2009 might have marked the second consecutive year in which US holiday spending has dropped. But now that the ribbons and bows are all off, I'm still left with more stuff than I need. I suspect I'm not alone: Get another indeterminate candy dish for the already-packed cabinets? A scarf that's not quite your style? We should be thanking our lucky stars for being so fortunate, but that doesn't dispel the presence of one too many cosmetic organizers now in my closet. One man's trash may be another's treasure, but I'd like to think that just about everyone can find a use for anything on this planet. Even the most purposeless waste of money, energy and resources. So before you burden another by regifting, consider the following karma-friendly alternatives.
- Put it in a bin for the homeless shelter/Salvation Army. You won't gain a tax-deductible for the object, but it's one of the most hassle-free and healthy ways to get it off your hands.
Bonus! Five Uses for Unwanted Holiday Cards:
- Frame them to use as holiday decorations next year.
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