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Need To Return A Shitty Gift? Here's What To Buy Instead

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Let’s face it, not every gift we receive hits the mark. Sometimes, well-intentioned presents miss our tastes or needs by a mile. So, what do you do when you’re stuck with a gift that’s just not right for you? Return it (before the return deadline), of course! But, what should you buy instead? Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your post-return shopping.

The Tech Upgrade

  • Replaced Item: A dated or off-brand tech gadget.
  • Buy Instead: Go big and get the latest and greatest. Whether it’s a movie projector or a sleek new tablet, let’s make sure your tech game is as sharp as you are.

HAPPRUN Projector, Native 1080P Bluetooth Projector with 100''Screen
 $99.99 (was $119.99)

Amazon All-new Echo Show 8

The Fashion Fix

  • Replaced Item: Clothes or accessories that aren’t your style.
  • Buy Instead: Got fashion pieces that just aren’t you? Time to switch them up for something that screams your style. How about a killer leather jacket or those boots you’ve been eyeing? Or maybe splurge on a designer bag that’s been on your wishlist forever. (P.S. A lot of major retailers are having sales this week).

BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket

Banana Republic Leather Tall Shaft Boot
 $125 (was $250)

The Beauty Swap

  • Replaced Item: Skincare or makeup products that don’t suit you.
  • Buy Instead: Let’s get you glowing with the good stuff. A luxe skincare line that feels like it was made just for you and your needs, or a makeup palette that actually matches your vibe. Now, that’s more like it.

Augustinus Bader The Skin Renewal System

MAKEUP BY MARIO Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

The Home Essentials Exchange

  • Replaced Item: Décor or appliances that don’t fit your home’s aesthetic.
  • Buy Instead: Some quirky home décor that doesn’t quite fit in? Let’s replace it with something that does. Maybe some smart gadgets to upgrade your living space, or some chic pillows and comfy linens that say ‘home sweet home‘ (but not literally).

Parachute Linen Duvet Cover Set

West Elm Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover

The Culinary Trade

  • Replaced Item: Kitchen gadgets you’ll never use.
  • Buy Instead: It’s time to cook up a storm with the right tools. A chef’s knife that cuts like a dream, a do-it-all blender, or some cast-iron cookware to make your kitchen the heart of your home.

Beast Blender

Our Place Always Pan 2.0
 $105 (was $150)

The Fitness Flip

  • Replaced Item: Generic fitness gear.
  • Buy Instead: Let’s get you gear that actually gets you moving. A fitness tracker that actually motivates, premium yoga gear that makes you want to nama-stay in your zone, or the viral Bala bangles for weight training.

WHOOP Fitnes Tracker

Bala Bangles, Set of 2, 1lb each

Remember, returning a gift isn’t a downer. It’s your ticket to getting something you’ll absolutely love. So go on, turn that “thanks, I guess” into a “fuck yeah!” Happy shopping, and here’s to gifts that truly get you.

Andrea Marie
Andrea Marie