Women Debate The Pros And Cons Of Returning Holiday Gifts For Cash
Women Debate The Pros And Cons Of Returning Holiday Gifts For Cash. (Via Shutterstock).

Happy International Christmas Hangover Day, everybody! If you’re anything like me, you’re spending Boxing Day trying to detox from all the sugar and mimosas and staying up late with friends that happened last night, and your plan for today mostly involves pajamas, TV, and hanging out with all your new gifts. Unless, of course, you ended up with something you’re… less than thrilled about.

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It didn’t happen to me this year, but it’s not exactly unheard of to receive something during the holiday season that you have absolutely no use for. The ugly pair of Ugg boots from your thoughtful but clueless sister? The new clothes from your mom that will never fit into your wardrobe? The set of encyclopedias from your grandparents? Super considerate… and a super waste of money. Wasting money sucks in general, but it especially sucks when you’re not doing great financially. So here’s the question: Do you return them for money? Why or why not?

I’m really torn on this one. On the one hand, people give you gifts because they care about you and want you to be happy. If those earrings aren’t going to make you as happy as the ability to, like, make your car payment, is it really worth it to keep them? On the other hand, it’s sort of tacky to cash out and assign an exact monetary value to the things your loved ones buy for you. There’s something depressing about watching grandma’s sweet gift transform into $34.21 in-store credit. And would it hurt her feelings if she found out? And will she ask for a selfie of you wearing that sweater? And are you going to rot in hell?

How do you feel about returning holiday gifts for cash? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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