soups for clients as gifts. Since I am supporting them in clearing clutter, it doesn’t sit right with me to purchase something they won’t use.
Having said that, we are focusing on wedding gifts today. We only received one craft item. It was apparent that it didn’t take a lot of time to make, was nothing like the décor in our home and frankly, wasn’t that imaginative. I share this because a few months ago I threw it away. I couldn’t regift it nor could I recycle it, which is what I would have tried to do. If you have listened to my podcast for a while I talk a lot about energy and intent. If I had felt love behind the gift or they had really put a lot of thought and care behind it, we might have felt differently. I have artwork of my nieces and nephew on the fridge because they made it for me. They put love into it.
I suggest thinking very carefully about crafting an item. If you do, make sure it is something they need or will use, have asked for and will match their home. Anything done from a place of love will be treasured and appreciated.
What goes around comes around: Decluttering Wedding Gifts
I know this will get me in trouble with Miss Manners but I am a fan of regifting. And I actually did get in trouble here in the south when I talked about regifting in a presentation I did at a country club. One woman was not amused.
We received a religious gift from a friend who knows we are not religious. We regifted to my BIL and his wife who are very religious and appreciated the gift. It is all good in my book. Why would I want to keep something around gathering dust when it brings someone else joy? If you struggle with letting go of a wedding gift, ask yourself this question. Clearing clutter allows you to bring in more of what you desire.
I cannot imagine a wedding gift that would be really awful, but if you think it is and don’t want to regift, give it to charity. There are so many in need.
If you are concerned about the money, you can always give the gift of time: to housesit, pet sit, babysit. Or the gift of sweat: helping someone plant a garden or paint a room. I read about a nightmare bride, posted on Reddit I believed, who called out someone who only gave a $50 gift. She told her friend she should have given something worth $200 cause that is what I cost per couple or person. Tacky. You don’t want to be friends with someone.
Have an honest conversation saying that money is tight and you would love to give them a gift of time. Most normal people, appreciate this. The ones that don’t, maybe you need to rethink your friendship and /or going to the wedding.
Have you ever regifted a wedding present? Would you regift a wedding present? Have you ever had a homemade present backfire?
DIY Options to Clear Clutter
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