"The true purpose of a present is to be received" - Marie Kondo

Updated: Mar 9

Gifts are always given with the right intention but sometimes the things you receive don't quite fit with who you are or what you'd like in your home.

Marie Kondo believes that the true purpose of a gift is to be received - the giver has bought the gift to show their love or appreciation to you and it has served it's purpose once you have received it. The very last thing they would have wanted would be for you to feel any burden from their gift. You really shouldn't feel any guilt in passing the gift on to a charity shop and letting someone else have the joy of finding it and buying it for their own home.

Rather than putting the gift away in a cupboard never to be seen again I'd recommend that you try it out at least once - you never know it may Spark Joy in an unexpected way. A kitchen gadget may make a mundane task easier (I'm loving my avocado stone remover!).

If it's a gift for a child then encourage them to try it out. Monopoly may not be the latest console game that was on their list but if you unwrap it and play it together they'll appreciate the time spent with you - family Christmas memories are made when we sit down together and laugh or argue our way through who has hotels on Park Lane!

If the long stripy socks with individual toes from great Aunt Mabel aren't for you once you've tried them, then regift them so that someone can get some pleasure from wearing them - charity shops are always grateful for quality stock.

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