How to Accept a Terrible Gift

What do you do if you receive a gift that leaves you speechless, disgusted, or scratching your head in bewilderment? Ignore their terrible taste and politely accept their gift.

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You Will Need

  • Smile
  • Acting skills
  • Politeness
  • Communication skills
  • Solution

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Smile

    Smile as you discover the terrible gift someone has actually spent money on.

  2. Step 2

    Act

    Act surprised, which will probably not be hard to accomplish.

  3. Keep smiling.

  4. Step 3

    Talk

    Talk about the unique features it has.

  5. Step 4

    Thank them

    Thank them politely for the gift they shockingly chose for you.

  6. Step 5

    Change the subject

    Change the subject or begin opening another gift.

  7. Step 6

    Give hints

    Give the gift giver hints for a gift you would enjoy the next time a gift exchange is about to occur.

  8. If you are comfortable, talk to the gift giver about their gift choice.

  9. Step 7

    Declutter

    Return, sell, donate, or regift the unwanted and unused gift and keep your home free of clutter.

  10. Approximately 59 percent of consumers keep unwanted gifts they plan on never using.

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