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      31.01.2010 16:14

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      Every single unwated item can find a useful home either by recycling or ideally, via charity

      Almost every birthday or Christmas as I have got older, I have received an unwanted gift or two - which makes me sound very ungrateful - but actually, it saves me money in the long run and can be quite a welcome present. Anything that doesn't fit the 'me' category goes straight into my present box and is recycled. On average it takes just 6 months for me to send the unwanted gift off on it's way again, hopefully to a friend or family member who didn't send it to me in the first place (you do need to keep track of what was sent by whom!) and hopefully also to somebody who will actually want and benefit from said gift! Failing all else, I will donate it to charity either via one of the charity bags that get posted through our letterbox (make sure you check these really are charity registered though before giving things away), or next time you are in time, pop it into your local charity shop. If money was no object, charity would always be the way I would pass on unwanted gifts, but in these credit crunching times, things are a little tight. But there is never any excuse for just throwing items away or stashing them away. There is always somebody out there who will want your unwanted items!

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      03.09.2002 06:21
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      Okay, okay, okay ... the high spirited, totally irrational, shock of the new, over reaction of the weekend has now finally had time to settle down, and the Dooyoo site seems to be returning to at least some semblance of order and effective working, so I'll tone down some of the bitching and moaning and ranting that came out at the time in my half formed, but very annoyed, post on the Dooyoo redesign. Much of those comments were/are justified, but at least it looks now like many of the bugs are being sorted out in the end, particularly those very problematic ones about being unable to search, post or rate (which are quite fundamental for this site, after all). This evening I've been able to post (and edit) quite successfully, although it takes a couple of clicks at times to do the necessary and there are a lot of links which take you to blank pages (quite disconcerting). The site still seems to be acting up quite inconsistently at times and it is annoying, but at least the majority of functions are working, even though the buggy nature of things these last three or four days have driven away the majority of members for the time being. Hopefully, they're just lying low for the time being while the problems are getting resolved and I really do pray that they'll come flooding back, but activity is pretty light for the most part. Still, what do you really expect? Anyway, now the dust is starting to settle down, how has this redesign process actually worked and what are the results like? Strange to tell, this site is not really about contributing members, although I'd certainly echo Kenjohn's view that without the contribution of the members this bleeding site cannot achieve a thing. Anyway, laying that aside for the moment, the whole premise of Dooyoo is as a consumer advice site, and the redesign has obviously been carried out with that audience firmly in mind, because things (apart from the obvious
      glitches) have speeded up a bit and makes quite a bit more sense from the consumer's point of view. The pages also look quite a bit more attractive than previous and functions well in satisfying the needs of its key audience. I'm not convinced, however, that the redesign won't negatively impact on its writers and certainly it's a bit more testing to operate in that role, but things are already significantly better than they were last Friday and Saturday when the only action going on seemed to be the vacuous 75 word ops from Churners International. Many of the regular contributors seem to have returned to the fold today and that's good. Of course, the Crown programme had already changed a while back, when it became clear that only opinions on actual consumables would qualify, so all the lovely prose generated on sports and football in particular will clearly miss out. Anyway, don't shout at me for filing this op in the wrong subject area, because I still believe this redesign should be included here in Unwanted Gifts, cos it certainly wasn't longed for me, and all this hype about Aurora just doesn't really touch me. I've always been pretty pleased with the way that the Dooyoo site works, and I've preferred its operation to Ciao, although many writers seem to be putting it out that the Big Orange One is preferable these days. Anyway, if you really do object to the Dooyoo redesign being included here, I'll give you my alternative list of UNWANTED GIFTS... A birth certificate with the name Romeo on it Roy Keane RSVP'ing that he'd love to attend your tea party The West Brom End of Season Celebration Party (if you object replace the WBA with Birmingham, Villa, Bolton, Fulham, West Ham, Sunderland, or any other crap team you like to mention) Socks/hankies from your granny Aftershave and smellies from your kids Flea powder for your dog A URL link to t
      he latest get rich quick site on the net. Evening all...

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        11.12.2000 23:32

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        We all get thm and we end up waiting ages for the best possible present then your auntie Maggy turn's up on your door gives you a big fat kiss then comes the Christmas present all big and wrapped nicely!!! Well I haven't good an auntie Maggy but I have got a auntie Julie much like auntie Maggy she gave me what looked like a fantastic present all lovely and big but upon opening it to my shock and amazment I saw the most hideous jumper in the history a bright yellow jumper with big orange stripes ( no this isn't a joke!!!) but worst of all I don't see my auntie much and due to that my mum made me wear the jumper on the entire weekend she stayed to make her happy!!! Unwanted gift or what!!!

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        10.12.2000 00:20
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        If there are Mums out there,who like me, look forward to the time when the children give you your present from them. They get excited ,as they watch you unwrap what Daddy has bought them to give you. You get ready to go over the top with your "oh its lovely darling,just what I wanted",followed by kisses and hugs. But this was very difficult for me to do three years ago,as my ex-husband had bought me some surprising presents. There was a pack of six screwdrivers,a pack of three paint brushes and a writing set. These would have been wonderful presents,apart from the fact that I was bought the first two items to enable ME to do the painting in our house,and one day I might find a screwdriver handy.I hated DIY. I was overwhelmed. The writing set was so I could write to people,unfortunately its something I loathe doing and I never wrote to anyone in the seven years we were married. My children asked me why I had wanted the brushes and did I like them.Confession I lied to them,so as not to upset them. From then on I bought things myself for the children to give me,as I could have ended up with a pick axe and shovel the following year!!!!! Except for the older ones who were capable of choosing their own. This year when asked by other people what I would like,the answer is money to buy tiles for my dining room fireplace. This is something I will benefit from,I can choose my own tiles and put my own money towards if need be .I will also see them every day and not have to stick them in the cupboard ready for a car boot. As the years go on its becoming much harder to buy other people presents,when you are on a tight budget,so being really imaginative I would rather give gift vouchers.That way they can pick something they really want.

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        07.12.2000 19:49
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        Every year I always look forward to my Pressies but every year I seem to get the same sort of things! What things you ask?,well bubble bath and not just one lot usually three or four different ones!, yes i do like bubble bath but the sets always have body or hand cremes in that I NEVER use, so they end up on the bathroom shelf to collect dust. Then there are chocolates, being quite picky I only like chocolates without fillings and I always get the latter...yukkkk. Then there are picture frames and candles.Yes i do like these but some people buy me them every year, there are a limit to the amount of pictures anyone can display and I met it about 3 years ago!. I know its rather rude to moan like this but I often feel that people just get the easiest things nowadays without looking round for something a little different.I have on occasions got rid of some gifts to charity shops as I would rather not waste them and feel this is a decent way to do it. So please Santa No more this year!!.will updat this 26th December!!.watch this space.

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        05.12.2000 07:25
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        Christmas is an expensive time, it is stressful and even the grand day itself is full of dangers, you know the ones the top that is too small/big, the wrong type of underwear, an ornament too far in fact the list is endless. I would suggest that you all go out and buy some post it notes (little self adhesive pieces of paper). After Christmas is done and dusted, look at the prezzies that you got that you did not want or are unsuitable to you. Those from places like Marks and Spencers are not a problem as they can be exchanged. But all the other ones, what doo yoo doo with them? Simple, write on a post it note who gave you the present, stick the note on the prezzie. Place all of these prezzies in the top of your wardrobe out of the reach of anyone else. Now when a birthday comes around you can have a look in the wardrobe and see if you have something that might be suitable. Or keep them until the following Christmas and resend out, the reason for the post it notes, is so you do not end up giving someone back the prezzie they gave you in the first place. This might sound a little tight fisted, but in truth I for one have not got the money to throw around and I hate waste. Happy Christmas one and all.

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          05.12.2000 02:00
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          I was reading one of the tabloids at the weekend, which had some startling facts about unwanted presents. Did you know up to 2 million presented given each year or unwanted and that’s a total of 95 million pound. Wow, just imagine what you could spend that kind of money on. Six out often adults have hated at least some of the presents given each year. Youngsters are the hardest to please, with one out of five gifts received by 15-24 not wanted. Men tend to be fussier while women are unhappy with 13 percent of the gifts. The figures don’t even include the presents given to children under 15. So here my ideas for what to buy for age groups to avoid adding to the total of unwanted gifts: 15-24: mobiles most kids have one, but they are really cheap and make a good presents, money is another option, and clothes is always popular (as long as it has got some brand names). Vouchers from high street shops like Boot, Our Price or book stores can come in handy. 25-34: jumpers that’s a good one, or a tie they are cheap and make excellent gifts. A gadget from the many gadget shops. 35-44: something sentimental silver photo frame with name engraved, book vouchers definitely or watch, tie. 45-54; some gardening equipment, theatre tickets, book vouchers, 65+: something sentimental like album of all the family, jumpers, socks, books. Some ideas from me to avoid receiving unwanted gifts. If you do get one don’t chuck it, take it to the many charity shops. I am sure they will be very grateful. Spend your Christmas money wisely and try to think who you are buying for and what they like. Happy shopping.

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          04.12.2000 15:27

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          you really do not want to buy this!!! there is this a fake tree available in shops at the moment which i think is so pointless its unbeleivable. its this fake christmas tree around 1 foot tall which has two eyes and a mouth. there is a tune which plays from this silly thing, yet his mouth is moving. As the mouth moves, you'd expect the tree to sing something... but NO! It looks stupid so do not go anywhere near it... if you see it run for your life!!!

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          02.12.2000 21:27

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          There are a few things that you can do with unwanted presents 1) Return them -Rude 2) Recycle them giving them to someone else -Rude 3) Use them The one thing that you can do is not to give unwanted presents to other people in the first place and you are less likely to get them in return. This year I wracked my brains on what to give a colleague. I could not think of any thing to get her. In the end I broached the subject and suggested about giving to charity rather than buying presents for each. She agreed as I knew that bottles of wine and chocolates are hardly thought provoking. So I am buying cat and dog food so that I can donate on my colleagues behalf to an animal charity. As she is, mad on animals. We both agreed that it we did not need things. So I choose a charity for her donate on my behalf. Not only will it make you feel good. At least you do not get some thing that you do not want. Last time I looked Christmas was for children not for moaning adults. If you really can not think of something to give. Here is a quick idea if your friends have children. Create some little vouchers to offer your services as a baby sitter. Also some elderly relatives would prefer your time to some useless, over priced piece of junk. Just take some cake, sit and have a cup of tea and talk to them. I will now get off my high horse.

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          28.11.2000 00:45
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          Un wanted christmas presents are the worst arn't they? what do you do with them, let the clutter your room, bin them but feel really guilty, wear them????? My suggestion is how often do you see the person, that can make you have a decision but what ever you do don't chuck them in the bin think of all the people and children who won't get anything at all this christmas, give it to a charity or to a school fate.

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          26.11.2000 03:14

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          I used to always get those Novelty Animlas slippers every single Year (and I still had years of wear in the last pair!!!!!!!!!!!) It was usually the well meaning Aunt that bought them. Although I just love getting smellies and whilst other people don't like this as they think it is a hint on their personal hygiene I am thrilled to receive scented bath products as I don't tend to treat myself to these as much now as they are somewhat of a luxury

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          24.11.2000 15:40
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          As a successful competition person, I am always awash with runner-up prizes that I do not want and have no use for, it's kind of like unwanted Christmas presents all year round. My solution to this problem is pretty simple. I get rid of them. Don't get me wrong, I don't ever remember throwing anything away, but I tend to be pretty ruthless about hoarding - I just don't tolerate it. Admittedly, there is a big problem if relatives give you things you really don't want, and then expect you to wear / display / use whatever it is they've given you. Perhaps this is the problem with people projecting their own taste onto you - I never buy things that I would like, only things I am 100% sure the victim would want. Anyway, charity shops are always willing to take stuff in, and despite the fact that their pricing can be unambitious, there are enough high-street outlets for you to find a shop whose cause you can happily support. If you are organised, and it's toys or kid's stuff you're talking about, every winter numerous hospitals and charities do appeals for unwanted (usually unused) toys to be given to disadvantaged kids. My girlfriend won some Disney dolls just before Christmas a few years back and gave them to one of these appeals. The woman who came to collect them was so gushingly grateful it was almost embarrassing. The only problem was that they thought she was being so generous, when she thought they were doing her a favour. You certainly won't regret doing this kind of thing. And finally, you can just give them to people you know. Again, these runners-up prizes which I don't want are always snapped up like they're gold dust by members of my family - if you genuinely don't want something, you'll generate a lot of familial goodwill merely by passing it swiftly on to someone who would love it.

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          24.11.2000 01:44
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          We all moan each year about unwanted gifts that great aunts etc buy, but why aren't we grateful that someone cares enough about us to get us something. I do it myself,laugh or moan at what someone has either bought me or my kids but really its not fair as someone has put alot of effort into choosing you a gift. My hubby's aunties are the woarse they always get us his and her hankies, socks and teatowels!! Although my nana this year has taken the lead I think buy knitting my 3 children matching cardies. Don't get me wrong they are nice cardies for when I was small but trying to bribe my daughter into wearing it is going to be another thing LOL. Joking aside,I have to admit I am very gratefull of theese gifts as she has spent alot of time and effort making them. At the end of the day be gratful for whatever you get and I am sure your 'unwanted'gifts will come in handy at some point.

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            23.11.2000 20:35
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            Reading through the opinions on unwanted gifts, it would seem as though we have a common problem reaching epidemic proportions. All over the land, gaily/gaudily wrapped concoctions, collections and condiments are languishing away, getting in the way, taking up valuable space. And this in a land obsessed with storage solutions because of the chronic lack of space available. I find myself a little surprised that charities don't launch a "Gis Yer Smellies" drive after Christmas, the way they do with Christmas cards. Is it because they know that they can't sell them again? To the commercially viable proposition: Gathering information about the consumer and getting them to view ads is what reward schemes like DooYoo and Beenz are all about. Various types of schemes of this genre are popping up all over the place. I have even noticed some aimed at children, the most impressive of which is at www.neopets.com. This site offers you a very colourful tamagoche and entices you to look at adverts to get better treats for your virtual pet. Anyhow, what would be handy would be a scheme for an individual to rate items available from various stores, and for the final list to be made available to the individual's anxious relatives. It sounds like a tedious task, but with the incentive of a friendly community and reward points of one sort or another, it seems to get 'em going. After all, isn't that what we're all doing here? The ratings could be as finely calibrated as required, but the basis of them would be "I really want this" "Dunno/Wouldn't mind" "I REALLY wouldn't want this" This way, even the least mercenary, not wishing to create a wish list, could be given the opportunity to air a "Hate To Have" list. What say you all? Shall we start up a business together? :o) Love, Plumpt
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              23.11.2000 03:16
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              This is a tip from my mother, every time she recieves an unwanted gift, she simply wraps it back up and passes it on to someone else! As she says "waste not, want not!" I only discovered this last year. In sheer frustration of not knowing what to buy for her, she ended up with a basket of smellies. She gave an oscar winning act on christmas morning when she recived it, "oh its absolutely georgous!" she said, "Ive wanted this all year". So I was well pleased, and made a mental note to get the same next year. That was until April this year, my sisters birthday to be exact. My poor mum sprained her wrist, so being the lovely daughter I am, I offered to wrap her presents for her. "That'd be great" says dear mummy, "they're over there". I look over to see among the pile, the lovingly bought basket of smellies I'd bought for her just a few months before!!!! After getting over the sheer cheek of her, I saw the funny side, and we agreed that Id never buy her smellies again. I also agreed not to tell my sisters though, so this year when they're looking through their pressies, I'll be watching on in glee and trying not to laugh!!!

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